My LongHair Wisdom

My Hair During ACDF Surgery Recovery

Today is day 40 post op.

My hair is heel length; I knew that having to wear a brace would bring challenges regarding my hair. I started out with Braided Leia Buns ( per dr’s request you remember ) made from 4 braids. Those 4 braids, I changed to two braids about a week post op. At 20 days post op I ‘shampooed’ my hair. By that I mean that I lathered up my head and let the suds rinse down the twin braids. It went ok, and my hair was clean. It took the braids a few days to dry, but my hair was clean and I was happy with that.

The next style I tried with my hair was a single braid, I could really feel the full weight of my hair on my new neck. Man, it is heavy! I decided to leave it in, the muscles need to get used to it again. The next day I decided to shampoo with the single braid in. I draped it over my shoulder, it was easy to maneuver. But Um …. not the best idea. It was really heavy. Live and learn …

On Oct 29, 35 days post op, I was about to shower and I decided I’d had enough and that I needed to feel totally clean, with a normal shampooing with my hair completely down and loose! OMG it felt wonderful. I protected my neck from the weight by draping it over my shoulder, never letting it hang on it’s own while totally saturated. I felt like a new woman, I swear. It was a beautiful day that day, I sat out in the sun several times, letting it kiss my silk, helping it dry.

During these past 40 days, having to leave it in the braid(s) ~ only redoing the braids every few days due to me not being able to raise my arms; I need help~ the braid(s) are hanging down, ‘blowing out’ and the velcro on my neck braces has really been an issue. My hair has suffered some breakage and damage from all this. I’m able to start weaning off the brace beginning November 6, and by Nov 15th will be brace free! THEN I can begin getting back to normal. I can wear my hair up in my everyday bun, shampoo as usual, and get back in front of the camera again!! And drive, I have surely missed my independance! The first thing I will do for my hair is a good mask/oil treatment and perhaps a dusting trim. It definitely needs some TLC.

Thanks for reading. I appreciate your time.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *