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.



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Hair Oiling

I recently was asked if I oil my hair and how often…

I oil it a couple times a year, typically during the summer, and then again in the winter. I use coconut oil, but if I don’t have any of that, Argan Oil is my second choice.

When I apply the oil, I take care to not use too much it is very hard to wash out if you over do it. Using my hands I make sure it’s on all the strands, and then I’ll comb it through, very gingerly. After it’s combed I will braid it and then bun the braid and cover with a scarf or thin towel and leave it on a few hours, or sometimes, overnight ( if my hair seems really dry).

Depending on the climate where you live, or if you routinely apply heat or chemicals to your hair, you may need more than two oilings a year. You can tell when your hair is dry and needing some ‘help’…do your research on your oils, read the labels and make sure it’s just oil in the product. So many products on the market have alcohol in them, and that’s very drying to hair! Organic is always best, if it’s available.

Oiling and properly washing it out afterwards will leave your mane so soft, shiny, silky and healthy.



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Hair Care & Tips?

How can I have a ‘longhair’ blog and not offer tips, advice and my wisdom that I’ve gained over the past 26 years of my Long Hair Journey??? IKR!

I will post under this category (My LongHair Wisdom) my hair care ‘stuff’ … product info, my tips, etc. Here’s my first post below:

One of the questions I am asked the most is: What do you do to your hair to keep it so long? My answer…

I LOVE MY HAIR. I treat it like I love it, I treat it with TLC, along with these practices:

  • NO HEAT ~ I do not blow dry, use hot rollers, flat irons or any heat source on my hair.
  • NO CHEMICALS ~ My hair is virgin hair, meaning…not chemically altered. No hair coloring, bleach, dye, no ‘perms’, no mousse, gel, hairspray, etc. Things I do apply to my hair: shampoo, conditioner, occasionally coconut oil.
  • MINIMAL HAIR CUTTING ~ During the early years of my LongHair Journey, I trimmed as least as possible. At least every 9 months because I was growing out a perm, and that took several years so I cut the old perm a couple inches at a time every 9 months or so. Once the perm was gone, I only trim once a year or longer, taking off enough so I don’t step on it all the time; I won’t trim shorter than lower calf length which was the length I went back to my last trim in August 2019. It’s at my ankles now (July 2020), and I’ll maintain that length for awhile, planning a dusting trim on the anniversary of the cut date.

So…that’s my best advice I can give anyone, male or female, who wants to embark on their own LongHair Journey. Most of all, is LOVE YOUR HAIR.