Tips for handling Natural Hair on Sick Days||Hair Diary 9/9/16

It’s been 2 weeks and two day’s since I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed.  Somehow I was able to share a post with y’all a couple of hours after I had them removed but, I didn’t really go into details about the entire experience. I can’t speak for anyone else who has had this surgery because I know the recovery is different for everyone, but 2 weeks later I feel relieved!! I hadn’t realized how bothered I was by my wisdom teeth these last few months until they were gone and I felt better.  I can’t say that I had an easy or hard recovery because I don’t have many past surgeries to compare this experience too, however I remained pretty comfortable thanks to the help of my amazing family, friends, and even a few caring co-workers that constantly checked in on me and/or assisted me. In between napping and lazing I was able to spend some time making updates to my blog. This of course kept me thinking about hair care and before long I was able to record the short video above to show you all how easy it is to care for your hair even when you’re not feeling the best.  Before my surgery I moisturized my hair and styled it so it would be easy to manage for at least 2 days. The Sunday after my surgery while I had a break from the pain I was able to wash and then braid it so that all I had to do throughout the rest of my recovery time was oil my scalp and hair. This saved me a lot of time and effort on the day I had to go back to work. Instead of scrambling and struggling to style my hair before work Wednesday morning I just untwisted it and then fluffed my braid out into a beautiful textured fro.

I know caring for your hair is hard to do when you are sick but remember it is still important especially if you’re like me and have a mane of easily tangled rings and coils. Plus it will makes you feel good about yourself.  I have to admit I am pretty stubborn and probably should not have exhausted that much effort on my hair when I should have been asleep, BUT I really wanted to avoid detangling matted unruly hair later. I am thankful that I was able to work with my hair half-way through my recovery time, but if you are unable to do this I would suggest putting your hair in a protective style like a braid out, bantu knots, or twist out prior to so that you won’t have to stress once you are well. If you come down with an unexpected cold ask a friend to help you.  By having my hair braided all I had to do was oil my scalp, roots and ends daily with Taliah Waajid African Healing Oyl. I even had my boyfriend help me with this whenever I was unable to really move due to my mouth giving me a headache. I am well aware that my face is puffy in the video above I was initially hesitant to post it because I was super self-conscious about the swelling. I realized however that if I can’t show you all Rei at her worst, I can’t be taken seriously at my best. Again this isn’t a tutorial, it is my way of encouraging y’all to take care of/pamper yourselves when you are feeling down (with a cold, post-surgery, in the dumps etc.…). I am not going to go over how to do a braid out in this video because I feel like there are plenty of beautiful other naturalistas on YouTube that do an amazing job demonstrating it. For those of you who don’t know what a braid out is I have posted a few of my favorite tutorials at the bottom of this post just in case. Remember you can always ask a friend to help you if you are having a hard time. Until next time!

Happy Styling Y’all!


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Un Beso!



Michelle B: How to Get the Perfect Braidout|| Natural & Transitioning Hair

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Melissa Walters: My Braid Out Technique & Two Night TIme Routines

Product List

-Creme of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture & Shine Shampoo
-Coco Conscious Collective Straight Transformations Conditioning Shine Rinse
-Homemade moisturizer
-Lottabody Setting Lotion


One More Thing!

For those of you in the Charleston area I will be blogging live on October 9th at the Ladies Loc In. This is a Natural Hair Networking Empowerment Sunday Social for ladies with Locs, interested in growing locs, and or just wanting to learn more about the history. I promise this is going to be a great time and you won’t want to miss it. I can’t wait to meet you there!  See the flyer below for more info.




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