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Maintaining Healthy Hair When Duty Calls

By January 27th, 202123 Comments
Maintaining Healthy Hair When Duty Calls

by Bennii Blast of The Culture Pine

As many fellow students know, although this time of year means that Christmas is just around the corner, the run up to the holidays also means the end of term/semester is slowly approaching. This means that all those assignments you have been putting off are bleeping hard on your radar. Sound familiar?

For me, knowing that the increased pressure to meet deadlines could all be avoided if I had simply thrown myself into the task weeks earlier seems to have had no effect whatsoever. I must seem to enjoy waking up or only just hitting the sheets at 4am, or panicking because I thought I took more notes than I did, then realising the books you need have already been taken out of the library by those ANNOYING early birds!

During these testing times, my hair is the last thing on my mind. Honestly? I can’t remember the last time I moisturised and my head top has not seen a scarf for nights. I can’t help but laugh when I catch a glimpse in the mirror at the dragged-through-a-bush look I am currently sporting. However, it is not a look I plan on getting use to in the future so….

How do you make time for your hair when your schedule is somewhat chaotic?


  • Anonymous says:


  • Anonymous says:

    Since I'm in the Good ol' Northeast meets mid-West Buffalo NY, beanies are my friends for this finals week. Or, while I'm reading an everlasting paper, i two strand twist in big fat twist and slap my bonnet on right before I catch my 3-hour-nap-a-day. Since I don't need any product or water to have my hair curl up in twist, I unravel real quick out the shower and wear a jumbo puff. It's ok if i'm blocking the chalk board, nobody is looking at it anyway.

    Have to admit tho, my hair is in pretty rough shape….

  • Glo says:

    Two braids + one beanie = my finals hair styles.

    It's actually really depressing…I just realized that I haven't looked fabulous in about a week. SMH. Oh well, I'm almost done!

  • Jessica says:

    I definitely went thru this during my finals. I just finished them (thank God). But I used one of my study breaks to deal with the massive monster that was growing on the tip of my head. I put my hair in this great bun ( I have been wanting to try this bun for a while and finally did it and left my hair alone while I finished studying and taking finals. I kept my hair wrapped when I was in my room studying to keep it up as long as possible. Good luck on finals ladies!!! -A Fellow Grad Student

  • Trini91 says:

    Since I've gotten back from Thanksgiving break, all I've been doing is moisturizing my two strand twists in the back and my two strand flat twists in the front. Hit them with some braid spray and seal with some grease. It does the job and I deal with it when I get home…the hair looks frizzy as all hell but now ain't the time to be impressing anyone but my professors on those exams..

  • Anonymous says:

    i don't — I cowash, slap in some leave in + coconut oil and put it in a hair wrap/scarf for some cuteness. i'm officially done with undergrad tomorrow, and the proof of all that stress is in my hair. SINGLE STRAND KNOTS LIKE WHOA. i'll just take the next few days at mom's house to give my naps some TLC.

  • TheQueenWithTheNappyHair says:

    omg, I am currently in the middle of Finals and my hair is SUFFERING!. It's always dry and yucky and I just don't have time to continually retwist at night. I just cut some of my hair off a few weeks ago too so I'm also getting adjusted to being back at the awkward stage again. Thanks for all the tips guys! I think I'm gonna put some twists in and just wear a beanie until next week. Good luck to everyone on your finals!

  • Kinky_Tiff says:

    Haha! I thought the same thing Anon 7:30. That would've been a more helpful article to me since I'm in the Air Force and I'm constantly looking for good style ideas while in uniform.

  • Anonymous says:

    The headline made me think this article was about maintaining natural hair while in the armed services.

  • Anonymous says:

    Kept it in bun for a good 2 weeks. Finished finals so now I can officially wash, it was getting overbearing! I had no time to deal with my hair with finals and work.

  • Anonymous says:

    I just finished finals! During finals week I always wear my hair in two strand twists. During the finals in the fall, I'll wear a knit beanie with a bonnet under it (to hold onto moisture and keep my head warm). During spring finals, two strand twists again. At night the routine is the same. Spritz with a moisturizer and scarf or bonnet. That's pretty much it. It makes life so much easier.

  • ChicaRizada94 says:

    Ugh, I've got finals this week 🙁 I still have a TWA, so I just try to throw on my satin cap at night, and in the mornings, spritz with water, add a dollop of conditioner, and run it through my hair. I retwist some curls if they don't look defined enough for me. I do this for a week or two, depending on how crazy things are.

    Good luck to everyone!

  • Anonymous says:

    for finals week i did chunky twist then cover with a hat or turban and call it a day

  • DiJah says:

    Finals week calls for one style — 2 strand twists. Doing mine today and they will last till next Tuesday when I have my last final.

    Good luck to all the college curlies on their finals 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    pony puffs and headbands.. i'm in need of a good wash session but don't have the time

  • Ashley Jane says:

    WOW! I just went through this. Not realizing that getting your masters is nothing like undergrad I pulled the "lets wait till the night before to write a 25 page research paper" trick YIKES! To cope I straightened my hair a week earlier and kept it in a bun for 2 weeks. I didn't have time to deal with that mess. lol

  • Anonymous says:

    Wide headbands and buns….not the cutest but it'll do

  • ShoeHOTLINE says:

    When my schedule is jammed packed I normally wear protective styles. Since for my hair they tend to last longer and and require less work.

  • Simply Me says:

    I too have finals this week with hardly any sleep and while I'm studying and going through notes I put 2 stand twist in on saturday morning and today I pinned them all up after spritzing and sealing my ends. I'll check the ends in a day or two to make sure its still moisturized but I don't plan on taking it down till our finals party on the town friday!

  • Nashira says:

    For me it means wearing my hair straight. I got my hair blow dried and flat ironed last weekend for my senior pictures and it was very timely because the final exam period has started. All I have to do is wrap it every night and oil or moisturize as needed. If you're not into the blow dryer and flat iron, then a roller set done with large rollers also works. Or, as one person said, twists.

  • Stacey says:

    My boyfriend and I call it my "hair hat". When the northeast gets cold and end of semester get's hectic, I twist my hair up and wear a beautiful curly lace front. I style it like a half wig, leaving my hairline exposed and cover the lace edge with cute headbands. Looks less "wiggy" that way and lace fronts lay flat and don't have that tell tale bump that half wigs do. Good luck with exams and happy holidays everyone!

  • Anonymous says:

    When I know a hectic schedule is approaching, I put them in small twist and forget about them. That way I know at least it is neat and protected. When my life returns to normal then I give it some much deserving TLC.

  • mangomadness says:

    I don't–I just moisturize it, slap it in a bun and slick some flax seed gel on my edges. After the storm has passed, I make it up to my hair with a good super moisturizing pre-poo, wash and style.

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