How can I start? I’m enjoying the natural hair journey I’m on. It does become a bit tiring, especially on wash days. However, I’m a woman of my word. I planned to continue until my son graduates high school. This year started off with great discipline and hair care practices. I’ll tell you why I don’t believe I’ve taken the best care of my hair this year.
In the beginning of 2014, I was mixing treatments, rinsing in cold water, deep conditioning weekly and wearing my wig. My excitement about my first full year being natural using limited heat was my motivation. I went in for a trim in June after being told at my spring straightening that my ends were a little damaged. Educating myself on a few protective styles, ditching my wig left the summer and my ends open to a variance of issues.
I began wearing flat twist halos and puffs on the regular. Ping ponging between another sew-in, braids and the financial obligations of life which included moving created several hurdles in my plan for 5 months undercover, so to speak. Before I knew it – September was here. No time for extra cash bring spent now. The kid was scheduled to go back to school (and you know what that means – more money bring spent). So, I couldn’t pay for an expensive hairdo. The summer was lost and I still couldn’t afford it. Oh yeah, I decided to throw my old faithful wig “Babygirl” away for esthetic reasons. Then I decided to have my hair curled during the fall. By this time, I’m washing my hair every 2 weeks and deep conditioning when I had the time. There is notable shedding but I am not concerned by this much. People are telling me my puff is getting larger and softer. Then I have an idea to keep my hair in a sew-in for the remainder of the year.
By Thanksgiving Day, I’ve aborted the whole idea for the year. Wash days have become more infrequent. The deep conditioning is a a halt. I’ll have to wait and see what’s the final outcome at my NYE appointment for heat, protein and curls.
I’m definitely going to do better next year and not giving up on my curls, kinks and coils!