I’m just as tired of talking about my hair as you may be of reading about it. The setbacks, the accomplishments, and regimens can all become too much. I’m literally months away from my initial cutoff. However, I know that someone somewhere finds a little inspiration in my honesty about this healthy natural hair journey. Some things have changed. So, grab your deep condition or pre-poo, set it and read on.
I got this haircut in June and after a few weeks of just wrapping and forgetting it, this was a needed break. In September, I straightened my hair again. Wrong move! I suffered some heat damage, not too much but it happened. Afterward, I said, “I’m done.” I’ll just focus on reducing the heat. Yeah right! I love my kinks and coils. The love affair I have with the wind blowing through my hair is often short lived because my hair starts feeling and looking greasy. The duality of it all was too much. I couldn’t give up. Like for real, I’m so close to my April deadline for this experiment. In all actuality, I should have retained at least 12 inches of hair. That’s 1/3 of the hair I’ve envisioned for myself.
My hair has grown since the last cut and I can tell because I’m able to put my 2 flat twists in, again. In the meantime, I needed to incorporate more ways to amplify my progress. I’m sure most of you know Mahogany Curls (if you don’t check her out). Well, she started a year-long growth challenge. This includes no cutting, coloring, and simplistic regimens to see how much hair we can grow in 2017. I’m totally on board for this. More importantly, there is a forum for us via Facebook to gather knowledge and vent, congratulate and encourage each other through the year. Within the first couple days, I discovered what my real issue was with my hair. It’s de-fuckin’-hydrated. I’m not moisturizing my hair enough which leads to breaking and snapping. OMG! How have I lasted this long without this critical point? Only one answer comes to mind – I’ve been doing the bare minimum. Thank you, God, for protecting my edges. 🙂
Here’s what I’ll be doing until November 2017. It seems pretty basic but it’s more than I have been doing in the past year, for sure.
Taking vitamins these certainly helped me last year and I appreciate that I can get them from Target or CVS. It also helps when I find a coupon in the Sunday paper for these. That allow me to stock up. I mean I’m a girl looking to save money on everyday stuff to have lifetime experiences.
Deep conditioning hasn’t been as present in recent months due to the overwhelming task of wash day and being pulled in so many directions in life. I remember how well my hair was responding in the early days.
This lady will be back. The braids didn’t work as well as I hoped but I know without a doubt. My hair succeeds under the protection of weave. So, as much as I like my hair, it’s time for me to take my hair goals serious. The hair won’t be long or cost a million dollars. It’ll give me the protection I need and assist me in retaining more length during this challenge.
In addition, I’ll be using hair butter and returning to the LOC Method to keep my hair moisturized in between installs and on wash day.
That sums it up. I’m positive next year IF this hair makes it to the countdown – it’ll be to brag on my new length. The April deadline is out the window. This natural hair journey is here to stay. Sometimes you need to change the plan to fit the goal. The goal is long healthy natural hair.