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May 5, 2013

Consistency and Protective Styles- Natural Hair Care



by Alicia James of MSALICIAJAMES.COM

At the beginning of the year, I vowed that for 2013, I would enjoy my hair, wear it out, let the wind blow in it, just have a grand ole time. Well, I did it! I wore my hair down, shook it, flaunted it, and everything you could possibly think of.

My Confession: I’m done! LOL!

My Experience: 2012 I reached my hair goal of waist length at four years natural. I felt like I had mastered my hair, and I really understood what made my hair thrive. It was exciting to know that I could do something that for most of my life, I thought was impossible. I will never forget that moment.  I know for some it’s just hair, but for me the journey meant so much more. Most of my journey I spent so much time being disciplined, strict, and cautious with my hair. I decided for 2013 I wanted to do the complete opposite. I just wanted to enjoy the hard work I put into my hair. Isn’t that what everyone says anyways? “Why grow your hair if you can’t enjoy it?” Well, honeeeey me and my hair had a good ole’ time!

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My Results: Throughout this time I noticed that I was shedding so much more hair than normal. I even experienced breakage like never before. The thought of starting over went through my mind and l was horrified. Who wants to put in over four years of work only to have it all snatched away from you? EEK! Even though I enjoyed my hair and I appreciated the experience, I learned a really big lesson. BALANCE! I can still enjoy my hair, but I have to always remember to care for my hair and continue to pay attention to those things that just work. I was able to grow my hair waist length by sticking to low manipulation hairstyles, mainly two strand twists. When I started wearing the twists, my hair literally just took on it’s own personality! I feel like my hair came alive! Wearing two strand twists kept me disciplined. I felt like I was able to do a combination of hairstyles, feel beautiful, and stick to low manipulation styling. To sum it up, it just worked!

Back To Basics:
I spent this past weekend doing a full wash, deep conditioning to get my hair back on track. I spent about 7-8 hours putting my two strand twist back in. My hair looks and feels so good. I did a beautiful braid and ponytail. I feel good, I feel like I am back on track!

*Quick Tips*
  • It's okay to switch it up, but always pay attention to how your hair is responding.
  • If you are noticing more breakage and shedding, evaluate and make the needed changes in your routine.
  • Braids and twists don't work for everyone.
  • Find that thing that works for your hair and when all else fails go back to what you know.
  • Don't bow down to peer pressure. It seems everyone has the right solution for what you should do to have healthy hair, but in the end only you know what works.
  • Find balance! Find a routine that lets you enjoy your hair, but also maintain it and keep it healthy.
  • Being consistent pays off! When you find what works in your hair regimen, stick to it!
IF IT AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT! LOL!

Good luck on your journey and HAVE FUN!

MsAliciaJames.com


What do you have to do consistently to stay on track? Do you do protective styles regularly?

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