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!
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!
- 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!
Good luck on your journey and HAVE FUN!