Reconstructing my Natural Hair Regimen
So, lately I have been completely disappointed with my natural hair. I have been mostly unhappy with the front not keeping up (lengthwise), with the back. Naturally, the front of my hair is finer than the back and has a looser curl pattern. Apparently, the way that I have been caring for my hair this year has affected it's health and growth.
While I have not been using a lot of heat and I don't have heat damage, the over manipulation and lack of protective styles may be reasons for my mishaps. Sadly, I am having these problems, but I consider myself lucky to be in the position where I know my down falls and can fix the issues.
Throughout this year I was trying to do the curly girl method and this my have been the source of some of my problems. While there is nothing wrong with this method, what I was doing was wrong for my hair.
I was styling my hair with daily wash and go's, which for my hair type(extremely coily and prone to 80% shrinkage) caused a ton of single strand knots and lead to tons of breakage; I learned that I am unfortunately not able to do daily wash and go's. They were easy and convenient but not worth the problems that accompanied.
I also have not been detangling my hair the way I should. I would frequently rush in the shower and rip threw my natural hair causing even more unnecessary breakage. (Sounds bad, and it's hard to admit but true.) I know better but for some reason I did it. I have always understood that ripping through curly, natural hair causes breakage so I wish I would have actually used my knowledge.
Protective styling is something I know would benefit my hair but for me I guess laziness took over and I never took the time to do them. It took me all this time to realize how in the past, protective styles such as, braids, twists, and buns, benefited my hair at the beginning of my journey.
Hopefully to help my hair improve, I am going to do the things I failed to do this year. Starting today, I am going to do protective styles, 2-3 weeks out of each month, I will detangle my hair very carefully, I will also try to deep condition once a month, and trim any bad ends I come across. I will also stop using heat. For me, this will be difficult but until I see results I want to prevent as much damage as possible.
Above are some pictures showing my natural hair through out my journey in 2010 and 2011. I was more stricked with my hair care and my hair was very healthy. My hair is healthy now but it just is not where I think it should be. Also I have noticed that my curls are a lot tighter now than they were when I first went natural. This change has made my hair even more prone to single strand knots so I have to be even more careful with my regimen now than I was in the past.
Being as gentle as possible with my hair is extremely important in this revamp, so I will do what I can to be gentle. Currently, I have mini twists in my hair, and I will try to leave them in for three more weeks as they have already been in for one week. Since I am in nursing school, I have very little time so I will have to schedule my styling accordingly.
I am telling you about this because I want you to see what I have been struggling with and I want to help you prevent these problems with your own hair. I also what to document my progress, so hopefully I can get some measurements in to see if my hair benefits over the next few months. What I have been doing to my hair is ridiculous and it needs to change.
I am no longer worried about how good my hair looks as opposed to it's health anymore. If it's not healthy, it won't look good anyway!
Measurements June 30th 2012
This measurement is with mini twists. Once I take them down, I will do another more accurate measurement.
Front Mid Portion: 9"
Front Side/Temples: R: 8.5" L: 7.5"
Sides Above Ears: R: 13.5" L: 13"
Nape/ Back near neck: 10.5"
So apparently, I take better care of the right side lol. I also saw that the sides of my hair and the middle grows faster then the edges as expected. Or, I am not take good care of my edges. They aren't thinning, they are just not as long. I'm hoping I can fix that.
I'll be doing length checks every 3 months.
Wish me luck, and I will try to keep you updated. :)
Below are more of my hubs on natural hair. Check them out! Thanks for reading! =)
What are some of your favorite protective styles?
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