|My hair in 2012 and 2014
For a long while, black girls have been predominantly known to have short hair, but recent practices has defied such myth, as several black girls all over the world are growing their hair through proven techniques to waist length and beyond. This beautiful discovery has been my motivation for the past 18+ months.
Its elating when people are like ” wow, is this your hair?” and I just give that shy smile ” yes it is”. (I like to flaunt it once in a while). Then the scary question comes ” what do you do to your hair.?” At that time, I just dont know what to say, so I say its maintainance. A lot of times ladies are not satisfied with the answer, they really want to know if its something they can do. Such meetings are usually brief, like on the road, at the mall or bank, with little or no time to explain the long processes involved.
I have therefore taken time out to write the bit I can on my hair journey so far and where I am going with this hair(Cos I have not yet reached my target length).
|Before I started my Hair journey
2 months after I started my hair journey
In April 2013, I came accross an article about a Nigerian girl with waist length hair, I was challenged, so I carried out my research and discovered that it was possible to increase my hair length, however I had to make healthy hair my priority.Within 2 months I could see that my hair was healthier,thicker, stronger.
I started my healthy hair journey in April 2013 and came to understand that having long hair involves two parts: Hair growth and length retention.
Owkies, long story short, here are some of the most important tips that has helped me ‘grow’ my hair to this length:
I condition/moisturize daily with leave in conditioner/ moisturizers. African hair dries quickly(because of it’s nature), hence, it needs constant conditioning and moisturizing to give it strength and prevent breaking.
CARE AND HANDLING
I avoid direct heat(straighteners, blow driers, curling irons)on my hair, because it is the major enemy of our beautiful black hair.Although it gives us lovely, silkier tresses, it however breaks up the hair bonds, making it difficult for the hair to hold moisture, then causing breakage from the tips ( the most important part of length retention).
I use only wide toothed comb on my hair and comb only when moisturized. Contrary to our belief, african hair is fragile so it needs to be handled with care especially when combing or handling.
I cover my hair with a satin bonnet before going to bed. The moisture from your hair can be easily sapped by your cotton bedsheet/pillow case, friction can also cause the side of hair you sleep on to start reducing in length.
HAIR PRODUCTSI intentionally placed this as last on the list because the processes are more important than the products. A lot of ladies rush to buy the products and when there is no result within a month or two, they get discouraged,and say the Healthy Hair process doesn’t work.
My typical products consists of a sulphate free shampoo, a moisturizing conditioner, a deep conditoner, hair mayonnaise(protein treatment), and my natural oils (coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, argan oil, etc).
I also wash weekly, deep condition weekly or bi-weekly, and apply protein treatment bi-weekly.
|Progress from April 2013 to August 2014
If you are intersted in joining me on this journey, bear in mind that, once you begin your hair journey, stay motivated and dont look back.
One way to succeed is to have at least one person that would serve as a hair mentor for you, someone that has achieved that length you desire and follow what the person did to get there. Ask questions, so you dont make the same mistakes they made. That has helped me avoid so many mistakes that could have given me major set backs.
IN SUMMARY: Hair is always growing, it is your duty to retain it.
Your hair is GIGO, whatever you give it is what it gives you.
More hair care tips will be given in the next post…..cheers…stay beautiful…