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My Personal Hair Journey
As a Fine-Haired Natural, that is prone to Breakage and Split-ends, I have “Struggled” during my Natural Journey to grow my hair. I have been Natural for a little over 5 years and have learned the do’s & don’ts the hard way. It has now been 2 years and my hair has been the longest (SL: Shoulder Length) it has ever been. My slow growth could have been contributed to age now that I am in my 40’s or during my 1st year of Transitioning to my all natural hair and learning how to take care of my new head of gorgeous curls. Granted, when I was still perming my hair, it was never super long or grew really fast and in my mind...now that my hair is Completely Natural…How HARD would it be? My hair was finally chemical free, no dye, no more blow dryers, hot combs, etc., which meant my hair, will GROW automatically because it’s “No Longer Chemically Processed or Heat Stressed”. Well…Not so, I soon realized. It did grow a little more in its natural state but I truly was not happy with the process. Caring for my hair was a whole other issue; I failed to realize that I had to LEARN my hair All Over Again! Many of the techniques and regimens I used when I had permed hair would not yield healthy results for my natural hair. I started researching and experimenting on my specific hair type and texture, revamped and created a natural hair regimen and started using only natural & organic ingredients and need I say….It Worked! To this day, I still use these Simple Steps to Grow my hair and Retain Length. So without Further Ado, Here is what I do…
I cannot stress enough how important it was to find a Regimen that worked for ME. My hair type and texture is primarily a 4C, thin and low porosity. I was one of those that would prowl YouTube and Google Regimen after Regimen and tried to incorporate everything I saw and read. Many of the techniques and products other Natural Sisters used was great for their thick, dense and coily hair but if your hair is fine, thin and breaks easily…you can’t include Denman brushes, detangling combs & Blow outs during every wash cycle because your hair might not be a to handle it. For me, less and simple was best because the less I did to my hair and the simpler my techniques were, the more hair remained on my head instead of in the comb or sink. I always set time aside for Wash or Styling Day, rushing leads to rough, excessive pulling and hair damage. The key to any Regimen you choose to create is CONSISTENCY! I learned to document every detail of my Regimen down to the products, style, wash & techniques. The only way to know if something worked or didn’t is to track your hair progress for a few weeks, if a technique, products, routine, style, etc. worked then don’t deviate to go keep up with trends or the latest Social Media Posts or Video that’s gone viral.
My Every-Two-Week Regimen consists of:
Prepoo/Detangle: This was the Game Changer for me! I have learned that when my hair is infused with moisture from start to finish on washday, I had less breakage (of course, I discovered that through documentation). I never prepoo on dry hair, for me, when I prepoo on DAMP (not soaking wet) hair, I have less shedding and snapping due to the perfect balance of moisture (not too wet or too dry); I then detangle gently with my fingers ONLY. Using combs and other styling tools was a disaster on my hair. Your fingers are the safest tool to glide through your strands to remove tangles and normal shed hair. I NEVER wash my hair without pre-pooing first. Hair that is Pre-pooed (detangled, stretched and moisturize) will break less during Wash. I do detangle in sections, twisting each section to stretch as I go. I prepoo with a moisturizing conditioner and coconut oil mixture.
Co-Wash or Shampoo: Co-Washing is my preferred Method because my hair is extremely naturally dry; I only Shampoo when necessary which is usually once a month or the third wash because my fine hair doesn’t handle build-up well.
Deep Condition: Due to the fact that my hair is fine/thin, I alternate a Protein Conditioner and Moisturizing Conditioner during every washday. It is extremely important, to saturate your ends with conditioner since they are the oldest part of your hair. I sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes EVERYTIME! I make sure I do a final rinse with cool water to seal in extra moisture then pat my hair dry with a cotton tee-shirt.
Leave In: While my hair is still damp, I use a Moisturizing Leave-In and seal that moisture from root to ends with coconut oil. Coconut oil is my go-to-choice primarily during washday, it’s a great penetrating oil that conditions and strengthens the hair shaft.
Styling: I use my Raw-Honey Butter Styling Whip (especially since its winter) to keep my hair soft, conditioned and protected from the weather elements. We will get into specific styles later in the post.
AVOID PRODUCT OVERLOAD
I know it is tempting not to be a “product junkie”, trust me, I been there…done that too! Not to toot my own horn but I specifically use my own products. I tried so many out there that just didn’t give me the results I was looking for. I wanted something all Natural & Organic, with the key ingredients that would work to grow my hair, nourish & strengthen my hair without a lot of build-up. Through trial and error and countless months of preparation, I created a Line of Natural, Organic Hair Products that WORK for ME. This is not a post to convince you to buy my products; I just want to be honest about what I use. Whatever products you decide, the key to growing your hair is overall health...therefore, make sure the products you choose have natural ingredients & yield the results your looking for...Not because the latest "Hair Guru" swears by it. Try not to layer too much product, especially if your hair fine and low-porosity (low-porosity means your hair is slow to absorb water/product); loads of product will weigh hair down and possibly clog your scalp; I use no more than 2-3 styling products at a time. Use butters and oil sparingly, it is important that you read the Product Label to make sure your moisturizer and styling product contains water as the first ingredient and does not contain mineral oil, parabens, alcohol or other synthetic ingredients.
Reducing Hair Stress is the ultimate Goal to Retain Length for Fine, Breakage Prone and/or Thinning hair. The Less we Style…the more we Retain! I’m not saying that we should not never wear our hair out, I rock my puffs, twists and curly fro’s on special occasions or every now and then but most of the time, my hair is in Full-Twists, Marley Twists/Braids, Buns that tuck my ends or French Braids/Twists. I try to wear my Protective Styles for at least 3-4 days before I re-moisturize and re-style. If I use Marley or other Synthetic hair, I try to wear that particular style for at least 6 weeks before I take them completely out. Protective Styles do just that, PROTECT your hair from the elements, breakage & split ends and even You (due to less manipulation)! Sometimes, we don’t realize that certain styles or daily styling can be detrimental to our hair. When my hair was short to medium length, my go-to-style was Wash & Go’s but now that my hair is little longer, Wash & Go’s gives me to many fairy knots and tangles due to the tight curls. I had to do some re-assessment and came to the conclusion that I could no longer wear one of my favorite hairstyles on a regular basis and that my new hair length would continue to be healthy, and thrive in stretched out styles. When Protective Styling, it is easy to style your hair and forget it but you have to make sure you properly keep your hair moisturized.
OIL & SCALP MASSAGE
What accelerated my hair growth was Oiling my Scalp & doing regular Scalp Massages as least once a week. Add Peppermint Essential Oil to your Oil Mixture to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles by increasing blood circulation and oxygen supply. Peppermint Oil balances the scalp’s pH level, combat dry scalp and dandruff. Oil Scalp lightly to keep pores from being clogged, also make sure you use the pads of your finger and not sure fingernails, which can pierce and irritate the scalp. Always make sure you wear a satin cap, scarf or lay on a satin pillow during bedtime; sleeping on cotton pillowcases or in cotton scarfs can draw & soak up moisture from your hair, cause split ends and breakage from friction.
FINAL NOTE: SUCCESS for Healthy, Growing hair will come with "Consistency and Patience". Find out if your hair thrives more with protein or moisturizing products or balance of both, or if your hair handles detangles better when it is wet, dry or damp, or if it is time to change or add new hair styles…the only way to KNOW your hair is to LEARN your hair. Happy Hair Growth!!!!
Do you have tips for hair growth? What have you done to retain length?
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