Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I finally got it after 11 years of being natural! It doesn't matter how long you've been natural; what matters is learning how to care for your tresses in order for them to flourish. Although I've been natural for 11 years, my growth has never showed it. People would always think I put shears to my head, but NOPE, not the case. I instead operated in pure neglect when it came to matters of my hair. Maintaining natural hair and relaxed hair is not the same. One would think that "natural" hair is more pliable and strong; however, such is not the case. I need to be pimp slapped for abusing my hair the way I have over the course of the years I have been natural. I am going to share with you my mistakes in hopes that you new naturals will not lose strands like I did. There is a wealth of information on the Internet far more than when I went natural. You can really become engulfed in DOING so much to your hair that you have no hair. There are natural product bandwagons, natural hairstyle bandwagons, and natural routine bandwagons. For a person who is newly natural, this can become quite overwhelming to the point you really don't know what to do. I've learned the best lesson ever and that is KEEP IT SIMPLE CURLIES! There are three main things that I have learned over the course of the past five months that I feel will make my hair more healthy which in turn will add more growth. I am going to do better by listening to my hair and watching to see if benefits will yield from it. 2013 Hair Goals Gain and Retain Length - deep conditioning, and moisturizing. Drink more water - like plants, our hair needs the same nourishment only water can give. Take Daily Biotin - if you find something that works stick with it. This works for me. Eat more healthier foods - essentially hair growth starts within. Remember to do scalp massages - I just started this and must remind myself to follow through. Keep ends healthy - seal them. Wear more protective styles AND keep them in longer in order to see results.