So at the beginning of last year I shaved my head. (Ahhhh so scary). If you were with me then you know all the gory details. If you weren’t, then let me cry on your shoulder a bit, I GOT A BAD DYE JOB AND MY HAIR FELL OFF. For more details, before I start wailing, check it out here bad dye jobs and hair growth remedies .
Anyway, so I was going to do a progress report with pictures, but since am at work and taking selfies on company time is seriously frowned upon, it won’t have pictures. I will update them soon though.
So down to business, I shaved off about 80% of my hair in February, I had an almost shoulder length bob then. Progress after almost a year; My hair is longer that it was before. I gained back all the length and a little more. Its now up to shoulder length. Am rocking that Afro like nobodies business. 😛
Things I’ve realized through out my journey…
- My hair was so badly damaged before and I didn’t even know it. I have been relaxing my hair since I was in class 2 which I think is the equivalent of 2nd grade.The effects of it had left my hair thin and weak, which made it easy to break off. Hence I was having minimal growth retention and scalp problems all the time. Now, my hair has life so to speak. It rarely falls off and if you discount last weekend where I got a free conditioner sample and like an idiot tried it. My hair fell off and became brittle but my saving joy, coconut and avocado oil. Its back to almost normal and lets just say even with that experience my hair has never felt this great. Moral; don’t use free samples!
- Mini braids work best (for me) as a protective style. Everyone I talked to emphasized doing protective styling to help maintain your hair. Its good to find what works for you and not try everything out there. Why it works for me? I don’t have to keep disturbing my hair with new styles everyday. It’s easy to manage. Easy access when washing and applying oils and creams. I ensure the products I use reach every strand and my scalp. Moral; Find what works for you.
- Lastly, don’t expect results overnight. Don’t get drawn in by catchy marketing ad’s and use all products that promise instant growth. Nothing really does. Moral; Don’t believe the hype.
My advice from the lessons I’ve learned.
- Try simple things, like the LOC method (Liquid – Oil – Cream) which helps keeps your hair moisturized.
- Find good shampoos and conditioners that don’t leave your hair dry and brittle. That is, stay away from products with sulfates and paraben.
- Always detangle your hair while wet. It eases the process and offers less breakage.
- Protective styling is a must, especially if your hair is natural. It lessens the amount of stress to your hair which in turn helps you retain length.
That’s pretty much it for this very long post. The longest I’ve done so far I think. Making this a new milestone as well the celebration of my hair growth 😀
Have a good Friday people. Also comment and give insights on your hair journey and experiences I would love to hear from you.
Giving you messed up plans for the weekend.
(Image; Getty images. aaaniram)