So…last April I decided to go on a hair journey with the purpose of growing healthy hair. I honestly can’t say that my hair was severally damaged or anything as my reasoning for wanting to take this journey. The summer was coming and I wanted to wear a big curly afro. I went on youtube and came across literally hundreds of videos on the curly girl method and I was hooked! I cut all the straight ends of my hair off that were more wavy than curly from flat ironing, which turned out to be between 4-5 inches of hair. But I didn’t care! Because my wash n’ goes were going to be beautiful!
During this time I decided to take this hair journey I set a goal to not put any heat in my hair for a year. Prior to my semi big chop in April I’d been washing and conditioning my hair and wearing braid outs for about two months.
Fast forward to January 2013, I’m going crazy with wanting something different to do with my hair. Once it weather changed I could no longer do the wash n’ goes. Too cold…burrrh! For the most part I wore my hair in box braids and two-strand twists which I often styled in updos. Soooo, I toy with the idea of having my stylist Joanne (who is the BEST) do a roller set.
Because my hair is super, super, super thick the roller set came out AWFUL! I’m talking football helmet, poufy head. Bless Joanne’s heart, she readily agreed with me that I couldn’t walk out her shop looking a tore up. Not good for business. LOL! So I was like “We’re gonna have to do like the Dominicans. Flat iron this stuff straight!”
OMG, I was not prepared for what my hair was going to look like. It had grown so long, but the ends were a HOT mess! I was sooooo disappointed. Not because I had to get 1 ½ inches cut off, but because I thought I was doing everything to keep my ends protected. I know all the natural hair Nazis out there are gonna want to kill me – but it’s the truth! My ends had NEVER been so raggedy and jacked up! Even when my hair was relaxed they never looked so bad! Now what’s up with that??? I should’ve taken pics, but I was in a temporary stupor over how this could be when I’d been doing (what I thought) were all the right things.
As my hair began to grow longer, I noticed that it was becoming a nightmare to detangle. I’m now thinking the raggedy ends may have come from the hair being badly tangled. Perhaps I wasn’t as gentle as I thought. Or maybe the cold, dry air had made my hair more prone to dry ends. Sigh…I don’t know.
Am I going to give up on my journey? Heck NO! I’m just going to change a few things such as keeping better track of what I do to my hair, coming up with a consistent hair regimen, getting my ends trimmed more regularly and setting hair goals.
Here are some pics of my journey. Please feel free to share your journey. 🙂