So, my hair has been chemical free since 1995 although I was never big on relaxing my hair anyway. Through the years, I’ve worn ponytails and up-dos and used heat styling to straighten. In my 20’s and 30’s, I had a pretty healthy head of hair, never really experiencing much breakage that an occasional cutting wouldn’t cure. Within the last 5 years, I’ve moved toward totally natural styles, enjoying the freedom of my natural curls.
As I’ve entered my 40’s however, I’ve noticed that my hair needs a bit more care, and lately, I’ve been experiencing quite a bit of breakage, shedding and thinning. I went to a stylist and got a serious cut. I mean, cut off ALL the damage in the back and got tracks. Protective styling is what it’s often called!
I thought that by wearing weave, I would be able to protect and strengthen my hair while it regrows. What I didn’t count on was the damage it would do to the hair that was not braided. Of course by me wearing my hair straightened, I used heat styling from flat irons which further damaged my hair! Almost all of the natural curl in the front and top of my head was gone, and the thinning continued.
Through a bit of online research from natural hair websites such as Curly Nikki and Kinky Curly Coily Me, I’ve found some really good advice on bringing my curly top back into tip-top shape. So here I am today, embarking on a healthy hair pilgrimage and telling you all about it!
First order of business is to buy products that will strengthen and moisturize my hair daily:
Protein Rich Products
Deep Conditioning Products and Natural Oils (coconut and castor)
Second, stress-free styling which will include daily braiding and twisting, and that won’t include any heat styling or stress (bands, scrunchies, etc.)
I’ll let you know what products I’m using to bring my tresses back and in the meantime, I’ll probably have some pretty “creative” dos in the process!