Saturday, April 11, 2015

Video - my 1 year update

Check it out!!!!!

Last year, I cut my hair really short and this is one year later and I am really happy about my progress.

This video is the 4th length check I've posted on You Tube and I can see that my hair does grow consistently. On the video, I compare my 9-month length check with the one-year length check. However, my thumbnail shows the comparison between a couple of days after my big chop and one year of growth.

So far, I can see that my hair thrives in its natural state. I didn't get to one year without a setback on my relaxed hair journey.

I've had no setbacks so far. A little bit of itchy scalp in the last couple of weeks. I'm taking MSM for the inflammation and it seems to help. I've also recently started to rub some coconut oil on my scalp where the inflammation happens. But this year was a good year for my scalp, no major flare ups.

What will my second year bring?

I'm hoping for more growth but that's a given. What else? Well, I'm also hoping to keep riding this wave. I love my hair right now and I'm hoping the honeymoon period doesn't go away.

I also want to get better at doing hair. I'm pretty sure the honeymoon period will end once I start feeling self-conscious about how I look. I'm not looking forward to the awkward stage and it's rearing its head more and more every day. But for now, all is good.

Here's to year 2! And no setback...

Why everyone must go on a hair journey

natural hair journey
Before starting my blog or right at the beginning, I should have asked and also answered this question: "Why should anyone go on a hair journey?"

Why the hair journey?

Why not?  I went on my first hair journey because I just felt like there was something better that I could be doing to take care of my hair.  I felt like I hadn't investigated or maybe I hadn't tried to understand my hair enough and in a sense I felt like I was cheating myself.

Back then, I was relaxed and my hair was thin and short. I kept it short but not by choice even though I knew how to make it suit me but because I could not grow it passed my shoulders.  It broke off, fell off and it was impossible for me to make it look nice longer.

Things I never knew about

I never knew about any good hair practices. I never knew about relaxing properly and not overlapping. It's the basics, but salons where I went didn't do it.  

I never knew about moisturizing. No one ever said one thing about that to me, ever.

I never knew about stretching, quite the opposite.  I was told by a stylist that I had to relax my hair every 4-6 weeks because it was dry when I was in my late teens.  But that was wrong!

It's  new day

Since the beginning of the hair care movement, many black women have had their eyes open to new possibilities. It is not only the 1% anymore... The girls with "good hair genes".

It's true, I feel like only 1% of the black women around me don't have issues with their hair.  Most wear wigs or weaves, most can't grow their hair passed their shoulder, most experience hair loss on a regular basis.  Going on a hair journey may remedy some if not all of that.

To start, I would say it's is good to start small.

  1. Elaborate a plan - Your Hair Journey
  2. Add your hair care routine steps to your calendar
  3. Raid your product stash
  4. Evaluate your hair stylist
  5. Follow through
  6. Take progress pics (monthly, quarterly, but not daily)
  7. Don't stop believing

It's worth it to try. 

Everyone should go on a hair journey.