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 a 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 past 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.
- Elaborate a plan - Your Hair Journey
- Add your hair care routine steps to your calendar
- Raid your product stash
- Evaluate your hair stylist
- Follow through
- Take progress pics (monthly, quarterly, but not daily)
- Don't stop believing
Everyone should go on a hair journey.