Monday, June 20, 2016
It wasn't until my early 20's that I even thought about trying to grow out my hair. Since then I have spent countless hours testing and researching every tip, trick and easy hair fix under the sun. I've taken all the vitamins, tried all the techniques, I even mixed yeast infection creams and other kitchen concoctions all in an effort to get my hair to grow faster.
After putting in my 10,000 hours, I've learned that the rate that my hair grows isn't the problem> My problem (and probably yours too) was with retention. It doesn't matter how fast your hair grows if it is breaking off just as quickly. The best way for your locs to prosper is to focus on maintaining the hair that you have. Unless there is an underlying medical reason, most people have a growth rate of about 1/2 an inch a month. That's 6 inches a year! Bitch do you know how much 6 inches is?!?! A lot of these miracle vitamin and creams might get you an extra inch a year, but as for me and my budget, the results don't justify the cost. I'd rather spend my time and coins keeping my hair happy and healthy. That's the only way it will thrive.
Here's what I learned:
- Be Consistent! Set a regimen and stick to it. You can adjust it to fit your hair needs as often as that changes, but you need to be intentional if you want to see results.
- Wrap it up! Bonnets, scarfs satin pillow cases. Use them Every.Single. Night.
- Deep Condition! It forgives all hair sins. Do it weekly
- Be kind to your ends! Protective and low manipulation styles are great for this. This one is hard for people sometimes but if you are trying to maximize retention than you've got to find some styles that you like, that are also gentle on your hair. PUT THE FLAT IRON DOWN! Braidouts, twistouts, braids, buns Rollersets, wigs, sew-ins.
- CUT IT! I know this seems counterproductive but if the ends are split you gotta get rid of them. There is no un-spliting ends, THEY ONLY GET WORSE. I don't subscribe to the trim every 3 month notion, but I do think it's important to keep the ends of your hair healthy. I normally cut spilts when I see them, and dust when I feel like my knots/splits are getting out of control.
Bonus tip for relaxed heads. Stretch your relaxers!
Hope this helps!
Hope this helps!
Saturday, June 18, 2016
So, now that that's out of the way, lets talk hair. My new Short 'do, summer time regimen is pretty simple.
- Wash and Deep Condition ACV rinse Once weekly
- Co-Wash, restyle every 2-3 days in between
- Moisturize and seal daily
- Satin Bonnet every night NO EXCEPTIONS
- Drink more water (I downloaded a water reminder app)
These are the products in my current rotation. I must warn you that it changes frequently, so don't get too caught up in what I use in my hair because at the end of the day, products don't matter nearly as much as how you treat your hair.
*Spray Bottle contains water and the YT Conditioner.
**Not Picture Coconut Oil
Yes To Carrots Conditioner
Shea Moisture Shampoo
Shea Moisture Deep Conditioner
Shea Moisture Moisturizer (I don't like this for daily use, It makes my hair hard)
Shea Moisture Edge Control
Eden BodyWorks Curl Defining Cream