Hey guys! Been a little while, I have been busy with work and other blog projects, and frankly, I kind of hit a creative slump. Lately I’ve been giving myself so much pressure to create content that I end up guilt tripping myself about not putting anything out. Anyway, we push on.
I’ve been wanting to share a natural hair update for such a while, but somehow it ends up being something I never get around to. You know, procrastination, making excuses, being busy and all that. Plus, I figure that if I share how I’m feeling about my hair then perhaps it’ll make me accountable for the steps I want to take to improve and ultimately enjoy my continuous natural hair journey.
My Hair Currently:
At the moment my hair is about neck length. I would say it is between 5-6 inches long, but I suspect the top of my head has some slightly shorter but thicker strands. If you have followed me for a while you would know that I’ve (largely) trimmed my hair every year for the past 2 or more years. I should give a brief history on why: in late 2014 my hair was waaay fuller than it is now, and for some reason (which in hindsight I could probably say was stress) I experienced some MAJOR shedding which left me really demotivated in my journey. I decided to big chop early 2015 just because I figured it was easier to nurse my hair back to health and just give it some much needed TLC. Fast forward to early 2016, my hair had grown quite a bit, however I still didn’t see the volume I wanted and so I did another major trim. This time it was more of a tapered cut, which has since grown out quite a bit. I mostly trim my hair at least twice a year just because my hair is PRONE to split ends and single strand knots, especially right now. At the moment my hair is still ok, less shedding but now I really want to like 95% get rid of the shedding and knots so I’ll be trimming my hair very very soon, and hopefully it will give a little more motivation to care for my hair even better.
My Current Regimen:
I wouldn’t say I have a strict hair regimen because I prefer to listen to my hair and cater to it accordingly. However, what I try to maintain consistency in is washing and deep conditioning at least twice a month. I am working out more often now so perhaps the frequency of wash days might increase on an as needed basis.
For some reason, I had stopped pre-pooing ultimately due to laziness, but I have since incorporated it back into my regimen. Over the last few months I’ve been using pure Amla hair oil sometimes mixed with coconut oil or just plain coconut oil to pre-poo. What I do is just to spritz my hair using plain water and follow up with the oil and cover with a shower cap. I usually use liquefied African black soap as my shampoo which is absolutely glorious in clarifying my hair! It doesn’t strip off the natural oils excessively nor that it leave my hair with that squeaky clean feeling. It leaves me feeling fresh and clean.
For my deep conditioners, I alternate between DIY and store-bought conditioners, mostly depending on my mood, energy or budget (because let’s face it, some of these natural hair products can be a little on the pricier side). I also like to alternate between protein and moisturizing conditioners. This, of course, depends on your hair and your hair goals. I’d also point out that my hair has dramatically reduced on the shedding, however I am hoping the shedding reduces even more, which I hope I’ll achieve once I get rid of the split ends.
After DC’ing I follow up with a leave-in conditioner (usually whatever I have on hand at that time) and do 2-strand bantu knots which are my go-to style for my hair. When taking down the bantu knots I usually just follow up with my oil mix of coconut oil, olive oil, tea tree oil and Jamaican black castor oil.
How I’m going to switch things up:
One of my major goals in my natural hair journey is to get my hair back to the previous volume and health it had a few years back. I have learnt that my hair thrives under low manipulation, so I am also super keen on learning how to flat twist and eventually cornrow. I swear once I learn that, I’ll probably live in those and wear wigs on top! I’m trying to reduce on the braiding since my scalp is super sensitive. Any natural hair enthusiasts out there that want to teach me to cornrow or flat twist? I’d greatly appreciate it!
I also want to massage my scalp more just to get the blood circulating and monitor any changes.
I really want to make sure the small things add up to the bigger things in my hair journey this year, and keeping my fingers crossed that it adds up to something!
What are you changing/switching up in your journey? I’d love to know!