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the importance of documenting my hair journey helped me to see my hair at it's best and worst state. This is soley for me, if someone stumbles on my page and get inspired that's a plus

Here are changes I have made to my existing regimen

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸพI am only doing PS with my real hair ONLY (this will give me a chance to focus on my hair and not forget about it)

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพno more mini twists ( they are way to time consuming)
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸพDo not keep PS in longer than 2 weeks
๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพtreat scalp while PS
๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพdo styles that I love
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Don't touch, its NACHOS!
Back to Basics๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿ’‡โœ‚๏ธ
(Feb 14, 2015)
It has been 5 years since I embarked on my natural hair journey. I can remember it like it was yesterday when I set all sorts of goals for myself not having a clue what challenges lied ahead. Along the way I have had a lot of set backs and triumphs. I never did reach my goal of waist length hair; the bad news is I'm disappointed, the good news is I know where I went wrong.

Natural hair is isn't a phase, it's a lifestyle. Throughout my journey I learn not to ever give up on my hair. This is the hair God gave me. I refuse to curse it, or get frustrated with it.

Where I went wrong:

I stopped taking care of it. When I realized my hair wasn't giving me the results I wanted I gave up. I was treating it like the hair I wanted not the hair I have. The final major setback happened the day b4 Easter this year when I let a natural hair hater flat iron my hair. She did everything under the sun that you are NOT suppose to do. And although I complained she dismissed it and kept going. She claims she didn't like when natural hair girls seat on her chair and tell her how to do her job. My Hair broke off very badly from rough combing my fine fragile hair. The ends were lifeless and thin. My regimen b4 that wasn't that great, I did I few trims but there was no consistency in my regimen, so I decided I would just let PS take care of my hair. I started doing weaves which resulted in heat damage in the leave out section. Then I decided I needed to take better care so I didn't leave hair out. Although all my hair was up, I wasn't properly treating it; no clean scalp or deep conditioning treatments, I did then whenever it was a must. During this frustration phase I learned that my hair give back what I put in; weak lifeless hair that breaks๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜”

So now I am back to square one. Well I guess that would mean BC but I won't be doing that extreme (although I have had the itch to chop off all the thinner ends but that would be 3-5 inches of hair), in this case I will just "transition" and chop as I grow. That's one thing I never got to experience becoming natural. What better way to start another chapter than on the site that I began this journey?๐Ÿ˜„

I had to fall in love with my hair again. And I have to love it for me not for anyone else. I see Volumous, thick, and super long heads of natural hair daily on Instagram, Pinterest,tumblr and other enternet outlets, they look nothing like my hair, I in the past it would discourage me because that what I wished my hair would look like or do, but Not anymore, I know my hair is one of a kind and I have to find the beauty in it because God didn't make any mistakes when He was creating me in His perfect image.๐Ÿ™Œ

This time around is different because I am learning my hair. In the past I was learning my hair based on other peoples' hair. Now, I am not only learning my hairs' personal characteristics, but also being honest and accepting it for what it is, that's the only way I can properly take care of it.

New discovery:

Believe it or not I just found out last month that I have fine hair!!! I know what your are probably thinking but it's true. I blame it on the hair typing system. Because I am in the 4 ranch I didn't think I could have fine hair. It seemed like fine hair only belonged to the 3 hair type. Now that I am being honest with myself I know better I don't care if I was the one person with 4a hair that's fine; my hair is fine! Lol.

My hair, (although fine) is dense, it mimics any style but it's doesn't hold style. And shrinkage is by 75% if not more๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. This is probably my least favorite thing about being natural but I am trying to focus on the positive. , so with that being said I appreciate that the shrinkage shows that I have elasticity.

The Master Plan:

1. Cut myself some slack!

* I am not going to be so hard on myself for not making it as far as others have. Yes there are many naturals whose journey started with mine and have past me in the length and health department but this isn't a competition. There are women who have been natural all their lives and haven't experienced optimum hair length due to poor health practices. It's never too late to start. Hair is constantly growing as long as I am living and breathing I can can always get back to properly taking care of my hair.

2. Keep my scalp clean and deep condition weekly (or as often as it needs)

3.Go easy on the amount of products I put in my hair.

My hair also doesn't take a lot of products so a little goes a long way. I see this as benefit bc I can save money on products.

4. When in doubt stretch!!

*my hair is more manageable when it's stretch I use to Curl formers after every wash but it's too time consuming for now so to take a break I plan to use other stretching methods like African threading.
UPDATE**8/29 African threading didn't work so I just do twists (out) when I am lazy and curl formers when I am not

*Lastly I plan to do the greenhouse or baggy method.

UPDATE**8-29 will not be doing any of these methods just sleeping on a satin silk pillow case

I plan to keep it simply. I will continue to wear my wigs. Like I said before knowing why my hair isn't thriving is a good thing bc I know what to and what to not do.

UPDATE** I'm selling all my wigs. I am holding myself accountable to care for my hair w/o excuses. It's PS like wigs that made to comfortable putting my hair away and neglecting it in the first place. All PS will be done with my real hair

Happy growing everyone and never ever give up on your hair๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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