I confess. . . I’ve been holding out on you. For the last six months, I have been working on my natural hair, but not sharing my progress. Primarily, I have been dealing with my health and trying to stay well and fit. In addition, I ran into issues with my hair, and it was falling out pretty badly. If I touched my hair even a little, I would end up with hair in my hands. This was not good. A year ago, I was under tremendous stress and my health and wellbeing were under attack. I was not well, lost a lot of weight, and it also resulted in the hair loss.
I am happy to say that life has changed for the better! I am happier, stress free, and continuing to work on staying healthy and fit. In the meantime, I decided my hair needed a break from any type of manipulation, so I made the transition into locs. It’s what I’ve always wanted, but wasn’t quite sure I was ready to do especially working in the corporate arena. Now, I am in business for myself and that is no longer an issue. I can be ME!
I am proud to report that the four-month transition is going well, and you are the first to see (besides my family, of course)! NO MORE HAIR LOSS either, and it’s growing fast! I admit that I have not gone out of the house with my locs exposed yet, as I am waiting for more growth and the ability to create different styles and updos.
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I must admit I was skeptical when I came across this product a month ago. . .
I was walking through the mall, browsing and wasting time, when I walked past the Aveda store and saw a sign that said something about increasing the moisture in my hair up to 97%.
Considering I have 4C hair, which soaks in moisture like a sponge and still seems dry, I found “97%” to be a very profound claim. I had nearly past the store completely when it finally sinked in. Suddenly, I stopped in my tracks and began to walk backwards. LOL!
My curiosity was peaked, and I had to find out more. The sales associate was very polite and informative. She let me try some on a few strands of hair. She gave me a GREAT neck and back massage, introduced me to a few other products, and signed me up for a FREE facial the following weekend. Although the perks were compelling, as well as many of the products, I chose not to buy the Dry Remedy product that day, BUT I received a sample with the purchase I did make.
There was enough in the sample to last a couple weeks, as you did not need to apply a lot of it. After the first few days, I did notice a difference. I was pleasantly surprised.
I used the entire sample, and decided that it was worth the purchase. Although I am not fond of the smell, I like the results. My hair is softer, and maintains more moisture. It is packed with natural oil ingredients. It is a little pricey for the size, but like I said, a little goes a long way.
Try it for yourself!
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I DID IT! I made it through my 90-day challenge!
I was able to maintain my natural hair with little to no manipulation for more than 90 days. My hair is showing much appreciation for it! It is longer, healthier, stronger, and a little more dense. Since I have fine hair, lots of manipulation causes breakage and frizz. This experiment has truly enlightened me about my hair, how to maintain length, and lessen damage.
Since removing my Havana twists (or Marley twists),
my two-strand twist-outs are maintaining curl definition with little frizz and shrinkage, which I had never experienced. I love it!
I’m so pleased, that I plan to do another 90-day challenge in the upcoming months. Stay tuned!
Thanks for reading!
I just wanted to give you an update on how my fall hair challenge is going. It’s been about a month since I started. The first couple of weeks were easy! I kept my hair in twists. It actually felt great not having to do anything with it at night and every morning!
After that second week, I was itching to do more – put my fingers in it, try a new style, or something. That’s when the challenge began! So, I went to the beauty supply store and purchased a wig.
LOL! This was a life saver! Now, I’m hooked and am planning to buy a few more. I still keep my hair twisted, as seen in the first photo. I’ve also noticed some growth by giving my hair some rest. Overall, I am very satisfied with how things are going.
Some things to keep in mind when you are wearing wigs:
- Maintaining your natural hair is still very important.
- Never put a wig on damp hair, you can develop fungus, among other things.
- Wash, condition and moisturize your hair regularly. Wash at least once per week. Moisturize it daily – particularly at night.
- DO NOT use a stocking cap under your wig. A satin wrap or nothing at all is better. Stocking caps cut off the circulation which could lead to further scalp damage.
- Massage your scalp daily to promote circulation that may be prevented while wearing your wig.
I will update you again in about a month!
Thanks for reading!
Zina Saro-Wiwa is a documentary maker and video artist. Her work includes the documentary “This Is My Africa,” which was broadcast on HBO. She is British-Nigerian and lives in Brooklyn.
Read the article and watch the documentary by clicking on the link below: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/opinion/black-women-and-natural-hair.html?_r=3&smid=tw-share