There are many ‘rules’ in the natural hair community aimed to help achieve and maintain healthy hair, but sometimes life gets in the way and all those rules fly out the window. You end up stuck with shrunken, dry and not very nice looking hair. I found myself in the same boat over the December holidays, my hair was a mess! I did not moisturise for days on end – don’t even get me started on deep conditioning. Add the fact that I was at my in-laws and had to have a doek on at all times, so my hair was conveniently forgotten. However, after I got my act together, I was determined to get my hair back into it’s health and here is what I did to revive my hair.
I have been rocking my hair in its natural state for just over a year now after going through a 7 month transition and I have been enjoying it! There has been a joy and satisfaction that has come from taking care of my natural hair the right way for the first time in my life and watching it grow and do things that I never thought it could do. As my hair has grown, I have been able to experiment with styling, get creative with it and learn some protective styling skills.
I was very excited for November to come along because, the end of November marks my 1 year anniversary rocking my natural hair! My hair has definitely grown since I big chopped, but I still feel like I am not at the length that I want to be. One of the downsides of big chopping earlier in your transition is that you have to work at retaining length. I feel that people who do long transitions retain more natural hair length because most of the damage occurs at the line of demarcation. Anyhoo, both methods of going natural have their pros and cons – no one way is perfect.
So I am back in another protective style; this time it is really needed. I have a busy time ahead of me and I want to have my hair away so that it’s one less stress that I have to deal with. I’ve also had my hair out since early September and I was tired of having to wash it and decide how to style it every weekend.
After failing miserably a few months ago – I decided to pull up my socks and go for my 2nd attempt at a wash and go. This was sparked by my wash day last week and the products I used that made me think that I might have better luck at a wash and go this time around. So armed with tons of research and a ‘can do’ attitude, I styled my hair in a wash and go after this week’s wash day.