I pray your new year began with joy and by the side of loved ones. I spent mine with my family.
The new year always promises new beginnings, the chance to make things better and is a breath of fresh air. I'm definitely entering 2015 with a lot on my hair agenda.
First things first. How is my hair doing? I got a trim on 26 December 2014. My ends had loosened a bit, I noticed midshaft splits towards the last one to two inches, and I was having a horrible time retaining moisture. So during a cowash session I saw the loosened curls, I had discovered the splits earlier. I made up my mind and decided to do a one to two inch trim. I want healthy long hair and holding on to scraggly ends would simply hinder my progress.
I was quite sad to have to trim such a large amount cause it meant I would no longer be at the coveted armpit length. That's when you really start to feel like you're getting somewhere you know? Big girl pants on and I trimmed..I'll do a post on how I trimmed without having to blow dry my hair. Keep tuned.
|When I undid my braids|
Remember that I trimmed before my braids? A lot of scissors of late
|After my trim|
|Still have sumthn' sumthn' to work with..|
Might I add that my curls weren't even clumping right, they were out of sorts. I also found a few straight strands. So I knew I had heat loosened curls
|More reversion, my curls went back to normal. However the ends were still a bit wonky|
So i'm now somewhere between armpit length and past shoulder length. I have about three or so inches to regain. I will get them back do or die!
BUT I have an action plan to regain length. I want to keep my ends tip top this year!!
Firstly I identified the main factors that led to the deterioration of my ends. I did a great job protecting them and keeping them moisturised (hence the length retention). However I forgot that older ends means weaker ends more prone to damage. So I neglected to strengthen them with more protein. I would do protein treatments regularly enough, however my ends needed a lil extra to continue being strong. Hence the quick loosening when I blew out my hair for the braids.
What I will do
- Use protein on my ends at least every two to three weeks (also known as protein layering) to maintain them
- Low manipulation
- Peppermint oil with each deep conditioning session to enhance growth
- Inversion more often
- Continue giving my hair tlc. I will implement this goal by joining the Mz Direction healthy hair challenge for 2015. It will definitely keep me focused.
I have already made it to armpit length, so I know I can get there again. But this time I'm reaching there with my ends intact. I also got some T444Z to aid my growth . My mother got a jar and was so generous as to scoop out half the jar for me. Imagine that!! I will post an update on that later.
In other news, I enjoyed my hair with this gorge updo!
HAPPY NEW YEAR DOVES!