These past 11 months I have not been treating my hair the way it deserves. I am slightly disappointed in myself. I became truly complacent in my care and it is showing.
I haven’t done anything crazy like use heat and dyes that burned and killed my hair. I just have not been giving the needed attention. Not DCing as I should, relied way too much on my Denman brush, not properly using oils (rather not using any) and got off schedule with my 6 week protein treatments. The problem is I KNOW how to effectively take care of my hair. My hair has been thriving for two years. As I said earlier I’ve gotten complacent.
The changes I noticed are dullness in my hair, more single-strand knots; sometimes three and four knots on one strand! Constantly battling frizzy dried tips that like to lock up with their neighbors and a slew of split ends! All of this is unacceptable. But, from the outside looking in everything was beautiful. I received constant compliments and comments on the fullness and health of my curls. The thing is I knew the potential of my curlies, and I knew how the ends should spring into a nice spiral at the end of a twist, not a micro-puff.
I also had to come to terms that my hair is at a length now where the wash-n-go can no longer be my everyday style. How I wore my hair a year ago just isn’t conducive to healthy hair at this length. My daily hairstyle was a true wash-n-go. I’d wet my hair apply a conditioning styling aid, brush through my hair to break up the curls and go. 15 minutes max on this style and I was out the door. No pin, clips, headband, just my fro, and I loved it. But what I did was sacrifice the wellbeing of my strands for time and convince. If you’ve been following this blog than you’ll know how much I value easy convenient hair care practices. I’m very low maintenance which has worked well in the past with minimal manipulation and such. But I have let the laziness with doing my hair get the best of me.
I believe the main culprit was the Denman brush, and I’m kicking myself for not heeding my own advice that I’ve gave Lisa a year ago about putting that damn brush down. I slipped into a spiral. Normally I could rock my WNG for a week without having to use any tools besides my fingers. However, when my ends started ragging up I found myself using the brush more often to help detangle and separate and prevent the curls from locking. My length retention has suffered, and I have been set back AT LEAST 6 months, with minimum retention and the need to trim the split ends.
So, I have trimmed my hair, but I need to put on my big girl panties and really trim what needs to go. Daily wash-n-gos and daily use of the brush are no more. My goal is to wear my hair stretch as often as possible to reduce sing strand knots. Get back into my weekly DCs and my protein treatments. I know with these minor changes but I’m confident that I will have significant results. I am committed to doing better.
I miss my hair.