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Monday, January 12, 2015

Update and Final Thoughts

I know it's been a very long time since I've posted anything on this blog and by the spring I will most likely shut this page down, but just to update - My healthy hair journey continues. I have not given up on my goals. I'm glad to say that I finally made it to my first goal of BSL after four long years.

Bouffant and Bun

My next goal is MBL. Though I'm still moving towards my goals I have changed up a few things along the way. For example length checks. After a while I started to feel like it was redundant for me to continue to do length checks on hair that seemed to be barely moving, so I stopped doing them. Besides, as I mentioned before, I started to mainly focus on my hairs health over length. No matter how long it gets or didn't get it had to be healthy.

I  started to question whether I really wanted very long hair. As my hair grows, it becomes a chore. I am GRATEFUL for where it has gotten and all that I have learned about my hair but...whew...I started to really think about that saying "be careful for what you wish for." All the care that longer hair requires,I 'm not complaining or anything but it can be time consuming.

I also decided that I really like wearing hair weaves and extensions. Those styes really do help protect my hair. Before this journey all I did was wear sew-ins, but I did not care about the state of my real hair. Now that has changed,  I know better and I know how to properly use extansions as a protective style. I also know not to leave extensions in too long, not to use sew-ins or clips because they cause my hair to break! Instead I install crochet braids.

My regimen is still the same-
No shampoo, I use a  bentonite mixture and ACV rinses, accept for the rare occasion when I use African Pride Shea butter Miracle Moisturizing shampoo. It is very creamy and moisturizing and I only use it if my scalp needs a deep cleaning, but as for  any other types of shampoo, it's a NO. Too drying. I still use Argan oil, Suave Professional Conditioners, Aloe vera, African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Hair leave in Conditioner, and yes Hair Grease!
As for styling my hair is usually up in some protective style. I keep it as simple as possible and it works!

I started this in 2010 with hopes of having extremely long hair, not realizing I needed to Learn my hair ( I just didn't know!). But I learned a lot. Not only did I learn to love my hair, but I also learned a lot about myself, that's the great things about journeys, self-realization. So to those of you who are striving to achieve a goal, no matter what it is...keep going. Don't become so discouraged that you quit. Yes there will be some frustrating moments but trust and believe in yourself, you can achieve whatever it is your striving for.


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