Pure and Utter Hair….Confusion

First off, let me start by apologizing for my blog invisibility. As you know, I am a full-time student and I’ve been glued to my books due to the devastating thing that we call midterms *insert crying emoji.* Thank God that’s over!

Now that you all have forgiven me, I wanna talk about this stuff on the top of my head called hair. Since beginning my natural hair journey, I have been extremely positive and optimistic, but lately that has been decreasing.

I think one of the hardest things about going natural is the fact that you’re completely starting over. Everything you thought you knew about your hair is no more. You have to figure what kind of hair you have, change your hair routine, and most importantly you have to figure out what your hair likes…which is what I’m struggling with.

About three weeks ago, I began to feel my hair getting dry and rough. I naturally have thick coarse hair, but this was on a whole ‘nother level. It felt like no matter what I put in my hair, it just wasn’t maintaining any moisture so I started doing research on why this was the case. During my research, I ran across the term of protein sensitivity. For those of you that have never heard about protein sensitivity, it is when hair overacts to protein in the hair. This makes the hair feel brittle and dry and more prone to breakage. People that are said to have protein sensitive hair either have enough protein or high levels or protein.

Being the hypochondriac that I am (self diagnosed of course lol), I immediately felt like that was what was wrong with me. So immediately, I started to change the products I was putting in my hair. I still used products with protein, but I definitely cut back on using a lot of different products. Once I stopped my product junkie ways, I began to feel my hair getting better.

There are some people out there that believe protein sensitivity is a myth, but I’m not sure. I DO agree that all hair may not like a lot of protein, but I’m not sure if I believe it’s a permanent thing or that it means that you can’t add any protein to your hair. I think sometimes it is simply mixing too many products that causes “protein sensitivity.” During the month of November, I am going to begin using protein free products just to see how the state of my hair changes*

I am now getting out of my product junkie phase and beginning to find out what MY hair likes. Just remember, your hair will not be the same as mine, or your cousins, or any other naturalista lol. Figure out what works for YOU!

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Do you believe in protein sensitivity? Are you struggling to find out what your hair likes? Let’s talk about it!! Comment below!

Natural Hair Challenge!

Let me start off by saying how excitedddddd I am to be starting this challenge! A few weeks ago, I told ya’ll about my plans to begin this hair challenge in my post, Girl I Ain’t Tryna Be Bald Forever and the challenge has begun!

Sooooo, it’s time to do my first length check! Here are a few pictures of my hair that I took on the first of this month.

Front: 7cm  Back:  6cm  Top Middle: 10cm  Left Side: 7.5cm  Right Side: 7cm

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I hope ya’ll are joining me on this challenge! If you are, pleaseee post you’re length check results below! I’m excitedddddd!! Let’s GRO! 🙂

(Rules for the challenge will be the featured image of this post, or feel free to refer back to my previous post!

Girl, I Ain’t Tryna Be Bald Forever!

This post is about exactly what the title says, I am NOT tryna be bald forever! As I told ya’ll in my previous post, I never really wanted to BC- big chop- in the first place, but due to the condition of my hair I kinda had no choice. Don’t get me wrong, I am in love with my hair right now…..but I’m tryna get some longgg hurr honey boo boo child *ghetto girl voice*

Soooo in order to reach my hair goal of growing my hair 4 inches by the end of the year, I have been doing my own hair challenge! Yes, I know that is a hefty goal (African Americans are said to average 4in. of hair growth per YEAR), but hopefully this challenge will help will get me there! I have been doing this HC since August and I planned on ending on October 31 buttttt I ended up breaking my own rule and doing my 2nd BC at the end of August. Since I don’t want my results to be skeweddddd (I just like to drag that word out lol) I am going to stop my current challenge and restart on October 1st so hopefully you guys will join me!! I plan on ending this challenge at the very end of the year, December 31st.

For those of you who would like to join me, get readyyy, I will be posting on October 1st with details on my hair before I start the challenge. In reply to that post, drop me your details as well; including your hair goal, length check, photos, and your favorite products or any hair growth “encouragements” you plan on using.

NHC

Don’t leave me hanging! Do this with me, I know I ain’t the only one with hair goals boo!

XOXO

Naturalista….or nah?

If you would’ve talked to me about natural hair four months ago, I would’ve told you “It’s great! I love it on other people, but I luhh my creamy crack.” About a month later, I made the decision to go natural! (I know, I’m a total hypocrite). I figured I’d begin my journey as a naturalista with the transitioning phase since it had already been a couple of months since my last relaxer (in March), but as I began to transition, I realized how poor of a condition that my hair was in. My hair was extremely damaged. It was so thin and broken off.

For a while I tried to deal with my to’ up hair by wearing pinned up twist and braid outs, but after a while I just got fed up with trying to make it work. So after about a month of transitioning, I said f*ck it and I decided to do my first big chop! I was scared to cut ALL my hair off, so I decided on a tapered cut that allowed me to keep some length on the top.

I absolutely loved this haircut! I didn’t have the hassle of dealing with a full head of hair with two different textures. I could enjoy transitioning without the mess that can with damaged hair. I continued using perm rods on the top of my cut in addition to twist and braid outs.But after a while, this began to stress me out too! Now that I think about it, maybe it was me and not the haircuts….nahhh, it was the cuts. But I got annoyed with the top of my hair because since it was straight, it was hard for me to just pick up and go…sooo I big chopped again! I went into my bathroom and began cutting. I ended up cutting about two inches off and that’s where I am now!

I’ll probably get my sides tapered again before I stopped cutting it and just start trimming it, but I am currently in love with my hair! I’m focused on keeping it healthy and moisturized! As my curl pattern is starting to come in, I’m just trying to get to know my hair. I’m trying out different products to see exactly what my hair likes and dislikes. As I continue my hair journey, I will be sharing with you and I hope you share yours with me! I really do wanna hear from you guys!