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A New Chapter in My Hair Journey: The Big Chop

It's about to go down!

It’s about to go down!

After 22 years of being relaxed, I’m natural again. I have been natural for a week and I’m still in shock. My overprocessed relaxed hair was about APL but limp, damaged and lifeless. Do you have any idea how irritating it is to get a wash and set and not have a style in about two hours? What a waste of time and money! After repeatedly trimming cutting my hair in hopes of achieving the dream relaxed hair of my youth, I decided enough was enough.

It occurred to me in the shower (where I do my best thinking) that I want to be natural by 30. Not GOING natural, I want to know my texture, love it and have some length. I’ve always flirted with the idea of transitioning but I know me. After months and months of stretching, I would see all the new growth and be like, “Ooh, I wonder how long my hair would be if I just relaxed it one more time!”

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Reworking My Hair Regimen to Reach Bra Strap Length

Staying consistent is one of my biggest challenges. One of the ways that manifests is my hair journey. I have been at this for over five years (!!!) and my hair has been as long as below shoulder blade and a short as neck length. I’m currently grazing arm pit length but I intend to hit bra strap length by the end of 2015. I don’t have many new year’s resolutions but I know this is a good time to restart my hair regimen.

MY REGIMEN
- Clarify wash once a month
– Shampoo and deep condition using heat weekly (or bi-weekly)
– Light protein treatment every two weeks
– Air dry hair using t-shirt method unless wearing roller set or protective style
– 5000mcg of Biotin daily
– Moisturize and seal 3-4x times per week
– Exercise 3-4 times per week
– Drink 64 ounces of water daily
– Stretch relaxer at least 16 weeks
– Heat pass once a month

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The Newbie Files: 5 Tips for Creating a Regimen

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A hair regimen is simply the plan you’ve implemented to care for your hair. Your hair’s specific texture, length, health and your specific goals will determine your regimen. I strongly recommend creating one to keep you focused and accountable. 

I discuss methods for retaining length here and they’re a good place to start when building your reggie. I remember how overwhelmed I felt when I started my healthy hair journey so I compiled 5 tips to creating a hair regimen:

Keep it simple When building a hair regimen, simplicity is key. It’s easy to get caught up in a long, drawn out process but the easier you make it, the better your results will be. There are many different ways to skin a cat, you’re not required to utilize all of them! I suggest washing, deep conditioning, moisturizing and sealing, and protective styling as a base.

Be consistent Even the best regimen can easily be derailed if you aren’t consistent. Going super hard for one week and neglecting your hair for the next 3 won’t yield the desired results. Your hair is much like a relationship: starting out hot and heavy and then falling off will confuse your partner and can damage the relationship. Start by introducing a small change to improve your hair’s health (like easing up with the heat). Once that becomes second nature, incorporate another practice.

Avoid bandwagons I find that since hair boards have grown in popularity, bandwagons are more widespread than ever. “I used nothing but mayo on my hair for 6 months and my hair grew from NL (neck length) to BSL (bra strap length)!” Next thing you know, everyone and their mother is buying family size Hellmann’s in hopes of duplicating her results. I’m not saying that some hair care techniques aren’t viable and worth looking into but do your research first.

Chronicle hits and misses What better way to know what’s working and what isn’t than by keeping track? That was the original purpose of Stranded but you’re not required to blog or vlog. You can keep a journal where you write down what products you’ve tried. Note how your hair felt, how you  used it, and if you’ve noticed any change while using it. Make sure you consistently use a product before deciding if it’s a keeper or something to pass on.

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The Newbie Files: 7 Methods to Retain Length

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“My hair never grows.” This a gripe a lot of women have but it is actually inaccurate. If our hair never grew, we would never have new growth or need touch-ups! The problem is, some of us aren’t retaining the length that we’ve gotten. 

Here are 7 ways you can help your hair, natural or relaxed, retain the length you’ve worked for:

Deep condition & protein treatments Maintaining the proper moisture levels in hair is especially important for our coils and kinks. Give your hair a treat at least once a week to help retain length. Relaxed and/or color-treated ladies, be mindful of your protein balance since your hair is already compromised by these services. Keep you moisture/protein in balance and you’ll be well on your way to retaining length.

Moisturize & seal I moisturize and seal my hair in sections but some women only moisturize and seal their ends. Different strokes for different folks. Regardless of which method you choose to implement, be sure to use a water-based moisturizer and a natural oil to keep your hair moisturized as long as possible.

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