Time for a status update on my nurture & heal challenge. In order to correct the bad ways and habits that I had of caring for and styling my natural hair I officially started this challenge in March 2011. In the fall of 2010, when I was still flat ironing my locks weekly, I experienced quite a bit of damage and breakage as a result of having my hair lightened and excessive heat damage. It has since been a little over three months since I have committed myself to a low manipulation and moisturization regimen. Sooooo here’s my status:
First off, I must confess. Since starting this challenge, I have straightened my hair 3 times:
- To do the first length and damage check and to have ends clipped
- When attending a job fair
- And, today actually to get my ends clipped again
For me, to only have straightened my hair 3 times in a 3 month period is really good. A huge improvement! Aside from those 3 times I have been really good at sticking to wearing my natural hair texture with minimal to no heat. Additionally;
- I experimented with, discovered and perfected the wash & go
- My staple styles have been; wash & go, twist & curl or a bun
- 2 times a month I’d d0 deep conditioning masque
- I’ve limited my shampooing to 2 times a month
- In the course of a week I am averaging two co-washes
- Any style that I wear I allow my hair to air dry
When I went for my first hair trim the stylist recommended that I have the ends trimmed every three to four weeks. I didn’t follow that recommendation. Though I know I need to keep up with having the damaged hair trimmed, I didn’t want to risk straightening my hair that often in order to have it cut.
I plan to tweak my regime a bit from this point forward, especially for the summer. In addition to the things that I’ve been doing for this challenge, next up I’m striving for:
- NO HEAT
- Doing a status update and trim every 3 months
- To do a protein treatment once a month
- Try to wean myself from products that have the silicones, sulfates etc.
- Do weekly hot oil treatments
- Only straighten when it is time for a cut
- Try a few more natural hair style to wear
- Drink 64oz water a day
- Consistently take my multivitamins
With putting myself on this challenge, so far I have noticed quite a bit of growth and a lot less shedding. I have really gotten to know my hair texture, what is working for it and what does not. I have become alot more self assured with confidently wearing my natural big hair I will post some current pictures soon.
Have you ever tried a natural hair challenge? If so, what are some of the things you’ve done as a part of your challenge?
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