Nurture & Heal natural hair challenge

I decided to challenge myself to be gentler with my hair. I need to learn to be more patient with my natural hair texture, learn more protective styling options and just how to treat my locks well overall. My goal is to achieve healthy hair that sheds as little as possible and to see how much length I can achieve.  Though I have been “natural” for about 6 years now, free from relaxers, I have not truly been natural, (minimal to no heat, no extensions, weaves, etc.) I’ve done my hair in. Since 2006 I’ve gone through phases of lightening it, constantly straightening it, excessive manipulation and heat. As a result, even with “natural hair”, I’ve experienced breakage, excessive shedding and having to get quite a bit cut off (and this was not a “big chop”) and most recently I’ve experienced quite a bit of heat damage. I realized that I want the healthiest hair as possible. Because of this I’ve decided to challenge myself to a Nurture & Heal challenge for the rest of 2011. On this challenge I will practice low to no manipulation, moisturization, minimal to no heat, explore more natural products, experiment with natural hair styles, being gentle and patient with myself and my hair to learn how to better care for my natural hair texture….Wish me luck! 🙂

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  1. it seems that a lot of people are going natural. Solange cut her hair completely off a year ago and her hair is longer than it was before she cut it… its amazing. I think she said she uses carols daughter..

    • There is definitely a natural hair movement that is happening with Black women across the country. Many have taken the route to do the “big chop” as Solange has. I on the other hand, did a “transition” about 5 yrs ago. Where I had my last relaxer in 2005. From there I kept it well conditioned and got a 1″ trim every 6-8 wks until all of the relaxed hair was gone. The key to growth for natural hair that I’ve experienced is low to no manipulation and alot of moisturizing. I am open to trying all kinds of products. Actually, I’m an admitted product junkie 🙂 Thanks for stopping bye!

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