My Hair Journey Continued

Hi Ladies!

It’s been a while since I did a hair update. I was going to record a video, but I tend to ramble and miss important points so I figured a written post would be better.  I have been doing okay with my hair.  I still feel like I need to tighten my regimen up. I kind of feel like I am floundering in the wind and I don’t really know what my hair needs.  Still, I can honestly say that I am taking WAY better care of my hair than I was just two months ago and my hair is growing.

My Current Regimen…

Weekly

Daily

  • Nioxin Intensive Therapy Recharging Complex a.k.a. Nioxin Vitamins (see notes below)
  • Spray hair lightly with water and re-twist/knot with She Moisture Curl & Style Milk. Cover with a Satin Bonnet.  If I am wearing a flexi rod set, I skip the water and style milk except on my edges, and pineapple loosely with a silk scarf around my edges.
  • Sleep on a Satin Pillow nightly.

Quick Notes on My Regimen…

  1. Deep Conditioning (and pre-pooing) before washing is a whole new concept to me. It seems a little counterintuitive, but I noticed a lot of hair bloggers do it that way so I thought I’d give it a try.   The logic behind deep conditioning (and pre-pooing) before washing is basically to counteract the stripping that is inherent to shampooing your hair.  Makes perfect sense when you think of it that way, huh? So, what I do is spray my hair with a spray bottle so that it’s wet, but not sopping.  Next, I section my hair into four sections and slather on the Lustrasilk until it’s completely saturated.  I put on a shower cap and let the conditioner sit on my hair for about an hour, or however long it takes me to finish whatever activity I have scheduled to occupy me on hair day (usually blogging. LOL!)
  2. I am not totally in love with the Shea Moisture shampoo but I stocked up on it at the Natural Hair Show so I thought I’d use it up before buying something new. Honestly, I don’t really know what I am looking for from a shampoo so I can’t say that I won’t ultimately end up coming back to the Shea Moisture. I do know that it does NOT have any of the bad stuff, and it doesn’t strip my hair… and that is a plus!
  3. I have tried intermittent co-washing but I have not been able to really fit it into my life. I don’t really want to “wash” my hair mid-week because I really don’t have time for the mid-week styling. I suppose people do wash-n-go styles and buns, but ehh I don’t really wanna do either.  I don’t think I’ll be able to wear a decent wash-n-go until I chop of these straight ends and you may recall that one of my hair goals was to lay off the ponytails.
  4. I don’t particularly care for the Shea Moisture Reconstructive Elixir. I bought it on a whim because I needed some kind of oil for sealing, and I was nowhere near a health food store.  It kind of just sat on top of my hair…definitely not what I wanted.  Since then, I’ve gotten my life together and purchased some 100% organic extra virgin olive oil. Correction: Coconut Oil.
  5. You may remember me mentioning that I’d started taking Biotin supplements.  Well, that didn’t work out so well. They were making my face break out with HUGE painful zits.  So, I swapped them out for the Nioxin vitamins and I have had NO negative side effects at all. I have been taking the vitamins for almost 60 days.  It is my understanding that these particular vitamins have a 30 day gestation period where you don’t really see much of anything change with your hair, then all the sudden BOOM! Your hair and nails start growing strong and healthy.  An important thing to note about vitamins.  It is not likely that they will make your hair grow faster.  Hair grows about a ½ inch a month. Period. You may have growth spurts here and there, and on the flipside there may be periods of time where it feels like your hair is growing slower but I personally don’t bank on products making my hair shoot out of my head any faster than the normal rate.  What I do expect from dietary supplements like Nioxin and biotin is stronger, healthier hair that is less prone to breakage.  Okay, so one of my other hair goals was thicker, fuller hair.  Now, my hair has always been fine, but my hair was not always thin (which I believe it is now).  In fact, my hair was unbelievably thick (but still fine in texture).  They say you are born with the number of hair follicles you will have on your head for life.  The only thing that varies is whether or not a hair is growing from that follicle at any given time. That said, I also don’t expect new hair follicles to magically appear on my scalp; however, I do believe that unhealthy hair habits and perhaps stress has caused some premature hair loss and tons of breakage.  I am hoping that Nioxin will help remedy some of that.  Now, Nioxin also boasts an increase in hair density…and by that they mean density of the individual strand…which I suppose will make your hair appear fuller and thicker.  I have heard RAVE reviews about this supplement so I am excited to see the results on my hair. So far, I have seen splendid results on my nails.  They are growing SO fast and they are stronger than they’ve ever been. I’ll keep you guys posted on my hair.

Here are my goals for improving my regimen over the next few months.

  • Weekly hot oil treatments (did my first one this past Sunday).
  • Monthly henna gloss (did one a couple months ago, but didn’t stick with it).
  • Protective styling (twists, loose buns, ummm?).
  • Mid-week cowashing (only because I keep hearing how great it is for replenishing moisture).
  • Pre-pooing and sealing with coconut oil.

Hair Wish List

The Fun Stuff…Pictures

Okay, so because I am not really good at this whole hair journey documentation thing, I never took a picture of my hair when I started.  We’ll let this be my starting point J

My hair today (Sept 2011); I wish I had taken the picture with a regular bra or bikini top.  If I had on a regular bra, you’d be able to see that my hair at its longest point in the back is about 1 ½ -2” shy of my bra strap.  I guess this is called BSB (below shoulder blade) length hair? Now let’s keep in mind 1) I need to cut off all these nasty straight ends and 2) I have all these breakage induced layers that are going to require a lot of trimming and TLC to grow out.  That being said, my hair is probably longer than it has been in years.  After about 3 months, my hair is showing promise.  I am looking forward to seeing where I’ll be after a year!

My 1st Successful Flat Twist Out (Still not my favorite styling technique)

A PERFECT Bantu Knot Out (I haven’t been able to recreate this)

The Original Flexi-rod Set (the most consistent styling technique)

Modified Goals

My goals are not really changing, but previously I said I wasn’t really concerned about length. Well, I’ve changed my mind. After seeing the tremendous growth results all the healthy hair bloggers out there have experienced after implementing a healthy hair regimen, I have to admit the desire for looooong hair began to consume me.  So scratch what I said before…. I now want waist length hair. HA!! (that is quite the 180, right?)  But, my previous statement still stands… fuller, thicker, stronger hair trumps length for me, and over the next year my focus is going to be on repairing the damage that has already been done…which inevitably will include a lot of cutting…which means, I won’t be retaining my growth.  Until, these fried ends are gone, I’ll sadly be cutting off an inch for every inch that grows.

So there you have it. I know this post was SUPER long, so God bless you if you actually read it! LOL!!

So many of you have given me such great tips and some of you have even emailed me your hair regimens. I SO appreciate that! It has been so helpful.  Please keep the helpful tips coming…and thanks to those of you who allow me to stalk you on Twitter with all my questions!

XOXO

 

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14 Responses to “My Hair Journey Continued”

  1. Shanda says:

    Wow!!!! Great progress! I'm so happy for you. I wish I had not cut all my hair off. I went naturally by after about 3ins of new growth…and a bob cut, I just cut it all off. Will never do that again. I wish I had transitioned your way. This is awesome Eboni!!! One of my other friends did the same as you. She cut it when her natural hair got to about shoulder length I believe.

  2. I think your bra must sit extraordinarily low…because you are saying your hair is NOT hitting your bra strap?!?! Impossible! Anyway, your reggie looks great and you sound like you’ve done quite a bit of research and knowledge is the 1st step to a successful hair journey. If you are interested, I posted a blog all about pre-pooing not too long ago. Good luck and your styles look absolutely amazing!!! I can’t wait to see you a year from now either! Thx for keeping us updated!
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  3. abi says:

    Sounds like you’re making good progress. Good luck with the rest of your HHJ. Please keep is informed about the nioxin supplements. I’m very interested in trying this because I’m experiencing excessive breakage recently. I just ordered some Jamaican black castor oil like an hour ago. I can’t wait to receive it.

  4. Kimberlyn says:

    Excellent blog natural hair is so beautiful bug high matience. Thanks for the tips.

  5. Nikell says:

    I love the flexi rod set!! It's gorgeous. My hair is coarse so, I'll have to go buy some to look like that (lol).
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  6. I love hair posts because I am such a hair fanatic. Keep up the good work on your journey.

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  7. Tammie says:

    I have been flirting with the idea of going natral this month.
    I see people like Reiko's and Jaunette's (sp) hair and think of all the beautiful things I could do with natural hair.
    I'd need a protective style while I'm transitioning though.
    I used to wear braids and weaves but they TORE MY EDGES UP!
    They are JUST NOW growing back from the abuse.
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  8. Necole says:

    Eboni that bantu knot out is the BIZNESS:) I love it! You gotta recreate that again! Go head’ (yes I am southern) and cut those ends some! Do it now and they’ll be back in no time missy! I was treated to my FIRST flexirod set since I went natural this weekend. They used a million of the little green and yellow rods (think straw sets). The shampoo/steam/trim/light blow and roll process took nearly four hours and my hair was not dry:( I went home at 11 with a HEAD full of rollers (gasp) I was receiving a makeover for Mhe Magazine and Fro Fashion Week. I barely slept! I will not do that again! I will have to get them early enough to dry! The style was fabulous though and is getting bigger and bigger everyday! This won’t be a go to style, but it will be one that I try again:)

    You are well on your way! That coconut oil will seal those ends, or you can make a mix with several different ones. I also swear by Kimmaytube’s leave in recipe! My ends are so much easier to manage when I use it. When I don’t lets just say I ain’t happy:) lol

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  10. Major says:

    I have been natural for 3.5 years. I have not mastered the curly. I recently have notice super breakage due to straightening my hair with a 30 day keratin treatment. So have attempted curly and i think i got it . I do a braidout with flexi rods on ends like youtube guru kairox146. I finally have the right moisture maintenance (i can't uses coconut oil dries my hair out) I am in love. I challenged myself to embrace my hair curly for the winter …. So i hope it last lol. Any who.. great post and informative :)

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