Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Growing My African American Hair....AGAIN!

A little over a year ago I reached my goal of thick, mid-back relaxed hair. I was sooooooo HAPPY and after receiving numerous compliments from family and strangers I was even more convinced that I had done something Great! Growing relaxed African American Hair is a challenge. My hair type of fine 4a hair tends to be dry and breaks easily. Moisturizing weekly, trimming away split ends, avoiding all heat, and wearing protective styles got me to my goal but it was not without a few set-backs and even tears! I remember a time where I over-did-it with some protein products and BAM, it was breakage city. It took over a year for me to get to my goal but it was well worth the wait.
Fast forward to today, after moving into my first home, getting married, going on a honeymoon, working hard for a promotion at work, and flat out being LAZY, I noticed that I am far from where I started 4 years ago. I blame myself for getting "too comfortable" with having long hair. Forgetting to wrap it when I laid down, not deep conditioning for weeks, throwing it in a messy bun for days without moisturizing... and on top of all that, I had the nerve to flat iron my hair 3 weekends in a row! Today I thoroughly examined my hair and noticed split ends everywhere. My once thick, mid-back hair is now a thinner, uneven bra-strap length. I haven't gotten a relaxer in 8 months so my hair is very fragile and breaks easily due to the two different textures which adds fuel to the fire.
Well, I say all this to further "reality check" myself and to get back on the right track once and for all. I want my long, healthy, beautiful, black hair back! I know its going to take time, but I am fully prepared and I plan to blog along the way.... Below is my goal pic, which a pic of my hair a couple years ago.
SO HERE'S TO HAPPY HAIR GROWING!!! Feel free to follow my journey :)


Simone said...

I feel you on this post girl! Although my hair is not as long as yours, it most definitely a struggle trying to retain length & maintain a healthy head of hair. You & your hair are gorgeous & I wish you the best of luck on your hair journey! I'm going through my very own natural hair journey too lol Great blog!

KhaliaNicole said...

"throwing it in a messy bun for days without moisturizing... "

Girl, this is me! I'm transitioning right now though, cause I did the same thing you did where I hadn't relaxed for 8 months then I just decided I might as well just keep going with it!

Sometimes black hair is just EXHAUSTING though!!!

Jenna said...

I know it can be hard to stay consistent, I catch myself slippin' sometimes too lol. I wish you the best of luck on your new hair journey. You have beautiful hair!



♥Nikki Ms.Healthy KISSES♥ said...

Thanks for the comments ladies :) love to hear how others relate. Our black hair is exhausting, but we can do this! Best hair wishes to you all!

"HauteMocha" said...

All the best!!! If you dud it before you can do it again :-)

♥Nikki Ms.Healthy KISSES♥ said...

Thanks Mocha!

Ashley said...

You have a lovely blog!
I am your newest follower, follow back?

♥Nikki Ms.Healthy KISSES♥ said...

Thanks Ashley! Will do :)

Chantelovesbeauty said...

I am all for natural hair if that is what someone chooses to do but I do feel that relaxed hair can be healthy and long too. It takes a lot of time and care but it can happen. Moisture is the key. Great blog great hair.


Rolana Moyaah said...

I find it so hard to maintain my natural hair, hence why i braid it for now lol. I would love to get my hair to your length... your hair is beautiful hun xx

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Special K said...

I completely understand, I've recently relocated and have been a little lazy with my hair as well. I wish you the very best on growing your hair out again lol:-)!

inH!Simage said...

Wow, your hair is so beautiful!.. I just started my journey a few months ago. Cant wait till it reaches yours :-)

Her Reality said...

Beautiful hair. So INSPIRATIONAL.

Kristin said...

Long hair has always been my dream. I've tried a lot of shampoos, conditioners and other recipes for increasing hair growth, but my hair was not so thick and healthy, so I had to cut it again and again. Eventually I understood that the best effect comes when nutrition is done from inside out. Basic nutrients should come from food, but there are seasons when we strongly suffer from the lack of vitamins. Recently I've started taking nutritional supplement Hair Gain Formula by Military Grade. This product is the only nutraceutical which possesses prostaglandin D2 blocking properties. I must say, result was above expectations! I detect lots of short hair on my head and it grows quicker. I hope my dream of a long hair would soon come true.