For most people, the end of the year is a time for reflection. I took some time to think about what I learned about my hair this year. Here’s what I came up with.
My hair likes to be left alone. It does so much better when it is in a low manipulation or protective style. Protective styles are usually better but installation and take-down can bring some issues.
No to braids and weaves
As much as I love having my hair braided, my hair does not like it. This is especially an issue for the front part of my hair which is finer and cannot withstand the pressure from braiding. I had a weave in Feb/March and braids in June/July. My hair wasn’t too great afterwards especially in my sensitive areas. I’ve taken to wearing weave After my weave, I had too much breakage. I wasn’t moisturizing as often as I needed too and I faced consequences.
My scalp needs to breathe
I can appreciate a good weave . . . on someone else. My scalp won’t give me peace if I have a weave for too long. My last weave I was installed in the beginning of this year (end of January) My scalp was agitated even after washing. If I protective style, I need to reach my scalp. My wig is great for that because I can take it off every night.
Protein is my friend
My hair needs a consistent doses of protein. I think the strengthening really helps with length retention. I use Mega Growth for my edges almost every week and for the first time in a while (~2.5 years), I’m retaining length at my edges. For most the year, I did some sort of protein treatment each month. Recently, I decided to do a hard protein treatment (Aphogee 2-step) every other month.
I must admit at the start of the year I wasn’t too consistent with my regimen. I think my hair paid dearly for it. One of my hair goals for 2014 was to be more consistent with my regimen. After I took my weave out in March, I became more consistent and my hair is doing better. My nape is growing back. 🙂 My edges need some work but that’s what 2015 is for, right?