Hair Musings #8

HAIR MUSINGS

It’s been a while since I’ve done a hair musings post. These posts are a way for me to talk rant about my hair. If you want to see similar musings, click here.

My hair is just okay for the moment. After my protein treatment setback, I’ve been protective styling and being very gentle. My hair seems to be recovering pretty well. Wash days are usually the times I experience the most breakage. What has helped tremendously is washing my hair in braids. Washing in braids reduces the opportunity for my new growth to coil on itself and cause tangles. I got the idea to try it from Jay of Relaxed Thairapy and I’m so happy I did.

My hairline could be better. The relaxed ends at the very front and the edges have broken off. This normally happens when I stretch my relaxers for more than 3 months. Right now, I’m 6 months post and I’m considering transitioning to natural hair. Though I’ve been able to retain some length with my relaxed hair, it is hard to hold any style. My curly sets fall within a few hours. My new growth, however, can hold a style. When I twist it or braid it, I can see definition. 🙂 My fear is being able to handle my hair. I’ve been natural once (from Feb 2006 to Aug 2008) and it was a very rocky road. The one good thing was I had a lot of hair. I wonder if it will be as full if I decide to go natural again. If I transition, it will be at least a year and I would try to push it to two years. The first time I went natural, I did a big chop at about 10 weeks post relaxer. It took some getting use to. I think I’m better equipped and more knowledgeable now so going natural won’t be so rough.

I’m still protective styling and trying to get the hang of using a lace front wig. I’ve been reading and watching videos to help me out. I’ll be sure to let you know how it works out. My hair seems to be enjoying the rest. 🙂

My scalp has been acting crazy. 🙁 It was really itchy right before my last wash day and I noticed some flaking. 😥 I’m not sure if it’s from product build up or dandruff. It’s only in one section of my hair (towards the front). I’ve had this happen before and I started using neem oil and it helped. The major drawback with neem oil is the smell. I only use it when I’m going to wash my hair. My neem oil is finishing but I have another product that may help. Fenugreek (methi) powder.

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Fenugreek seeds

From what I read, fenugreek helps nourish the scalp, treat dandruff, control scalp itchiness, and prevent hair fall. Fenugreek is also used for digestive issues, lowering blood sugar, and promoting milk flow in breastfeeding mothers. I’m going to try a fenugreek scalp treatment the next time I wash my hair. Stay tuned . . .

We know that hair growth is internal and if you are in optimal health, your hair should grow. I haven’t been working out lately or drinking as much water. My diet isn’t the best either. I’m making a better effort to be more consistent with these things. I recently signed up for a free email course from Mattieologie called ‘The Consistency Cleanse’. She sends email lessons to help with your consistency. It’s mainly focused on blogging and e-business but the tips can apply to anything. Check it out if you’re interested.

What’s up with your hair lately?

Image Source: Methi by ashish2 at hi.wikipedia (Own work Transferred from hi.wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons