It's amazing how, if you keep an open mind, you continue to learn and grow through even the toughest of times. Though 2020 was super-challenging, it gave me the space to take inventory of my hair growth journey and to make some tweaks to my regimen. Over the past few months, I've seen amazing progress and I'm excited to share what's working for me!
Discovered my 4 part hair type
In June and July of 2020, I wrote the "What's my Type" blog series. The research that I conducted while writing these posts really helped me gain insight into my own hair type. I learned that my fine curls need much more protein than I was giving it to maintain their strength, for example. Also, I began clarifying my low porosity hair twice a month instead of once. If you haven't checked out the series, I highly recommend giving it a read when you get a chance!
Traded my Heat Cap for a Steamer
Since steaming, I've noticed the following:
1. My hair stays moisturized longer throughout the week
2. My hair is shinier
3. The spa-like experience is just heavenly!
Put the Scissors Down
In 2020, I made a significant change to my hair care routine by adjusting my trimming schedule. Instead of sticking to my usual tri-monthly trims, I decided to take a different approach. Due to the protective styling I was practicing, my hair ends remained relatively healthy. As a result, I found that trimming every 3 months was unnecessary for me. Instead, I started checking my hair each week before styling it. I would carefully feel for any frayed strands, knots, or bumps, and if I discovered any, I would meticulously trim them. This new approach has been instrumental in helping me retain length over the past few months. It's a more targeted and precise method of maintaining healthy ends without the need for frequent overall trims.
Put My Hair Away
In 2020, due to the limited outings and events, I embraced protective styling as a way to keep my hair healthy and reduce breakage. Twists, braids, and buns became my go-to styles, providing a shield for my ends. Initially, I wasn't a big fan of protective styles, but I turned to YouTube for inspiration and tutorials. It became my go-to resource, helping me master techniques like flat twists and even installing Passion Twists within a couple of hours. The best part? These styles save me precious time in the morning, allowing me to enjoy an extra cup of coffee while setting up Zoom for my daughter, Alex. Protective styling has truly been a game-changer for me.
Upgraded my Scalp Massager
I've been a fan of the Vitagoods Scalp Massager for years. It's cute, cheap and gets the job done! But in 2020, I ran across this bad boy right here. Yes, it's a little pricey, but ladies, it's worth every penny! If you're not familiar with scalp massaging, it's pretty simple! Just apply a few drops of your favorite oil (of course, I recommend my new Cayenne Lemon Squeeze!) to your scalp and massage for 5-10 minutes with your fingers or favorite tool. Scalp massages stimulate blood flow, urging vital nutrients to make their way towards your follicles!
Tracked my growth
Keeping track of my hair growth was never something I found appealing in the past. Perhaps it was because my hair seemed to be growing at a slower pace than I desired. However, now that I can see visible progress every few weeks, I've become excited about tracking my growth. It's truly motivating to witness centimeters turning into inches and to witness my hair journey from collarbone length to reaching my armpits. Measuring my hair has become an enjoyable way to stay motivated and celebrate my hair's growth milestones.
Saw a dermatologist
If you're experiencing persistent hair and scalp issues or sudden, drastic changes in your hair, it's highly recommended to seek professional help. A skilled dermatologist can identify the underlying causes and provide effective treatments to restore your hair's health. Don't hesitate to consult a professional to address your concerns and find the right solutions.
I hope this blog post urges you to take a look at your own hair growth regimen and consider some tweaks! If you do decide to change things up, remember to only try one new thing at a time so that you can easily spot what's working and what's not.