Your hair is?… Relaxed (this includes texlaxed)
When and why did you start your hair journey?
I started my hair journey in May 2013. One of my colleagues who mostly held her hair in protective styles came to the office one day with her hair let down and I could not stop admiring it. She told me that her hair was only a year and a half old but when I looked at the length and health, I could not believe it. I told her that I cannot cut my hair because it will never grow back. She then told me that all hair can grow long and then gave me her regimen. Since my hair has always been thin and short (Neck length), I decided to do my own research. I stumbled upon justgrowalready.com and I have never looked back.
What is your current regimen?
I DC my hair twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays. I prepoo with coconut oil for one hour, shampoo, then conditioner, then tea rinse, then treatment for one hour with a plastic cap. When I wash off the DC, I towel dry my hair up to 70%, then add my leave ins, moisturise (with a mixture of water and Glycerine) and seal (with home-made shea butter) then braid into 4 or 6 parts. I apply castor oil on my edges before I wrap my hair with a silk scarf for bed. I moisturise and seal twice a day in the morning and in the evenings. I also use protective styles 98% of the time (means buns sometimes with cornrows on the side of my head). Low manipulation is my thing right now. I don’t use a comb other than on DC days when detangling.
Do you have any hair goals? Have you achieved them? How did you achieve them? How are you working to achieve them?
My long term goal is to get to waist length. But my short term goal is to get healthy ends and grow my edges. I also want thicker hair. I have been on this journey just two months but right now the health of my hair is improving. I am following my regimen religiously to ensure I achieve my goals. I also do a lot of research to inform myself on new and improved ways to take care of my hair.
What do you wish you knew at the start of your journey?
That every ones hair is different and you have to work out your own regimen and not follow somebody else’s. This would have prevented me from having too many expensive products yet my regimen is simple and cheap. I also with I knew that I can do my own hair. I was always at a salon and the stylists are not well informed on hair. So they do things that harm your hair yet keep promising you that is good for your hair. The last thing I wish I knew was not to use the small toothed comb. I used to use it more than twice a day to keep my hair smoothed and neat. I even combed through my growth with the small comb to detangle. Shudder!!
What are your favorite protective styles?
I love buns. But this is because I don’t know many other styles. I’m slowly learning because I had not been much of a DYIyer before my hair journey.
What do you love most about your hair?
I love the current health. It may not look like much but it was worse. At least when I hold my hair in my hand it feels more than what it was before. I can also hold a sock bun and my hair covers all around.
How do you deal with people who doubt you? What motivates you to keep going?
I don’t respond to the pessimists because in the next few months they will be asking me for tips. I’m sure of it. My motivation is the challenge of achieving my long term goal. The challenge keeps me going. Also, the doubters make me want to prove them wrong. So I keep going.
What is the funniest or strangest hair related experience you’ve ever had?
I once dreamt that I accidentally cut my hair while taking out a sew in weave. I literally woke up, removed my scarf and went to the mirror at around 3:00am to make sure it was just a dream. My heart was almost beating out of my chest.
Where can we find you on the web?
You can find me on my blog at scarletgoal.wordpress.com
Thank you for sharing your story with us Evalyne!