Be serious about protecting your hair
During my hair growth process, I wore my hair in single braids, buns and pony tails most of the time. I also wore scarves quite often.
I believe that this helped protect my hair from breakage (especially since I wasn’t trimming my hair whatsoever). I also stopped flat ironing my hair and getting blow outs.
The most heat styling I would do was once a month or every other month. So it goes without saying that heat styling should be kept at an absolute bare minimum.
At night, make sure to wrap your hair in a silky scarf, even when you don’t style it. You want to retain as much moisture as you can without having to over-moisturize your hair.
Constantly drying out and moisturizing your hair is going to stress it out, which is why heat styling and lying on cotton pillow cases aren’t recommended.
Stay away from hair salons
You have to be more proactive about doing your own hair. Unless you have a natural hair stylist, you should learn how to maintain and style your own hair.
Hair salons rarely use all-natural products and will pressure you into trimming your hair, which can slow down your hair growth.
If you like wash and go’s, you can wear those, but not too often. Wearing your hair out will leave it vulnerable to wear and tear.
You will notice a difference in your hair over time
From the time I completely changed my lifestyle, it took two years to see a difference in my curls. They went from loose curls with straight ends to well-defined curls all around my head. Today, you can’t even tell which parts of my hair was previously relaxed. Take a look for yourself in the picture above.
The photo on the left shows my curls and on the right, the lack thereof. You can even spot the straight relaxed ends here and there.
It’s still hard to believe I was able to transform my hair without having to do the big chop. But it’s been done and it can be done by you if you stay committed to a healthy lifestyle and natural beauty regimen.
Are you currently transitioning? Have you or are you planning to do the big chop? If you could avoid it, would you put in the effort to restore your hair instead?