Setback #3 – Not knowing what to do when you see breakage – There are basics that need to be followed to keep your natural hair healthy. You must cleanse, moisturize, seal and protect and how you choose to do those things will vary but when you upset the order of things you can begin seeing breakage and it may continue for a long while with no letting up.
Again, that can be daunting but don’t panic. Evaluate your techniques; are you cleansing properly? Are you rushing through any of your basic steps? When was your last deep condition or protein deep condition? Are you using too much heat or chemical treatments? Are you stressed? There are several reasons why you may be seeing breakage so don’t panic and start doing EVERYTHING at once.
Remember what you are supposed to be doing and see if you are staying on track. Most likely you are slipping in one or two areas and you just need to revamp your routine. It’s OK to slip but don’t neglect your tresses for long as they will fight back with breakage.
Setback #4 – Your hair doesn’t seem to be growing – All hair grows so if you feel your hair isn’t growing at the normal rate of 1/2 an inch a month, then you may not be retaining length. Your ends are the most fragile and the oldest hairs so take care of them.
Get trims regularly, especially if you do more manipulation to your tresses like heat styling and chemical treatments. Seal your ends to retain moisture and to fight off split ends.
Try protective styles and wear your satin bonnet, scarves or sleep on satin pillowcases. Protect, protect, protect, you will begin to see a difference once you make this priority.
Setback #5 – Not liking your natural hair – This will remain a setback until you accept and love your tresses. They are yours and no one else in the world has the exact same coils as you do. Nurture them and they will thrive but if you hate them they will stifle under your neglect and wither.
It’s ok to not like your hair for a while, but know this, you must love yourself completely in order to grow as a person and become successful. Step one of that lesson is accepting your unique beauty and loving who you are.
You cannot change your hair texture but you can give it what it needs to be as gorgeous as it can. Others love your hair even if you don’t know it. Embrace your ‘do’ and be that striking natural that’s inside dying to come out and play!
Originally posted 2014-06-15 15:00:42.