Pre pooing, deep conditioning*, trimming, protective styling, transitioning to natural or stretching relaxers, co washing, carry on doing it all with a little fancy stuff thrown in here and there to seal the deal.
You know that you are doing the right things because you are here every day engaging and exchanging ideas about how to take better care of your hair and claiming back the health of your strands from whatever bad practices you used in the past.
Trust the process even though you are not seeing immediate results. We can appreciate that delayed gratification can be really hard because normally if you put in the work you want to see immediate results.
But understand that hair health and growth is linked to a variety of factors which are unique to you despite what blogs and YouTubers may say.
The process is complicated because we are built that way, know that your hair does not just react because you tell it to; it responds to the environment around it, it responds to what you put in your body and it responds to some things that you might not have control over.
All you can do is continue to put in the work and do the right things week after week month after month. Eventually persistence will win over where uncontrollable factors were seemingly against you.
After all, people have walked out hospitals just months after being told by doctors that they will never walk again. All you are trying to do is grow your hair!
There Is No Real Alternative To Giving Up
Think about it, do you have any other choice but to keep chugging along? No honestly think about it, if you give up on your hair then what happens next?
Do you wait until it all falls out? If you are natural does giving up mean getting a relaxer and forgetting about your hair forever? If you are relaxed does it mean slapping on a weave* and never caring for your hair again?
Unless you feel like being bald, caring for yourself and your hair is the best choice for your overall well being. If length is your main goal, then sometimes we need to accept the fact that for some of us our hair grows slowly so it follows that we will need to exercise as much patience as possible.
Avoid Hair Practices That Encourage Rapid Progression
Length checks can be great if you are a fast grower but sometimes they can downright suck if you are not. A length check is a prime example of a hair practice that can often create a false sense of defeat when you do not see the results you are hoping for.
Originally posted 2013-09-29 15:00:11.