Well, I’ve been gone for a long time, and I can’t say I’ve been a good little Naturalista. I’ve moved into a new home (first time home owner! Yay!!) Which is a LOT of work. The house itself needs a lot of work, plus actually moving, and just general busyness.. Long story short, my hair is a MESS!! Not to mention weight that I did NOT need to gain! LoL! But right now, we’ll stick to the hair. :)
Since I’ve been busy with everything from mowing a very tall, very THICK, very LARGE yard, doing electrical, scheduling repairs, traveling back and forward between the new place and the old one, getting all the mail moved (FYI, small town postal service SUCKS in this day and age..) I’ve been wearing my hair in a puff or a fluffy fro. Well, it started out cute. I began with my regular curly “bob”, then the puff, then a nice big fro.. And it slowly over the last month transformed itself into a tangled, matted, DRY mess!! I mean, I assumed I was going to have to shave my HEAD at one point!! But I was able to get some of the mats out, not all yet, but I’m picking through them as I find one. And let me tell ya, these are some BIG MATS!! I was locking again!! It’s just pretty horrible right now. It looks a little better, but I’m far from back..
So, what to do? Well… First off I know I’m going to lose a lot of length. That is a given. My hair is so tangled that I’m going to tear a good portion out once I get all the way through it. I’ll likely trim it even if necessary. Yeah. I know.. Losing all those years of length. But you do the crime, you have to do the time. :)
So step one is getting all the matted hair out. I did some yesterday, but I was in a rush, so it was pretty half assed. I just cowashed and finger detangled as best I could with the time I had. I have to actually let the conditioner soak in and little by little comb the mats out. I know it is going to take HOURS, but I think I’ll survive it. After that assess how damaged it is and decide whether or not it needs trimming. I HOPE not, but if it does I won’t hesitate. And that will take care of the first steps to a healthy head of hair..
Next thing, I am going on a growth mission. Or rather a healthy hair mission. Well, actually a healthy SELF mission, but again that is another story. Just the hair.. I am going to do the whole nine- co washing and detangling WEEKLY, shampooing once a month, deep conditioning at least once a month, more often if necessary, being extra EXTRA gentle while detangling. I’m not a protective styling type of person, but I may even give that a shot. Moisturizing regularly, which I pretty much do anyway. I wet my hair daily to get it to act right, so that’s moisture and I do seal occasionally. I’m low porosity, so as long as I get the moisture in, it pretty much stays there and oils and creams just sit on top of my hair, so they don’t do any good anyway. I have to use clear products or very thin products for them to actually do any good, so activator is likely to be my best friend these days. My routine is simple and it always has been and I don’t see a reason to spend money on stuff that doesn’t work, however I may purchase a good deep conditioner at least in the beginning. I am already taking vitamins daily, and I MAY actually try a hair supplement. Do they work? Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt anything to try.
My goals. Well, I just really want healthy hair first off, but let’s keep it real. We all want that long hair. And my goal is at least waist length. I’m 35 years old now. I don’t need to be waiting until I’m 50 to see that dream fulfilled. Ain’t nobody got time… Well.. You know the saying.. :)
More as it unravels..