So it’s that time of year again, when we look back at the progress made and set new goals for the coming year. This particular post is of course in relation to my hair.
Here’s what I aimed to do last year and the results…
Use castor oil religiously to thicken up my hairline and regularly apply to scalp as well.
I am still super lazy as far as oiling my scalp is concerned! I did keep up with the hairline application though! However in terms of results I haven’t seen much improvement and it’s been well over 6 months. So I think my hair line just is the way it is. After all castor oil cannot make new hair grow, it only thickens what is already there.
Retain some length by mostly employing protective styling.
I succeeded with this mission! I have definitely gained length! My front hair is now at lip length, hoping to get to shoulder by the end of this year. I spaced out my protective styling though and didn’t force it. I’d just braid it when I needed a break or when I was travelling. I wasn’t too anal about it. The main reason I gained length though was because I trimmed my hair. Yes that worked because it removed the damaged ends that were constantly breaking. I am due for another trim soon but haven’t decided whether to do it at the salon or to do it on my own.
Establish regular products especially shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer.
I’ve calmed down with my junkie tendencies and now have specific products I use. I use Earthsapp shampoos and conditioners because they are all natural and don’t leave my hair dry. I use ORS mayo, ORS Olive oil deep treatment and Dark and Lovely Amla Legend deep treatment as my deep conditioners. I use The Body Shop hair butter, make my own whipped shea butter mix and alternate between homemade aloe juice sprays and store bought sprays depending on their availability. I also regularly use ACV for rinsing on wash days.
Do more research into hair care.
I did do a few more informative hair care posts, the one I’m most proud of being my newly natural series. There’s still a lot more I could do though so I have to kick it up a notch this year.
Adjust my hair care routine to increase health of hair.
I also succeeded with this goal. I do pre-poos more often now, I do a protein treatment once a month (by adding egg to my deep conditioner) and I did a henna treatment and plan to do so every few months.
Here are this years goals…
- Trim more regularly, 2-3 times a year (or use dusting technique).
- Continue regular protective styling.
- Continue with monthly protein treatments.
- Apply castor oil to scalp once a week.
- Add monthly hot oil treatments to hair care routine.
- Do Henna treatments every 3 months.
I think I will have much better results by the end of this year. I’m just over 3 years into this nappy thing now and I have not been happy with my growth progress. However I did make mistakes earlier on; constant dyeing caused dryness and breakage and therefore slow growth. But I’m getting the hang of it now.
Wishing you all a happy nappy year ladies (and gentlemen)!!