I’m on the quest to healthier hair! Starting in January, I’ll be participating in Trials N Tresses’ Retain Your Main Hair Challenge.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I recently cut my hair last month.
With my new haircut, I’ve decided to become more serious about my journey to healthy hair.
My Hair Journey
I started my natural hair journey in 2012 during my senior year of college.
I’ve only had my hair relaxed during one period of my life. However, I’d always worn my hair straightened/pressed. During my junior year of college, I was doing a lot of traveling and decided to have my hair relaxed to minimize the need to continuously straighten it.
After getting my hair relaxed, I realized my hair was weaker and I had a lot of hair breakage. I decided at that time that I wanted to apply less heat to my hair so that I could grow it longer and stronger.
So, when I started my natural hair journey, it was more to strengthen my hair so it looked healthier when I wore it straight. I wasn’t as concerned with embracing and rocking my natural curls.
Part of this is because I was convinced I didn’t have beautiful curls to embrace. I’d been wearing my hair straightened for a majority of my life, so my hair was “heat trained”. In other words, I had damaged my natural curls for so long that I no longer had my natural curl pattern.
My natural hair after Bantu knots at the beginning of my hair journey
Discovering My Natural Curl Pattern
Over time, after applying less heat to my hair and trying out styles, like Bantu knots and twist outs, I started to see my natural curl pattern more and more.
Since I wasn’t initially focused on embracing my natural curls (and unaware they even existed), I didn’t take the best care of my hair. The roots of my hair started to show my natural curl pattern, but the ends of my hair were still very straight and thin.
I could have cut the straight, limp ends at that time but I was afraid of doing the “big chop” (I didn’t think I could pull off the short curly fro look) so I decided I would slowly transition instead. I decided to continue to grow out my hair, allowing my natural curl pattern to grow in while slowly cutting off some of the straight ends over time until I was left with a head full of bouncy and healthy curls.
My New Haircut
Last month, I decided to get a more significant portion of my hair cut and I had been eyeing this really cute bob hairstyle.
My bob haircut
When I washed my hair after the haircut, it was the first time I really saw what my natural curls would look like without the straight ends. I fell in love the gorgeous curls I saw!
However, since the front of my hair was longer, the front sections of my hair still had some straight ends. I was initially planning to wait and grow those straight ends out, as I had been doing previously…
…But last week I got a hold of some scissors and went a little scissor happy. I snipped a piece here and there until it was too late to turn back and I cut off all of the straight ends.
So, I unofficially gave myself a “big chop” and I’m been so pleased with the results!
Now that I’ve gotten rid of my damaged ends, I want to continue to grow my hair to be stronger, longer, and healthier.
My natural curl pattern after my haircut
Retain Your Mane Hair Challenge
What perfect timing!
I’ve decided that I want to take part in their hair challenge so I signed up online!
The hair challenge focuses on healthy hair growth and length retention. The hair challenge will take place from January 1st-March 1st. The challenge includes monthly check-ins and goals throughout the challenge. By signing up, you also receive various resources to help you stay on track.
…and did I mention they’ll have prizes and giveaways?!
Goal #1: Decrease Shedding
The first phase of the hair challenge focuses on basic hair care regimen to aid with decreasing shedding.
The requirements of the challenge include:
- Taking a multivitamin or hair vitamin daily (I’ll be taking The Mane Choice Manetabolism Vitamins)
- Drinking 2 liters of water a day
- Pre-pooing your hair once a week
- Deep conditioning once a week
- Massaging your scalp twice a week
- Steaming your hair twice a week (I’ll be using the Q-Redew handheld hair steamer)
The first check in for the challenge will be January 17th. I’ll be tracking my progress here on my blog and on social media to share my experience. If you’re planning to join the challenge, I hope you follow along with me! I’d love to see how others tackle the challenge.
I’ll be tracking my progress here on my blog and on social media to share my experience. If you’re planning to join the challenge, I hope you follow along with me! I’d love to see how others tackle the challenge.
Here’s to healthier hair! #TNTRetainYourMane
Are you planning to join this hair challenge? Have you recently started to embrace your natural curl pattern? What’s your hair story? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!
All posts are original and all opinions are my own. This post is not sponsored.
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