Hey everyone! It’s June and I’m back with another post! If you’ve taken a look at my blog, some things have changed! I decided to go on head and change the theme around to fit my summer feel! Recently I went and got my hair straightened for the first time in 10 months!! So let’s call it a year. But wait, if you REALLY want to see my previous hair journey, read my last blog post on this topic (click here).
A Year’s Worth of No Heat….
Growth, yes indeed. I was honestly so surprised to see my hair come out this long. Throughout the school year I had lots of temptation to put heat onto my hair, but I persevered! I did lots of protective styles, like wigs and slick-back ponytails.
Tip 1 = Protective Styling
+ wigs, updo’s, crochet, braids, weaves, twist outs, etc. are all good styles to use in order to retain the no heat method
Tip 2 = Moisture
+ Keeping my hair moisturized was a key factor into my growth! When I wore wigs, I always sprayed water onto my hair while it was twisted underneath my wigs. I also used a mixture of olive oil, black castor oil, flax seed, and peppermint oil on my scalp!
+ Wigs are a great protective style! I prefer these more than weaves because you can take these off when you want! Plus, its easier to groom and keep up with your natural hair as well.
Tip 3 = Don’t Cut Your Split Ends…Yet!
+ There’s this myth that if you cut your split ends every once and a while, your hair will grow faster…. first of all, YOUR HAIR GROWS FROM YOUR ROOTS NOT YOUR ENDS! Your roots are the strongest part of your hair because it is where all your new growth is. I did not cut my ends for 10 months, not until I went to get my hair silk pressed! DO NOT GET ME WRONG, if you need to cut your ends because of split and dead ends please do so. Just watch how consistently you do it, because it isn’t always necessary.
+ Faux locs are my favorite braid style for protective styling! They’re trendy and are very versatile. I was able to do updo’s (like pictured), two pony tails, half-up/half-down, and even a low bun.
+ I had these in for about 2 months, and they were great for when I went on vacation! No heat, takes about 0-10 minutes to style, and it leaves you temporarily stress free!
Tip 4 = WATER
+ WATER, WATER, & more WATER. As much as we need water to stay alive, your hair needs its nutrition as well. I’m not saying drench your hair, but spray your hair down every day before applying ANY product!
Tip 5 = Be Gentle
+ Be gentle on your hair! When you’re detangling your hair, make sure to ALWAYS start at the bottom and work your way up. And again, start with water! Keep your hair hydrated when detangling so its easier to detangle. When you start from the bottom, you’re preventing less breakage. Give yourself enough time to style your hair. Never do your hair when you’re in a rush, this tactic could possibly harm your hair since you are styling it in a fast manner because you have somewhere to be.
Tip 6 = No Heat
+ I know this is a hard thing to do, but this truly does help. If you cant go as long as I did, try doing a one month no heat challenge and then build up from there.
+ As we all know, heat damages your hair. Whoever I defuse my natural hair, I used a cool setting. When I say I did not put heat to my hair for 10 months, that means no flat irons, no wand curlers, no blow dryer!
+ Try doing styles like high ponytails whether its with your natural hair or weave, low buns, and high buns.
Tip 7 = Products
+ What you put into your hair is just as important as how you style it. I used minimal product as possible, even when doing high buns.
+ Brands I love: Carol’s Daughter, As I Am, SheaMoisture, Garner Fructis, and Auntie Jackie’s.
+ Finding what works for you and your hair type is key! What works for me might not work for you and thats okay! Remember, not all high-end/expensive products are better than drug store/cheap products.
+ Use more conditioner and less shampoo. I typically go through 2-3 bottles of conditioner and 1 bottle of shampoo every 2 months. Use sulfate free products.
Alright guys, thats it for me and my helpful tips. I hope this was at least a bit helpful!