|The bun I will be back to wearing--protective styling here I come!|
I have a few confessions to make, first: I've been doin' wrong! Or more specifically I haven't been doing what I know is right, which is protective styling my hair. For at least the last month, maybe longer I've been wearing my hair down almost daily, and I know better. Yesterday and today I came across other blogs reinforcing the importance and benefits of protective styling, keeping hair ends off shoulders and preferably tucked away altogether. The first year of my hair journey I did protective styling non-stop and it made all the difference, and since I'm back on the length retention bandwagon full-time I need to get back to what I know works. So I'm giving myself absolution and I promise throughout the rest of my 16 week stretch (13 weeks to go!) I will wear protective styles Monday - Friday and only wear my hair out on the weekends. Its time to get back to the basics!
My other confession is not as much something I need to confess as it is something I need to accept and come to terms with. Over the last few months I have been experiencing far too much breakage and I have to stop being in denial so that I can get it under control. I have to be honest with myself and accept reason I seem to be stalling in my hair growth is really because of breakage and there are multiple causes. One cause is my confession above, not doing enough to protect my hair ends, which I am going to change. But another more troubling cause is not having my moisture-protein balance fully worked out the way it should be. I also have issues with porosity and lack of elasticity. Basically all of the hair problems that cause breakage I have to varying degrees and I have to address them. Here's how: I think my plan to get back to deep conditioning weekly will improve my moisture protein balance; I will also be getting back to using a light protein conditioner weekly with my revised regimen. I am going to go back to doing an ACV rinse at the end of each wash to help with porosity and I will be ordering a ceramide conditioner this week to help with elasticity which I think is what hair is lacking most. After I fully implement all of these changes hopefully there will be some improvement.