Welcome to Lesson 3. Miss Posh & Classy is back! lmao no pigin today 🙂 I thought I should tease you a bit before posting :-p It’s been a busy week at work. I do hope your week has been fulfilled. Taking out my havana twists tonight. It’s been 3 weeks and my hair okay I lie … I want a change 🙂 I have definitely enjoyed rocking them. I have had so much growth I think I need to give my hair some extra loving.
So far in our hair lesson series we have covered the basics of our hair biology in lesson 1 and in lesson 2 we discussed hair growth, hair retention and hair damage. We learnt that If you are striving to partake in a Healthy Hair Journey (HHJ), typically one of the main goals is to reduce your hair breakage and increase hair retention. As with anything that comes good it will require your time, effort and knowledge. There is no magic fix or fast route to nurturing healthy hair. Like a farmer who sows his seed and painstakingly waters (sometimes fertilises the soil) you need to have a routine for giving your hair some love as oppose to just getting it styled and neglecting it.
I cannot over-emphasise the fact that there is a distinction between hair styling and hair care. Most hair stylists are trained to style your hair but not necessarily care for it. You are responsible for your own daily care.
We have mentioned hair regimen’s in passing in the preceding lesson (Lesson 2: Hair Growth, Hair Retention and Hair Damage) and this will be today’s focus. Before we start can I just say I am excited about the fact I am going to be straightening my hair in May! I only straightened once in 2011 and twice in 2012 (I give my hair long breaks when it comes to straightening my hair using heat application). The pic below shows my results.
Now back to lesson 3! Sorry for drifting off 🙂 If you are serious about your hair’s health and probably also the length then you need to start investing your time. You have to learn to know when to change up a routine when necessary and pin-point if you are slipping into an unhealthy pattern. For example, after texturising my hair and colour treating my hair all colours of the rainbow. I knew it was time to stop certain things and for me my choice was to let go of the damaged hair and start afresh (September 2009 – the start of my current hair journey). I basically had to learn new hair strategies and get rid of my old habits (especially bad hair handling techniques) of treating my hair. You might find yourself in one of the three regimen categories as categorised by Davis-Sivasothy (2011); recessive-maintenance regimen, basic maintenance regimen and healthy hair care regimen. I have taken my time to make it into a diagram, have a look through it (might be a lot clearer clicking on it from a computer/pc as you can zoom in and zoom out).
Based on the diagram I am sure you can honestly tell which category you fall into especially if you find you can relate to more of the things listed in one category in comparison to the other two regimens. In the past my hair regimen fell into the category of basic maintenance regimen and I never really saw much progress. To be honest it was stagnant, it was like my hair reached it’s peak once it got to shoulder length. I had never seen my hair grow past that length. But with the start of my new hair journey (September 2009) I can now say based on the diagram my hair regimen falls into the healthy hair care regimen category with a lot of protective styling that are low manipulation. My focus has shifted to retaining as much of my new growth as possible by ensuring I pay attention to my ends during my hair routine (check post on ‘My Hair Regimen’ coming soon next week). I do not comb or brush my hair unnecessarily as I mentioned in my post on ‘Deep Conditioning – My Pre-Poo Treatment and Detangling Process’. This is because the older the hair gets the more attention it requires in terms of moisture and protein balance.
The oldest parts of your hair (aka the elders) are of course the strands further away from your scalp closest to your ends. Give them the RESPECT due for their age.
If there is one lesson to take from Lesson 3 it is that the longer your hair grows the more time you will invest and you might need to make some changes to suit the stage you are in. For instance, once my hair reached shoulder length I started washing my hair in sections because it saved me time and prevented my hair from being matted and tangled up. Personally, I would say protective styling (overall hair approach) is a crucial ingredient in any healthy hair regimen. In terms of protective styles (hair style choices) I will talk about this at some point soon.
Have in mind there is no right or wrong regimen because everyone’s hair will react differently to different products (when it comes to focusing on products used in a regimen) but the basics will remain the same. Just experiment and find what works best for you. Hope you found Lesson 3 useful. Looking forward to giving you some insight into what works best for my own hair in the post I will title ‘My Hair Regimen’. Till next time.
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