It was a cool summers evening in whilst taking out my hair extensions, it’s always an exciting time to see how much my hair has grown. Once the last plait was out I was a little disappointed. My hair felt a little thin and brittle, trying to be positive, my thought at the time was ‘at least my front edges are alive and kickin’. I perused my hair a little more and nearly screamed.
“MUUUUUMMmmmyyyy!” She rushed upstairs to find me nearly in tears, “What’s the matter?” she asked, “The back of my hair, is it gone?” She squinted and then grasped the wispy curly strands at the nape of my neck and said “Yeah, but it’ll grow back.” Not exactly the response I wanted.
But she’s right, it’s not the end of the world and it did grow back. I would like to share some of the things I did that I believe helped me to grow back my hair to its full health.
DISCLAIMER: I am in no way a hairdresser or a hair specialist I am merely sharing the experiences I had and what worked for my hair.
Tip #1: Take breaks in between hair extensions, and don’t leave them in for too long!
By hair extensions I mean, braids, cornrows, weaves and the rest. The reason for my hair breakage at the nape of my neck was because I was relying way too much on hair extensions. I would braid my hair, leave it in for about two months take it out and within a week put in new ones with no rest in between. Although they can be great styles that save time and energy it can also cause a lot of damage to your hair strands. 4c hair is known to be volatile so it is important to let your hair breath in between these styles.
Tip #2: Scalp massages
One thing that also helped to grow my hair was scalp massages especially in my problem areas. Massaging your head increases blood flow to your scalp which stimulates hair follicles. These stimulated hair follicles can also increase hair growth, which is the aim of the game!
Tip #3: The less product, the better
Around the time I was struggling with my hair breakage I found that I was using way too many different products for my hair. I used to be fooled by the expensive prices and nice packaging until I turned it over and started to read the ingredients. Nowadays I use natural shea butter mixed with almond oil and jojoba oil.
Tip #4: A whole lotta prayer!
This is the most important tip, prayer works girls! Every time I massaged, creamed, washed and conditioned my hair I prayed all over my scalp and in time my nape edges grew back, not only that, the overall health of my hair was strengthened and today it is very thick and healthy. Even though they grew back I still pray over it, the dream is to have hair as long as Rapunzel!
Remember even if you are dealing with hair breakage, you are not your hair and you have many beautiful attributes that matter more than your hair.
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