You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. The issue of hair is a never ending story for black women and just when you think you have found the formula that works, your hair rebels and forces you to get back on the trail of discovery. Bald spots, scanty sides, and obvious thinning are all signs that your tresses are stressed and need some major TLC. Even celebs like Serena Williams and model Naomi Campbell can’t escape the brutal consequences of sticking to weaves through thick and thin. The more money you have at your disposal the easier it is to get caught in the web of weaves and entanglements. There is a method to the madness and you can eat your cake and have it too you just have to be aware of the lines that can’t be crossed and be aware that extensions are simply accessories and not meant to replace your actual hair.
Here is the 101 guide to nursing your crown glory back to health and re-claiming what is rightfully yours.
The most important weapon against breakage is to recognize the first signs of deterioration. You can always tell when your hair is crying out for help and your response time is key to keeping your tresses intact. Too much of anything is bad news so even though you convince yourself that weaves help “protect” your hair from potential damaging from the aggressive styling routines, you also have to allow your hair to breathe form all that pressure of being continuously buried for extended periods of time. Taking mini-breaks and soaking your hair in conditioning products that aim to revive and restore your hair’s natural oils and moisture is the best way to allow your hair some breathing space. This gives you the opportunity to pamper your scalp and encourage new growth while also ridding yourself of the accumulated dead hair. Getting a trim doesn’t always do the trick. You have to show love to the hair that is left so that it can blossom and grow without any threatening forces around it.
Jane Carter products are key to hair survival. Two months of constantly inputting the Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner ($13.00) and the Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner ($9.00) will do wonders and make you believe in your ability to enjoy your won hair again.