When and why did you start your healthy hair journey? I first started my hair journey in 2007. I used to always keep my hair cut in either a bob or shoulder length and one day I decided I wanted to grow my hair longer and stumbled upon some hair boards and from them on it was on and poppin! I have had great results overall but have recently recommitted myself to my hair because I feel I hit a hair wall over the past year or so. I had to revamp my regi because it felt as if what I used to do was no longer working for me (I got too comfortable!). So I’ve been trying out some new products and methods, and so far so good. With the great info found on this blog and hair boards, I had a hairpiphany and am back in business.
What is your current / goal length? My current length is MBL. My short term goal is full waist length with thick, luscious ends and my long term goal is tail bone length (whew, that’s a lot of hair!!!)
What is your regimen – wash day, daily, nightly?
- Prepoo with whatever conditioner I have laying around that didn’t hit staple status, and some kind of oil on the scalp
- Wash weekly and clarify every 4 weeks
- Tea rinse with either green tea, black tea, or rooibos tea
- Smooth with Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily treatment
- DC with steam for moisturizing dc, or protein dc (every couple weeks) with heat
- Tshirt dry for 45 mins – 1 hour
- Apply leave ins and serum (Chi silk infusion or Paul Mitchell Super Skinny)
- Detangle and air dry in bun
- If early in a relaxer, will flat iron air dried hair.
- Moisturize and seal nightly using L.C.O method
- Bun or wrap (if flatironed)
- Silk scarf and bonnet (I’m a wild sleeper)
- Wake up and rock desired style for the day, come back and do it all again
- I also do a midweek steam with a moisturizing conditioner mixed with avocado oil on dry hair (loving this!)
How often do you touch-up / trim / use heat? I touch up usually around 12 weeks however this last go round I stretched to 14 weeks. I don’t think long term stretching is for me as I have not exactly mastered my new growth (I get by though). I find that my hair thrives with relaxing at 12 weeks. I also recently switched to lye relaxers in an effort to thicken my hair up and to see if my hair retains moisture better than with no lye. I trim with every relaxer and dust as needed in between. As far as heat, I flat iron weekly the first 4-5 weeks post relaxer. After that I use protective styles until the next relaxer.
What’s your fave go-to style? My fave go-to style is a high bun, either messy or a neat ballerina bun. I’m not gonna front, I do use a hair donut to stabilize my ballerina bun. However, I make sure to cover the donut in a silk sock to prevent snagging.
What do you love most and least about your hair? What I love most about my hair is the versatility. While I prefer straight hair, I can also switch it up with various styles. What I am hating about my hair right now is my nape. It has broken off a little so I am really focusing in nursing it back to health.
Do you take any supplements or use growth-aides? How have they helped? I take a prenatal vitamin on a regular basis but I don’t feel this has had any benefit pertaining to my hair. I do use Jamaican black castor oil to thicken up my edges, nape, and ends. I also currently went back to using Wild Growth Hair oil. I used this on a regular basis at the beginning of my hair journey, so I figured I would revisit it.
What has helped you most in achieving and maintaining length? I think the biggest contributing factor to achieving and maintaining length is moisture, moisture, and more moisture. Whether in the form of deep conditioning, prepooing, or moisturizing and sealing, moisture is the absolute key to length and hair health.
Name a hair product, accessory or tool you cannot be without? And why? Right now, I would say my hair steamer. I recently fell in love with steaming. It has definitely help to kick of the moisture level of my hair.
Where can we check you out on the web? Gosh, I’m in the minority here! I don’t have a facebook, Instagram, blog, etc…… I know, crazy!!!! But I am on LHCF as @Rnjones.[divider]
R! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful healthy hair journey with us. Your hair is gorgeous!!