When and why did you start your healthy hair journey? I started my journey in November 2011 when my regular stylist gave me some advice that didn’t make sense. I had started getting serious about my hair’s health and she found some breakage in my crown area while applying a relaxer. Right before I left, she told me I don’t comb my hair enough, that’s why I had breakage. I had purposely stopped combing my hair, wearing it out and started wearing ponytails/buns thinking that was the better thing to do. She told me she didn’t believe I combed my hair, that I went to bed with it tangled. I was so upset. Later I found out I had moisture overload, something easy to fix, but hard to catch. I was through with salons and just started doing my own hair after. It worked when I was in college; why wouldn’t it work again?
What is your current length? What is your goal length? My current length is BSL grazing MBL. My ultimate goal is WL by the end of 2014. I wouldn’t mind HL/TBL but if I ever reached it, I’d still eventually cut it back to WL.
What is your regimen – wash day, daily, nightly?
-Rollerset Regimen consist of a weekly wash day with Poo, Coffee Rinse, Deep Condition then roller set.
-Air dried wash days consist of the same things except I wash 2x a week and coffee rinse once a week.
–Daily I just Protective Style
–Nightly I wrap my hair and M&S as needed, regardless to whether I roller set or air dry.
-I use protein bi-weekly, alternating between medium and light.
How often do you touch-up / trim / use heat?
-Currently, I relax every 13 weeks.
-I trim hardly never nowadays, but I do dust regularly. I found it reduces trimming.
-I mostly use indirect heat or no heat. I’ve used the flat iron once and now that I’ve tried it, I’m not scared anymore.
-I get the best retention with indirect heat.
What’s your fave go-to style? Buns. They are easy and they don’t require fuss.
-I like the fact that strand size dictates what I can and cannot use and it greatly answers the mystery as to
why I can’t use rinse-off conditioners. I also have normal density (my scalp is somewhat visible) hair so thick
strands make my hair seem much bigger than it really is 😉 I cannot use heavy products, so if something is too heavy, I know its a goner.
-I dislike the fact it is harder for me to maintain my protein/moisture/ceramide balance. My hair always need moisture. Protein can only be determined by strand testing. Ceramides have to be part of my wash day, as they prevent the most breakage, but not in high amounts. If I had to maintain a balance it would be a moisture/ceramide/protein balance.
Do you take any supplements or use growth-aides? How have they helped? I take vitamins my doctor prescribed me. Their just regular ole prenatal vitamins. They’ve worked better than any other vitamin I’ve ever used. I used to have more shedding with other vitamins (hair skin and nail formulas) but not these.
What has helped you most in achieving and maintaining length? Learning porosity. I know I sound like a broken record, but its soo important. Once I learned porosity I stopped dealing with breakage, product buildup, understood overloads, perfected a successful regimen for myself and learned which products I should be using and avoiding. For example, I love castor oil, but I can’t use JBCO or regular CO because its too thick for my hair and causes buildup quick! My hair loves Wheat Germ Oil, but it has to be diluted with a moisturizing oil to work so it will not cause buildup. My hair breaks with most proteins so I stick with keratin and silk. It also forced me to texlax because my hair is very resistant and bone straight hair
caused too much stress and breakage.
Name a hair product, accessory or tool you cannot be without? And why? My Hercules Sagemann Magic Star Rake. I love that comb.
Where can we check you out on the web?
Tasia, thank you for your hair story. I love how you understand your hair to a point where your regi is flawless. I love your thick strands! You hair looks full and I see absolutely no scalp. 🙂