Is 2019 off to a great start for you all so far? I’m happy to report that things are good over here at NGP headquarters, and I want to thank you for continued support.
Ok so about this post. Do you recall what I shared from my January 2019 post about my little glitch with my hair care regimen? No? Hmm, ok well be sure to check it out here.
Now I know I said that in 2019 I would not be stressing over my hair and I’m not, but what I need you to understand is that I will continue to be diligent in caring for it. 🙂
Ok, so for me it all boils down to natural hair problem solving. How many of you really take the time to get to the root of your natural hair challenges? I promise you it would reduce a lot of your problems.
The problem I was experiencing was a quick and easy fix, and it only took a few days to see the benefits. Now I’ll take that W on any given Sunday.
So here’s how I resolved my natural hair issues with single strand knots that were forming about an inch up my hair shaft.
First let me share how I moisturize my hair on a daily basis using my two staple products, Kangen beauty water and my hair and body balm to keep my hair from matting in my twists. The process before I modified it looked like this. I applied the kangen water to my scalp and ends of my hair and sealed with my hair and body balm every night before bed and would cover my hair with a satin bonnet. I had been using this method for several weeks with no concerns. However, it was around the last quarter of 2018 that my curls began acting knotty.
Once I identified the problem, the solution was pretty simple. I determined that I needed to apply the kangen beauty water further up the hair strand and seal with my hair and body balm. It immediately resolved this issue within a few days. Problem solved. Now be honest, how many of you would have just reached for your scissors and cut those knots off?
For those of you that said yes, put the scissors down and don’t reach for them again until it’s time to trim! LOL, now remember the goal here is to preserve as much hair as we possibly can, so by cutting the knots you are really short changing yourself, and there’s no need to do that. I’ll be doing a youtube video in the near future on the method I use to undo single strand knots.
I hope this info was helpful was brought to you with much love and concern for the health of your curls. Share this post with your struggling curlfriends and let me know if you are you experiencing natural hair challenges in 2019?
Ok curlfriends remember, healthy hair habits start now!
Once upon a time back in 2005 there was a long haired relaxed girl who dreamed of some day mustering up the courage to rock her curls with confidence. After five years of contemplating, some negative self talk, and watching tons of YouTube tutorials, the day finally made it’s way into her life. Oh yeah she thought, it’s about to be on! The excitement of seeing those beautiful shiny curls looking like the girls from YouTube was intoxicating and had me on cloud nine.
Sweet fantasy huh? Now let me tell what really happened after I decided to return to my roots.
None of that nonsense I fantasized about that’s for sure! I transitioned for six months and had not done my due diligence so it made it difficult to manage two textures, the new growth and the relaxed ends. What was even worse was I had no one to help or teach me about my hair. And to add fuel to the fire, my curls looked nothing like what I saw on YouTube. They were wiry, dry, coarse and tight. What had I done, I thought. Had I made a mistake? Was it too o late to turn back. I expected this to be easy. I was sooo wrong.
Shoot, as I look back, I’d been better off just cutting it down to the new growth and starting from scratch. Which is exactly what I now recommend it to anyone considering this. It can be a hard pill to swallow if you’re used to having long hair like I did, but I promise you it’s the easiest way to go. Transitioning for me, was the hardest part of going natural. I hated fighting with two textures and not knowing what to do with it. So if you’re new on the natural scene and feeling like you may not be able to do this, trust me, you can. I did it and so can you.
So after 2.5 years of natural hair hell, and no available resources within my community, I felt it was imperative that I learn how to take care of my hair.
Year 3, the struggle with tangles and a non existent routine were in full effect, and I was oblivious to the fact that water truly was my hair’s friend and not the enemy as so many curly girls had suggested. I felt my hair just wasn’t where I though it should be, especially length wise. I blame a lot of it on just not knowing those crucial things that every natural should know. Needless to say, I still had much to learn.
My natural hair aha finally occurred for me in year 4! I know right, dang it sure took its sweet time, lol.
Now I was cooking with gas, I had buried my head in so much research that I felt like I had gone back to school for another degree .
But seriously though, the info I learned turned out to be my hair’s saving grace! I tell you what, the moment I put something pH balanced on my natural, oh it was on and cracking! Couldn’t tell me nothing after that.
From that moment on, I’ve made it my business to do better by my hair at each new phase of my natural hair journey. And I encourage you to do the same.