Saturday, 30 January 2016

January 2016 - Protective Style

So this year, I'm trying to really get au serieuse with my hair growth mission. By the end of 2016 I should be grazing mid back length. Impossiblè? Mais, non! But I will need a lot of dedication and hair protection.

Which is why I will be intensively protective styling this year. I have had some respectable retention last year but I honestly could have done better retention wise. Particularly when I consider the last quarter of the year when I had almost nil hair care going on. So this year I'm switching things up by leaving my loose hair philosophy behind. I'm using long term protective styles to hide my hair, and give it a chance to get to longer lengths with no daily manipulation

My first protective style is box braids. I had them done today at a friend's salon. I got hooked up with waistlength, pencil sized box braids. I used eleven (yes, that was not a typo) packets of the Bonita Yaki Braid in colors 1 and 33. It took 7 hours to install the braids. I am planning to keep them in for about four weeks (maximum 6 weeks) before taking them down and giving my hair a 1 week break before the next protective style installation. For maintenance, I will wipe down my scalp using baby wipes. I definitely can't get these braids wet or else I will be crippled by the weight. I will spray my hair either using my moisturizing mix or the Afrobotanics Natural Kiddies 3 in 1 spray daily. This will keep my hair moisturised and happy in the braids. 

So picture time....

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Finally, a post

i have been so bad about updating here lately. In my defense, work takes up 60% of my energy and other life issues take up the other 40%. But I promise to try to do better in 2016.

So what will be new on the blog this year? Well, I'm going to diversify my posts a bit more. My hair is currently on a bare minimum regimen (aka I'm too lazy to do anything new to it). And I just realized I didn't update y'all on my new relaxer cycle. I did a corrective relaxer on 1 January and took my hair from just about natural to slightly texlaxed. I still have curls and shrinkage but not as much as before. Relaxer touch ups will be once every 6 months, so my next one will be in June (and in time for my birthday).

Hair goals for this year are definitely getting beyond BSB and as close as possible to MBL. I have stalled at APL so to get my retention game back on point I will be taking a daily multivitamin, doing the GHE as well as frequent co washes.

 Other goals are to definitely get fit, I have gained some unhealthy fat around my middle, and I will need to lose that. I also need to work on being more assertive, especially with the current section I am assigned to at work. Most of the clients dealt with in that section are male, and they do not respect the female employees as much as they do the male employees. I also want to contribute more this year to my favorite organization KidzCan Zimbabwe.

Well, these are my plans for this year. I will be blogging about my successes and failures as we go on. To make myself accountable, I promise at least one post per week.

Cheers everyone,