Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Quick Tip: Recovering from Natural Hair Neglect

Open letter from my hair:

Dear Fro Envy,

                                 I have noticed that you have not been spending as much time with me as you usually do. You don't tie me up before bed anymore. You don't make sure that I am properly finger detangled. Heck, you don't even moisturize me as much any more. I KNOW how much you like to moisturize me! I was just wondering what is making you neglect me. Is it work? Are you sick? Are you really stressed? Are you bored with me? Have you found someone new? Whatever it is, just know that I am always here for you. Whenever you need me, all you have to do is look up and I'm there. Whatever it is that is going on, I hope you know that I miss you and can't wait to spend time with you again.

Love, peace, and afro sheen!
Your hair

Have you gotten a similar letter from your hair yet? Personal tragedies, school work, and trying to find time for myself in the midst of everything going on is proving more difficult than I expected. Because of my busy schedule, I have neglected my hair. I want to share with you some simple tips I use to get my hair back on track.

1. Acceptance.

The first step to hair recovery is to accept that life takes precedence to hair. Although I love my hair and I enjoy the fun things I can do with it, my hair will never be my number one priority. Accept that when life becomes very stressful, your hair will have to take the back seat.

I wouldn't suggest neglecting your hair on a regular basis (neglected hair is not enviable), but if a friend needs you to be there for them, you have to take the GRE in a couple days, or you need to relax after a long day of school/work, it is perfectly ok for your hair care to be pushed to the side.

Don't feel guilty for abandoning your hair. Do what you have to do and deal with your hair when you get back:D

2. Assessment.

Now that you have neglected your hair, for whatever reason, it is important to figure out what you need to do to pamper your hair. Does your hair need a good finger detangling? Does it need to be rebraided? Does it need a trim? You get the point. Figure out what your hair needs and start giving it what it needs.

3. Treatment.

Your hair needs some lovin! It has been trying to spend time with you! You haven't been moisturizing as much as you usually do and frankly your hair is angry at you! Give your hair some time! Buy some extra hair treatments if you need them. Be very patient with your hair (especially if you have matting like I did!) and understand that it will take a little more time for your hair to return to normal.

 Good luck!