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March (One year and a half worth of nappy bliss)
Okay, Ladies. I will be celebrating a year and a half later this month. HOORAY! My hair will be18 months old. I am so proud of myself and I want to thank you all for your support, advice and encouragement. I am creeping up on that 2 year mark. This second year is actually flying by for me. I guess it is true that time flies when you are having fun and I am definitely having fun. I also finally feel at peace with my hair. I know what it needs, I know what it is capable of, and more importantly what I shouldn't do with my hair.
My hair is changing so I must change with it. It is longer and a lot of the wash and go styles that I loved so much when it was shorter now leave me with a matted/tangled mess in the morning. Yes, I love my beautiful shrunken fro, but that matting causes knots for me and if not careful with detangling those knots could cause breakage. I have come too far now to let laziness hold me back from my hair goals. Over all else, I want my hair to be healthy and with proper health everything else will fall into place.
I have faced the fact that because of the matting at night, it is not best for me to wet my hair loose and especially not let it dry that way. The wash and gos are gone. I will wash my hair only in braids. It needs to be thoroughly conditioned and moisturized. Then I have to let my hair completely dry in braids or twists for at least 8 hours then if I want a particular style like puffs, afros, whatever I'll take my hair loose to do that. My stretched hair behaves much better at night even if it is loose and I do not get that awful matting. Then when it's wash or co-wash day again, I have to re-section, moisturize, detangle as needed and braid it back up before I let a drop of water touch my hair.
So if there is anyone else out there with a texture similiar to mine and you are wondering what you have to do to get rid of those knots at the ends of your hair without just cutting them...well, this is what works for me.
I encourage you to ask questions if you have them or invite me to view your albums. It does not bother me at all and I am happy to help in any way. I may not get back to you as quickly as I want because so many beautiful natural ladies hit me up often and I am a busy mother of four, but trust me I will get back to you! With all of that being said, I hope March brings many blessings for us all and of course healthy, growing natural tresses! :o)