Thursday, August 29, 2013

3 Years Later

Three years ago this month I unofficially started my hair journey. At that time I had no idea what a hair journey was. I just knew that I was tired of NL length hair. I decided to wear sew-ins for a year not realizing that what I was doing was considered protective styling. In 3 years time, after much trial and error with products and techniques, I have made my initial long term goal of BSB.

Here are a few of the things I have tried over the last 3 years on this hair journey that didn't stick around:
1. Pre-pooing - After awhile I just didn't feel like it was doing anything for me.
2. Deep conditioning overnight - I would do this once a week but I got scared that I would cause unwanted moisture overload. So I stopped. Also, it was just uncomfortable to sleep like that.
3. Tea Rinses - I wasn't even shedding that much but once I watched Traycee's video on tea rinses I went to Walmart and bought the same tea she used. I did it a couple of times it was cool but it wasn't something I felt I needed to continue to do.
4. Oil Rinses/hot oil treatments - Just too damn messy
5. Caruso Rollers - I suck at using rollers any type of rollers for that matter
6. Oils - I bought Avocado, Almond, Jojoba, Grapeseed, Apricot, Jamaican Black, Coconut, Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Lavendar Oils. I used them to seal and for hot oil treatments. Just didn't care for them after awhile. The only one that stuck around is coconut oil.
7. So many different products. One N Only Argan Oil line, Garnier Fructis moisturizer, Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship, Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor, Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner, and many many more. All though I am still a bit of a product junkie, I have found my staple products in Shi-Naturals and Silk Dreams.
8. Coconut Oil pills
9. Honey- Messy and unnecessary
10. Baggy Method
11. Growth Oils

Trial and error is a big part of hair journeys and it can get a bit pricey. Through all of that and a whole lot of patience, hopefully you'll find what your hair likes. Like I said I was able to make it to BSB and working on BSL then eventually MBL.

I know a few of you have seen these pics throughout my blog before but to someone who hasn't looked at my older posts, here are my before and after shots.

july 2010
Aug 2013


  1. Your progress is soo encouraging! Keep up the good work!

  2. I have to agree with KLP. Your hair looks amazing and so very healthy. There is nothing like seeing your hard work pay off! I have to agree with you on your points. In the beginning, I was doing the most and my hair was suffering because of it. I have cut out so many unnecessary steps/products in my regimen and my hair has flourished because of it. Keeping it simple really is key! I keep my scalp clean and my hair moisturized. That's it! Great post!

    1. Thanks Age! Once I kept my regimen to the bare minimum I have seen such a difference in my hair. Keeping it simple is definitely the best way to go.