Hi! We have an amazing down to earth guest blogger in the house. She’s Ifeoluwa Favour of Kinky Nigerian Girl and a teenage natural hair blogger like me. I was so excited when I got her post and I’m just as excited to share it with you.
4 Setbacks In Your Natural Hair Journey That Are Preventing Growth Progress
Setbacks are difficulties or problems that delay or prevent something
from happening. They are like bad experiences you learn from.
Some naturals with hair to die for may have witnessed setbacks at least once in their journey so don’t be discouraged if you’re facing one now and don’t also be too proud to acknowledge your mistakes (maybe you’re like me that showed friends and everyone with eyes a natural that grew BSL in three years and two years later you’re dodging them).
Setbacks could be minor or major in the natural hair journey. Minor setbacks are the ones that take little time to recover from while the major setbacks are the ones that take a longer time to recover from or require you to start from the middle or all over again.
These are some of the setbacks witnessed by some naturals at some point in their journey:
- Over moisturizing or too much protein treatment:
For over moisturizing, hair feels limp, is sticky to touch and breaks uncontrollably. While for high protein level, hair is very hard and breaks uncontrollably too.
- Hair going through too much moisture methods or too frequent protein
- Balance moisture and protein levels in hair shift.
If hair has been affected by over moisturizing, do a protein treatment monthly and push the deep conditioning treatment to two months till your hair stabilizes.
You can do this vice versa if affected by the high protein level in hair shaft.
- If the above doesn’t work, cut off damaged ends.
This is when hair snaps from hair strands and the broken strands doesn’t
have a white bulb at any end. It is also when it looks as if hair is stuck at a particular length when the hair is actually growing and breaking at the same rate.
- Over moisturizing or high protein levels.
Split ends and ssk’s (single strand knots).
Hands in hair syndrome
Handling your hair when dry.
-Using small combs.
-Tight protective styles.
-Using wrong products.
- Trim ends regularly to prevent your beautiful ‘fro from having jagged,
rough or frayed ends.
Hands in hair can make you lose your hair strands.
Don’t handle hair when it is dry. Moisturize it a little before going further.
If a hair dresser brings out a rat tail comb to handle your hair, speak up and tell her to part your hair Gently and not use it to comb your hair.
When doing a protective style by yourself, don’t make it tight and if
someone else is doing it for you, tell them to loosen their grip on your
Be very knowledgeable about hair practices before including them to your
Also, it is important to get a hair journal or diary where you can take
note of the results of hair products, practices or methods so you’ll know
what to cross out of your regimen and when to do so.
3) Heat Damaged Hair or Ends:
This is when your natural coils and curls have been altered or straightened
permanently by heat usage.
- Too frequent heat styling using flat irons, blow dryers and other heat
emitting tools for hair styling.
- To prevent it, which is actually better, stretch hair without using heat with methods such as African threading, flexible rods etc.
But if affected, cut off damaged ends by trimming.
4) Frustration and desire to backslide:
Maybe you think your hair has stopped growing or is too short considering the number of months or years you’ve been natural.
- Concentrating on hair length and not health.
-Hair envy and comparison.
- It is when you care for your hair that it will respond with long lush strands. It’s the same concept as the body, take care of it and it’ll be healthy.
Just as we all have unique personalities, a person’s natural hair is also different from another’s own ranging from growth rate to appearance and other characteristics.
More importantly, take your time to understand your hair so you don’t become a victim of unnecessary circumstances.
Thank you so much Ifeoluwa!
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Have you been through any of these setbacks or others not mentioned here in your hair journey? We’d love to know.