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September 21, 2012

For as long as I remember myself, I have loved my hair whether it was damaged, long, healthy, short, natural, over-processed, whatever!!! As a child, I had very tough natural hair (that meant crying every time I had to get it plaited). My mum got tired of the wailing every Saturday, so I had my hair relaxed as early as six years of age. Since then, it will grow to a certain length and then break off. I’ve always wondered why it couldn’t get any longer, why can’t my hair grow as long and healthy as some of the black girls I see on tv? Oh well! I’m African and our hair is not just “the same”, so I thought up until now!

My hair has gone through several phases: Primary (elementary) and secondary (high) school days where I always had my hair braided and on weekends when I wanted my hair looking all nice and sleek, I would literally pour pink oil on the hair and comb it with tiny tooth combs to FORCE it to go flat! Those were the days. We were just killing the hair!! For my prom, I did the straw curls and used almost a whole jar of styling gel! Now I’m wondering how my hair survived all that battering. I guess I was still very young and could get away with anything! Lol.

Then came the dying phase, highlights to be precise. Blonde, red, you name it, I colored it when I was in university (college). Mind you, I had not gotten over pink oil. A bottle a week!! I still had long hair so I thought I was doing everything right. After all, I steamed my hair every 2 weeks and used expensive hair products. In fact, people came to me for hair advice. Now I’m like oops! I hope people are still not doing those things I told them to do a decade ago cuz I’ve soooo moved on!!

When I moved to the US 5 years ago, I was forced to pay special attention to the health of my hair because it started breaking uncontrollably. Nothing I did seemed to work. I spent hundreds of dollars going to the salon fortnightly but the breaking only got worse, especially in the winter. I was quick to attribute it to the weather and it even became another reason for me to move back to Nigeria!! (in my head, that is! Lol).  Although the weather was a contributing factor to my damaged hair, I just wasn’t doing the right things to protect the hair from the bad weather.  Anyway, I went on to have kids and the worse happened: Half of my hair went off!!!! In my life, I had never had chop chop hair (naija girls know what I mean).  My hormones caused this one and there was absolutely nothing I could do to revive the hair other than to wait till the shedding stopped. But at this point one thing was certain!! I wanted my hair back badly and I was ready to do anything and everything to have long, beautiful, healthy hair. Hence, my hair journey which I want to share with you!!!!

I will try to post step by step details of my hair journey every week as well as recommend techniques and products to use, where to get them and stuff.  Please stick around!!!

From → Hair Discussions

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  2. jamjam permalink

    Ooohhh lady blogger, we can’t wait. And yes! I definitely know what you mean by chop chop hair! My hair story is another story but I am eagerly looking forward to your tips, and hopefully a ‘hair redemption’ for all of us.

  3. Zuwee permalink

    Can’t wait for d next part of d hair tale…way to go girl .

  4. amina s permalink

    I would luv to read more about this your journey cos mehn I love hair but I dnt hav the dream hair I want *sad

  5. Momoney permalink

    Beautiful piece!!! Just what I need. Iv had my share of ‘hair issues’. Just a few of us have been fortunate with our hair (me not inclusive…….lols). Finally one of our own is gonna tell us how. Please keep the tips coming. When do u start?

  6. Rahinatu Mohammed permalink

    Really interesting, waiting for the next one. Can’t wait 2 hear all d tips cos my hair virtually never grows.At least it hasn’t improved, not for a while.

  7. zaymus permalink

    Stil waitIng for d tips esp d products to use. I pray it works for my chop-chop hair. Nice write up dear 🙂

  8. sasha permalink

    Hey!!! This is really nice o!!! I’m currently going through a serious battle with nature! The prize? My front hair! I’ve never had full hair, I’ve always had receding hair. And I wanna do all it takes to grow some hair @ the front of my head and if possible, make it fuller. 🙂 I hope your tips help, keep posting…

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