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Summer Hair Challenge

Sunday, May 23, 2010
When I was a younger and up until High School/College I had long hair. Some people (like my mother) consider my hair now still long but I don't. I've been having a fighting battle with my hair for a while now, something just still isn't like it was and I'm trying to get it back. I've had some bumps in the road and here is where I am today.

Check out my Hairstory (Hair + History)

1. childhood

2. an excellent hair year - 2008

3. then I get highlights. Highlights looking great at first ....

4. and then the worst ... breakage

5. pissed but time to start the recovery....

6. early March 2010... progress!

6. where I am now ....

Okay, so let me answer some questions I think you probably have or are thinking. No, I'm not wearing any clip in's (hair extentions that clip in) in any of the photos above, it's all my hair. My hair was damaged from doing highlights which is the reason why I started getting breakage. It's a bad decision to do a relaxer and highlights around the same time period. I never did it on top of each other but I think because I didn't take enough care of my hair while at home, it lead to breakage. Another big issue was STRESS. I was stressed out in 2009! super stressed. Anxiety/stress can also make your hair fall out. With the help of my stylist and some great friends/family to build up my bliss (plug) my hair has started to look like its old self again. I believe the La-Brasiliana shampoo & conditoner, alter ego garlic deep conditioner, lisa's hair exlir by Carol's Daughter has all helped to bring my hair back. Also, regular visits to the salon, a lot of trims to get rid of the coloring and damaged ends, lots of water and positive thoughts, super important! So here is where we are today. I'm still no where near where my hair use to be and that frustrates me a lot. I feel like i'm still at a stand still and my hair should at this point, be a lot longer and thicker than it is. So, now i'm enlisting the help of some Hairlista's to come up with a hair challenge for me!

The Hair Challenge

I'm a little scared but here we go ....

So I was scrolling through the web and some how came across a website called
HAIRLISTA Inc. is a Social Network designed to unite and educate Women on Healthy Hair Care Practices, Skin, Beauty and much more. Since I talk on my blog a lot about beauty products, skin care and hair, I thought this site would be interesting to check out. Little did I know it would change my whole outlook on my hair. Up until now, I thought i was doing pretty well with my hair. Remember that hair post i did where i discussed how I take care of my hair? Turns out I could be doing A LOT more to make sure that my hair is healthy, growing, and not costing me so much money.

Now, instead of going to the salon every 2-3 weeks (which usually costs between $35-50 dollars) I'll be taking care of my own hair at home regularly. I'll have more control over it's development and will be able to try new products. Starting out will cost me because I have to purchase all of the products and tools, but in the end I'll save a lot more money than going to the salon all of the time. In an upcoming beauty post I'll share what my new hair regimen (schedule) and also a Q&A with one of the members who helped to inspire me to start this journey.


- Always Deep condition after every wash followed by a leave-in conditioner
- Air dry the hair 99% of the time (not towel dry)
- Moisturize and seal the hair daily
- Wear low manipulation or protective styles (braidouts and buns)
- No heat until I've been in the challenge for over 2 months to give my hair a "rest" (heat can be used on special occasions i.e. birthdays, christmas, new years etc.)
- Always tie my hair up at night with a silk/satin scarf
- Stretch my relaxers at least 10months. I'm currently at 6 months.
- Trim/dust the hair when needed
- Protein treatment when needed
- Take a multivitamin so that it will benefit your overall health (body & hair).

- Softer manageable hair
- Improved health
- Increased hair growth
- Stronger, thicker hair

31 comments on "Summer Hair Challenge"
  1. Do you have a hair challenge for someone who cut off all of her and is having regrets? LOl. Just kidding. Just had a bad hair day today. This new hairstyle is a learning process.

  2. the new hair is looking good... and those big bow headbands are so cute. hehe :)

  3. Love the pictures, especially the one in the floral summer dress, you look great! Thanks for the hair repair tips - I reeeeally need to try something new, hopelly it'll work this time:)

  4. you know you look like some Hollywood celeb. you have nice hair and perfect skin :)

  5. This is such a fun post:) Maybe I'll do the same one day. I love the bow hairstyle;)

  6. cant wait to see the later posts and cute sailor outfit :3

  7. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous... You've got stunning hair lady... even in the broken phase.

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  8. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day, I'm following yours now too :)

    I think you have great hair! It looks so shiny and soft...I so need to take better care of mine! Eek!

  9. Aw, this is great... Trust, from a person who does her own hair, it's a great investment. With practice, you will get it together!

  10. Thanks for your comment on my blog! I love your hair & i think you're very pretty! I'm going to follow you too :-)

  11. I'm currently on a journey too, and so far it is going good! You just have to be dedicated and have disicpline, to see results :)

  12. oooohh lovely pics when you were a Baby!! :d cool post!!

    look our blog and if you like it, follow us!!!


  13. Ok Im going to do this with you. Im not going to fool with my hair everyday. Im going to wash it put it in a style and sit down somewhere. The toughest part for me will be the vitamins. LOL

  14. i love photo number 6 early March! gorgeous ;)

  15. aww your so pretty! and your hair looks fine ! can you follow me back please thanks xoxoxoxo

  16. This is a great help! Your hair is so pretty! :) xx

  17. u do have lovely, glossy hair. I loved the highlights in ur hair..Thanks for the tips!!

  18. Hello there :)
    And Thank you soo much for stopping by.
    And thanks for your compliments.
    It really means a lot to me!
    You know what, your blog is amaaaaaaaazing!
    Panda xx

  19. Great post! You are not alone. Many of us have fallen prey to dyed hair gone wrong awry, and being a mocha mama doesn't make it any easier because our hair just doesn't grow as fast. In my last year of college I chopped off all my hair to my collar bone to get rid of all the damage. I was traumatized *dramatic* but it made all the difference, and now my hair is back down to my bra strap, and healthy! It did take a couple years, though.

    Anyway, I don't go to the salon to get my hair done. I've always taken care of it myself (except trims every 4 - 6 weeks at the salon). Here are some of my fave products.

    ~Mixed Chicks Leave-in Conditioner
    ~Sebastian Laminates Clear Cellophane
    ~Nioxin Shampoo and Conditioner (they also have a vitamin that you take orally)

    I have also heard great things about Ovation Cell Therapy. It's kinda pricey, and I have not tried the products so I can't really speak to their effectiveness--

    Good Luck!
    Eboni Ife

  20. How adorable! You hair is great and you are gorgous! - Adele

  21. Your hair does look fabulous! I had a similar situation with colour gone wrong and it took me FOREVER to get it to its current au naturel state (what I like to call a shimmering, lustrous chestnut mane).

    Moroccan oil works wonders too! Also cold rinse at the end of every smoothes the hair follicle shafts down. Trust me on this, my friends think I'm crazy but it works!


  22. love the blog and I like the transition in the photos! I'm following your blog and i made sure to support the blog too! hope you can do the same!

  23. you look so beautiful, and not because of your hair but because you truly are!

    have a great day,

  24. every so often i impulsively walk into a salon (i just happened to be walking by) and say chop it off. then i cry after cause i want it long again LOL.

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  25. wow! love the 2nd to last pic .. dyno mite ! your hair is FAB ! and you hear this all the time i know , but you are a lovely looking lady !

  26. o to be a woman!!!! my friend and i were having a conversation about hair this morning...she's natural but her stylist wants her to get a relaxer. good luck with your journey. i'll be watching ;)

  27. I am loving this post! I've been trying to register on the hairlista website and i'm having technical difficulties. I want to focus on getting my hair stronger and thicker. Your hair is gorgeous, any step forward for you will just be ridiculous girl!

  28. "No, I'm not wearing any clip in's (hair extentions that clip in) in any of the photos above, it's all my hair."

    haha love that ... a year ago I definitely would have been one one those people who are very doubtful about seeing an African American with long hair (Hairlista changed my outlook on hair).

    I'm on a little no heat challenge of my own too. 6 months post & going for 10, you're a trooper cuz I'm 4 months post relaxer going for 6 & I'm already going crazy. Anyways I'm done rambling on lol ... good luck girl, HHG!!!

  29. hey there gorgeous! thanks so much for drop by my blog!
    wow u have very interesting blog here! now im the one of your followers ;)
    till then XOXO

  30. Love this blog! Welcome to Hairlista :)

    Quick ques, did I read right when you said stretch at least 10 months? You meant weeks?

  31. where do you get your hair cut? I want bangs like yours but my hair is natural so I'm not sure if any stylist would be willing to do it.


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