I've done a few posts on hair (here and here). Hair care is VERY important to me, making sure my hair is healthy and looks nice is something that I always try to improve on. Some people have certain things that they over analyze. Some people love makeup, some people love skin care, some people love fitness, some people love fashion - I love hair, ha ha.
When I discovered the website, Hairlista.com which is dedicated to hair care, I thought I died and gone to heaven. Not only did the site offer a ton of advice, friends (who also obsess over hair), but it also offered a forum for learning more about how to take great care of your hair. One of the first members I spoke with was Bronzeg. Her hair history is very similar to mine. She ran into a slight period of damaged hair and had to battle her way out. While I'm still on my journey she seemed to blossom full circle. Now, under some of her advice and a few others I am ready to start my own journey to long beautiful healthy hair once again. I sat down with Bronzeg to ask her a few questions.
1. What year (month if you know it) did your hair damage begin? What caused the breakage?
I'm thinking...Sepetmber '06....what caused it was..i had relaxed too soon after coloring my hair...and i had a weave in and there was hair left out around the perimeter..i relaxed the perimeter only..and i guess i didn't wash it out properly..and after that..my primeter slowly fell out..on top of the damage..
2. Based on your experience. Do you recommend people with relaxed hair to color their hair or get highlights?
i wouldn't say no..i'd say just be careful..and take EXTRA good care of your hair..especially when it comes to the treatments...but, color is not for every one..some ppl's hair cannot take color..no matter what...so, i'd suggest trying high lights first..before jumping into coloring the whole head.
3. How often do you go see a hair stylist? When you go to the salon, what do they do to your hair?
i don't see a stylist...never really have
4. When did you start doing a regimen (year/month)? how did you come up with it?
Jan. '07...i did lots of research on blackhairmedia and longhaircareforum...thankfully..it didn't take long for me to get into a good routine
5. How long did it take before you started noticing your hair was healthy and growing?
I'd say..like a month or two for health..for growth...6 months...a noticeable amount
6. What products do you use and recommend? What product can't you live without?
well...i don't really like to recommend products b/c i believe everyone's hair is different...i use lot of cheap stuff..and i prefer the brands catered to Caucasian women..b/c they usually don't have oil in them.. my hair is fine and any thing can easily weigh it down...i can't live w/o my lustrasilk shea butter and mango cholesterol
7. You said you don't like to wrap your hair at night. How do you usually wear it when you go to bed?
if i'm wearing it straight..i'll wrap for a day or two..after that..i'll just loosely wrap my hair round itself and clip it..very loosely as to not cause dents...if it's not straight..i'ts in a scarf and bonnett..i don't go to sleep with my hair loose...no ponytail holders..nothing
8. What's the best tip you have for taking care of your hair?
deep conditioning religiously!! and to limit the amount of heat usage
9. People say that African American women can't have very long hair, and the ones that do have long hair because of genetics. What do you think about this?
well..genetics play a role in everything about the human body..for that..i can't hate..lol..some of us have to work at certain things..and that's fine...i always tell ppl to worry about themselves..yea, most ppl think that most women of african descent cannot grow hair..and that's just untrue..hair grows..period..unless the follicle and/or scalp is damaged...it's the retention of this growth that's the problem..and it's mostly due to unhealthy hair care practices.
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