The Damage I Caused
Three years ago, my hair (left picture) was in the worst condition it has ever been in. It was beyond damaged, constantly falling out, and the color was awful from dying it so much. You can clearly see the hair damage in this picture. I was in a dark place around this time so whenever I was sad, I would cope by changing up my hair. It got to the point where I was box dying my hair about once a month. Are you cringing? Ugh, I know I am. I would also take the scissors and chop away even though I didn’t know what the heck I was doing and I would straighten it almost every single day.
Finally, I decided I needed to stop doing all of this damage to my hair because now, I was regularly breaking down over the damage I’ve caused. That’s why I took the picture on the left. I told myself that from that day forward, I wouldn’t dye my hair anymore, I wouldn’t cut my own hair especially when I’m upset, and I’d try to go without any heat products. We were going back to our natural roots. Literally.
Did I go through with all of that? Yes, for the most part. I did end up going to the salon and getting some highlights after a few months because my hair was in this awkward color phase from fading and the grow out. I also let them fix my hair cut. It was kind of embarrassing but I guess taking your emotions out on your hair is more common than I thought. I just promised to let the professionals take care of it next time.
My Hair Today
Two years later, my hair is so much healthier! (Right picture) You can see the shine, the thickness, and the length improvement. Those are my natural waves too! My hair was so damaged three years ago that those waves barely even existed. I’ve learned to love my natural waves so I don’t even feel the need to use any heat products on it anymore. If you’d like to see current pictures of what my hair looks like, head on over to my Instagram! I get many compliments on my hair lately and it means so much to me because little do most people know, getting it to this point was a true struggle.
If you’re currently in the situation I was three years ago and you want to fix your damaged hair, here are a few tips:
- Take a break from dying your hair if that’s what you do often.
- Step away from curling irons and straighteners or at least minimize the usage.
- Heat protectant is an absolute must when using heat tools.
- Use a deep conditioning mask once or twice a week. I use coconut oil and that has helped greatly.
- Do not pick up the scissors when you’re upset. Find something else to distract yourself with.
- Don’t give up. Even if you don’t see your hair getting any healthier right away. It’s a process, you’ll see results soon!
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