I just don’t want to accept it, nope, this can’t be! I keep telling myself…”Angela its ok to age gracefully” …but not gracefully gray, not yet anyway. Now, I’ve had gray hair for some time now, probably since my early 30’s but it was never a problem because I color my hair. Now of course the grays just keep coming and coming so I keep coloring and coloring. But what I thought was odd was that my hair felt damaged, even a few weeks after getting a trim. Almost brittle. And I’m like…whoa!!!! What the heck!?!?!? I’m a NATURALISTA!! Just when I’m finally getting into a groove with this natural hair care thing. It never ever dawned on me it was the grays. Maybe because I don’t feel like I’m in my mid-forties so these kinds of things just don’t cross my mind. LOL. It’s kind of like when I feel like I can do 30 burpies and I can barely make it to 10! Instead I’m thinking… I’m doing everything to keep my curls nourished and healthy. What in the world is going on here!?!? So I just kept getting trims, kept moisturizing, kept deep conditioning, kept applying protein treatments and so on and so on. Then I thought…now Angela, what if? NO WAY!!!! It’s the gray hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So now what?!?! My first thought was oh heck, just cut it off, this is too much work. But then I said nope, I’m not going down without a fight. So this just means another aspect of natural hair I must tackle and learn. Now certain things are all starting to make sense. I’m learning that because there is an absence of melanin in gray hair it’s not such a good idea to have my locks flowing out in the sun like I’ve always done (which I admit, I absolutely love to do). In the past year, I’ve definitely seen and felt a change in my curl pattern, elasticity, shine, texture and strength. My hair has become very porous and brittle. What I once thought was an enemy, may end up being my friend now that the gray is taking over (Shea Butter products). Here are some of the things I’m going to start doing to help me during this transition:
- Using products infused with shea butter will help my curls to get the added moisture they need.
- I’m also going to continue to apply Jojoba Oil or maybe try Vitamin E Oil at night and hopefully that will help.
- I had some friends mention recently they take a daily dose of Omega Fish Oil and Magnesium as part of their daily nutiritional supplement, so I’m definitely going to incorporate those into my routine.
- As hard as it is for me, I’m also going to try to be more consistent with my protective styles and use DevaCurl Set It Free, TGIN Twist & Define Cream, Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter or Mielle Organics Avocado Hair Milk.
- I will make sure to add a serum like either Giovanni Frizz Be Gone or Camille Rose Naturals Cocoa Nibs & Honey Ultimate Growth Serum
- Continue to Deep Condition EVERY Sunday with TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask, do a Protein Treatment with Aphogee Intensive at least twice a month and once a month do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.
So until I get these unruly curls in order, off to Sally’s I got to touch up this here color!
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