Finally, a hair update! It's been a long time coming.
To be completely honest with you, up until this week I'd been adopting the no maintenance approach due to longer working hours, outstanding deadlines & preparations to make...This left my hair practically dry most of the time so I always saw it best to not manipulate my hair but instead grab a scarf.
This week, it's been mostly buns & puffs - because they are so easy and quick now with the length of my hair - however, my edges can only take so much tension (in fact, very little tension) though I use a loose scrunchie or stocking hair band.
Yesterday, I finally pampered my hair to some much needed TLC. Rhassoul clay deep conditioner was on the menu & what good that did after 6 hours of waiting. My hair is back to it's old soft, moisturized & lustrous self but I fear my ups & downs with keeping my strict regimen has had adverse effects on length retention.
I realized this today after checking my length. I did it over and over again to realize I've barely retained any length from the last length check. I compared the pictures & could barely really believe my eyes. Three months later, it was almost as if I hadn't really retained any length. It was really baffling. I trimmed before doing the length check but I didn't even cut up to an inch off. If you've been following long enough, you'll remember I used to do a length check every 2 months and I used to retain at least 1 inch of hair during those three months.
Now I'm open to options. I'm careful to not blame it all on length retention but also on hair growth. This spring & summer have been buzzing with activity. Stress, a poor diet, lack of exercise etc can contribute to lack of hair growth. I know I certainly am not loosing my hair and I haven't really been suffering from serious breakage, so it all falls mostly on growth.
I admit I have not been able to care for my hair as much as I'd love to but I don't believe it was that bad...if it's mostly on hair growth...I can see how because I've actually had a lot on my plate.
With a length goal ahead, I know I have to step up my game. I am quite disappointed but I am also glad because this is a source of motivation for me to keep up what I'd already started. Now I know I do have to take better care of my scalp - by primarily avoiding clogging & dryness - & my ends too - concentrating more on moisturizing, sealing & protecting.
This calls for taking a deeper look into my regimen & rectify the necessary.
Have you ever had setbacks concerning hair growth & length retention?