Are you dealing with a setback in your healthy hair journey? Have parts of your hair broken off, thinned out, or began to shed excessively? If you are in the midst of a setback after putting effort into growing healthy long hair, I imagine you are feeling a bit discouraged. I can definitely understand what you are experiencing because last year I at least the last two inches or more of my hair was thin and see-through, not healthy at all! But as you can see from the above photo (see the progression of my hair recovery here) I was able to bounce back nicely. Here is my advice for how to overcome a hair setback:
Identify the culprit. This was a bit difficult in my case as I’d already been on my hair journey for over two years without any major problems. If your setback isn’t obvious such as dealing with an illness or suffering post-partum shedding, try to think about all the things that you’ve done to and with your hair in the last few months. Tried any new products, switched relaxers, dyed your hair, visited a new stylist – anything you can think of that is different. It doesn’t mean that is the problem, but it is a start. After you evaluate your hair practices, examine your health. Visit your primary care physician because medical conditions like low iron, thyroid imbalances, and malnutrition can cause hair loss. If everything is in order from a medical perspective, think about your healthy BODY practices. Are you drinking enough water, eating a balanced diet, drinking enough water? I guarantee if you go down each of these lists, one or more things will turn up and you can begin to correct or change them.
Over treat your hair. Since my setback was dealing with thin ends, I began to rollerset my hair once a week as opposed to airdrying to keep my ends smooth to prevent the problem from getting any worse. For you this could involved increasing your deep conditioning, upgrading your hair tools, protective styling, increased moisturizing. Whatever you’ve identified the problem to be – overcompensate until your hair stabilizes.
Trim away the damage. Again as my hair was thin on the ends, I eventually had to cut it off. I refused to do it all at once, and instead opted to gradually trim as my hair grew.
Have patience and be encouraged. I know it may seem that many of your favorite long-haired ladies to whom you look for inspiration reached their goals quickly and easily (which may be true), it does not mean because you are having a bit of trouble that you will not also reach yours. Just remember it is called a journey for a reason and everyone’s is different. Remain consistent with your hair regimen, make the necessary adjustments, and keep at it – you can and will overcome your setback!