Monday, October 6, 2014

Long time suffering

Hello there everyone.

Yes, I have been slightly absent. A big reason for that is the fact that I have been feeling a disconnect to my hair and my journey. I fear that I am right in the middle of a set back.

As I told you in my last post, I have been experience a lot of breakage and shedding and very little has helped. Out of frustration I went to my stylist and we snipped off a good inch. I thought that getting rid of super raggedy ends would help curb the breakage, but to alas, to no avail. Well, not none, I'm still struggling though. My hair is still struggling to hold moisture, even after I infused more protein into my washes after recommendations from fellow bloggers and readers. I am experiencing demarcation breakage despite only being 6 weeks post. I am THIS close to relaxing my hair again and this time doing it myself and thus knowing that I'm doing it right. On the other hand I feel like starting a serious wigging or sew in regimen asap to hide my hair so as to help me retain some freaking growth. I am at the end of my wits.

What makes it harder is that for the past 4 weeks I have actually been on a much more active programme. I have been working with a dietitian and a biokineticicist, the former having me on a personalized eating programme and the latter grilling me on a personalized exercise regime. It's only been 4 weeks but so far I have dropped 9 cm (approximately 4 inches) around my waist and 3 pounds, so I am not going to quit. But it is not the greatest for keeping the hair in a good condition, my scalp and hair HATE sweat. So, Fitness Fridays ladies - HELP please. I work in a very staunch environment so  airdrying after washing after a workout does not work, my hair becomes a hot frizzy pouffy mess, especially as we are entering summer my side and the humidity levels are already ridiculous.

Seems like my post today is a lot of moaning and bitching, but I would really like some advice, would be much appreciated.

On the plus side of my life, I performed on stage for the first time in years at Song Night, a spring board event here in Windhoek for aspiring singers. I am not planning to sing professionally, but after having such good feedback and feeling amazing after my performance, I know that I will do it again. Here's a little pic of me on stage, unfortunately I could not upload a video clip. Hopefully next time I will have the foresight to have a clip in a suitable format.

Well, that's all from me for today. A lot of complaining and feeling despondent about my hair. Feeling hopeful and determined regarding my weight loss. And feeling proud about my debut on stage.

Have a GREAT week everyone. Till next time!


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your hair struggles. I would wait to relax until you can get some of the shedding and breakage under control. You mention that you have incorporated more protein. I know that you have been using the ORS Replenishing Conditioner, but I still believe you need something stronger. If you're still wary about using a hard protein (ex. Aphogee 2 step, Nexxus Emergencee), I would suggest the ORS Hair Mayonnaise. It is said to be stronger than the replenishing conditioner.

    However, if you're ready I still say do a hard protein treatment (one that hardens your hair). I shed like a cat ALL the time, but when I've had excessive shedding, the hard proteins have worked the best. I'm still not sure why. Just make sure to follow up with a deep moisturizing treatment. Wishing you the best...I've been there!

    1. Thank you! Unfortunately I have never seen any of the hard protein brands here in Windhoek, but I guess I can make one by adding an actual egg to my ORS Replenishing Conditioner...I am going to give it a try, thank you Neisha. And yes, I will hold on until I have it under control.

    2. Let us know how it goes. And I forgot to mention you looked very nice in your photo!

  2. Nothing is more infuriating and frustrating as when you are trying EVERYTHING to get your hair back on track and NOTHING seems to be working. I totally agree with Neisha. Emergencee ALWAYS stops my breakage in it's tracks. My fave medium protein conditioners are Nexxus Keraphix and Joicio K-Pak. But you HAVE to follow it up with a good deep moisturizing treatment.

    And as far as styling. I say to keep it as simple as possible. On wash day, stretch your hair using whatever air drying method that you hair likes, then pull it all up into a high bun. Let it be until it's time to wash again. It's not fun or creative but it's my method to my madness.

    Kudos for getting healthy! 4 inches and 3 lbs is confetti throwing worthy!

    We <3 you chica!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

  3. replenishing conditioner, shedding and breakage was minimal to none. tea rinses have also been a good help for my hair which was prone to breakages before my hhj.
    if could lose just 4inches around my waist i promise i would wear a crop top for the whole world to see.
    u look great too.

  4. sorry my earlier post was truncated. i meant.. i had the same issues some weeks back and i did a coffee rinse , then applied ors hair mayo and replenishing conditioner, shedding and breakage was minimal to none after that. tea rinses have also been a good help for my hair which was prone to breakages before my hhj.
    and if could lose just 4inches around my waist i promise i would wear a crop top for the whole world to see.
    u look great too.