Um yeah. Sorry for the hiatus. I was so close to giving up documenting my natural hair journey after my setback in September. You see, I tried Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner, thinking it would be "moisturizing". I'm not that naive to rely on the word of the manufacturer and take it as gospel truth, I always read the ingredients first and I also read a few reviews from other women who also have natural hair that is coarse and porous to get a general feel of what results I could expect. Well, everyone said that they loved it, so I thought, hmmm I'm going to love it too. The conditioner has hydrolyzed wheat protein in it, but I thought, no biggie, so does my Sta Sof Fro and that stuff is lovely on my hair.
That Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner mess dried my hair out so bad that it caused incomplete splits on the last inch or 2 inches of my hair! I was ticked off so bad ya'll I think I cried. Honestly, I think that stuff is a mild to hardcore protein treatment in disguise. When I put it on my hair it felt like a reconstructor. I don't know if you all have ever used one before, but I have used the Motions Reconstructor as a permed head and it has a weird feel to it on your hair. I should have known something was up with that experience alone.
After that, I took the scissors and cut off as much damage as I could. That was in September and that is why I have been MIA for so long. Just embarrassing and disappointing. This incident is so frustrating to me because I believe that I try to do the best that I can to take care of my hair. I don't use heat, I do protective styles almost 30 days a month, and I am gentle as possible to my hair. But all it takes is one bad product to damage my hair. I am not going to lie and say I will never experiment with new products ever again, but I will say that I will try to be a little bit more careful and do small test areas first to see how the product responds before I sacrifice all my hair (not that I didn't do this with the KMC because I did!)
Okay, fast forward to today. My hair is slowly growing back. Wednesday I took down some mini twists and Thursday I spent 3 hours putting in a flat twist/twist style.
I don't know if you can see it too well, but in between the two sections of flat twists, I left the middle "out" and put twists so that they could fall over the flat twists, not realizing I don't have but a grip of hair. I did it because I was lazy to be honest lol.
I know you are feeling my dinosaur shadow puppet lol! Yeah Imma Monster!
My hair has not been right since I used that dang conditioner. Urgh! Lesson learned.
Have you all had this experience before with a product that your hair did not agree with or felt so frustrated that you felt like giving up on your hair journey? How did you overcome it?