It’s time for another MHM feature YAY!!! I’m always so excited about sharing these because, they inspire me and I learn so much from everyone’s journey and I hope that they do the same for you
Today, I’d like to share Sarah’s hair journey, she left a comment on one of my videos and invited me to check out her progress on her google+ page. Her progress was very inspiring to me and it reminded me of my own hair journey so I asked her to share..I hope you enjoy her feature as much as I have putting it together
How long have you been natural
I have been natural since I big chopped in July 2009.
Why did you decided to go natural and what are your experiences being natural?
I decided to go natural because at the time, I was temporarily living in Utah, which is a very dry state with very hard water! I didn’t know this fact at the time, and was washing my hair like every other day. I was thinking that it would help my hair get healthier since my hair was already shedding in handfuls due to a very high level of stress and over processed hair. Boy was I wrong! It made it worse! The hard water made my hair come out in clumps in the middle of my head. I was mortified! I didn’t know what to do anymore with it.
So one day, I was looking in the mirror at myself, and I got fed up. Without thinking or hesitation, I just grabbed some sissors and started chopping away until I only had about 2 inches or less of hair left! My experience of being natural has been a very daunting task because I had to immediately learn how to work with a different texture of hair that I wasn’t use to.
I had always gotten perms throughout most of my life which burned my head and thinned it out like crazy, but I was satisfied because my hair was bone straight and easier to manage. Plus I always flat ironed my hair like everyday. Now I didn’t have either of those things, and I was determined never to use perms or the flat iron again, so for the first 2 years of being natural I would wear my hair in an afro style and braids.
I was as you would call it, “EMBRACING THE NATURAL!” I was always doing research on natural hair care and trying to do all of the things that I thought were right. My hair was thriving some and getting thicker but I wasn’t completely satisfied. There were still days that I secretly wished that I had a perm or flat iron!
Sarah before MHM
Tell us a little bit about your hair, like your hair type, porosity, texture, length.
My hair type is mostly 4c with some 4b strands in the front, sides and at the nape of my head. I have low porosity hair which makes it very hard for my hair to fully absorb water. Water just seems to bead and run right off of my hair as if its waterproof!
My hair strand’s texture is very fine on most of my head, especially around the edges. Like thinneer than a piece of thread! But some pieces of my hair in the middle are a little thicker. The density (or thickness ) of my hair is very weird. It’s very low density around the perimeter of my head and at the back of my head, but the middle part is normal or medium density. I just recently gave my hair a shape up about 1 week ago by cutting off an inch all the way around my head so my hair is currently about 4 inches long with the shortest piece being 3 inches and the longest piece being about 5 inches long.
What are some of your struggles (if any) being natural before MHM .
I’ve struggled a great deal with my hair before finding the MH method. It’s been a love/hate relationship because at times I’ve loved it whenever it wanted to act and look right, and at times I’ve hated it.
The thing that I learned to love about my hair ( but in secret ), was my curls! I knew that I had very tight, cute little curls. And whenever I would put gel in it, I would see that. I would be like, “Oh wow they’re so cute! Why can’t it look like this all of the time? Is there some way it can?” But the love ended as soon as my hair dried which was not long at all. It would turn into a hot frizzy mess! And it looked “nappy” and all dry and dull again.
I also loved how soft it felt whenever I would use a product that seemed to moisturize it well like the Shea moisture products. The things that I hated about my hair was it’s ability to grow and retain length. I have struggled with that my whole life even before I went natural. My hair has never been long, not even touched shoulder length, even after all these years. Of course I’ve cut it about 4 or 5 times over the years but no more than about 3 inches. I’ve often wondered how long is my terminal length and will I ever get there? I would see people on youtube that would go natural and in a year their hair would well surpass mine. That was very discouraging to see, because I was doing everything that I could think of to grow my hair long.
I didn’t use harsh drying products, no chemicals, washed my hair every week, did protein treatments at least once a month, drank a lot of water, ate healthy and stayed away from sweets, got enough rest and exercise, and took vitamins! Why wasn’t it working for me, I would ask myself. Then finally one day I just gave up on the notion that I could grow long hair and just began putting my hair away more in braids and mostly glueless lace wigs. Surprisingly, I actually gained the most length whenever I wore the lace wigs! My hair got at its longest at my 4 year mark. It reached about 10 inches long, which was a lot for me! I finally had some hang time and I began wearing my hair in twists with the kinky curly curling custard.
That’s when I started to love my hair again and I did get a lot of compliments! This product was helping my hair to hold on to moisture very well which showed in my hair big time! But then as usual I got bored with it and started to neglect it and let the wigs and unhealthy hair practices take over. Then I got tired of my 1b ashy hair color and began dying my hair jet black with Garnier Olia permanent hair color about a year ago. I guess you could kind of say that I gave up on my hair, and began to prefer style and convenience over health of my hair.
Sarah’s Hair after MHM
How did you find out about MHM and why did you decide to give it a try?
I found out about the MHM actually by accident! I was doing some randaom research of gels and techniques that would bring out my natural curl pattern naturally without the crunch and heaviness of the Olive Oil Eco Styler gel. I stumbled across a video on Curly Nikki that had a hair stylist at a natural hair salon talking about curls clumping and forming with maximum hydration. She was demonstrating it on a client’s head who seemed to have very little curl pattern. Her hair came out gorgeous! I was curious about what this “Maximum Hydration” was so I went to youtube and typed in maximum hydration. It immediately took me to msdeekay’s video. I watched it and after that video, I just knew that is was going to be the answer for my hair. It made so much sense, and ironically, I had already used all of these products in this regimen! So I already knew how these things would work and respond on my hair. I was kind of thinking “Oooh this is going to be time consuming at first and will it be cost effective for me?” But I figured that I might as well go for it. I had nothing to lose but my hair! It couldn’t get any worse that it already was. I had already just taken my hair out of 2 months worth of micro braids and my hair was undernourished, dirty, dry and brittle!
How long have you been doing MHM?
I have been doing the MHM since December 30, 2014, and have currently did the entire regimen from start to finish 13 times. ( I usually split the regimen into 2 days.)
What are your experiences with MHM so far.
I went into this regimen with high hopes for my hair, and I have not been disappointed. My first day was ok, but by the 3rd application, I could really see and feel a difference in my hair. My curls are clumping more and my hair just cooperates better even without product! My hair loves the apple cider vinegar which makes it so silky and soft, and the Bentonite Clay is everything for my hair whenever it comes down to making my curls clump!
I don’t really like how dull it leaves my hair looking at the roots, so I have been experimenting with adding milk to it instead of water which has been helping some. I really want to invest in the Rhassoual clay ASAP, as I have heard that it has more of a moisturizing effect on low porosity hair.
My problem areas that seem to be more stubborn to curl is the left side and the crown of my head. Even though I still have a long way to go and can’t claim max hydration yet, I still have max hydration in about 15-20% of my hair strands. The rest is clumping about 2-3 inches up the strands.
My hair has plenty of shake when damp or wet, but it doesn’t move freely yet whenever completely dry unless the wind is blowing hard! LOL! I am also experiencing my hair being kind of crunchy sometimes whenever 100% dry after applying conditioner and kinky curly curling custard. I know that it could be because of the aloe in the gel or just that my hair still needs to build up it’s moisture levels completely. I am confident that it will in time with consistency. I might experiment with other gels on the list and also make my own flaxseed gel soon.
What are your views/experiences and maybe other people’s view of your hair before and after MHM
Before MHM, I secretly really did love my hair texture, when it was wet or cooperating with me. But I was unhappy with it because I never thought that it would reach it’s full potential and grow to longer lengths. Other people have surprisely always loved my hair’s texture and I would get compliments no matter how I would style it, especially from other races.
Now since starting the MHM, I can actually see what my hair is supposed to look like! I love my tiny little curls and I fully appreciate the uniqueness of them. Others such as family and friends and even some random strangers compliment me on my hair. One friend even thought that it was due to pregnancy hormones that made my hair look this way! People tell me that they actually prefer my natural hair like this over the wigs and extensions! Surprise, surprise! Even my husband, who has been known to tell me that I have “African hair” is coming around to the idea and likes my curls! I no longer have to hide behind the wigs and my hopes are high as far as length retention.
This time around I’m not so focused and obsessed with length because I know that it will get there. I’m more focused on obtaining maximum hydration this year, not just because of the curls that it will produce, but because it will being giving clear evidence of the health of my hair. It will mean that my hair is moisturized to the max, and we all know that moisture, coupled with a healthy protein balance, equals healthy hair. That’s what this journey is all about, not overobsession with curls. The curls are just the extra icing on the top!
Any advice to anyone who is considering trying MHM for the first time or to other naturals in general.
I would say to anyone who is considering this method whether natural or not, first do your research and make sure that you understand it and all of it’s steps. It can seem overwhelming at first, but it really isn’t once you understand it. Also come into it with realistic views and realize that you aren’t going to receive maximum hydration overnight, not even in a week! It will take time! Natural hair takes time, so be patient and treat your hair kind! And know that it will not change your hair pattern or texture, just enhance what you already had all along.
Also I would recommend that if your’re going to be doing the one or two week challenge to speed things up, order your products in bulk if you can. It would also be wise to figure out a schedule in advance that works out for you. Have a plan set into motion so that you do not get discouraged and overwhelmed and give up before the week is over. Stay consistent and don’t keep looking at other people’s results and comparing your hair’s progress to theirs. It will only rob you of your joy and mess up your experience. You might have to stay away from youtube for a little bit so that you don’t get unrealistic views of what your hair should look like! ( I’m having to do the same thing.)
But overall I would say that once you have all these things in mind, just go for it! It will be the best treat that you can give your hair! And if your hair doesn’t seem to respond well to one or more of the steps, don’t be afraid to experiment and switch it up. But only do so with approved products of the MHM website. You can also talk to others who have been doing it for a while now. Join blogs and get experienced veterans opinions. It helps a lot. You will not go wrong and your hair will thank you for it in the long run!
And anything else that you would like to add …( including social media links, blog, youtube etc)
You can look me up and email me at sarahs.jwitness at gmail dot com, or sarahs.jwitness at yahoo dot com, and also sarahs.jwitness on twitter Happy Hydrating!
Thank you so much for sharing your story Sarah, I’m sure your journey and words of wisdom will help and encourage others.
Much love and blessings,