Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I have been paying close attention to educational youtube videos on how to grow long, natural hair. One of the most consistent pieces of advice is to keep the ends moisturized. I have also been studying Kimmaytube’s pH balancing videos. The information she provides makes sense. Most naturals may think, “It doesn’t take all of that.” However, Kimmaytube’s hair growth over the past 4 years is astounding and is proof that her maintenance methods are working. I came to realize that I was putting the wrong products in my hair. I was using products that would dry out my hair. My hair would be so thirsty and it was hard to maintain moisture throughout the day. I have high maintenance hair from the simple fact of being natural, but I was taking high maintenance to a new level. I finally purchased some ph balance testing strips from Kimmaytube’s website, www.luvnaturals.com. These things are essential for helping to maintain and grow long, natural hair. I tested the pH levels of the products I use to moisturize my hair. My mixture includes aloe vera gel, vegetable glycerin, olive oil, and distilled water. (This morning, I just remembered that I need to add peppermint essential oil. Peppermint stimulates the hair follicles and promotes hair growth.) Anyway, my moisturizer mix w/o the peppermint oil gives me a pH balance of 4.0. This is within the range of maintaining moisture. I also pH balanced my ACV rinse to 4.0. I found that I was using too much ACV and that was also causing my hair to dry out. The only change I will be making is that in the future, I will be using organic ACV. From what I have read, non-organic apple cider vinegar’s health-enhancing properties are destroyed during the heating of the pasteurization process. Of course I want as many enzymes that will promote hair growth in my products. Anyway, now would be a good time to start taking pictures of my hair to keep track of its growth journey. Whoever said that natural hair can’t be grown long is a lair. Natural hair can be grown to be long and beautiful. I’m going to be one of those who prove this to be correct.