May 20, 2013

Ashiya's Hair Diary: Let It Breathe

The Music City Naturals Natural Hair Event was last week and Nashville really enjoyed it.  From the vendors and speakers to the beautiful natural hair and the lovely women who rocked it, it was something special.  

I got married at Scarritt-Bennett, so any chance I get to get back always proves to be a great day.
I met some new friends and got to catch up with some I don't get to actually see often.

I fell in love with some locally made beauty products and got some great hair and skin tips.  I took some FabGlance Nashville advice and got a chance to wear maxi dress I made myself.

All in all, it was a good day.

As always, there was a lesson.  I planned to wash and lock my hair earlier in the week, but I found myself putting it off more than usual.  The more I thought about it, I realized that I really didn't want to lock my hair.  A few years ago, when I first realized I needed to strengthen my locs, I stopped the locking process for about eight months.  During that time, I just kept a regular washing and conditioning regimen and let my hair do its thing.  Of course when I locked my hair after eight months I realized that was entirely too long for me, but my hair was better off for it.

So even though I am still trying to recover from this curl fail, I decided to let go of locking and curling my hair for the event.  I just did a thorough wash and condition and let it air dry.

I do plan to do my normal maintenance routine in the next week, bringing this break to almost four months.  While I love rocking fresh locks and styling them, sometimes you have to let it breathe.
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