Hey Sis! I hope all is going well for you, and that you are reaching more and more of your goals everyday. So today I thought I would come and talk about something near and dear to my heart, and that’s something I like to call the Natural Hair Hump. Let me set the scene for you sis. You’re new to the world of being natural, you’re excited. You’ve decided you want to grow your hair long down to waist length and you are on a mission. You are on time to wash day every week, you are even excited for it. You like to try new hairstyles, and you’ll spend hours on a curlformers set. Does anyone else remember those days or am I alone here? Well those days seem to have gone by fast, and then that’s when the natural hair hump begins.
What is a natural hair hump?
A natural hair hump is basically when you get tired of your hair. For most of the girls I talk to it happens around year three. During this time, a lot of us are still pretty far from our goal length but our hair is growing in nicely. By this time you have stopped all of the fancy stuff and probably don’t really do your hair as often as you’d like or even as often as you’re supposed to. Well it’s not 100% your fault. You see, much like a relationship, around the 3 year mark it’s not quite as fun, and it just feels like work. As my 6th Natural anniversary approaches, I thought I would tell you guys how I got over my hump, and what I do now that helps me and my hair keep it going strong:
- Create an easy routine – At the beginning of the year, I did a kickstart to help us kickoff the new year. One of those was the natural hair kickstart. Find my post here where I give you some tips about how to build an easy routine, the easier the routine, the less push you’ll get from yourself when it’s time to do it. Trust me this one works.
- Build breaks in your routine – I wear my hair in 2 braids most of the time. However I have a nice wig that I can throw on over the braids when something comes up during the week. On the weekends I wear my hair out for a couple days until it’s time for a wash. For the first 5 days after wash day my hair is up and out of the way so I don’t have to worry about it. That helps me reserve my energy for that last day where I do my wash day
- Spice it up! – this is another way where your natural hair is like a relationship. (technically it is, just one between you and your hair!) sometimes you just have to do something different. Braids, Twists, Curlformers, and wigs ( my personal favorite). All of these protective styles let you experiment with different looks and colors (if you want to) without damaging your own hair (if done correctly) and causing more work for yourself down the road.
So that Is the natural hair hump, and 3 tips to help combat it. My hump was 2 years while I combatting lots of emotional issues and (on top of it all) heat damage. These tips lessened the responsibilities enough where my hair could continue to grow, and helped me fight the urge to chop it off. I hope that these tips can help you out in some way, and until next time live your best life!