This year has been an EVENTFUL one for humankind, to say the least. As we countdown to 2017, we look back on our small victories, favourite products & hair styles of 2016.
I started the year protective styling and ended it protective styling. If you follow us on instagram, you’ll know that most of my 2016 was spent protective styling.
During my year of protective styling, which went into full effect towards the end of the year, I wigged out!
With my hair cornrowed under a wig and washed weekly (or biweekly, because lazy), I was able to see the benefits of low manipulation on length retention.
Early in the year, I took the plunge and dyed part of my hair grey and blue. Colouring my hair definitely made me sit up about my hair care routine.
I dyed my hair twice this year and each time, I learnt that there is more that I could have done to keep my coloured hair healthier. Thanks to my colorist and the fact that most of my hair is still its original colour, I was able to compare and contrast to determine what regimen works best for my coloured hair.
This was not a big new products year for my hair. I mostly stuck with my staples that I am comfortable with and I know work for me. I did try the following new products:
- Brazen Curls entire product line
- Giovanni 2Chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-moist shampoo and conditioner
- Aphogee 2 step protein treatment (reviewed here)
Now, I only trimmed my hair twice this year (during my colour and straightening) – not good considering my hair needed a trim more frequently than that.
I retained some length this year but because of my trial & error with care for coloured hair, my hair could be a lot healthier. Something to definitely work on in the new year!
If I’m being honest, I let my hair take the backseat and this eventually caught up with me. For a while, my hair was dry, not responding well to products, just weird. I spent most of this year with my hair in mini-twists. So much that I’ve told myself that I won’t wear mini-twists in 2017. QUOTE ME.
Still, I found some time to have fun with my hair. In March, I got a silk press that I wore for 8 days. I really loved it, although later, I discovered I had slight heat damage on a very small section of my hair at my nape. Thankfully, it’s not significant. No regrets!
I actually did a bit more styling, but I wasn’t able to share pictures on the blog or Instagram, so watch out for them in the new year 😛
Star of 2016
My star of 2016 is without a doubt, the sleek low bun. I wore it on my birthday, to my sister’s graduation, two weddings and for a whole week after the weddings. The sleek bun is bae!
If you’d like a tutorial, holler in the comments and I’ll hurry up and edit my tutorial 🙂
I was definitely not a product junkie this year, but my favourite products of the year are:
- Midas Naturals Brazen Curls Hair Butter (here)
- Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque (here)
- Natural Nigerian Flaxseed Twist and Curl Pudding (to be reviewed)
One thing I’m happy I was able to do this year, is stretching my washdays. Every time I wash my hair, I lose hair (as you do) which is normal. Washing is necessary of course, but it’s still manipulation. Stretching my washdays for 2, 3 weeks was hard at first, and my scalp reacted by being super itchy after a few days. Somehow, it stopped being so ajebutter and got with the program. Did I retain length, though? That’s another story LOL this work in progress continues in 2017.
So, guys. How was 2016 for you and your hair? Let’s do a quick review in the comments? 🙂
AB & MeeMee