Topic: Emma's Hair Journal
Hi! So I've been boar brushing my hair for months and just recently started scalp massage this week. It was tricky at first because I have sensitive scalp and certain spots were more tender than others. I massaged my hair 2-3 times a day (still am!) After a while, the tender spots toughened up and my whole body loves the invigorating feeling that scalp massage gives. I also noticed that with the first day of scalp massage, and especially the first ever time, I had a higher than average hair fall rate from the massage. It was just like weeding the winter garden before planting! My body had a lot of old/weakened hairs to let go of in order to make room for new growth. I haven't had any hair fall like the first massage day since.
I'm about to order my MM started set with all the shampoos and conditioners. Being eco friendly and thrifty, I wanted to use up my organic conventional shampoo and conditioner before I ordered the MM products. Although I have had the pleasure of trying some of the MM line and it's incredible- it's been hard waiting for my old products to run out! I also gave away or tossed any styling products I used to use. I have friends who aren't quite there yet with the natural products, and most gladly took them off my hands. I figure it's better they use them, since it'll just end up in the landfill otherwise. They were all mostly organic/natural stuff too (just not holistic like MM's products- I've learned there is a distinct difference!).
Another thing I've done is drastically cut down on heat styling. I used to blowdry my hair with a round brush then flat iron any flyaways, as well as my bangs. Now I'm air drying my hair 19/20 times I wash it (the occasional heat style is when I'm in a rush to get out the door). I am still flat ironing my bangs, but that is temporary as I'm growing them out. I think as my hair thickens and gets healthier, I'll not need to flat iron anything anymore. I'm getting to it.
My hair is otherwise very healthy. I haven't colored my hair in almost a decade, so all of my hair is "virgin". I don't heatstyle much, and I've always been very gentle with my hair. If anything, what I've needed to improve on is brushing, scalp stimulation (massage), and use products that really nourish my sensitive scalp. I'm pretty sure that I'm one of the few people who is REALLY affected with foaming-agents like SLS and all it's various other names. For me, I just know in my gut that no-foam shampoo and natural conditioner made with ingredients directly from the Earth is the way to go.
I'm really excited to get my MM products and start using them, kick SLS to the curb for good, and see how well my hair reacts. I'm totally prepared for a tough detox session before I get to the good stuff, and if the detox happens to be easier than I'm predicting, then I'll be all the more happy for it. I have naturally fine hair shafts, but just a lot of them. So thick/fine hair. And it's longer, so I'm oily at the root and dry at the ends. I practice the "condition the bottom 1/3 of my hair" and that works well. Also dry shampoo is a BFF. I'll be using the Zen Detox as my new dry shampoo once I receive it. I also am thinking that eventually, after my MM transition and detox, that my hair will have a better oil balance at the root since it won't be stripped anymore.
Well, more to come. I'll be sure to update this again soon once I get my MM kit!