40 Day Master Cleanse: Day 5

I woke up about an hour ago so I don’t really have much to report. I weighed myself this morning and I weigh 235.2lbs (106.68kg). From my starting weight of 245.4lbs, I’ve lost 10.2lbs (4.6kg) in the past 5 days. It’s much more than I lost the last time I did the master cleanse but I’m guessing that this is because this time I’m using three bottles as opposed to the four that I used before.

I found out that my two scales are giving me somewhat unreliable readings so I might have to buy a third scale.

So on a completely different note, something I’ve been wanting to blog about for a while is my hair. I was pretty depressed about my hair for most of this year because of a really stupid mistake I made at the beginning of the year.

In January I trimmed my hair and all hell broke loose. Basically, what had happened was.. I had never trimmed my hair before, but lots of people in the natural community online keep talking about how trimming your hair is important because of split ends and stuff, and I had noticed some split ends in my own hair so I decided to trim my hair too. I had seen a couple of videos where people straightened their hair first before trimming it. This is for practical reasons. Natural hair often looks much much shorter than it really is so it’s very very easy to cut off much much more than you really intended. If you straighten your hair before trimming it, then you can see exactly what you’re cutting off.

I had never used a flat iron in my entire life before January but like the mumu I am, I ran out and bought one in my excitement to trim my hair for the first time ever. I flat ironed my hair, trimmed the ends and reveled in how long and beautiful my hair was… then I went to sleep.

When I woke up the next morning, a good portion of my hair stayed on the pillow when I got up. My hair has been falling out ever since. In August there was still some breaking off, and that’s since January… 8 months! I’ve lost about seven inches of hair since January down from 14 inches of hair that I’m supposed to have. I stopped crying about it a long time ago (sometime around March) but it’s still a bit sad though isn’t it?

I was going to just shave my head but my aunt (who is also natural) told me to just braid my hair and let it grow out again instead so I decided to take her advice.

Either way, that’s the story with my hair. I hope that when I take out the braids I have now, the breakage will have finally stopped and I can get on with taking care of my hair. Needless to say, I threw away the flat iron and I will NEVER straighten my hair with a flat iron again, and even then, I will probably only straighten it once every one or two years to trim (and next time I’ll have someone who actually knows what they’re doing do it, instead of trying to do it myself).

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  1. journeytoprint

    Gosh 🙁 I’m natural too. The only time I’ve trimmed is when I trimmed the perm off last Easter a few months ago. I’m going to take your story as a lesson of sorts. Hope it grows back better than before! xx

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