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Overcoming Setbacks

Overcoming Setbacks

With hair growth comes setbacks. This is one aspect that we unfortunately cannot escape… If you have managed to go through your journey without experiencing one then well done! I need you in my life. For those of us who have been through this terrible thing called setback, we know how depressing it can be. On journeytobeauthair, I had a whole post talking about my setback and I thought to bring it on here too and share tips on overcoming setbacks. So here goes…

My setback

…In December 2014, I got cornrows for the Christmas holiday because I knew that I wouldn’t have time for my hair. At that time I had no clue how to care for hair under a protective so I just applied Tzzz4 and castor oil on my hair and was out with the December fever wind. In January 2015 I undid the cornrows and was due for a relaxer… my hair was thinner after the relaxer but what I didn’t pick up was that my setback had started. Someone pointed it out to me but to my chagrin, I completely dismissed what she said.


The Setback

Fast forward to March 2015 I got box braids and also started taking Manetabolism. I kept it for four weeks. when I took it out, HORROR happened! my hair was long on the sides and broke off in the middle (The picture quality is bad sorry about that)


This setback was so hard for me but I had to pick up and survive and I will share tips with you guys how I overcame this setback

Overcoming Setbacks

  1. Take a deep breath!

I know right? what is this going to do for you? It will help you think through and properly diagnose the state of your hair.

2. Determine the cause

Setback only means that there is something that you might have done that your hair didn’t like. this doesn’t mean that the practice or product is bad, but your hair did not respond well to it.

3. Decide what you are going to do

This is the hardest part. what to do, what to do. Keeping the damaged hair, will do you more harm than good its best to always chop off the damaged hair.

4. Get back in the game 

Do not let setbacks throw you off the wagon. it’s okay. Setbacks happens and it can be fixed.

Overcoming Setbacks

I bounced back with Thick healthy hair

With that, you will be able to smoothly breeze through your setback! I ended up big chopping and my hair is now better than ever.

Have you ever had a setback? How did you overcome it?




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  • Reply Lebogang

    Setbacks are not a welcome guest in our hhj, like you pointed out the hardest thing is what to do after, do you big chop or gradually chop until all the damaged hair is out.

    August 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm
    • Reply Lebok

      I Big chopped. but gradually cutting is also okay or seeking out the damaged parts and and cutting them.

      August 2, 2016 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Lungi

    Ah, the good old set back! It’s always a tough thing to go through especially if you have invested so much care into your hair. I haven’t experienced one since going natural *touch wood*

    August 3, 2016 at 9:22 am
  • Reply kelebogile

    Thanks for the advice! Your hair looks great keep it up. #SetBackMustFall

    August 3, 2016 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply Lebok

      Pleasure and thank you! hahahaha YES #setbackmustfall!

      August 4, 2016 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Joie

    Had my own setback when I mistakenly cut off 2 inches of hair when taking down my Senegalese twists.

    August 5, 2016 at 9:55 am
    • Reply Lebok

      oh noooo! that must be the worst… sorry about that

      August 8, 2016 at 8:56 am

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