My focus is to get my hair thicker. I am really not happy with how thin I think it is. I hate see-through hair! The black rinse definitely helps, but I have to do a lot more to reach my goal of thicker hair.
I have decided not to roller set my hair anymore. It's a lot of manipulation and I think I roll too tight, which has caused too many broken hairs when I take the rollers out. I will only get roller sets at the salon from now on. I've lost a little confidence in doing my own hair. I get so much less breakage, shedding and dryness when I get my hair done at the salon. Maybe I'm using the wrong tools. I'll work on that later, but for now, I'm looking forward to being pampered every 2-3 weeks. I'm going to air dry when I wash my own hair. I have air dried my hair the past two times I washed it, and it's been pretty good. After my bad air drying experiences last year, I've realized that I can't just leave my hair out to air dry. I've been putting my hair in one loose braid and tying the edges down with a scarf. During the day, I've been keeping it in bun. I moisturize and seal at least once a day. My hair has stayed moist and smooth. I've actually gotten a lot of compliments. Unless I go to the salon for a roller set, I'll be wearing my hair up indefinitely.
I've been trying new conditioners and moisturizers, but I need to stick with the same products for a while. I really believe that consistency with moisturizing products is the key for me, not necessarily the specific products.
So that's it. I'm keeping it simple and consistent. I haven't taken any pictures lately, mostly because I'm not happy with how my hair looks. I know I'm my worst critic, and that my hair probably doesn't look that bad. I also know that I should be taking pictures so that I can see my progress in the coming weeks. They're coming!