How to Overcome a Hair Setback

Hola Ladies and Happy Friday!  This post is mainly in response to all the questions I’ve received lately as to how I “got rid” of my thin ends.  For those who’ve been following L4L, you know first hand exactly what I’ve done so most of this information is redundant but may be a good refresher.  So, last year this time I was just beginning to notice that there was a problem with my ends.  They felt rough all the time and in photos appeared thinner.  By September I was in full setback mode, my hair reached my bra strap but I was far from being able to claim BSL because at least the last 2″ if not more was just thin scraggle!  Trust me, wet hair photos tell the truth the whole truth and nun’ but tha truf hunni! I was able to bounce back so here is MY advice on how to overcome a hair setback:
  • Incorporated ceramides into my hair regimen (oils, Kerapro products)
  • Trimmed more frequently (September, November, February, July)
  • Avoided direct heat (used twice since last September)
  • Rollerset weekly (from this the 6 month rollersetting challenge was born)
  • Protect my hair (from June til now my hair has been under a 3/4 wig or bunned 90% of the time)
For those who are completely unfamiliar with what I’ve dubbed my ‘thin end debacle’ – here is a video timeline showing the progression of my ends from healthy – thin – back to healthy:
Also, I’ve uploaded a somewhat rambling video on my tips for overcoming a setback:
All in all, I know first hand how devastating it is to have put so much time, effort, energy (not to mention money through product experimentation) into your hair to only have something go wrong and cause a setback whether in length, health or both.  If this is you, don’t throw in the towel!  It is okay to vent it out.  For those who’ve been riding with me this past year, how many times have I whined complained talked about how disappointed I was not to be bra strap length already?  And I thank all of you for listening!  But I was encouraged and certain that I could do it (still am) and continued to take care of my hair and make the necessary adjustments to see it thrive.  Honestly, the encouragement and support from all of you and seeing your progress truly helped motivate me to continue on my hair journey during the times I was most upset about my hair.  A year later and although I still am not BSL yet, I can say with certainty seeing the health and thickness of my hair from root to tip, that I’ve officially overcome my setback.  If you are dealing with one, trust me you can do it too.
Ebony C. Princess About Ebony C. Princess

A self proclaimed hair enthusiast and healthy hair advocate, Ebony C, Princess is the chief editor of Longing 4 Length. She shares her personal journey towards growing long, healthy hair while providing hair care tips and information.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18443529804500889917 Shika

    can I just say that this is right on time???

    Great post, chica!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 Ebony CPrincess

      :D You were one I had in mine girlie!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16577909247802340552 Miss Dre

    This post is so encouraging and inspiring! I’ve had a couple of setbacks during my hair journey and my thin ends could definitely need a boost. I haven’t used direct heat since last year and I’m usually bunning during the week and wigging/weaving it up on the weekend. Looks like I need to do some reading up on ceramides, too. Thanks for the great links and videos you’ve provided.

    And it’s good to finally see someone address setbacks in a youtube vid! It seems like in all the other videos I watch, everyone always has perfect hair and never have setbacks lol.

    I wish you the best in your hair journey and I know that you will be at BSL soon! Your hair looks gorgeous and healthy, so continue to keep up the good work :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 Ebony CPrincess

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you feel encouraged by this post. You are so right, in a way it can be discouraging to watch person after person who seemed to sail to their hair goals. For some it works out that way but there are a lot of ladies that do have setbacks from time to time and its okay! We can all get past them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03400582616871212956 Marie Young

    Your hair looks great but I cannot see how people can get their hair straight without any direct heat?!?!?! I guess I need to keep reading more of your posts to figure it out…. Great post and your hair looks great!

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    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 Ebony CPrincess

      LOL, no problem. As a relaxed girl, I can get my hair completely straight with rollersetting. I know natural girls have it a bit more difficult but even natural hair can be effectively stretched and smoothed with a good rollerset!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09787288751070351540 Blutiful Blaq

    Great Post. I’m sure it is encouraging to all!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 Ebony CPrincess

      Thanks girlie!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04619712403122468959 The Mrs./The Mom

    I missed something… Your hair in this video (which I haven’t watched in its entirety yet) is cute!!! Did you do a full post about it?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 Ebony CPrincess

      No, you didn’t miss anything – after posting I realized that I’d drafted the HOTD for this style but never posted it. Sorry, it’ll be up this week and by request I’ll try to recreate it with a tutorial soon also.

  • Anonymous

    Naturally i ve a long hair, but now its breaking badly and also receeding. Pls i need help urgently.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 Ebony CPrincess

      I’m sorry to hear about your hair issues, there is a lot of information posted here. Hopefully it will help you!

  • Anonymous

    Naturally i ve a long hair, but now its breaking badly and also receeding. Pls i need help urgently.

  • Anonymous

    Naturally i ve a long hair, but now its breaking badly and also receeding. Pls i need help urgently.

  • http://niicolea.wordpress.com/ niicolea

    Great post, it was really encouraging thanks!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 Ebony CPrincess

      Awesome, I’m so glad you felt encouraged!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06143572721055835018 Tai Nycole

    I’m in the midst of a setback myself and you’ve been so encouraging about overcoming it. You’re so positive, focused and down-to-earth that I can’t help but accept the obvious: this setback will pass and I’ll achieve my goal!

    Thanks again for all of the info!!!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00502925126089404654 Ebony CPrincess

      I’m so so so glad you feel encouraged and yes, this will absolutely pass!!!