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Coming Clean: My Journey from Hair Extensions to a Healthier Lifestyle

In today's personal post, I want to discuss a topic that may seem completely unrelated to weight gain at first glance - hair extensions. Yes, you heard it right! Join me on this journey as I unveil how my hair extensions inadvertently became a contributing factor to my weight gain, diminished energy levels, and ultimately, my decision to embrace self-love and prioritize my overall well-being.

The Love Affair with Sew-In Extensions:

Years ago, I embarked on a love affair with sew-in hair extensions. They seemed like the perfect solution; I could effortlessly achieve the long, luscious locks I desired, without having to remove them or reinstall them, and I could wash them and style them as I would my natural hair. As time went on, however, I began to realize that this choice came with unexpected consequences.

The Maintenance Dilemma:

Although I adored my sew-in extensions, they required meticulous maintenance. Washing, styling, and protecting them became a time-consuming affair. As a result, I found myself prioritizing my hair over other aspects of my life, including my physical fitness.

The Exercise Dilemma:

Regular exercise had always been an integral part of my life until I introduced hair extensions. I ENJOYED physical activity. Always dancing, roller skating, stretching...if it included body movement and getting blood flowing, I wanted to give it a go. However, the thought of sweating during a workout session while having my extensions seemed daunting. Not only did I have to consider the inconvenience of a post-workout shower, but I also had to ensure that my hair wouldn't be left with an unpleasant smell or greasy scalp, and dry shampoo just made things worse. So instead, I would forego the exercise in order to avoid the hassle of a shower and having to do hair and makeup again before getting back on with my day.

The Repeated Behavior and Weight Gain:

This change in mindset gradually led me to work out significantly less. I rationalized my decision, convincing myself that I could compensate for the lack of physical activity with a healthy diet. However, as time passed, the pounds began to creep in, and I experienced the unfortunate consequences of a more sedentary lifestyle.

The Vicious Cycle:

The weight gain didn't just affect me physically; it also took a toll on my mental state. With reduced physical activity came lower energy levels, making it even harder to motivate myself to break free from the cycle. I felt stuck, trapped within a less dynamic way of life, and I felt more and more disconnected from myself because of it.

Transformation and Self-Love:

Recognizing the toll this more relaxed lifestyle was taking on my overall well-being, I made a conscious decision to prioritize my self-love and mental health. It was time to let go of my beloved hair extensions and shed the extra weight holding me back, both physically, mentally, and emotionally.

A Lighter, Happier Me:

Since parting ways with my hair extensions, I have experienced a transformation. My energy levels have skyrocketed, allowing me to embrace a more active lifestyle once again. I now have the freedom and flexibility to engage in any physical activity without worrying about what's on my head. I AM FREE!!!

Embracing Self-Love:

It's crucial to remember that our well-being extends far beyond our appearances. The journey towards self-love involves making choices that prioritize our mental, emotional, and physical health. For me, this involved understanding the impact of my hair extensions on my overall lifestyle and having the courage to break free from that cycle. I love the feeling of being able to scratch my head without restrictions and I love me no matter WHAT I look like. Aging is beautiful, change is beautiful, life and the journey is beautiful. What are we stressing about, friends?

In my quest to achieve a certain look I thought I needed in order to feel more beautiful in the eyes of society, I inadvertently confined myself to a sedentary lifestyle, ultimately leading to weight gain and decreased energy levels. However, the decision to remove my hair extensions became a pivotal moment in my journey towards self-acceptance. Today, I write this as a testament to the transformative power of making choices that prioritize our well-being. Remember, it's not just about the hair; it's about embracing who you truly are and nurturing the love you have for yourself. That is where the beauty will beam from, luminous and radiant!

I will be taking you on my journey of rehabilitating my scalp and hair to better health since removing the extensions and exploring both practical and fun ways of managing my current look due to traction alopecia that extended wear of my extensions caused. Keep checking back for posts under category "Personal" for more posts related to this topic, and what products I am using. Together, we will see how it all goes. If you are feeling afraid to ditch the hair but feel like you need to, I hope my openness about my experience will encourage you to follow your heart and do what you need to do in order to regain full control of your life again. xo - B.

P.S. Since having the extensions removed a week ago, I have lost 4 pounds just from having this extra boost of energy. I'm coming back into me.

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