Ever since I cut off all my hair and have anxiously been watching it as it grows back. I found the habit of length checks I first found them on Just Grow Already (http://justgrowalready.com/) when I wasn’t sure if I was transitioning or just stretching out my relaxers. The periodic picture check of visible growth helped with the million of other days when my hair felt like it was standing still, or worse the days when it felt like it was creeping back into my head. So randomly I would stand pull my hair over my shoulders and compare the length of my hair to my tattoo on my back!
Looking something like this. . .
Then I decided to loc my hair and it really felt like it was creeping back into my head, let me tell you the shrinkage in those first few months of locked life is real! And for the last year and a half I have pretty much felt like I am trying to make up for lost ground, work back to where my hair was before. But then today on my time hop it showed me a picture of my hair in a snapchat selfie exactly a year ago, and I instantly remembered why I loved those length checks! They show you that it is worth it, patience the frustration and all the retwisting was worth it because look . . .
My hair it grew!
So be patient, take pictures, keep retwisting, learning the ways that your hair works best, keep it up because it is all worth it!
Before we begin, I got my engagement pictures back . .. I will share one ff my favorites, as a sneak peak! 🙂
So there I was going along loving my crochet braids when I made the terrible decision of passing out after a party with my hair all a mess. I woke up the next morning to a big mat of hair and a few strands falling out. My hair had been braided for two months at this point and the new growth was definitely starting to show ,the ends of my braids at my nap had began to come out leaving some natural hair exposed that was beginning to tangle. So as a result on Saturday morning, after our Hannukah party, before our Christmas party that night, there I was taking down my hair at 10 am.
I had looked up the methods for taking down crochet braids but in my precarious state of my braids I was not comfortable taking scissors near my head. So I simply began taking the braids out from the base hoping the braid hair would fall out as I went. For the most part this was successful but there was some left over holding on even when all the braids were gone. I just jumped in the shower to remove the rest of the hair. After 2 months of only being washed in braids my hair loved the shower. I used shampoo, which I normally don’t because there was some serious build up from the moisturizer I had been applying and then conditioned and deep conditioned.
I t-shirt dried for 30 minutes and then began the detangling process. . the few tangles I mentioned earlier, turned out to be a full on dread at this point and even with soaking them in moisturizer it was difficult to remove. But successfully detangled my hair in around 45 minutes and placed it in multiple twists as I went to keep it separated.
After this much time in braids I was curious to see my new growth. .. or lack there of( but hopefully not) So I blew out and straightened my hair. I tried blow drying my hair in the twists I used to dentagle my hair and the results we a mixed bag. I feel that in the future I will be able to do this successfully and achieve a nice curled look but for the purposes today I am not sold.But then I went to work straightening my hair, I applied tresseme heat protectant as I went. I have not had this much natural hair in probably 6 years and I forgot what a project it is to straighten. I did not give myself enough time before I had to be somewhere so it was a half assed straightening job but it did the trick.
Length Check time. . conveniently I was wearing the same bra as I was in my August length check so it is easier to see the difference. . there is growth, slowly but surely progress is happening, and that is all I can ask right?
I will leave you with some pictures, From top to bottom, Length Check – 8-10-14, Length Check 12-13-14, bang check 12-13-14. Christmas party selfie!
Well I didn’t quite make it till halloween, but I made it about a month and a half with my Marley twists in, about halfway through I cut them to be shoulder length and that kept them in a little while longer. but thy kept coming how and I was having to redo them a lot so out they came , fun while they lasted and I may but them back in soon we will see.
Over the last month and a half however I retained all of my new growth, that is a major win in my book. This was probably around a half an inch. However I think it is time for a trim, my edges are thinning and I am trying to remember health over length. So I am thinking that soon it will be time to trim them off, that will still leave me at a little below shoulder length, the longest my hair has been in years.
I am working hard not to BC all of my relaxed hair off because I will probably be making a big life change in the next year, update to come when I can inform everyone. For this change I want my hair as long as possible. So a trim it is. . .
For pictures, check out the Pictures of My Head section as well as my instagram at myhairenvy on instagram.
This is short and sweet, more later. Have a wonderful end of the week,