February 11, 2013

Hair Journey: 3 months post length check

Hello again! It has been quite some time since I did my last length check post on my hair and guys...lemme tell you that what I have been doing has worked wonders for me as far as retaining my length goes and that is mainly by wearing wigs! I won't make this post too long since I just wanted to share how long my hair currently is after going to Mia & Maxx last Monday.
So much texture!
I'm pretty proud of myself for coming this far on my hair journey and am glad I can call all of this hair mine! TwT It's finally cooperating with me! When I posted these pics on my Facebook, I got a few people asking how I made it grow to this length but I think what they were really wanting to know is how I retained the length of my hair since everyone's hair grows, it's length retention that people don't realize is the problem of short stagnant hair length. I will briefly say what I do but will expand with more details as time goes on. Here's a list:
  • Shampooing 1x - 2x a week with clarifying shampoo.
  • Deep conditioning 1x a week focusing on my ends especially.
  • Cowashing once every other week.
  • Taking biotin vitamins........uh...whenever I remember but mostly 2-3x a week lol
  • NEVER EVER using heat like EVER for ANYTHING EVER!
  • Wearing wigs - favorite protective styles thus far.
So there. The most useful bullet is the one in bold. It's been the reason why my ends haven't broken off as much and I plan to go to M&M to get my hair treatments done their occasionally from hence forth to finally put a good end to this breakage or at least minimize it significantly.Only time will tell how that will pan out. Shedding isn't bad and never has been but my hair breaking off has always been an issue. I am also sad to say however that that chunk of hair I cut off last summer has hardly grown much if any additional length :/ but luckily it can't be seen since my thick hair covers it but still it saddens me to see all the other parts of my hair flourish expect for that part. Idk what to do to it to make it spring back up again. Any ideas?

Oh and I will be editing two videos today for my Youtube channel and they will be Valentines day related :D I will hopefully have them up either tomorrow or at the latest Wednesday. Till then~

19 comments :

  1. Baw I know this sounds stupid, but you said you never use heat. How do you dry your hair? Just air drying? I thought it'd be fine to use heat with heat protectant.

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    1. It is fine to use heat with heat protectants, I just haven't used heat because during this 3 month stretch I haven't worn my own hair out so there was no point otherwise heat every once in a while is acceptable for me. But tbh, I have seen most progress this stretch because I eliminated heat entirely but it's up to you and how your hair responds to the treatment you give your hair. & it didn't sound stupid at all don't worry :)

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    2. Thanks! I always see people say don't use heat, but my hair is a mess when I let it dry on it's own. I think I'll start using heat less and wear my hair up more so when it dries it's not so bad. Thanks a lot!

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    3. Yeah it's no problem! Good luck!

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  2. *O* you look like you come from a family w/ good hair! both of my sisters also have good hair (we're all from Ghana) but it's like my mom decied to give the leftovers to me TT^TT i'm gonna try your routine and see how it would go <3

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    1. You should and aww yeah they might just wear their hair up more often or something but I'm sure your hair can grow twice the length it currently is if you strive for it :) Don't give up!

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  3. Oooh lookin' so healthy! :D You can do it! <3

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  4. Wow~ That's so long. How long was your hair when you began growing it out? I just did a big chop and my hairs about 4 inches long but I can't wait til it's your length:) Are you natural or relaxed?

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    1. Just about shoulder length so it's only retained about 4 inches give or take. Congrats on doing the big chop~ I am actually relaxed but I have sooooooo much texture a lot of people think I'm natural because of it haha! Good luck to getting to where you want your hair to be :D

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  5. Wow, your hair is so thick and lovely! :D Protective styles are the best! I've never actually worn wigs as a protective style before. Idk, but for some reason I get really self conscious/uncomfortable whenever I wear them (unless its part of a costume or something)

    I think our hair is about the same length :DD

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    1. Thank you and you are absolutely right. They really are the best thing I have done to my hair. I think I know how you feel though because there was a time long ago before my wig wearing days when I thought they were embarrassing but now I simply don't care. If you buy the ones that have a nice luster and shape I think you'll be good to go! :)

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  6. Can I just once again say that I love your hair? It's so thick and you look like you definitely have 'good' hair. Wanna trade? LOL That aside: you said you never, EVER use heat; does this also go for washing your hair with warm water or...? This might sound kinda stupid, but I was curious cause someone told me that washing your hair with cold water keeps it healthier or something? ??(._.*)??

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    1. Thank you <3 & only on days when I wanna go out looking like an awesome gyaru-o we can!

      That doesn't sound stupid at all, I used to wonder the same myself. I use warm water to wash my hair but I rinse with cold water to lock in the moisture of my hair. Washing your hair with water that is too hot from what I read I believe opens your hair shafts leaving it feeling more dry whereas cold water makes the hair shafts close and lock in the moisture. Think of the shackles on roof tops as an example to get a better idea of what I am trying to say if that will make it easier to understand. Hot water will cause them to flare open while the cold water will cause them to close up. Make sense? So in a way I guess cold water is healthier for your hair but I still use warm water when shampooing.

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    2. SWEET! Awesome hair time~ \o/ Paaaaartay!

      Oooh, I see! Thank you, I'll keep that in mind! My hair is ridiculously fragile, so I'd like to try and keep it as healthy as I can without the help of my hairdresser. ;__; I already had to cut like 3 inches off back in October, I don't want to cut more!! ; A ;

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  7. Congrats on your beautiful hair! I rarely use heat (if I do, then maybe once every three months), and it really makes such a big difference! ^__^

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    1. Thank you and yeah, it really has made a significant difference.

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  8. What a cute blog you have here - Keep up the good work!

    Sweet Heavenly Moments

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