I was recently looking through some old hair pictures and I realized how much my hair has grown in the last two years. I decided to so do a comparison of my texlaxed hair growth for April 2012 and now, April 2014.
My hair has grown so much and I have learned a lot. They do not call it a healthy hair JOURNEY for nothing. We (my hair & I) have had some knock-down-drag-out fights over this way, but we are still going strong. There are days it takes all I have not to grab my clippers and cut all this stuff off. The struggle is real!
Anywho, the biggest key for me has really been listening to my hair. People laughed because I named her but it is the best way for me to work with her. Even though the hair is dead, I still have to treat mine like it is a living being in order to hold myself accountable. *Hey, it works for me…call me crazy!* Hair requires the same basics as my children. IJS – I’m just saying!
Two Year Difference
As you can see, I went from a jacked-up Mid Back Length (MBL) to Hip Length (HL) in a two-year period. That was not breakage…I butchered my poor hair. The craziest part of is, my hair would be longer if I did not go through that scissor happy stage trying to fix that seek and destroy gone wrong. I want to scream when I think about the fact that I would be Tailbone Length (TBL). Then I tell myself to shut up because there are so many just starting their journey that would love to have the length I am whining over. Yeah, sometimes I have to check myself.
You can see there is a definite difference in my texlaxed hair growth and proof that relaxed and texlaxed hair can grow. My hair is not perfect but it is healthy, thick, and long…all I can ask for from Cherrelle. As long as she is not breaking, splitting, and otherwise acting a fool, I’m good!
Over the last two years, I have learned to pay attention to how Cherrelle responds to certain products. My hair’s needs have changed and I’ve had to adjust accordingly. There are products that worked great at the beginning that no longer work. Instead of continuing to use those products, I have learned to try new things and see how they work. So, maybe I became a bit of a product junkie but I had to figure it all out, right? Don’t judge me!
Oh did I mention, I learned to stay the heck away from shears. I can cut someone else’s hair but not mine. Just say no!
What’s next for us?
I no longer have a goal length. Yes, I mentioned TL but that is not a set goal. If I grow that long, that is fine. If not, I won’t stress it. My only focus is maintaining healthy hair. In the last few weeks, I haven’t been on top of my game because I’ve had a couple of serious health flares that have set me back. That has to lead to me not moisturizing and wrapping my hair at night. My hair will not tolerate sleeping without being covered. That is a definite recipe for breakage. So, my goal simply is to stay on track and maintain hair health. Whatever length comes is fine by me. I do need to figure out if I will have a maintenance length. If I did go with that, it would not be any shorter than Waist Length (WL).
Until next time
How long have you been on your hair journey? What are your goals? What have you learned? How has your hair changed?