Maaaan I was looking at some old pics of my beloved hair and I legit missed her. I sometimes go to grab the ends to twirl, even though it’s been over a year since I chopped it all off. I kept her short since then and I want to grow her long again. I’m going to have to figure out a name for my hair like my friend Alisha does because I think about her like she’s a person sometimes. What should I name her?
At some points she did behave like an entity all her own. Like this one time on a video shoot when my hair reached out and grabbed a bobby pin out of the hair of the chick next to me… no joke! We were both looking around on the floor like dummies wondering where could the pin be? Then we look up and see it in my hair!…
Whatever she will be called, I love her and I look forward to having her back in her luscious curly kinky coily glory. It will take about 3 years to have it down to my hips again (which, I don’t think I want) but in a year from now I’m sure I’ll have it down near my shoulder-blades again when straightened.
Speaking of…. Last week I straightened my hair for the first time in forever, and realized it’s grown a bit! (last time I cut was Sept.)
To get the look above I:
- Washed with a moisturizing shampoo
- Deep conditioned with a soy protein deep conditioner
- Slathered on coconut oil
- Let air dry fully in four loose braids
- Maxiglide it straight
It was about 25-30 minutes to go from super curly, to that pic above! (But air drying took hours beforehand)
I’m still a long way from where I used to be, lengthwise, but I’m on the grow! If there’s one thing I’m good at…well, it’s eating snacks… but if there’s two things I’m good at, it’s eating snacks, AND growing my hair out 🙂 See?
A few quick tips for those wanting to grow healthy length:
- Get your goal in mind, and don’t waver (too much)
- Start inside out – drink water, take a multivitamin like Hairfinity, and eat healthily
- Trim off splits – you can’t save em. just get rid of them
- Moisturize like crazy – deep condition and oil like it’s your job
- Protect your ends – be gentle with them to avoid snagging, ripping and brusshing
- Be Low-manipulation – the less you do, the better
- Be Low-heat – Avoid direct heat as much as you can
This is what I did to grow out my hair the past few times, and what I’ll be following again this time. I’m going to chronicle my “grow out” on my youtube channel and here on the bloggy for you too so stay tuned and why not join me?!
What are your tips for growing long healthy hair?
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I feel like you wrote this for me. Just say NO to split ends. Sigh I guess I’ll straighten and trim this weekend. Actually I think mine might turn into a mini BC because even though my shape is great curly I can tell the ends aren’t happy. I just have a lot of hair so it isn’t noticeable. I also believe I need to switch back to coconut oil. Also my current hair goal is healthy waist length hair.
Wow that was long (avoids eye contact) sorry