I walked into 2015 knowing that the likelihood of me retaining length would be slim to none. I loved my long bob cut---but after the first wash---I realized that I still had a few inches of texlaxed hair on the ends.
Thus, I began Operation Curl! I dusted every wash day for the first month, conditioned like crazy, and tried protein treatments. It really helped me to be able to distinguish between my texlaxed ends and the rest of my unprocessed hair.
So in April, I just went in for the kill. BUH-BYE straighter ends.
Instantly---I was obsessed with my curls! I twilled my fingers in them. I picked and pulled at them.
And 4 months later---I had frayed, split, dry, didn't really wanna curl, ends as a result.
It was time to get my life together for reals y'all.
I got a fresh trim. Throw in some clip in extensions. And rocked it all Autumn.
And now I'm back with my final length check of the year!
I actually didn't wash my hair today. It was still super moisturized from my Curlformer set a few days before, so I went for a Heatless Blowout!
Here's what I used:
- My DIY Moisturizing Mist (Recipe here)
- Camille Rose Whipped Butter (Or make your own using this tutorial)
- Denman Brush (with 3 rows of teeth removed. Those extra teeth are the devil)
- A handful of hair clips
- (Optional) Seamless Comb (Like this one)
And here's how I did it:
- Start with stretched hair. (I stretched my hair using Curlformers a few days before)
- Divide your hair into 8 sections. I made 4 sections in the back and two on each side of my hair. Secure each section with a hair clip.
- Beginning with a small section of hair from the back, very very lightly mist the section with water. You'll want a good misting bottle for this. I use this cool gem from the Vitamin Shoppe. One spritz could do the trick.
- Next, start to gently finger detangle from our ends up to the roots.
- Apply a little oil or hair butter to seal your ends. I'm using Camille Rose Whipped Butter in the pictorial.
- Then to achieve a more stretched look, further detanlge gently using a modified Denman Brush.
- Secure the detanlged section with a hair clip then move on to the next section.
- Repeat until all of your hair is "blown out"
- (Optional) Fluff hair using a wide tooth comb
My bangs area is still the shortest at 8 1/2" (it was 7 3/4" at the end of September). Which didn't come to me as a surprise. because I know that my bangs grow slower than the rest of my hair. The left and right sides of my hair are 10" each (previously 9"). While, my left and right nape is 10" (previously 8" and 9" respectively)
|December 2015 Length Check|
Considering that the average hair growth rate is 1/2" per month + the fact that I trimmed about 1/4- 1/2" off each section---I think that I'm right on track. I'm not gonna make any promises but I do hope to do another length check in a few months. I can't promise to do heatless blowouts often either, as it is a TON of manipulation, I do really love this big fluffy hair!
|September Length 2015 Check|
How was your #washdayexperience? When was the last time that you did a length check? Share it below!