I can’t believe it’s been a year since I last relaxed my hair! Even though this is the longest I have ever gone without relaxing my hair (I think 16 weeks was my previous record), reaching the 52 week checkpoint feels a little surreal. Probably because I’ve continued to think of and treat the last 12 months as a regular relaxer stretch; it has helped keep the pressure off.
It’s been a lot of fun discovering that my natural texture is not consistent. My new growth ranges from tight coils to waves. My nape and temples have the tights coils and boy do they love to shrink.
The rest of my hair varies still: looser texture and waves the crown, tight coils at my temples and mish mash of curls and waves every where else. As for what my hair type is? You be the judge; it doesn’t matter to me as along as my hair is healthy but I’ve been warned that as I continue to transition my texture may change, so we’ll see what changes my hair has in store for me.
As for how much my hair has grown over the last 12 months:
I think I plan to continue this transition for at least another 6 months to a year. I think by then I’ll have enough natural hair to feel comfortable cutting it, in order words enough hair to pull into a ponytail lol. If I cut now I have no idea how I would style my hair for work… but I am tempted to cut it just be experience shorter wash days and a change.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the two things that have helped me make it this far without tears are (1) keeping my hair stretched and (2) moisture, moisture, moisture.
For posts on what has helped me during these last two months, check out these posts:
- Detangling the Right Way: Do’s & Don’ts
- Transitioning Talk: Tackling Tangles
- The Tension Method When Blow Drying: How To & Benefits
- DIY Marshmallow Root Detangler Version 2.0, Slippery Elm Joins the Party
To read why I am transitioning to natural, check out this post: Transitioning Talk: Decision Made.