May 20, 2012

It's been a year...

...And I've reached my goal!

So it's finally been a year. Now that the time has passed, it feels like it flew by. Although, I will admit, I've had plenty of impatient days where I felt like just shaving all of my hair off again or throwing on a wig or stepping back in the shower and doing my hair all over again. At the moment, I think I am at a pretty awkward length, but there are good days, too. I am more conscious of hair health now than I was before the BC, so I am more careful about moisturizing and covering my hair at night. I can't say it is growing faster, but I can say that now I am retaining more length, that used to just break off. It's been fun and challenging experimenting with different products. I'm excited about seeing the growth progress over the next year so I can try out new longer styles. I find myself just wearing it out a lot because I don't know what to do with it. I am waiting as patiently as possible for the day when I can just tie my hair up in a scrunchy and be lazy.  

big chop May 17, 2011:

now May 19, 2012:

Photos above:
My hair has grown about 6'' in length, possibly more. I don't want to do an exact length check right now because I will be measuring my hair in June, anyway (every 2 months). 

I tried out something new. I just separated out my bangs and then bobby pinned from ear to ear in place of where a head band would be. Was going for a fro-hawky look. Isn't exactly a faux-hawk, but I think it looks okay. Only took about 5 minutes and made crazy 3-day hair look slightly less out of control. 

It's hardly noticeable, but about a month ago I dyed my hair using a box color. I forget the exact shade, but it was a color by L'Oreal Paris Superior Preference and it was one of the medium/dark brown shades. I couldn't notice the difference until my naturally darker roots started growing in. It's only about a shade lighter but the color is a little more noticeable in bright light. Next time, I'll probably go to a salon.

Shampoo Trader Joe's Balanced Moisturizing Nourish Spa Shampoo, at least 1x/week
Conditioner Yes to Carrots Pampering Conditioner, 1-3x/week
Leave in Kinky Curly Knot Today 
Styling product Eco Styler with Moroccan Argan Oil Gel
Sealant an argan oil based product


  1. Dora! You look stunning. I cannot wait to see your gorgeous hair in person - look how far you've come =) I've just been reading through your blog and catching up on your life etc. Can't wait to see you in the fall, message me and keep me posted on when you'll be back in Michigan!

  2. Dora! I must say that I can totally relate to you when you say that you can not wait until you can just throw your hair in a scrunchy and be lazy lol. Also I completely understand the dilemma of doing your hair and feeling that it has not turned out as you expected it too and just wanting to do it over or throw on a wig- this is the story of my life! I currently have a TWA but I am learning just to appreciate my hair and its capabilities; as long as I go out the house with confidence it seems like the world is mine. I have gotten so many compliments just on the fact that I am doing me and look good doing it. I would like to say that from your pictures it looks like you have that confidence as well. You should definitely keep that up and the world will be yours :) -Maya-

  3. Thanks guys! I'm looking forward to getting back to AA to meet up w you soon!


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