I was looking at the picture of my hair at 15 months into my natural hair journey. I felt like I didn’t have enough hair growth to show for the 15 month period.
I did a little research and found out that average hair growth is 1/2 inch per month!
According to my calculations, I should have about 7.5 inches of natural hair. To me, it looked more like 4 inches. I guess I didn’t take shrinkage into consideration, but I stretched my hair out and got my measuring tape and to my surprise, my natural hair ranges from 5.5 -7 inches depending on the area of my head. I guess I’m within normal limits.
I’ve also realized that my hair likes products with aloe in it. I should have known, because my face does too. It seems like whatever works for my face works for my hair as well.
I’m contemplating if I can rock two cornrows to work and not look like I’m 10 years old. We’ll see.
I washed my hair on Friday night and did several things differently.
First, I pre-poo’d. This was the first time I’d ever done that. I used olive oil, castor oil, jojoba oil and some honey and massaged it into my hair. There was no measuring and no rhyme or reason to my madness. I pretty much used whatever oil I could get my hands on. I meant to leave it in for 30 minutes, but I got all caught up reading Curly Nikki that it ended up staying in for about an hour and 15 minutes. Then, I prepared to no-poo.
I used to wash my hair in the kitchen sink. I hated (and still do) washing my hair in the shower for several reasons. Being that I washed my hair in the kitchen sink, I deep conditioned every time I washed it. It was just easy. You put the conditioner in and go about your business for a while. By washing in the tub, you have to set aside time just for deep conditioning… or take an extra long shower.
I analyzed the whole washing my hair in the kitchen sink and realized that it’s not designed to work well. I’m hanging my head over one way to wash and condition it. I would spend time detangling it while the conditioner was in and the water was running on it. Then, I’d stand up and flip my hair over the other way creating a whole new set of tangles. Counterproductive! Now I see why everyone washes their hair in the shower. I hate it, but I do it.
So I’ve been washing my hair in the shower and detangling it while the conditioner is in and the water is running on it. It works out so well! I was able to comb through it very easily. Today I decided that I’m not even going to comb it. I detangled with my fingers and all was well. I’d usually comb through it again when I get out of the shower. Not today!
I sectioned my hair in three. One section in the back and two in the front. I was careful about using a water based conditioner first, then sealing my hair with olive oil. I sectioned each piece with my fingers and twisted my hair for my TnC.
This is the first time in the history of hair washing that I didn’t use a comb! I was gentle with my hair and I feel like she really appreciated it.
Regardless of how my hair comes out, as far as styling goes, I know it’s going to be moisturized and healthy if I keep it up.