January 2010 June 2010
The difference in hair length from the January and June pictures is about 2.5". This is great for me to see, because I definitely felt like nothing was happening. *In reality, I knew it was getting longer because I was able to do new styles that I couldn't do before solely based on length (I.e. buns).* My hair is growing about 0.41"/month. Hair grows an average of 0.5"/month. I also dusted/trimmed my ends randomly twice over time, so it grew more than this, but I take it as an acceptable growth rate. I was trying out Kinky Curly *SMH* in the June picture, that's the product on my hair. It obviously didn't work for my hair...I'm just sticking to my non-defined coils moving forward.
I've learned a lot over the past 6 months - this was really the first time I had a CLUE, lol. I've come to some conclusions to help me form some mid-year goals, which will hopefully make my next length check even more successful.
Goal 1: Create and implement a steady moisturizing routine. I believe I will be approaching my hair's breakpoint soon. I will proactively prepare for this by changing my moisturizing routine to a more steady one. I've been using kimmaytube's leave-in for the past month. It's looking like it may be icing on the cake, I'll post more about this later.
Goal 2: Regulate trimming. I've learned a lot about trimming over the past 6 months, I will now trim at the 3-month or 6-month point ONLY, unless I see something alarming. My thought process here is that I have a regular routine where I have seen my hair grow. If I continue this, I shouldn't generate split ends.
Goal 3: Embrace fairy knots. You are reading that correctly, I am embracing my knots! Curly hair has a natural tendency to knot. I have been so bothered/preoccupied with this, I'm just going to leave them alone over the next 6 months. After all, when I do the "search and destroy" trim method, I only cut the knots in the front.
Goal 4: Maintain protective styling. I did mostly protective styling over the past 6 months, this will be essential to maintain my length as my hair continues to grow.
Those are my goals...what do you think? Have you made any mid-year goals? Have you experienced recent growth? Share your sucesses or opportunities for improvements :-)!