Natural Hair Chronicles: The 1 year Update!

Happy Saturday Lovelies!
My hair after I took out my braids, in it's slightly stretched state.

How are you all doing? I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. So I recently took out my braids after almost 3 months and I was pleasantly surprised to see how much my hair has grown in the last couple of months. I shared a picture on Snapchat and I got a lot of snapbacks asking me to share how I was able to grow my hair to this length in 1 year. Check out my big chop reveal HERE and my 6 months update HERE. This is my 1 year update and some of the things I have been doing to care for it.
Hair Stats
My hair has gotten much fuller and healthier in the past 1 year. It is between 5.5 - 6 inches in length after I measured it. One thing I love about my hair is that the length is pretty much consistent throughout unlike when I had processed hair some parts of my hair were longer than some parts. My shrinkage is still very real but I am better at managing it.
Hair Routine
I still use the same Shea Moisture products that I have been using since I big chopped (see below for the list) but I have also added some products like a detangling butter. I still wash my hair once a week whenever it's not in a protective style. My routine after a protective style is pretty much do a hot oil treatment (olive/coconut oil placed in microwave for about 5 minutes) then I section my hair into 4 and add the oil to my scalp in small sections. Then I cover it in a plastic bag and leave it for about 30 minutes before washing and deep conditioning. I also let it air dry whenever I wash it.
Natural Hair/Protective Styling
As much as I love wearing my lil 'fro out, I pretty much keep it in Protective styles (e.g braids and crochet braids). So I do a protective style for about 1-2 months (did my last braids for almost 3 months  because I have been busy with school) and then wear my natural hair out for about 2-3 weeks before going back to another protective style. When I wear my hair out, I pretty much wear it in twist-outs, flat twists and bantu knots styles. I still haven't used any form of heat or harsh chemicals on my hair since I cut it.

At the rate at which my hair is growing, I cannot wait to see how long it will be in a couple more years. I am so loving this natural journey and it's absolutely one of the best decisions I have ever made. If you have any more questions about how I care for my hair, feel free to ask below in the comments...:)
A couple of days after I big chopped last July.
 Products I use for my hair:
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo (HERE)
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Conditioner (HERE)
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque (HERE)
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner (HERE)
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (HERE
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Serum (HERE)
Motions Enhance & Define Pre-Wash Detangling Butter (HERE)
Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter (HERE)
Hollywood Beauty Coconut Oil (HERE)
 Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil (HERE)
Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel (HERE)
My hair after a flat twist-out, can you see that shrinkage is so real...Lol
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

1 comment

  1. Your hair looks beautiful! I love the way you style it. It looks so pretty in these photos, too <3

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

    xo Azu


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