Growth: 15 months' worth
Length: approx. 6"
My first anniversary of being fully natural was a very reflective time for me. Nothing can really describe it better than the words I had to say that day, so here's my 1 Year Fully Natural Review (written on 27th May, 2012):
The first few months were up and down, and by month three or so, I was feeling pretty low with my short short lil fro. But I never relaxed it. Then the next months there seemed to be a growth spurt, which got me excited cos I could finally wear my hair in different styles. Then I got obsessed, watching more and more Youtube vids for style ideas etc. Then earlier this year, I think I reached a plateau. I pretty much knew what to do to get my hair to look how I wanted, which products my hair likes and less frustrated. Now I’m at 12 months post big chopping, and I actually almost feel like I’ve been natural for years. Not that I’m an expert, but I’ve gotten so used to my hair that I guess the initial excitement has worn off. I didn’t even end up doing an 11 month review! I’m still very excited to see where it will go/grow in a year. And that’s now my focus, to protect my hair when need be and try and get it at a healthy and longer stage. I’m so glad I kept this blog and took photos regularly cos it really has helped to keep track of my progress. But I also don’t think I’ll be doing a monthly review anymore…not necessary anymore. I will do yearly reviews now…makes more sense to do methinks.
Today, I tried the first new products in months; VO5 Elixirs Nourishing Conditioner. I used it to co-wash and then DC as usual. I love the texture, it’s thick and feels great on my hair. And with that, I’ve changed my regimen to be more winter friendly. I’m going to try co-washing every other week and shampoo the other weeks. I’ll still continue to DC weekly though. And I’m also going to have to put my hair in another protective style or two to last throughout winter. I loved the afro braids I had and will definitely do them again. I think because they gave me a hectic afro, I didn’t miss my own as quickly as I usually do when I have a protective style in. Hmmm, what else? Oh and I’m sooo over straight hair! Not that I won’t do it ever again but I’m just more drawn to curly, bouncy hair. My whole mindset has changed on hair. My only regret is I didn’t go natural earlier, lol.
Here's to another year!
This concludes my retrospective posts of my first year being fully natural. I hope you've enjoyed reading them and have been inspired by my experience - the ups and the downs. Going natural isn't a piece of cake for everyone and it certainly wasn't for me. For the full series, have a look in the Being Natural page.
Fro turns two next week :)