Growth: 8 months’ worth
Month 5 was a good month. I think this is the month I began to surrender to my hair. I had gone back and forth on different products (I was fast tracking into the product junkie club) and Fro changed its mind about what it liked and didn’t, for example I used to love the feeling the Garnier Fructis creme gave my hair; all soft and squidgy but now it felt dry when I applied it. This is when I realised that my hair comes out of my scalp, so of course it’ll be picky and stubborn and all the things it is because that’s how I am. I can’t get mad at it for truly being an extension of me. Sounds crazy, but I swear this was a turning point for me and my hair. Instead of forcing and expecting it to be something that it’s not, I began to accept it for what it was and work my way around its little tantrums. I continued shampooing with Tresemme Naturals shampoo, deep conditioning with Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner and spritzing with my Daily Spritz. I also mixed up some recipes to make my own deep conditioner so I alternated between those and the ORS conditioner. I also continued with flat twisting it in the evenings or when I wanted more definition, putting it in little plaits and rock a braid or twist out the next day.
The growth was great, especially after removing my first protective style since going fully natural, the Solange inspired chunky braids:
I put them in myself after realising that I was tired and bored and Fro needed a break too. They lasted about two weeks but in those two weeks I missed my own hair so when I undid them, I had a healthy appreciation for Fro again.
Fro and I hadn’t fought, so I was content while I wrote this monthly review. And that contentment extended to finding ways to style my hair. My go to absolute favourite was the semi fro hawk. Once my hair was long enough to pull this look off, I couldn’t get enough of it. I loved how funky yet simple it was. I still love this style and you can see how I do it in this video.
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