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):
A year ago today, I walked into Abina’s salon and carried my going
natural decision through and chopped my hair off. It’s been an interesting,
eventful and almost life changing year…not just for me and my hair but life in
general. But my fro and I, we seem to have survived this first year pretty
well. My growth is 15 months worth, but it’s a year of being fully
natural. I had no idea where I was going
to end up when I cut off my relaxed ends but I knew I couldn’t do the relaxing
anymore. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made and I haven’t regretted it
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 🙂