But first... let's see where I started...
This was my hair one month before I did my big chop and the last time I straightened my hair before I began the process of what I thought would be slowly cutting off my relaxed hair. My plan was to cut a few inches at a time... 2 weeks later I did a mini-chop... and then on April 3rd... I did my big chop.
Not really knowing much about my curl pattern... I assumed I had heat damage and did a SECOND big chop in June 2013... cut about 50% more hair off...
And here's my hair on April 3rd, 2014... One year later...
After my second big chop my hair came right to my chip when pulled (or stretched)... my hair is now closing in on APL (arm pit length) when stretched.
So now that that's out of the way.. here are 10 things I learned about my curly hair during my first year.
- My hair has 2, maybe 3 different NATURALLY occurring textures. After my first big chop I cut my hair a second time thinking I had heat damage only for my hair to grow back the EXACT same in that area. Had I known this, I probably would have been a lot further length wise and not continuously cut healthy hair.
- Detangle in 6 sections, starting with the most difficult section (for me, the crown of my head) and detangle on dry/slightly damp hair BEFORE getting in the shower. <--- this cuts out MAJORLY on time spent in the shower and prevents cold showers!
- Always style on wet hair. Some naturals achieve amazing results when doing styles on stretched hair, for me, not at all. My hair is more prone to breakage, looks dry, and tangles horribly when I style on dry hair. For me, I'd rather deal with shrinkage.
- LCO method works best for my hair type.
- If your hair is too short for the pineapple method... 2 small pony tails (mini-pineapples) work just as well
- My hair is more susceptible to single strand knots when it's dry.
- Brown Eco Styler gel is the best for my wash and gos (and trust me... I've tried it ALL)
- My hair does not like dry deep conditioning
- Coconut oil is the best for my hair when sealing in moisture (since my hair is more on the "fine" end of the spectrum)
- No twist out is created equal lol
I styled my hair is wash and gos 95% of the time when I had my natural hair out... which was for majority of the year.
I'm excited to see what the next year will bring. Hopefully bigger, healthier hair!