| yahya wrote:|
I just measured my hair and I've gained an inch in 6 weeks! yay! my normal growth rate is 1/2 an inch every 5 weeks! wooo! (I'm also in the growth overload challenge.) so now my longest stands are 26 inches and I'm declaring hip length! : >
(I apologize in advance for my super long post!!!)
Wow that's awesome yahya, congrats!! I think mine grows soooooo sloooow, but sometimes I get random growth spurts out of nowhere. I've been taking vitamins reliably and everything for the past two month or so - gnc womens multi mega, 1300mg MSM, bamboo silica, fish oil, garlic, calcium but not sure if I see any difference in my hair's growth rate. My nails have definitely improved quite a bit though! They used to be super fragile, soft, always peeling and chipping. Now they are hard as rock! I've never had nails like this before. They don't seem to be growing any faster though, but I'm definitely digging how strong they feel :)
On to some bad news! I had a pretty horrible weekend. On friday after working out, I went to wash my hair as usual (I waited until it was dry from sweat first). I unbraided my ponytail to do a very light finger detangling on dry hair, then started putting in my pre-poo mix (loads of oil, aloe vera gel, and some conditioner that ive been trying to get rid off). Usually I just let it sit on my head for about 10-15mins or so then hop in the shower, but that day I decided to sit under heat instead since I'd been reading so much about others having very successful detangling sessions when doing pre-poo with heat. Everything went great; when I hopped in the shower to wash it out, my hair felt like butter, super soft and smooth but not mushy. Thinking back on it, I should have probably thoroughly detangled my hair right at this point instead of waiting until after I washed then put more conditioner in to detangle. Instead, I lightly finger detangled so I could separate my hair into more sections to wash, and decided I would clarify to remove product buildup since I felt like my hair had been becoming more and more undefined at the roots lately, and more stiff. I assumed maybe this was due to oil buildup since I stopped using cones a while ago. Well, after I clarified, i moved on to using one of my favorite conditioners so I could detangle. Well, problem is, my roots were rebelling at this point. I'm not sure if it was the shampoo (I'd been cowashing only for a while), or the cold weather, or something else, but while the comb was able to glide through my relaxed hair effortlessly, it was not having any of that new growth. I could not get the comb to go through no matter how much conditioner i used, and then i realized my new growth felt pretty hard and tough. This just came to me as I am writing this, but now I'm wondering if it was the MSM I'd been using. When I found that it made my nails hard and strong, I was excited thinking it would make my new growth pretty strong too, but I didn't think it would be possible it would make it stiff and hard too. Do you think this could be the reason?
Well the horrible part is that I lost a HUGE bit of hair detangling over the next two days. That night, I had tried detangling on my still wet/conditioner filled hair, and after two hours I gave up in frustration and just threw it in a ponytail for the night. On saturday morning I tried again, this time in MUCH smaller sections (really really small sections) and it seemed the second I would finally get the comb through each section, it would tangle right back up. When I was done with my whole head, I had like 3 weeks worth of hair combined between the 2 day detangling session! I cried my eyes out like you would not believe :( I thought I had everything figured out and now nothing was working. Of course I called my mom and she pretty much gave me a huge lecture about why I decided to wait this long before relaxing my hair, and that with hair like mine it was not possible to transition as it would all fall out. She bullied me into to spending the day at her place so she could properly detangle my hair, lol (she is such a trip). Her belief is that I would have to cut all my hair off if I wanted to go natural. She has no issue with natural hair - in fact, she is natural right now, well, minus the permanent color. She just thinks that I shouldn't do it unless I am willing to sacrifice ALL my relaxed hair and chop it all off. Pretty much, I got an "I told you so speech". I'm really reeeaaaaaaally bummed right now. I wanted to prove that I could do a (very) long term transition. I didn't care if it took 10 years, I would do it. I didn't care how much work it took, as long as I could do it safely without breakage. I wanted to have pretty and long natural hair. It was going so well too! But last few weeks it has steadily been becoming more and more difficult. Since I am NOT going to do a big chop of any sort I think I will just cut my losses right here and have her do my next relaxer since I have so much new growth (she said I have 3-4 inches right now in the middle of my head). I usually do it myself but she wants to make sure that I don't mess up further and offered to do it for me. At this point, I don't think I want to risk loosing any more hair so I will be doing it next weekend. There was nothing wrong with my relaxed hair honestly - I just wanted to try something new, but not at the price of having to do a big chop. Maybe when I get older and I don't care about the length of my hair. *siiiiiiiiiiigh*
-super bummed :*(