Daily Archives: August 19, 2011

When You’re Not Looking …


Yesterday, Viv made a comment on my Banana Clip Pin-Curl Updo post about my hair getting really long. I responded that I didn’t think it had grown that much and that it probably just looks longer because I don’t usually show my length as my hair is in updos or TnCs most of the time. Well, as I was searching through my old NC.com GOC blog for fodder for a post (I wasn’t sure if I’d even have one for Friday … it’s been a long, hard work week!), I came across some WnG pics from early May (May 8th to be exact). They kind of stopped me in my tracks and I pulled up my WnG from Monday to compare. I was surprised by how noticeably longer my hair was. And, it looks thicker!! I thought, “It really does happen when you’re not looking!!” It’s like when you have a kid. You don’t notice them growing too much. But then, they go away for a few weeks during the Summer and when they return, you’re like “Dang! You’ve gotten so big!” But, it had been happening right in front of your eyes all along!! You were just too close to see it!

I mean, it is my goal to grow to waist length and I do periodic length checks. But, as you know, the majority of the time, I keep my hair up and out of the way. HIH (hands-in-hair) is a serious condition, and it can happen to anyone. Out of site, out of mind is far better for me and my hair! LOL! Anywho, I really wrote this post to hopefully inspire someone by demonstrating that a consistent regimen with protective, low manipulation styling, a balanced diet, exercise and time can really work! It’s so easy to obsess about growth and I’m not saying it wasn’t on my mind. But, when you’re constantly looking at your hair, you might not see the difference until you stop analyzing and dissecting it for a while. Do what you know you need to do and time will take care of the rest. I believe that if you do that, with a little patience, you’ll get to where you want to be.