December GOC Update: Adrienne

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by Adrienne (Second Wave) of Natural Embrace

December was a good month in relation to hair. I’ve finally seen some noticeable growth. Hallelujah! My hair does grow! This is great news, it really is, but the problem is that I’ve achieved this growth from basically not messing with my hair at all for weeks at a time. I basically wash my hair on Saturday or Sunday, deep condition and rinse my hair with cool water.

Something new I added in the last month and a half, which I believe has contributed to my growth, is using another deep conditioner as my leave-in and then double sealing the moisture in with hemp seed oil, followed by a thicker butter or oil. Then I cornrow my hair and that’s it! My hair stays super moisturized all week and I don’t even have to re-moisturize and seal during the week. When I go to work or go out, I either wear a wig or a satin cap with a beanie. It’s been the easiest styling all month! Recently, I went a whole two weeks without washing and my hair still felt soft, moisturized and pretty darn good! Doing this routine is really working out, so I’m going to keep it up for the rest of winter.

The only flaw is that I want to wear my hair out more for spring and summer and I worry that I won’t be able to retain my length if I’m manipulating my hair too much. So, does this mean that I have to protective style forever? What’s the point of long hair if I won’t get to show it off?!

Well, let’s see if I can even reach my goal of shoulder length by the end of this challenge (and BSL overall) and we’ll see what kind of regimen tweaking I need to do.

I was going to take pictures of my hair stretched, but since my current regimen is working so well, I didn’t want to mess with my hair too much. I’ll save those pictures for the end of the challenge and I haven’t decided if I’ll straighten my hair or just do twists or something.

The picture above, with the fringe in front, is how I wore my hair for New Year’s Eve. I love the versatility and simplicity of a turban! I almost tucked the bangs away too, but figured for one night it couldn’t hurt to have that much hair out. The bun below is how I wore my hair New Year’s Day, while out and about, before going home to do my wash regimen.

As for working out, I managed to get to the gym a lot more than I was expecting. I have committed to getting to the gym in between jobs and so far it’s working out great. Since working out more often, I’ve noticed I feel better overall. On a whim, I got on the scale and discovered I lost 7 pounds! Granted, I think everything I lost was muscle from not working out for an entire month in November, but still, it was nice to see the scale looking lighter. Hopefully, I can keep it off and tone up by the time summer arrives.

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That’s great news about your hair growth and fitness progress Adrienne! Congratulations!! Your dedication to finding a regimen that works for you is obviously beginning to pay off. Now … where can I get that FAB scarf?!? LOL!

4 responses »

  1. I don’t think you have to be this worried about manipulating your hair to retain length. I think if you follow the simple rule of NEVER doing anything to your hair when it’s dry, you can venture away from some of the protective styles. Just get a spray bottle, fill it with water, spritz your hair to damp in between washes, and do a few twist, braids, or bantu knots before you go to bed (and don’t forget to add some kind of moisturizer. If you don’t know how to do these, check youtube. Sistahs are making tons of videos! Next day, take out the twist or braids or whatever, and you have beautiful stretched curls. Second day hair just needs a little spritz and moisture, and you’re all set. I have 4A btw (I find that helpful to know when people are handing out advice). Also, I would suggest getting a huetiful hair steamer for wash days. Keeps your hair crazy moisturized, soft, and strong.

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  2. Adrienne, I agree with Candice. The key to making it as a natural is finding a way to enjoy your hair. I hardly ever wear protective styles (laziness on my part) and it still grows at a great rate simply because I keep heat off of it and moisturize it regularly. I commit to straightening it once every few months so that I can see the growth and be encouraged and to let my boyfriend see it straight. I get the benefit of being natural and the pleasure of wearing it out most of the time. I have 3b/3c hair, so my hair doesn’t hold braids or twists longer than a day if that. Finding ways to wear it out and away from my face really help me keep my hands out of my hair. It eventually finds it way into a sock bun toward the end of my hair washing cycle (usually end of the week).

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