This struggle to retain length is real for lots of Type 4 naturals. It is certainly very real for me. Is it multi factorial? Is it genetics? Is it hair practices? I truly don’t know. All I know is that I go through cycles of: gain some length -> eventually get a trim -> lose said growth plus more after trim -> avoid trims like the plague, till breaking point again then repeat cycle. Since I have been doing MHM/CG method my ends have looked better but i was getting to the point (not yet scary level) where the ends were clinging more to each other, detangling was harder but i didn’t want to lose any growth. However, I noticed that after each wash I would have weird stretchy ends or knots that i either cut off (GOOD) or pulled off (BAD). This triggered me to bite the bullet and get a trim (my last trim was sometime in fall 2013). Well, this means my hair is back to preMHM length and even shorter in some areas. With the pics and all, I will see how my length retention goes for 1 year trying to do this CG/MHM method. I will work to trim my ends every 4 months which is 3x a year, either myself or a different stylist. Enjoy the pics:
So I guess objectively, the dude cut off 1-2.5 inches of hair approximately depending on what section. I also learned some new things.
1) My hair doesn’t grow at the same rate all over. I always thought my back hair shrunk more than front, turns out back is just shorter, and after my trim a good 4 inches behind now
2) I started MHM/CG officially on Aug 14, and so Dec 14 will make it 4 months. In that time frame, based on these pics, I can objectively say (at least in the front) I gained 1.5″ of length that stayed despite cutting off/pulling off some tangles or knots some days (yep, slow-growing-hair-are-us). So if I maintain healthy practices and cut off an inch every 4 months, then I might gain at least 3 inches in a year? And dare I dream, even more??? we will see. That’s the whole point of this blog right? to objectively track my progress.
Cos of my current length i will probably just be using alice bands and maybe doing roll/tuck and pin updos for work. Hair doesn’t look right anymore framing my face.
Hair for today:
3) Ignoring length for a sec, am I loving the feel, texture and growing thickness of my coils???? YES YES YES!!! This is why I still plan to continue learning and trying to live coily, enjoying my own itsy bitsy spirally coils 🙂 So thanks maximum hydration and curly girl methods