Three Year Length Check

Hi guys,

So my hair turned 3 on the 18th of July! I honestly was planning on skipping the nappiversary/length check post but @kinkchic on Instagram left a comment on one of my posts talking about the nappiversary post so I just had to do it.

What were my goals from my two year nappiversary and how well did I do?

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Two year nappiversary!!

Two years!! Can you believe it? If my hair were a child, it’d be a toddler that could walk and talk! 

Remember the goals I mentioned in my one year nappiversary post that I planned to achieve by now? Let’s see how I did:
1. Kick dandruff’s ass. (Sadly, no)

2. Beat hand-in-hair syndrome. (Yes and no. It changed from hand-in-hair syndrome to hand-in-edges syndrome which is worse)

3. More length and thickness at my edges and nape. (Yes but not as much as I’d have liked due to my newly developed hand-in-edges syndrome)

4. Growth/Length retention. (Yes but not as much as I’d have liked)


I didn’t measure my hair in terms of inches but here are my length check pictures:
   

     

Not so bad ei? But not as good as I’d hoped but I have repented so… 
A couple of things I’ve learnt this past year:
  1.  Don’t let it frustrate you because frustration leads you to quitting! Let whatever you do fit into your regular routine and ability; don’t go all out and overwhelm yourself with stuff you can’t handle because the “gurus” say you should do it. E.g. if you can’t handle washing your hair weekly, don’t. Because if you do, you most probably will get frustrated and think of giving up.
  2. Don’t compare yourself with others and don’t be solely goal oriented! Have a little fun! Remember I talked about it in this post? If you want to dye your hair or straighten it or get a tapered cut, do your research and go for it! 
  3. Do what works for you! If it ain’t working, dump it(no matter how many rave reviews it has) and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it (no matter how many bad reviews it has). In the end, you are the boss of you.
  4. Encourage yourself! Don’t always think of the negatives(e.g. What your hair can’t do); try to see the positives (e.g. What your hair can do).
  5. Learn and experiment! Don’t get stuck in your ways. Read blogs, watch vlogs. You will learn a lot; not all will work for you but you just might hit the jackpot with some. 
I don’t want it to turn it into an epistle so I’ll put a pin in it right there. 
If you follow me on Instagram (@nigerianandnatural) you would have seen most of these but here are a few (boring) styles I did over the last year: 
   

      

Not the same day as the previous picture. I just really like this shirt! LOL

    

Wig

      

Crochet braids

    

Kinky twists

           

Wool/yarn twists

 

And my latest style: 
 

Two week old twists. So proud of myself for keeping them for that long

 
Here are my goals for the year ahead:

  1. Get a trim and try to get trims when needed from now on.
  2. More protective styling.
  3. Growth and length retention.
  4. Stop hand-in-edges syndrome. 
  5. Kick dandruff’s ass (for real this time).
  6. Be more adventurous with:

  • Styling
  • Products
  • Techniques

    That’s all folks! 3rd nappiversary here we come! 

    What are some things you’ve learnt along the way in your hair journey? What are your short and long term goals for your hair? Please share.

    Oh and Eid Mubarak! I know this isn’t the ram-sharing sallah so I shall patiently await that one.

    1 year anniversary!!!

    Hip hip hip!!! Hurray!!!!

    One year ago today I walked into that barbershop wanting a fade and came out with hair so short it almost didn’t need to be combed!

    In actual fact, the anniversary of my big chop was on the 14th of June but I decided to go with my second big chop(July 18th) because with that cut, I started from scratch so basing it on that date shows a truer picture of a year’s growth.
    *Phew* That was a mouthful! I hope you understand what I mean though.
    Either ways(June or July), I still have one year under my belt!

    So here’s a mini timeline of pictures showing my progress over the year!

    My first big chop(June 2013)

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    My second cut, July 2013

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    Last week

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    Today’s simple look(ignore the giant pimple)

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    Over this first year, I experimented with products, Ayurveda, dyed my hair etc.
    Let’s see how the next year goes but from the look of things, I foresee that it will be a lazy year(you never know though).

    Taking a page out of AB’s book, I will be setting anniversary goals; these are changes I would like to see/make by my next anniversary.

    Here are my goals for the year ahead:

    1. Kick dandruff’s ass.
    2. Beat hand-in-hair syndrome.
    3. More length and thickness at my edges and nape.
    4. Growth/Length retention.

    I think that’s not too much to ask for!

    So cheers to my hair at one year *glasses clink*

    Expect a post about my new favorite simple go-to style + a one year length check soon.

    Peace!

    Driving me bananas

    I know, I know; I’ve been MIA! Sorry for the absence. Life happened.

    I’m kicking myself for not having any pictures of the dilemma I’m about to tell you.

    About 3 weeks ago, I thought I would try bananas to deep condition my hair. I had seen people do it on blogs and a friend of mine had done it in the past. So I steal get two bananas out of my sister’s bunch and keep them till the weekend. Beforehand I did some reading and read somewhere that you should sieve the mixture before use.
    Being the rebel that I am(rolls eyes), I did not listen. There was no light(Thanks NEPA!) so I didn’t even use a blender. I just mashed my bananas with a spoon, threw in some honey and olive oil(I think I added a bit of conditioner too but my memory fails me), saturated my hair with my mixture and put on my shower cap nylon bag.
    Time to wash it out!! I rinsed my hair and cowashed it and it felt good! I’m thinking “I like this banana deep condition oh!”. I step out of the bathroom and stand in front of the mirror and what do I see? Particles upon particles upon particles. I’m like “Blood of Jesus!”.
    I go and cowash again, this time very vigorously and I use a comb this time(been finger detangling for a while now).
    Brethren I stepped in front of the mirror and there was no damn difference.
    My brain is processing, thinking “what to do, what to do”.
    These strings and particles and jammed tight in my wet coils.
    I figured the best bet would be to wait till the hair dries.
    When the hair dried, my sister helped me comb and pick out the particles. She couldn’t even get all of them out.
    I put my hair in flat twists speckled in banana leftovers and wore my new wig over it like that.

    Moral lesson of this sermon: DO NOT USE BANANAS IN YOUR HAIR WITHOUT SIEVING FIRST BECAUSE YOU WILL DEFINITELY REGRET IT!!!!

    Check out my new wig!!

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    WIG DETAILS:
    Name: Vivica Fox
    Price: N8,950
    Place of purchase: Casa Bella, Ikeja City Mall

    I’ve been wearing it for three weeks now. Every weekend I wash and deep condition my hair, put it in flat twists for the week and wear my wig over it.

    In other news, I’m done with NYSC! Whoop whoop! Praying for greater things and higher heights!

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    The blog turned one in May and I missed it :(. I’m not even sure of the date.

    My one year “nappyversary” is coming up also and I don’t know which day to even choose; is it the day of my first big chop? Or the day of my 2nd big chop? Maybe you guys can help me decide.

    However, here are my dates to note:
    Last whole head relaxer- Jan 25th, 2013
    Relaxed just the front for a weave- March 8th, 2013
    Big chop- June 14th, 2013
    Second big chop- July 18th, 2013

    Hopefully, I will have another post up sooner than later *fingers crossed*

    Till next time guys,
    Take care.