Unofficial 3 Year Length Check & Hair Facts
So as for my hair here are some basic facts:
-I do protective styles 75% of the time. Twist outs or braid outs. I do wash and go's on and off in one month increments.
-I do not use heat. I have a blow drier which I use maybe 3x a year to diffuse with warm heat.
-I trim every 6-8 weeks. This is something I have been doing since I was ten years old. Not everyone needs to trim as often, but this works for me and it helps me maintain healthy hair, promote growth, and remove single strand knots.
-I transitioned in 2011 for 5 months and big chopped in January of 2012. I had half an inch of hair ( I cut it myself) and I was not sure if it would grow back, what my hair texture would be like, and if I would be able to maintain it.
Personally, I don't get into the hype of hair typing, but I mention it because I do know that it is a factor in hair maintenance and retention (especially if you are using the wrong hair products). I am very low maintenance with my hair and I don't like a lot of styling or manipulation because I have so much hair. The main issue I have with my hair is that it tangles at the very ends when I am styling it. It makes my styling time twice as long. My hair is prone to single strand knots also and there is no way to eliminate them, but I do try to prevent them by stretching my hair, doing oil rinses, and regular trimming. If I had to go by any hair typing system it would be the LOIS system. Its more accurate and informative.
On average it looks like my hair is growing a little over half an inch a month. I have found that it is more difficult to retain growth during the summer because of the humidity and heat in Florida. My hair currently is longer and healthier than it ever has been. I started taking care of my own hair at about ten years old and it was natural. I have had long hair, short hair, bleached hair, and unfortunately, very thin hair (due to hair loss in my late teens/early twenties). This is the best it ever has been because it is completely natural and I use (obviously) better hair products than what was available some 20 years ago and my iron levels are currently good. I really don't have any hair "secrets" I just try to listen to my body and keep things as simple as possible. This has all been a learning experience for me since the last time my hair was natural and long I cut it because I couldn't handle it.