One year since big chop !!

After I transitioned for six months I got a chop in June 2011 and then a big chop in September 2011 to get rid of all my permed ends.

My hair has grown so well in the past year for someone doing their own hair!! My last salon visit was in September 2011 for my big chop & a semi permanent rinse. I pre-poo, wash & deep condition weekly and I trim my hair (dust my ends) while in twists every 2-3 months.

My hair has grown faster being a natural. It would take 2 years after a cut for my hair to grow to a bob length when I had a perm. My hair is now longer then bob length (collar bone length) and all in one year !! I don’t take any special supplements just a Multi vitamin. I protective style my hair in the winter with roll tuck & pins, buns, etc (I don’t wear braids, wigs or weaves to protective style).

Here’s a pic of my growth: the top left is after the 1st chop, the bottom left is the next day after my big chop. The two pics on the right are around September 2012.

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Black Strap Molasses for hair

The benefits of black strap molasses (BSM) are not only good for your body but also your hair. BSM helps with hair growth & graying hair !!

You can read here for more info http://spiritfoods.net/hair-benefits-of-blackstrap-molasses/
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5905054_blackstrap-molasses-hair-growth.html

So I decided to mix 2 teaspoons daily in my hot tea to fight off gray hair. I’ll follow up this post in 3 to 6 months which is the time needed to see the effects. In addition to that I pre-poo bi-weekly with an oil mix in my scalp and molasses rubbed throughout my hair. I leave it in my hair for an hour then wash my hair as usual.

The best BSM to use is the organic kind. I purchased mine from Whole Foods.

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2nd Henna

So this time around I used a 50/50 ratio of henna & indigo. I used my leftover indigo from my last henna with my new Rajasthani–both from hennasooq.com

I did a one step process

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I noticed my hair looks a little darker, not as red as last time. I kept in the henna for 3 1/2 hours.

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Hennasooq said this was a finely sifted henna & I could tell because it rinsed from hair with ease & no twigs. Yay !!

I love the difference in color this time with the brown low lights & red highlights BUT….since I have gray hair the henna makes those strands bright orange…ugh !!

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What is a henna head to do ?!? So back to the drawing board with my indigo/henna ratios. For the next go round I’ll probably do very little henna & more indigo to see if I can do away with the orange glo lol