Progress Ponies!

So here are some of my ponytails from the last few months … just to illustrate a bit of growth within my ponytail. It has always been my dream to have longish ponytails, now its slowly but surely coming true!

May 2012

June 2012

July 2012

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Wash Day (and an end to the Heat Break!)

Well, I could not take it any longer. I had not seen my hair straight for a month (I like my hair straight) and I wanted to make sure that the dusting that I gave myself did not jack my hair up. I should have had my hair straightened before I dusted, but hey … no harm, no foul, right?

I made an appointment at Ulta on Saturday for Sarah to flat iron my hair. That morning, I pre-pooed with a hot oil treatment under the dryer for about 40 minutes. I applied the oils to the scalp as well as to the length of my hair. I did not apply any conditioner.

I then proceeded to wash with a sulfate shampoo because I saw where the Alterna Overnight Repair contains dimethicone (that is a water insoluable silicone which can eventually damage your hair if you do not clarify enough or use sulfate shampoos), followed up by the usual Alterna moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. I deep conditioned with the Alterna 10 Hair Masque, Alterna Caviar conditioner and a tsp of Roux Porosity Control for about 45 minutes, followed by a final rinse of Roux and cold water.

I then proceeded to detangle and apply my normal leave-ins for a blow out. I blow dried my hair on cool and low (sigh, I have gotten lazy … I didn’t enjoy this at all!). I must say I was sooooooooo impressed with how thick it was!!!!! See??

I applied a little bit of grapeseed oil (for its thermal protectant properties), tied it back and headed to Ulta.

The flat ironing process was as usual! Hair turned out very nice! Sarah commented on how healthy it looked and what a decent job I did on dusting my ends! I have not been complemented for the health of my hair for as long as I can remember (if ever), so it was great to have my hard work validated!

Well, it has grown! Progress is continuing to be made! I am between the 6.5 and the 7 on my shirt … whoop whoop! I am also glad that I have a baseline in which to work towards my relaxer goals next month. I am still wanting the longest point to be at the 7 (or a little past is fine), but I am still going to be working on growing out the front and side layers with the JBCO challenge! I have a month … I think I can get a .5 inch of growth in!

So after enjoying wearing my hair down this weekend … tomorrow it is back up in the protective styles. Also, no more heat until the relaxer in 4 weeks!!!

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