BSL Bound: Game Plan This Relaxer Cycle

Greetings guys. It is early in the AM and this is when I do my best thinking! I thought that I would document a few of my goals for this relaxer cycle, set to end in May or early June (depends on my travel schedule)! Even though the longest parts of my hair are already past BSL, I still consider myself to be “BSL-bound,” just an FYI. ūüėČ

  • Roller set more! – The vast majority of my last relaxer cycle was dedicated¬†to air drying, but I noticed that my hair seems to do better when it is dried by either rolling setting or flat ironing. I bought some additional 2 1/2 inch rollers yesterday so that I can use them all over my head. Drying time will definitely be reduced with these big boys!
  • Deep condition (using steam method) with each wash day – I already do this for the most part, but the longer my hair gets, the older these ends are and they will definitely need to be shown some love! I would like to start incorporating oils into my DC routine.
  • Get a trim! – This is probably going to happen mid-relaxer cycle in late March or early April. I will probably do a blow dry and flat iron to see the length, then trim about half an inch. If I can retain just 1 inch of length this relaxer cycle, I will be very happy, as that would definitely have me making my goal of BSL by May.
  • Continue what I am doing, tweak as necessary – I must say, I am quite pleased with the results from my hard work the past 14 months. My hair is longer than it has been in my entire adult life and I know that MBL and waist length are on the horizon! I sometimes ponder if I will continue to grow past waist length, but probably not, as I do not see the need to do so! I think that it will be too long and much to hard for me to handle. An inch past waist length (if I am so lucky to make it) will probably be as far as I go.

Well there you have it. At this point in my HHJ, I almost feel like I am on auto-pilot. For the most¬†part, I feel that I am doing the right things and that my hair is flourishing because of it (if I could just get the ends under control ….)¬†Like I mentioned in my post, this is the first time in my HHJ that I felt that my hair was really LONG! At home, I did encounter a silly comment or two (one guy was like “you must be mixed because you have some pretty hair,” and while I was thankful for the comment, I told him anyone can have it if they want it!) Also, when I did my glorious Kate Middleton-esque roller set, my friend was like, “the people will think that it’s weave anyway … ” HAHAHA! But I did see a sister in the bar with some pretty MBL colored hair and it definitely looked like it was hers!

Today is Wash Day. Stay tuned!

Am I there yet? (and other ramblings) – Progress Pics!

Because I am a little Type A … I like to have my goals written out. I feel that I affirm and acknowledge them more … if that makes any damn sense (it does to me, so I guess that is all that matters, right?)

So as I previously mentioned … I am about .5 inches away from BSB. I think it is high time I evaluate my goals and see how far I am from the other milestones of hair growth land!

First of all, I must recount about how much hair I have grown AND retained this year. It is about 4 inches from January РAugust, which is amazing, since some people do not retain that in a year. At that rate, I retain .5 inches per month (counting the dustings and breaking ends), so yeah, BSL could definitely be in my immediate future.

From January – August, I have retained about 4 inches of growth (from about a 3 on my shirt to now past 7) … that is pretty wild if I must say so myself.

Here is my hair growth from the beginning of my hair journey in January to August. Sometimes it helps to compare and  see how far you have come!

January 2012                                               August 2012

Note to self: get a higher fitting bra. The bras I wear (and like) are darn near MBL. I need to pick out a bra that will more accurately gauge that length for me!

BSB –¬†1 inches

BSL – 1.5-2 inches away! (depending on bra!)

MBL – 3.5-4 inches away

WL – 7 inches

Replies are in bold and made on 12/23/12

So my short-term goal is to hit BSL by December/January. It would be great if I was able to grow from full shoulder length to BSL within a year’s time (my one year HHJ will be in January!) – This will not happen. It will end up being me going from full SL to BSB in a year. I think that BSL is going to happen in spring 2013. It took me from August to December to get a full inch to get to BSB!

My mid-term goal is to hit MBL by mid-May 2013. I think that is totally doable unless I am faced with a setback. It will take me about 8 months to grow and retain that amount of hair. Again, this is not going to happen unless I am given a miracle growth of hair! From today, I am about 3.5 inches away from MBL. That will take me about 8 months of growth and retention to get there. I am predicting this will happen in the Fall of 2013.

My long term goal is WL. That is probably 12-18 months away depending on my trimming schedule. I want to be WL by the time Nathan finishes law school in May 2014 … I think that will be a great milestone to look forward to … for the both of us!