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April 4th, 2013, 09:48 AM
I just realized that today marks one year at LHC for me. I thought it was April 11th, but I was wrong!

When I came to LHC, I had recently dyed my hair red with box dye. In fact, this is what it looked like:


I really was very happy with it and loved the color, but unfortunately it faded to a really weird coppery color over time. And not only that, but it left my hair VERY damaged. Especially since seven months before I dyed it red, I had bleached and dyed purple highlights throughout my hair. Then add my daily bow drying and/or flat ironing LOL. So it was pretty much a hot mess when I got here.

I settled into a routine and immediately began using coconut oil as a deep treatment, which I continue to this day. This past year I have tried a large variety of shampoos, conditioners, oils, and various hair routines. Here is what is currently working for me:

Overnight treatment with coconut oil once per week.
CO when the weather begins to get cold and dry, S&C during the summer months.
Wash every other day.
Always let my hair air dry. I have tried a couple times to blow dry it, and it was just a disaster. Frizz everywhere! :rolleyes: I find a nice breeze or a fan set on low helps speed up the drying time.
Heat-free styling options. I really love this youtube channel, as it has a large variety of ways to get curl and waves without using heat. Some of them I use, some of them I don't just because of the tools she uses (like the most recent one using a pizza box...:confused: LOL.) : http://www.youtube.com/user/beautyklove
Mineral (baby) oil on damp ends.
Sleeping with a Satin Bonnet, which I explained in greater detail in this blog post (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/entry.php?b=108914). Though with the trial and error of other members of this forum, I have decided that I will probably need to make my own satin bonnet in the future when my hair gets closer to my goal in order to accommodate for the length.
Brush with a wide tooth comb or Tangle Teezer. I do not normally brush my hair while it is wet.
Wear my hair in protective styles when it is windy outside. Normally it goes up in a Nautilus bun or french braid (because I like the braid waves they give me. :o)
S&D whenever my hair is in need of it.

There are also things I plan to incorporate into my routine, like being better about wearing a hat this summer.

This year has been focused more on getting rid of damage, finding a good routine that works for me, and the overall health of my hair, rather than gaining length. I dyed my hair back to close to it's natural color (maybe 2-3 shades darker to accommodate for fading that will occur) in January with hopes that it will look less two-toned as I grow the dye out, and have cut off about 3-4 inches worth of layers and damage over the course of the year. My most recent cut was in January not long after I dyed, where I took off two inches. Before that I would take off half an inch or less every three months. I can say I am very happy with where my hair is right now, and plan to continue to trim very small amounts until all of my layers are gone. (I am growing out bangs as well, which is a whole other matter entirely. :rolleyes:) OH! And I have gained half an inch of thickness since this time last year! I was at 2.5 inch ponytail circumference, and now I am at 3 inches! :joy:

And now, what we all really check these posts for ;) - the pictures. Obviously not a lot of growth this year - if I had not trimmed, I would be at waist for sure - but I think getting rid of the damage was more important.

I think it is fun to see that my shortest layers, which were at shoulder in last years shot, are now past APL in this years shot. :D And I promise I don't have a huge chunk taken out of my left side of hair... that's just how my wave pattern lays with the layers in it. It's kinda frustrating, but it is what it is. Hopefully they will be mostly gone in a year or two, and I am guessing the bottom wont look as scraggly then.


April 4th, 2013, 10:18 AM
Just realized I probably should have taken an outdoors or flash photo so you can see the shine. I am really excited about how shiny it is now. :D

April 4th, 2013, 10:57 AM
wow! excellent progress! and thank you for the pictures and the details of your routine. very inspiring and helpful :)

April 4th, 2013, 11:04 AM
I think your hair is absolutely lovely! I only wish mine were as sleek and well behaved. :)

April 4th, 2013, 11:23 AM
You were about APL and are now almost waist length. Way to go! :D :thumbsup:

April 4th, 2013, 11:27 AM
wow! excellent progress! and thank you for the pictures and the details of your routine. very inspiring and helpful :)

Thank you! I always appreciate when members write their routines in their annual hair posts, so I thought I would do it as well. :)

I think your hair is absolutely lovely! I only wish mine were as sleek and well behaved. :)

Thanks! The majority of my hair behaves itself, but since it is wavy and I am growing out bangs, my bangs tend to form into something similar to one of those fancy handlebar mustaches. LOL. They flip out on each side of my head. I've just been pinning them back until they are long enough to blend a little better.

You were about APL and are now almost waist length. Way to go! :D :thumbsup:

Thank you, lapushka! I am pleased with the length I have gained considering how much I trimmed this year.

April 4th, 2013, 11:47 AM
Your hair is lovely.

April 4th, 2013, 01:25 PM
Your hair looks lovely & the texture/wave is so nice!

Thanks for posting your routine & the youtube channel.. I was just searching for some decent heat-free styling tutorials! :flower:

April 4th, 2013, 02:29 PM
Thank you, Millyaulait. :)

April 4th, 2013, 02:54 PM
Congratulations on your first year! :D It's amazing how growing out your layers can make such a difference with thickness of your ponytail. I think I love that the most since I'm also growing out my layers too. :)

April 4th, 2013, 03:20 PM
Congratulations! :D Nice progress indeed!

I have also noticed an increase in thickness since I joined the LHC and quit the chemical dyes (and other abuse), I could actually see many hairs that were only as long as my virgin hair! Pretty amazing how that dye fried my hair... :shudder:

April 5th, 2013, 06:46 AM
Thank you, Kaggs and Nebulae. :)

April 5th, 2013, 09:08 AM
It looks great! I can imagine how shiny it is--mine looks great in the right lighting too! Thanks for sharing your progress and tips. Great stuff!