View Full Version : Two year after chop

March 4th, 2015, 04:58 PM
I love anniversary posts, and although my results aren't as impressive as most anniversary posts on here, I'll share anyway, because hopefully this will give people dealing with heat and bleach damage some hope.
I cut off 5-6 inches in late February 2013 to get rid of terrible bleach damage. As you can see in 1st pic, the pink is where bleach remained. A year later, 2nd pic, I posted on LHC about my crumbling, split ends. After receiving some great advice on here I trimmed 2.5 inches and committed even more to a healthy hair routine.
my routine is as follows: heavy oiling before washing with sulfate free shampoo twice a week, detangle with conditioner in hair using a wide toothed combed, a light oiling on my ends (I use amla or coconut or a blended oil) and left to air dry. No more bleach, no more colouring. I've discovered that my hair likes silicones after going without for months. I only use heat sparingly, a handful of times a year. The condition of my hair continues to improve and I hope to keep refining my routine. In the last year I've had three one inch trims and will likely to the same in 2015. My shedding has increased over this winter but hopefully in the next year I will reach my goal of healthy waist length hair. Thanks LHC!

two years ago, after chop and half natural colour, half bleached and pink
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/gingersnow/IMG_1207_zps943ca885.jpg (http://s2.photobucket.com/user/gingersnow/media/IMG_1207_zps943ca885.jpg.html)

one year later, February 2014, still damaged but growing and getting better. Shortly after I trimmed off 2.5 inches
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/gingersnow/Photoon2014-01-30at218PM2_zps4b12aae4.jpg (http://s2.photobucket.com/user/gingersnow/media/Photoon2014-01-30at218PM2_zps4b12aae4.jpg.html)

Today, longer, healthier but still a work in-progress
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/gingersnow/28c3b369-60a4-4fe9-b0a3-4ec93a119488_zps9615uwxv.jpg (http://s2.photobucket.com/user/gingersnow/media/28c3b369-60a4-4fe9-b0a3-4ec93a119488_zps9615uwxv.jpg.html)
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y16/gingersnow/image_zpswrpdkwlk.jpg (http://s2.photobucket.com/user/gingersnow/media/image_zpswrpdkwlk.jpg.html)

Duchess Fuzzy Buns
March 4th, 2015, 05:13 PM
Very nice! Looks like a lot of growth to me! :flower:

March 4th, 2015, 05:21 PM
thanks, Lauren_alia. You have gorgeous curls!!

March 4th, 2015, 06:11 PM
Your hair looks super long! Congrats on your anniversary!

March 4th, 2015, 07:05 PM
Your hair looks great.

A little advice for showing off dark hair would be to wear a lighter shirt. It helps for those of us with old, tired eyes on smart phones.

Duchess Fuzzy Buns
March 4th, 2015, 07:41 PM
thanks, Lauren_alia. You have gorgeous curls!!

Thank you! :o

March 4th, 2015, 07:47 PM
It looks so nice and thick! And I love how your layers are done!

March 4th, 2015, 09:13 PM
Beautiful hair. And i love your tattoos.

Five of Five
March 4th, 2015, 10:23 PM
What a difference for only two years! It's looking very long and healthy. I also love your tattoos!

March 4th, 2015, 11:22 PM
Awesome growth, beautiful hair! Happy anniversary :)

March 5th, 2015, 07:02 AM
Excellent growth and progress!

March 5th, 2015, 07:11 AM
Your hair definitely looks healthy. Also, awesome tattoos

March 5th, 2015, 07:14 AM
Great job! Keep up the good work. :flower:

March 5th, 2015, 07:40 AM
:crush: That is amazing growth for two years!! And it does look very healthy and beautiful now. Thank you for the inspiration. I have never passed APL before because I never learned to take care of my hair...my old hair care methods caused crazy damage to the ends. I'm already noticing a huge difference in how it looks from the things I've learned from LHC. Keep on growing! :cheer:

March 5th, 2015, 07:43 AM
Awesome growth and your hair looks so healthy! Congrats!

March 5th, 2015, 07:46 AM
Great growth!! Very beautiful!

March 5th, 2015, 09:01 AM
Thanks to everyone for the nice compliments!

It feels good to know that I've gotten to a place where I can finally grow my hair instead of always having to trim off the length the get rid of the damage. But I've always told myself that it's better to have healthy not as long hair, rather than long unhealthy hair. It was very disappointing when I wasn't gaining length as quickly as some. I hope once my hair is three inches longer than it is now, that it will start to look and feel long to me.

It looks so nice and thick! And I love how your layers are done!

thanks! I've been trimming my own hair for the last three years, so I'm glad to hear that my layers look good.

yvetteVarie, hannabis and fiveoffiv: thank you for the compliments on my tattoos :)

March 5th, 2015, 09:17 AM
Nice growth! Your hair looks lovely!!! Congrats. :D