As i stated in the previous post, i have started to notice that i am retaining length. This is a great thing. The only issue is that i am at that awkward stage: shoulder length.
Getting to arm pit length seems to be a challenge to many people and i am no exception to that seeing that i have been at this length for close to 3 years 😦 I have been at APL before but its taking me a while to get back there. I would very much like to reach this goal by the end of the year which is possible because it takes most people 7-9 months on average to get there with proper hair care.
I am taking good care of my hair but just so am not disappointed if i fail to reach that goal by then, i will aim for full SL by the end of the year. I have 8 months to go. I have done a bit of research on how to move from SL to APL and this are some of the things i have learnt:
1) Moisturize and seal often (i prefer doing this nightly).
2) Get regular trims every 3-4 months to get rid of split ends which weaken hair and thus cause breakage.
3) Keeping heat use at the a minimum.
4) Ensure proper moisture-protein balance
5) Stretch relaxers for at least 8 weeks
6) Follow a working regimen consistently
7) Have a balanced diet
8) Avoid over manipulating the hair
9) Protective style.
The one thing that i have a problem with here is the last point which not surprisingly is the most effective. I have been wearing my hair down for the past 9 weeks or so. I love wearing my hair down these days because i used to wear it up a lot…doing something different now. Sadly, if i want to get to APL sooner that later, i will have to give in to protective styling. I do not want to do buns and so i am thinking of using hair clips. I don’t quite know what kind but i try and find something that i can use to create a cute protective style…i don’t want to look boring.