I was recently going through my pictures on my phone (so that I could delete what I no longer needed – space can be a full headache) and I found this picture a while back about hair lengths/stages of hair growth
and it was around the time I just did the big chop. It looked like there was no hope for me to grow as long as stage 4, let alone 3 so I just downloaded it so I can look at it and sigh and say “goals”. Well apparently through patience, good care and a few protective styles in between, growth actually happens! You know what they say about boiling water –
“A watched pot never boils. Well eventually it’ll boil, it’s just boring to watch and doesn’t speed up the process”
If you watched the series finale of Girl Boss you’d know where I got the statement from but if not let’s just pretend I’m suuuper deep (not to be confused with the mixing powdered juice, Super Dip).
So I stopped focusing on the length of my hair and started focusing on stuff like what I was feeding it, making sure it was consistently hydrated and growing back my edges, let’s just say those were snatched from a former life. When I, earlier this year went to the Kinks and Kurls Expo, I received a compliment that made me blush all shades of melanin, “OMG you have the cuuutest teeny weeny afro I’ve seen!” for those who never knew what TWA was in full, there you go. It was one of my biggest styling searches since the big chop; “4C TWA hairstyles” (if you just cut your hair and don’t know what to do with it, copy and paste that into Pinterest and thank me later). So when this chick mentioned it I was like, “Heavens yeah! I’ve got a cute teeny weeny Afro!” and continued to rock it as often as I could. From that expo I found a few more products I started using in my hair, like the Kentaru Tea Tree Oil Leave-In Conditioner, and added it to my Cantu Curl activating Moisturising cream and I just had curls on end. (Lazy Girl Hack, I got a little bit of the Cantu Moisturiser and the Leave-In Conditioner, added some olive oil and water in a spray bottle and there I’ve just done LOC moisturising in one step, without using up all my products in a month)
Apparently the care I took of my hair has paid off! When I stumbled across the picture again I was surprised to see that I was categorised in the stage 3 instead of stage 1 where I was sort of convinced I was never going to leave.
Can we shout some praises to the Most High? The hair grew out of the roots like a tree sprouting in the spring and I’m allll the way here for it! I didn’t even have to use my little quick hair growth hack oil that I usually turned to when I was in the impatient age. If you want the hack, leave a comment below and we’ll see about making a post about it, maybe I could use it for a little while to show you the results – which happen incredibly quick.
Well, without further wahala, I present to you the not-so-teeny-weeny Afro: