It’s a four letter word to most naturals, particularly of the coarse, type-4 variety. This morning, I decided to wash my hair (seems like I haven’t done that in forever) and when I tilted my wet, detangled hair back it was grazing the top of my bottom! So, I decided to do a semi- length check. I say “semi” because I didn’t straighten out my hair. I don’t think you can get a true sense of length unless the hair is straight, but I don’t really do straight that often, so…you get the point.
Anyway, back to shrinkage. I always wash my hair in two braids. Just easier for me. And the braids ALWAYS sit above my shoulders. For a minute, I just figured my hair was in an overall holding pattern. But then, I did the check. I took my arm, leaned my head back, contorted the hand to grab whatever hair I could and held on to it until my DH could snap a pick. Lo’ and behold…I’m MBL (that’s mid-back length for all the non-forumers).
I always thought this would be my goal length, and then from here, I would make a decision as to what direction to go. Whether to relax, texturize, stay natural, press, whatever. But now that I’m here, I think I want to keep going. Because I’m expecting #2, and I’m a little healthier going into this pregnancy (even if I am 15lbs heavier – oy vey!), I think this might be an opportunity to capitalize on healthy practices and optimize a little hair growth.
And so…I am setting a challenge. I’ll call it WL 2010. By December 31, 2010, I am hoping to be waist legnth. Wish me luck! I’ll document the progress, styles, challenges, and everything in between, of course and see where I get!
But back to the topic at hand. Here is a picture of my usual hair after the washing process. As stated above, I use two braids. I wash and condition each braid separately. Let conditioner sit while I finish in the shower, then rinse and detangle each separately and then re-braid.
And here is a pic of my hair, with one side out, after being detangled and right
before braiding. Never would have thought hair that sits in braids above the shoulders was this long. Oh, God bless our lovely heads of kinky hair and all the properties bestowed upon it!
I gotta do something about my back fat. Oh well, guess I have to wait until this baby is born. Although, I did pick up The Perfect Pregnancy Workout and have been doing it and I have to say, my backfat looks better than it did a couple of months ago. I think I’ll end up much more fit at the end of this pregnancy that last time.
Stay on track Kinkerbelle (see what a pregnant mind can do to you…make you go all around the world with your thoughts). THIS POST IS ABOUT SHRINKAGE. Any other ladies out there experiencing crazy shrinkage? Care to share some pics?