So a bit of time has passed since my last photo update, but I have been taking a few pictures though I never seem to find the time to actually post them. I am now at 26 months locless; October 29th of '07 was my two year nappiversary. Isn't it funny how we count our hair time in months just like we do with babies??? Strange but true. Without further ado...
In the end of August, I got this really cute cornrow updo style done at Exavia's (this picture is not the original style! I will post it if I can find a good pic of it). Cornrows going up all the way around with coils at the top, which I changed over to two strand twists for more volume.
This is about two weeks into it, in the beginning of September, at the point where, well, it's time to move on. I gathered it all into a little puff just to get it all out of the way. There was no way I was going to take down all of these cornrows at once, so I used my usual transitional style method. Also, when you use this method, you get more bang for your buck by getting several different styles over a longer period of time from one salon visit. Yeah!
So I took out the back set of cornrows, pulled the loose hair into a curly/crinkly puff with most of the ends of the front cornrows pulled in.
Because of the way the cornrows were originally done, the puff was sort of off to the side, which I liked.
Phase II. About a week later, I took out one side of the front cornrows (which were starting to look pretty rough), and brushed that part back into the puff. I liked this a lot.
I experimented with different sizes and heights with the puff, with the ends of the remaining cornrows loose or pulled into the puff.
This one was my favorite. Bigger puff, ends all in.
And of course, the mandatory "texture shot." ;-) This is after Exavia's moisturizing treatments and oils, which last a long time, plus spritzing with my hair juice, unravelling cornrows, twists, etc. It gave it a nice chunky look and was very soft and healthy feeling.
After this style, I gave my hair a much needed scrubbing and moved on to the basic "shrunken puff" (wash and pull up with just a bit of finger stretching) for a month or so with an occasional variation of twists in the front. This photo was in late October.
Then I went to back to the wash n go fro for awhile longer (A rare full body shot, yikes!), but my hair is getting longer to the point where tangling is becoming a problem if I don't do detangling, which I prefer to avoid as much as possible. Still, I really love my fro. It just feels good to have my hair totally free and unrestricted. I also believe this is the best style for maximum growth in the shortest period of time.
On New Year's, after heat free stretching, I was amazed at the size of my puff. I told a friend it was the same size as my head! When I get my digicam batteries charged up, I will post more. Until next time...