Growth Update!
Monday, February 08, 2010 | 6 comments

It's been two months since the last update! Sorry for the hiatus, lovelies. We'll be updating more frequently now. Anyway, I am one month away from my first year ful...

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Yesterday made it the twelfth week since I had my last relaxer. The picture in the center and on the right are the newest ones. I just finished air drying my hair so that's my length with a helluva lot of shrinkage included. I stretched a piece from the center in the right picture, even though I should've stretched the back since it's the longest. Regardless of the stretching, you really won't be able to see how much my hair grew until I relax. What I noticed during this stretch is that my hair is getting a little bit thicker (THANK GOD!) and that I haven't had as much shedding as I used to when I first started stretching. My new growth is finally cooperating with me. I guess that's due to me using my trusty ol' Jilbere and my new lover, Denman D3. Anyway, for the last few weeks, my regimen has been changed. Here's a look at what my new regimen is:

  • Shampoo with Creme of Nature Ultra Moisturizing twice a week (will be replaced with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration soon)

  • Condition with VO5 Moisture Milks after each shampoo

  • Deep condition with ApHogee 2 Minute Reconstructor once a week followed by my Clairol conditioner (the one that came with my Natural Instincts box)

  • Use my homemade water/glycerin/Infusium 23 as a leave-in

  • Co-wash with Suave Humectant once or twice a week

  • Detangle with Jilbere or Denman D3

  • Air dry ALWAYS
I can't really tell you when I'm going to relax since I'm actually having fun with this stretch, but it'll probably be soon. Stay tuned...

By the way, did you notice that I made it to bra-strap length? I didn't really notice until I did the comparison picture. I can't wait until I relax to see how much more length I'll gain!


Anonymous says
September 21, 2008 at 11:07 PM

your hair is growing like weeds!

annaliese says
September 21, 2008 at 11:13 PM

Woo-Hoo! GO Belle!

Ms. S says
September 21, 2008 at 11:14 PM

Nice growth!! =)

So in total, do you wash your hair 4 times a week? (2 poos + 2 co-washes?)

Sunshyne says
September 21, 2008 at 11:49 PM

12 weeks post and your BSL...can't wait till you relax!! Keep it up.

PBW says
September 21, 2008 at 11:56 PM

Amazing growth!

I love ApHogee reconstructor! I'm also going to try the Herbal Essences shampoo you mentioned.

Anonymous says
September 22, 2008 at 1:05 AM

oh my goodness, ur bra strap. yay!

Belle Cheveux says
September 22, 2008 at 4:12 AM

Thanks ladies for all the great comments!

Ms. S, I do wash my hair a lot, huh? LOL. All that washing is what makes my hair stay healthy.

Seymone says
September 22, 2008 at 9:18 AM

Grow girl grow... My hair did not grow as long this time around plus I trimmed twice .. I have to do a length check..

Anonymous says
September 22, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Hey Cheveux,

when you air dry what do you do for it to be so straight ( i know theres shrinkage) but I try to air dry its this big POOF ball, what do you do?

Belle Cheveux says
September 22, 2008 at 2:16 PM

The thing that makes my hair as straight as it can get when air drying is using a leave-in. Using a leave-in flattens out the cuticle, keeping it from becoming frizzy.

What you also can do to make your hair as straight as possible is a wet wrap. Add a little leave-in and wrap your hair around your head. Put a wave cap on and allow it to dry overnight (I learned this trick from a member on a hair forum I belong to).

This is a very good way to get straight hair, but it doesn't work for everyone.

todoni says
September 22, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Yay Belle! great job, can't wait to see the pic w/ relaxed hair. BSL already... wow...

Belle Cheveux says
September 22, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Thanks todoni! :)

Anonymous says
September 22, 2008 at 11:50 PM

Looks great!

Belle Cheveux says
September 22, 2008 at 11:59 PM

Thank you so much! Your hair is FAB!

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