My hair seems to be doing pretty well right now. I was worried about the affects of the swimming pool we got. Luckily, we purchased an ionization system and don't have to use the usual pool chemicals. I am also trying not to wash more than twice a week, but sometimes it's 3 times. I usually keep my hair in a diagonal figure 8 held with two plastic hairsticks and it is amazingly secure. When I wear it loose in the pool it gets tangled and is always in the way. This seems to be protecting it quite nicely. I also am using my Shea Butter Creamy Souffle on the ends if I am going to get it wet and wash that day and I have used it on my scalp where the part is if I am going to be out a while since shea butter is supposed to have a natural sunscreen.
I did only get 1/4 inch growth last month, instead of my usual 1/2 inch and I am still shedding quite a bit, so that has me a little worried, but overall my hair looks good. I am curious to see if I can reach my goal of 48 inches. I have no idea what the terminal length of my hair will be. I have toyed with the idea of cutting it blunt across and taking out the V shape, but I would loose several inches and I really think this shape is easier for updos. Not sure why. So for now, I am maintaining my current routine and will see how it goes.
My hair journal: http://www.network54.com/Forum/496746/
1bnii Hair Type - Length: 45 1/4" Goal: 48" Products - Currently Using:
Lush Shampoo bars (Karma,Godiva,Trichomania)
Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner w/Jojoba
Rose/Lavender vinegar rinses
Monoi and Jojoba oil w/essential oils
Shea Butter Creamy Souffle
BB Brush rarely Hard Rubber & Horn Combs
Routine: Wash 1-2 times weekly. Deep condition with heat cap when time permits Use either Monoi, Jojoba or Shea Butter daily on ends & as pre-shampoo conditioner. I usually use a wide tooth comb but will brush with BBB now & then. Braid before bed and use oil on ends.