Thursday, June 15, 2017

Monthly Review #36 - Measuring 3 Years!

Ah friends, it's been 3 years! So I know you want that measurement photos. The longest strands are at 21" (maintaining my growth rate of ~7" per year) but of course the bulk comes in around 19.5" accounting for hair fall and cycles always restarting. I did not straighten it this year so you'll notice the dramatic difference pulling it taught makes to the length.

I met up with a college friend with my hair flowing loose and crazy as it does these days (it's not only gotten longer but larger and more sticking-out-at-every-angle. I love it so much, as you can guess. But when she saw me she said "ah, this is the Alexandra I remember." This made me pretty touched inside that my hair is finally back toward my college hair standards (more on that next month). But also it's very funny because so many friends I've made since I shaved my head and moved to a new city continue to be startled by the length of my hair (upon prolonged gaps in our interactions). Because when they first met me I had almost no hair - so to them this mane is a totally new thing. But perhaps in a year or so they'll be saying "ah, this is the Alexandra I remember."

On that topic, yes I do still intend to shave my head again. And you know, make a wig for myself out of both heads of hair. As you do.

Anyway - pictures of this month. Not too many. Was out and about a lot. Summer is a busy time in the city.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Monthly Review #35

Only one month left in the third year of this history. I love my big hair. I'm a little unhappy with the split ends but eh. That contraption from the last review surreptitiously disappeared from amazon so maybe it was a scam? I'll never know.

I am trying to get more defined curls. I think I need a new hair towel to preserve curls and shine. Or maybe it's this custom shampoo/conditioner. We'll see what happens.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Monthly Review #34

My hair is BIG. It has somehow just become overtly voluminous...and honestly a little dry. I'm not totally happy about that but I think it looks good!

I never reported on my compromised hair drying style from M32: blow drying one third to one half the way and then sleeping on it is quite effective. Any more than half and it does get a little backwards (not shiny or curly).

I'm also thinking about buying this crazy contraption that snips your split ends only. Usually I'd think it a scam but the reviews are impressive - almost, dare I say, convincing?

I have tried harder with my braids - even did some Kahleesi looking stuff. I can make one side pretty but not the other side. Gah! Also braids just make my hair look so not-voluminous and you know how I feel about volume. Give me volume or give me death! So I rarely wear it in braids. I'm going to try to make bigger looking braids but in the meantime I have gotten quite good at certain braids: fishtail (surprisingly easy?), alternative, and some basic french/dutch braids. Maybe I'll remember to take pictures of them soon. But for now I have very few pictures for you.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Monthly Review #33

My hair has busted through what hairstylists have referred to as "the nippleline" (that is the bottom of my hair strands now hangs closer to earth than my nipples when I am upright). It's about three inches from my waist and I estimate that next April it'll be the right length to shear it off again. At least - we'll see how long it can get in another year. I think some people are predisposed to never grow their hair past a certain point (mine is my waist) but I could be wrong. Fingers crossed.

I put my hair in a top knot the other day and you could really tell that the ends of my hair are a different color than the roots - that oxidation that I talked about when I first shaved it!

Ugh - my hair keeps getting caught underneath me during adult activities when I am on my back. It's infuriating. And the longer it gets the harder it is to pull it out from under me. I'm going to snap my own neck trying to get it loose one of these days! And the sex tangles are frustrating as ever. But I deal.

Confession: I have been bad with my resolution to braid more. I have been extremely busy this month and basically forget it's braid day until I need to have left my house for work 4 minutes ago. Also my hair looks so small in braids that I don't tend to like the looks.