I haven't been updating on the GOC and need to before school starts because I am going to be busy and it will be over in September!
Hair Goals and Regimen:
I have been washing my hair every 7-10 days using the Sauve Naturals Shampoo and condish with HH as a detangler and Shea Moisture/Coconut oil as moisturizer/sealer. I have experienced extreme drying due to the high heat and humidity and then blowdrying my hair. I attempted to go with it for a while but the combination of wearing my hair out and being in the hot sun was not a good look. I haven't been wearing as many protective styles and as a result my hair has been frizzy and dry :(
In other (GREAT) news - My hair has grown almost back to where it was before I cut the layers, which is impressive! Overall, I am happy with my growth thus far after cutting off about 1 inch in the layering process! I also cut off another 1/2 - 3/4 inch on a search and destroy mission that went too far! O_o. I have seen about 3 inches of growth over the past 4 months!! And overall I retained about 1.5 inches of growth!
I'm getting braids today for the month of September and October so I am going to miss the end of the GOC! Therefore, I am going to chart my progress in photos from May until September 1 -
First Length Check 5/12
Pre-layering Braid-Out 5/12
Pre-layering Pic 6/12
Post-layering Pic 6/12
Post-layering Braid Out 6/12
Traci Ellis Ross - Inspired Look 7/12
Braid-out Grown Out! 7/12
Take 2 with better lighting! 7/12
This is my hair now! 8/12
I wasn't as diligent in my workout routine unfortunately, but I am going to get back on the horse this fall. Overall tho, I have dropped the ball on my fitness goals. Partially because I had nowhere to go this Summer, ie Miami or LA, which sucks of me and is sooo horrid! LOL! I usually start in the Spring with a full body cleanse and only have very little to lose but this Spring I didn't cleanse, had gained so much over the Winter due to my accident and physical limitations and was way more busy than I expected to be this Summer...
I am still 155lbs! SMH! But, at least I have not gained any weight! (-_-)
Also, to compound the issues - my son had gone through a traumatic experience and wasn't sleeping well, which meant NO ONE was sleeping well! LOL!
Anywho.... The fitness goals I have now are for the end of the year at this point. I read an article from Wellness Mama on Hormone Balance which discusses supplements and alternative exercises like walking and weight lifting instead of intense workouts which seem to exacerbate the problems...
I also found a video on Leptin that says that perhaps I need to change my diet first and keep my exercise to a minimum in order to restore my hormone levels because I was having problems with my insulin and sugar levels.
Things that I will do differently with the next challenge for my hair:
- I will be consistent with my protective styling
- I will be consistent with my regimen
- I will NOT cut my hair in the middle of the challenge! LOL! ^_^
- I will measure my hair with a measuring tape so that I can more accurately measure my growth and make a tank top for measuring as well...
- I will monitor and correct my hormone imbalance so that I am working smarter and not harder!
- I will work out consistently and work on building muscle
- I will make sure that I eat well and when I fall off the wagon, I will get back on immediately!
That's it! That's all folks!
Will follow up with pics of my new hair (as soon as its done!)