Length Check #1: Elle

Hi Guys!

In any type of journey that you embark on, it is wise to keep tabs through updates not only for motivation but also to be able to control any foregoing problems that you may have. Also it is great as a way to understand how much work you still need to reach your goal.

In this hair journey that we embarked exactly 3 years and 6 months ago, we had as a goal to grow our hair long and stronger than it was before as I mentioned here in our hair story. In this post, I have now relaxed and flat-ironed my hair to see how much length I was able to retain since January (last time I flat ironed) and April (last time I relaxed) to keep track of my progress and if I need to make any changes.

My routine

When we started the hair journey we were very extreme with our methods and pretty much attempted all ways to grow hair (oils, massages, rinses, treatments, etc.) but as time went on we developed a routine here that is more manageable.

However, since January, my routine got even less rigid because I actually started seeing the results that for so long we wanted for our hair so I decided to ease up. We also skipped some wash days and for the most part I stopped oiling my scalp. All in all, I still follow my schedule and I have been seeing tremendous growth.

Comparisons

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January 2016
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July 2016

Comparing my hair in January with today I can see that it got longer and fuller and that finally I can claim full BSL like the girls on youtube that we followed, which is crazy to us!

I also noticed that I really needed a trim this time and is probably due to the aforementioned fact that we slacked a bit on our routine this semester. Thankfully it was not too dramatic and I was able to catch it quickly. I cut off about 1 inch from my ends

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Before Trim
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After Trim (about an inch)

3 1/2 year progress:

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January 2013 (start of journey)
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August 2014
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July 2015
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July 2016

Future Plans

Seeing my hair and seeing how much it grew these 3 years, kind of rekindled the motivation we had in the beginning. So I now have two new goals of first getting back on track with my routine: no more skipping wash days and going back to oiling my scalp with castor oil at least once a week. As well, I will now give myself a length goal instead of a time goal since now I can see that these lengths are possible. I always secretly wanted my hair to reach the curve of the waist so this will be my next goal. In addition, I don’t think I will do a heat pass this long for the next 6 months, I think I deserve to play with my hair a bit more, but this 6 month stretch really helped so I very highly recommend any of you.

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Hopefully this served you guys as inspiration and that combined with my hair story you can see how it can be possible if you just take your time to get the hair you dream.

I would love if you guys could share your length goals in the comments as I did and hopefully all of us, through hard work, can achieve them!

xx

Elle (L)

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18 thoughts on “Length Check #1: Elle

  1. Ana

    Your hair journey is such an inspiration. So beautiful. My goal is BSL and it’s taking forever. How long did it take you to go from APL to the top of BSL.

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    1. diElleci

      Hi Ana!
      Thank you so much and I really hope you reach your hair goal!

      It took me about half a year (from December 2015 to July 2016) from full APL to full BSL.

      xx

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  2. Megan

    Love your hair and it has grown leaps and bounds from January and love the thick and healthy ends. Have you adjust your routine much since achieving BSL? Do you wash in sections to avoid tangles?

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    1. diElleci

      Hi Megan!

      Thank you so much!
      The only thing I am doing differently is slacking a bit (skipping wash days) which I am planning on stopping now that I am back at being motivated.
      In regards to tangles, my technique of combing my hair under the shower makes it very easy to control tangles and since my hair is getting longer now I comb in two sections. When my hair was shorter, up until APL, I used to wash in 4 sections since I did not have a good detangling technique.

      xx

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  3. Carmen

    My goal is APL then BSL. How often do you trim your hair? Are you doing anything different from your normal hair routine either adding more moisture or protein as your hair gets longer?

    Gorgeous and healthy hair you’ll reach waist length in no time by the end of the year for sure.

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    1. diElleci

      Hi Carmen!

      Thank you soo much, also, good luck on reaching your hair goal 🙂

      For your questions:
      1- I trim my hair about every 6 months, usually when I can see split ends and my hair gets tangled faster, which usually is at the aforementioned period.

      2- Since I suffered protein overload in about 4 months in my hair journey, I decreased the protein in my routine (now I do only a monthly protein treatment and my moisturiser has protein)

      xx

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  4. Ailan

    My goal is BSL for now after that MBL. Hard work really does pay off. Your hair journey is very inspiring. Where did you go to get your hair professionally trimmed? It looks really good.

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    1. diElleci

      Hi Ailan!

      Thank you so much and I hope you reach your goals!

      Di trims all of our hairs so I have not gotten my hair trimmed professionally in over 4 years (don’t worry post coming shortly!)

      xx

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