For the past 4 years or so I've been growing my hair out. My goal length was long enough for me to do a crown braid, which I finally achieved just a few weeks ago. Well, I also realized around that same time that my hair was very damaged.
Whenever I put my hair in a braid I had tons of hairs sticking out of it from every angled up and down the whole braid. So I decided I needed to cut my hair and take better care of it. I ended up cutting off about 10 or 11 inches, which is more than I realized I had!
Here's a before shot...
... And here's an after shot.
I also got bangs as well, which I've been meaning to get for a while. I let mine grown out and haven't had a chance to get them cut in a long time.
My hair has always been hard to curl and during the last few years I've noticed that even with the heat less curls, such as sponge curls, my hair still wouldn't curl. I thought it was just the way my hair was, but I've read in multiple places that damaged hair wont curl.
But I was actually able to curl my hair with a curling iron! I also did my hair in sponge curls last night, and they turned out perfect. My hair is also super easy to wash now. Now I have to get used to not having my hair in the way of things. So far there have been many, many times that I've reflexively gone to move my hair out of the way, but then I realize hey, I don't have anything to move! It's pretty strange.
I love my new hair and am going to work really hard on keeping it as healthy as I can as I grow it out again. I want to write up some posts in the future about what I'm doing. Hopefully I'll remember to do that. ;)