Sunday, September 22, 2013

Recent Wash and Length Check (Am I at APL?)

So I finished up my two part wash day last night. I started it Friday by prepooing with Wen Sweet Almond Mint overnight. I shampooed Saturday using It's A 10 Miracle Moisture Sulfate Free shampoo (just finished off the bottle and will be reviewing it soon). I then DC'd with Silk Dreams Chocolate Bliss Conditioner which I also emptied and plan to review soon.  Yay for emptied products! LOL!

I DC'd under my heating cap for a couple of hours before finally rinsing. After applying my leave-ins (Darcy's Daily Leave-In and Matrix Biolage Thermal-Active Repair Cream) I decided to blow dry my hair on cool. I then did a couple of length check shots just to see where my hair is.  To me, I almost want to claim APL but I probably have another inch or so to go maybe.



Back half after blow drying on cool
Fully blow dried hair

The gap in the middle in the first pic bugs me to no end. That is why I keep wanting to do a major cut which would put me back at shoulder length.  Overtime this weak area of mine has become even more visible to me especially as I'm transitioning to texlaxed. I guess it's not too awful. I just keep PS-ing to hide this area and protect my ends.  I want to keep with slowly trimming until it's all even, but man oh man do I want to just cut it right now. Ah the woes of HHJs.
 
I just realized that I'm about one year into my hair journey. Well I officially started blogging in October, but I kind of started trying to practice healthier hair techniques after my last professional relaxer in Sept. I can't quite pin point the date, so I will plan it for the anniversary of the date of my first blog post which was Oct. 25. Wow! Time sure does fly when you are having fun.
 
So what do you all think? Can I officially claim APL?
 
 
Thanks for reading!
   Andrea

18 comments:

  1. It looks to me like you have 1 inch more to fully claim APL. Your hair is growing nicely!

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  2. You are not APL yet but you will definitely be there before the year is out, time do fly when you're having fun!

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  3. Thank you ladies! I wondered if it would be closer if I had flat ironed since my hair is still a little poofy and I'm 6 wks post. It probably won't make that much difference. I'll be there soon though! :)

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  4. Oh you are oh-so-close!! I say about another .5-1 inch. I would definitely say you grazing APL!

    Ah, the joy of those length checks!

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    1. Oh yes! I am ready to claim it so bad! LOL!

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  5. I agree with the ladies.
    You're not apl yet but will be there in no time.

    yaay for your empties. how does it fell to finish a bottle of hair product? ;)

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  6. Yep an inch more and you are there. Keep Psing your hair I don't think you need to trim if you don't have split ends though it doesn't look bad at all.

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    1. Thank you, Lydz! I've been bunning like crazy!

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  7. I'm so siced for that 10 Miracle Moisture Sulfate Free shampoo review!

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands

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  8. I don't think you need a major cut, well that's just my thoughts, if you don't have split ends then cut it slow, am bad at letting go of hair, but if you feel you must.
    Think next relaxer will definitely have you at full APL!

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne! I do feel better cutting it slowly than all at once. My ends are in good shape. It doesn't look to bad, so I think I can wait it out.
      I can't wait to hit that APL mark! :)

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  9. You're almost there but not quite. Don't get discouraged. Keep doing all the right things. You'll be there in a flash. Congrats on the progress.
    Relaxed Thairapy.

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  10. Honestly, I think the "gap" you are concerned about is simply the way your hair is lying. I wouldn't worry about it at all...and I know a thing or two about thin ends, I'm always battling it! Not quite APL, but like you said - you'll get there!

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Thoughts and suggestions are welcome. :)

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