April 9, 2014 by CJ
#45 on my list is to: Grow my hair out-BSL (Bra strap length). For those that don’t know, I cut all the processed hair off almost a year ago (June 23rd, I blogged about why and how). Since then, I have not applied heat to my hair at all. You’d think I’d be left with a beautiful mane of long, luxurious hair. Well, not so much.
Don’t get me wrong, my hair is pretty healthy, but curly hair, for me, is tougher to care for. I made a lot of mistakes and from some of the things I’ve read, I am still making big mistakes. I recently read that if you want BSL (Bra Strap Length) hair, you cannot manipulate your hair daily. This came as a real bummer for me. I LOVE the wash and go. I’m fairly lazy and don’t like to spend too much time with my hair. I like to clean, apply leave in conditioner, apply styler and go.
Anyway, after reading that article, it got me thinking. Is it possible to rock the wash and go and still have my hair grow? Along with this, I spent an unusual amount of time on QVC and purchased quite a bit of Wen hair product. I’ve used Wen in the past and love it. But I also enjoy trying new products and often have various shampoos, cleansing conditioners and co-washes in my stash. While putting away a recent delivery of a new Wen special value that I ordered, I noticed I had A LOT of bottles of cleansing conditioner. I decided then I was going to really take the time and figure out if Wen works for my hair, will it protect my hair enough so I can grow bsl hair?
My challenge to myself, use nothing but the Wen products I have for at least the next 3 months (I had been working on quarterly reports for work when I came up with this idea). I’ll use it as my cleanser and leave in. I will use the oils that came with the shipments and refresher sprays. I will continue using my all time favorite deep conditioner (not giving that up), I do that about once a week.
A few days back I gave myself a trim, about 1/2 inch all over. Then I took a picture to show length. I’ll take another and compare in 3 months. I won’t do any major, all over cutting, but I will snip off split ends as I find them. It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out. Maybe manipulating natural hair every day causes too much breakage, maybe using the right products can alleviate that problem. I’ll guess we’ll see in a few months!