So... its been a year. There's been lots of ups and downs, some disappointment but overall its been GREAT. This is the first time in my life I've had hair this long even though its not BSL, APL, or hell even SL. I'd consider myself Full NL, after I started off as EL, but to me that's a huge deal.
I dealt with a LOT of breakage which caused me to get about 2 inches cut off at one point during my journey. I didn't yet quite understand the moisture/protein thing. I also don't think I knew what REAL moisturized hair felt like. I was doing what others were doing and not really understanding what MY HAIR wanted or needed. It took me EIGHT MONTHS to understand my hair, and from then, I didn't look back.
My last relaxer was in March, so I did a 20 week stretch, which wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. My hair dresser today was like WOW when he saw my NG! lol. Even the salon owner, who knew me when I had broken EL hair was like "Kimora, look at all that hair you got!"
The only thing though is that the braids I was wearing over the summer broke off my edges somewhat. My hairdresser didn't relax the very nape of my hair. I bought some castor oil today and I'm going to give it one last try. Here's my progress over the past year.
More pix taken today. One thing I'm really happy about is that my hair is the same length all over, not choppy. I'm also happy it still looks full.