Final Length Check | 2015 Growth/Retention Prediction

As 2014 rapidly concludes and 2015 lurks around the corner, I wanted to do a quick comparison of my hair now and a year ago. Here is a picture of my length last December and the length I predicted my hair would reach this December {see post for more deets}:

I took this shot to show where I am today:

I am not too far off from my prediction although I measured from the opposite side of my head (which grows slightly slower than the other side). Nevertheless, I retained all my hair growth this year. I predict I will do the same a year from now thus bringing my length a little above bra-strap length. My overall plan is to continue protective styling for majority of 2015 by way of wearing wigs (for at least 6 months) and twists/updos (as my hair gets longer). I would like to do a set of yarn wraps (or maybe Marley twists) some time next year, but nothing is set in stone. 

I have not had any type of trim on my hair since cutting it really low, therefore, I might give myself a small trim next year to keep my ends fresh. Other than this, I plan to continue my weekly wash days, incorporating protein treatments, rinses, and heated deep conditionings to keep my hair strong and moisturized while minimizing shedding.

My ultimate goal is to maintain strong, healthy hair that I can twist up and put into big buns (boring, huh?). Sounds simple enough especially with the success I had this year for the most part. The kicker in achieving my goal is to maintain my hair practices while managing my case of trichotillomania {more info about trich here}. This is what makes my hair journey different than what you might typically find in other hair journeys. More about that later.

Side note: I'm currently working on a page for my blog to launch in January about trichotillomania (or trich for short) and how I manage/struggle with it as I pursue my hair/life goals. This is such a difficult topic for me to put into words (that would make the most sense, if at all, to the reader) and out into the public especially when I have been dealing privately with it for almost 2 decades. Nevertheless, my experience with trich plays such a huge part in my hair journey and life period that it really does not make sense to keep it hidden. In the recent years, trich has taught me so much about self-love and acceptance of my flaws. As I grow older, I am learning to appreciate this "thorn" on my side and embrace my experience with trich as an opportunity to connect with others who may deal with it and let them know they are loved, accepted, and not alone. What one may consider as an "oops" in life can actually find something beautiful in it once selfishness is taken out the equation and replaced with love. I am choosing to move forward in love and find the beauty/blessings in my challenges/management with trich. That's where I know peace and joy can be found. Coincidentally, today's Bible verse of the day really compelled me to open up more about trich:
"Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. 
Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become." 2 Corithians 12:7-10 (Message)
Taking trich in stride...

So to end on a positive note, how has your hair journey progressed since last year? Any successes, setbacks (and that's okay!)? What are your plans moving forward?

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