Hair Length Checks

This page will have pictures documenting my hair progress of my natural hair journey.  I decided to do this because I would search other blogs for hair progress pictures from the Big Chop (BC) through the first year and beyond and couldn't easily find progression pictures all together.  I may include style pictures, but what I really want this page for is to be a picture progression page of my hair journey.  Many of my pictures I am wearing no make up, so no hate my way please.
If you look closely you can see my breakage.
Day one of transitioning to natural hair May 20, 2011.
August 8, 2011 Big Chop!  Length about 1 7/8 inches.
September 7, 2011 1 month anniversary of BC.
 Length about 2 3/4 inches. Hair fluffed.
October 8, 2011 2 month anniversary of BC.  Length 3.5 inches.
Hair not fluffed regular shrinkage.
Oct. 2011 length check.
Nov. 2011 length check.

November 7, 2011 3 month anniversary of BC.  Length 4 inches.
Hair not fluffed regular shrinkage.
December 8, 2011 4 month anniversary of BC.
 Length 4.5 inches. 
January 8, 2012 5 month anniversary of BC.
Length 4.5 inches

So, from December to January I didn't have any growth.  Sign... well I was sick for several weeks during these two months.  Over Christmas I was very sick after getting off the plane to visit my mother in law.  Recycled air is full of germs and even with my vitamin C I still got sick.  Then to make my life worse my entire family was sick at least once during this time frame.  I learned that lack of sleep and being sick really impacts hair growth.

February 8, 2012 6 month anniversary of BC.  Length 5 inches.

Feb. 7, 2012.  Check out the fro!
Aug.8, 2011 just finished with the BC!

So, I included the last two pictures side by side to show my growth from my BC on August 8, 2011 to February 7, 2012.  I have made so much progress and I can honestly say that my hair is healthy.  I have also lost some weight and you can tell by the roundness in my face.

March 2012 length check.

March 8, 2012 7 month anniversary of BC.
Hair measures 5.5 inches in front.

April 8, 2012 8 month anniversary of BC. 6 inches in front.

April 2012 length check.

My hair is curling around my nose now (April 2012).  I'm praying for some healthy growth this summer because I want my hair to touch my chin by my one year anniversary of my Big Chop.

May 2012 Curly Fro Hawk

May 8, 2012 9 month anniversary of BC 6.5 inches in front.

My hair (May 2012) is now touching my upper lip and I'm very happy with my growth.  My ends are healthy and overall I like the progress I have made these past several months.

June 9, 2012 10 month anniversary of BC 7 inches in front.
June 2012 Wash N Go with Eco Styler Olive Oil gel.

One month (July 2012) after starting Viviscal I think it is too soon to say if this product works or not.  My nails are growing very fast and they appear to be stronger, but I'm also out of school and not typing as much now as when I'm teaching.
July 2012 Wash N Go with Mop Top medium hold gel.

July 8, 2012 11 month anniversary of BC 7.5 inches in front.

For my one year anniversary of being natural I decided to create a collage of the progression of my fro.  My hair measured 8 inches for my one year anniversary.  Now that I'm one year natural I plan to only do length checks every 2 months.  I will update this page in Oct. 2012.  Check out my video of my first year being natural.
One year natural 8 inches in the front.
One year natural wash n go with flower.

Wash n go with Aussie Moist. Oct. 9, 2012.
 October 2012 length check.  My hair is just under 9 inches in the front.  My hair is touching my chin now and I'm very pleased with my growth and ability to retain my growth.  My hair is feeling thicker and I plan to continue with Viviscal for a total of six months and then scale back to just one pill a day.
Hair length just under 9 inches. 10/9/2012

December 2012 length check has my hair at 9.75 inches.  I have noticed that my hair doesn't grow as fast in the winter as it did in the summer.  I'm in grad school now and super busy.  With work and homework, plus my son and hubby I have been very busy. 

Hair length at 9.75 inches. 12/8/2012

Dec. 9, 2012 Wash n Go with just Aussie Moist and a cute flower.