I'm posting pics, but no progress this check in. In fact, a little regression, now back to just a little past 17". I'm not surprised, as I said earlier
My hair got really matted as I posted earlier:I have not been doing right by my hair. Just don't have the energy and time.
And it took me a long time to recover from that, and took a lot of physical manipulalation. I wanted to cornrow my hair and put in crochet braids. But my hair is so tangly, it is hard for me to cornrow it. Every time I try pull my finger through to grab a new part of hair, my finger gets caught in tangles. So I blow dried with attachment every week for the last 3 weeks, and once a couple weeks before then. Despite all my combing, blow drying, my strands are so resistant to letting go of one another. They are like zippers. Anyway, with much effort, and breakage, I did manage to get my hair into cornrows and put in passion twists today. The gods willing, I can keep them in for 1 month. I do have to wash once every 7-10 days, though, because of my itchy scalp. I'll attach a pic of that, too.Some parts of my hair are so matted, at the root. I've ended up washing my hair a couple of times in twists because it's itched a lot. I've now gotten Head and Shoulders dandruff shampoo and it's helped a fair bit, but sometimes it itched so bad I couldn't wait until I had time to detangle properly. Full time work and 2 young kids means I hardly have any time at all, so sometimes I have to wash when I don't have time detangle, and my hair is very prone to tangling in such situations. I did have just enough time to unravel the ends and coat in flaxseed gel and oil, which helped keep the ends from tangling. But the roots! Especially I got this itchy scalp cream that I would apply between washes, and adding moisture and goo and not detangling also increases matting. One of the 20 twists I had took me 30 minutes to get through, finger detangling and then following up with my Yellow Bird. I did 5 other twists, thank goodness none were as bad as that one. That section was especially itchy and I applied more cream there, which I'm sure increased matting. The other ones take about 10 minutes each.
I'll be doing 2 or 3 twists at a time until I'm through with the other 15. Hopefully I can get through them all by the time my head is so itchy that I feel I have to wash again. I guess that gives me another 5 days or so. :/