2nd Natural Hair Anniversary!!!

Word! I have to say that looking through my photo archives has revealed that I am a born-natural Uhuru Park style poser! In this shoot, my mother was the one behind the camera. In her characteristic cheerleader enthusiasm she motioned me: "Weeuuuwe! Ebu turn like this! And now this other side! *Click Click* Weh! Mrembo wangu! (My beautiful!) *Flash Flash* " With so much momentum to boost my ego, I got carried away and I found myself pulling out some inner-shade-revealed poses! 

Anyway, this day was 29th June 2013, the morning after my henna treatment. If you've read a couple of posts on here, you know that I celebrate my hair journey once a year with lots of pictures! Read about my three year natural anniversary reveal here, here and here. And about my one year natural anniversary reveal here. Told ya! I play no games o! 

After washing out my henna treatment, I headed over to Mama Nani's hair salon down the street. In my hood, it's called La Boutique. Yes, we fancy like dat! Haha! 

I used a mixture of salon products on my hair on this day, I can't remember which ones. But what I'll tell you is that I was still able to direct Mercy, my stylist, at various points. I explicitly mentioned to her that I wanted a low-heat setting for my blow-dry, to avoid heat damage. I also asked her to use a gentle hand while detangling. 

TAKE AWAY: Even at the hair salon you should feel free to direct your stylist towards practices that are healthy for your tresses. Call ahead of time and set an appointment so that your stylist doesn't have to rush! After all the hard work we put in growing our tresses, we deserve to see some stellar results!

Team TWENTY-FOURhead! Mercy, my faithful hairstylist takes a photo of my shrinkage after my shampoo and condition. 

Team TWENTY-FOURhead! Mercy, my faithful hairstylist takes a photo of my shrinkage after my shampoo and condition. 

Glorious mane after the blow-dry! The purplish tint is the henna. 

Glorious mane after the blow-dry! The purplish tint is the henna. 

Sitting pretty after the flat-iron. My hair was between shoulder and armpit length. 

Sitting pretty after the flat-iron. My hair was between shoulder and armpit length. 

And so begin the Uhuru Park style poses!

And so begin the Uhuru Park style poses!

HENNA for the WIN! All that purple/red/maroon/burgundy goodness is henna payoff!

HENNA for the WIN! All that purple/red/maroon/burgundy goodness is henna payoff!

Because, I mean, why not!?

Because, I mean, why not!?

Low ponytail.

Low ponytail.

High ponytail.

High ponytail.

If you're new to the natural hair community, don't be surprised by this shot. One of the ways to measure hair growth is by progress made down your back. This shot captures some SERIOUS SPLIT ENDS, but also my length. I was squarely at the mid-point between shoulder length and armpit length.

If you're new to the natural hair community, don't be surprised by this shot. One of the ways to measure hair growth is by progress made down your back. This shot captures some SERIOUS SPLIT ENDS, but also my length. I was squarely at the mid-point between shoulder length and armpit length.

Thanks for stopping by!!! 

Love love and love, 

Tabitha.