It’s July 07, 2016. 9.41PM to be precise. I’m sitting on my couch, anxious and excited to get this post up on the blog tonight. I’m looking forward to sharing these photos with you. I’ve been working on this post for a few days.
My 5th Natural Hair Anniversary is well underway..wohoo!! Now I know many of you have been asking me to spill all the beans so as promised, here is my full process!! As you may well be aware, I only use heat on my hair once a year as my type 4 hair is very fragile and prone to damage. As my hair has grown over the years, here's a few pointers I've picked along the way when it comes to my annual hair anniversary.
This week is my 5th Natural Hair Anniversary!!! Aaahhhh!!!! I'm super duper excited!!! I cannot WAIT to share all the exciting content I have lined up for you this week..! Kicking us off is a tutorial on how I prepare my hair for heat.
What a fantastic week its been! I've truly enjoyed celebrating my fourth natural hair anniversary with you! Thank you for all your warm words...you've really moved my heart I tell ya! This post, the last of four that celebrate my natural hair anniversary, is what I like to call "The After Party! "If there's one thing I'm learning, its that we have to make time in our lives to celebrate ourselves and our achievements - big or small.
Being a new blogger, (Craving Yellow is only 147 days old!), is not always easy but it sure is fun! My fourth natural hair anniversary was, by far, the most involving shoot I have done since I started off in January. And of course, as you could imagine there were lots of behind-the-scenes tales that didn't make it to the BIG REVEAL.
As you may probably be well aware by now, my 4th natural hair anniversary was this past weekend!!! (I'm still super excited and experiencing cases of blue sleep!!) Anyway, as I do every year, I celebrate my hairnniversary by having my hair professionally washed, blow-dried and straightened so that I can see my length.
We made it to Furahi-Day (Happy Day i.e Friday) !! This week has been one fraught with lots of emotion - anxiety, excitement, sadness, fatigue - all wrapped up in one! This was my last full week of undergrad and today is actually my last day of classes. HALLELUJJAAHH!!!
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!
I've officially hit mid-back length . Against a measuring tape, I have about 15 inches of hair. If there is ONE benefit to being short, it's that your hair shows length pretty fast! 15 inches for some ladies might be shoulder length - just saying! (My friend just asked me if I drink Hate-orade *not Gatorade*, because that last line right there was me hating!) I know, we are both lame, he and I. Hahaha!
If you've been following this blog for a while now, you've probably figured out that I'm big on celebrating all of life's little joys - my hair journey notwithstanding! When I started my natural hair journey, I soon realized that heat was the enemy of length and health retention.
I had just done my usual weekly treatment and I looked at my flimsy permed ends, emaciated and barely holding their weight against my sturdy, lush coils and kinks and decided that enough was enough! I picked up a pair of tweezerman hair shears and snipped snipped snipped.
...to many things. To America from Kenya, to a new culture with its strange foods, social habits and singy-songy accents, to life in University and of course, to a life without Kenyatta Market (a.k.a Mama Nani's Salon down the road from your house).
Now for all of you who are not from Nairobi, Kenyatta Market is the hub of hair braiding. In a few hours, you get to sit on a plastic chair, and your head is tossed from side to side as two women, one at the front, the other at the back, section off your hair, and wrap it in made-in-China synthetic braiding hair.
This is a picture of what my hair looked like the next morning. I woke up thirty minutes early to quickly rake my fingers through my hair. Surprisingly the breakage was not bad at all! I'd say it was all that olive oil and conditioner from the night before.
So this is where it all began. My three year natural hair anniversary that is. I had been looking forward to this time of the year because I flat-iron my hair only ONCE a year. Yes, once. So, July 2014 was that special time of the year. I was elated, smiling with anyone who cared to smile back and eager to see how much length I had retained in a year.