THIS is what I want my ending result to be when I consider wrapping up my "hair growth" journey.
This is what I'm talking about when I say I want those BSL Unstretched Curlies, this is probably as close as I can imagine that looking like on MY hair given my hair density and hair type.
This is what I'm aiming for.
I feel that for me to get to this kind of length in a twist out or braid out means that, obviously, my hair would have to reach about Classic Length. I'm pretty sure it'll be looking this way by the time I hit Hip Length also but... why not add on a couple inches just to make sure I'm FULLY there?
Though this hair is glorious in it's own appearance.... I can only imagine what the maintenance of it will look like.
I try to gauge my wash day and usually... the longest process in washing my hair is the detangling. Since I've been doing it in the shower, I haven't really been keeping track of how long it takes me to detangle. It's definitely not done in 15 minutes, I know that... but I don't think it's more than an hour either. Perhaps closer to half an hour honestly.
When finger detangling is over with, the rest of wash day is pretty easy. Because applying the clay takes no more than 15-20 minutes. Then I let that sit for about 20 minutes. Rinsing out in the shower probably takes no more than 5 minutes. And then to apply the deep conditioner is like another 5-10 minutes and then it's out of my way for at least an hour.
When I get ready to style it, styling doesn't normally take more than an hour herelately since all I've been doing is medium chunky twists. I assume if I were doing more intricate styles, THAT would drag on. But actually, medium chunky twists provide me with beautiful twistouts by the end of the week anyway so there's really no NEED to do "really intricate styles" right after wash day. My hair seems to enjoy the protection throughout the week and I enjoy the "Mufasa-Ness" on the weekends lol.
I would think that right now, if I were to squish it altogether, wash day averages around 2-2.5 hours.
Given that my hair is about half of the length required for my ultimate goal currently (I'm about BSL-MBL), I just assume the time would probably double. So with more hair, it may take me about 4-5 hours to complete. But I don't know how believable that is to me, because the deep conditioning time wouldn't change (that would still be an hour ... or overnight). Styling times would be a little longer obviously and so would detangling. So I'm thinking that if anything, having classic length hair would probably add another 2 hours at the most. So I'm thinking wash day would average to 4-4.5 hours.
I don't think that's bad as it stands but it's not like I have kids to take care of and I'm not looking to gain any within the next 6 to 12 months either lol. If I gain ANY kind of living thing to take care of... it'll probably be a dog.... or a gerbil... named Frankie lol.
The only reason I wanted to sit here and analyze that is because I've come across a few blog articles talking about "Waist Length and Beyond Ain't All That" kind of articles and it got me thinking... sometimes I do complain about how long it takes to do my hair. But it was mostly due to finger detangling and since I've been doing it in the shower it flies by.
But I don't think it's just that it's easier, I think, for me personally, just the fact that I'm under the running water calms me down. So it's probably still a tedious task, but being in the shower kinda helps offset the anxiety I get.... I guess?
As far as time goes, I don't think it would be that bad. I actually enjoy doing my hair the longer it gets ASIDE from the detangling aspect. (I don't think detangling is a favorite of any naturalista, honestly lol) But I love rinsing the length of my hair, being able to see the curls actively clump under the running water right in front of my eyes. Washing my hair IS a type of therapy for me... once I get pass the detangling part... so I don't think it would be too much of a hassle for me.
Now another thing I've been hearing is that long-haired ladies rarely style their hair.
I don't know if this would be a huge turn off for me because lol, I don't even really style my hair NOW.
And I don't think it's because I don't have the time to really sit down and do my hair, let me just be honest.... I don't want to.
Not that I don't like to do my hair and do cute styles, I do from time to time, but I just don't have the desire to style my coils in different cornrowed or flat-twisted designs every week. I mean if you read this blog... the most styling I've ever really done to my hair is mini twists and yarn braids. Everything else is probably just a set of twists. lol
I don't know if long hair will make me style my hair MORE or whether it'll make me even MORE LAZIER but I truly don't believe my styling routine will be dramatically affected upon my attaining classic length stretched. It would be more of a gain for me because on those days I DO want to wear my hair down, I'll truly be unleashing a beast!!!... Pretty cool trade off right?
I also hear that long-haired ladies use up more hair products and.... obviously.... there's really no way to get around this one. That's one of those things I'm probably not looking forward to cause more product equals more MONEY.
Which is why I'm working on a way to curb it now. Looking for products and techniques that allow my hair to stay moisturized and hydrated while still expanding the effects of my regimen. I don't plan to let up on this clay regimen. But Bentonite Clay, though it is fairly cheap, is hard to FIND. And those high shipping rates aren't friendly, my friend. But, besides shortening my wash days to once every two weeks as opposed to once a week is probably the only way I'm going to stretch my clay usage, unfortunately... I really don't want to go back to using shampoos whether they're sulfate free or not. My curls have truly responded to this clay washing regimen and I don't want to change that up if I really don't have to.
Besides the worries of clay, I don't worry too much about keeping my hair moisturized since I have a habit of using my deep conditioners for dual purposes. Usually after deep conditioning, all I really do is seal it in with an oil and style it. As it stands right now, I don't really spend a lot on hair products outside of bentonite clay. I fare well with using cheapie suave naturals conditioners to finger detangle and sometimes to moisturize throughout the week which is like $1-3 dollars (I buy 2 at a time for some reason). Other than that are my oils... which is basically just castor oil which is about $7 or so dollar..... I'm just starting to try out some new products from Mystic Divine and if they're really bout it bout it in the long run, then that's an added $18 for however long it takes me to start running low plus the deep conditioner I use which is like $10 as well.
As far as doubling that usage? I don't think it'll be too bad. The only thing I worry about is the bentonite clay. Beyond that, I'm not truly stressed about keeping my hair moisturized. If I have to get through a month or more of only using suave naturals and castor oil to maintain moisture, I already know from experience that it will work for my hair. =/
And then long-haired ladies complain of all the KNOTS and BREAKAGE they get from wearing their hair out. Everything from the ends curling and knotting up on themselves to sitting on their hair and slamming it in the car door! lol I have problems as it is already when I'm driving. Since I'm already pretty tall, I'm always close to the roof. This is why you rarely ever see me wearing High Buns lol! And sometimes even trying to wear my hair in a regular twistout can be a bit of a driving hazard at times lol! So this is one thing that will MAGNIFY as my hair gets longer, I'm sure of it.
It does make for a good laugh though.
How often do YOU have to slump down in the car seat just so your bun can have a seat too!?
As for breakage and knotting, I suppose I'm already subconsciously aware this comes with long hair territory since I opt to protective style so MUCH anyway! I don't really know what to expect when my hair gets double the length it is now, it might truly be a hassle to deal with. And for right now, I don't know any other way around it (or to curb it at least) besides protective styling and maintaining moisture in the ends.
I say all this to say............
I still want Classic Length Stretched Hair.
I guess I just wanted to make myself confront what may be awaiting me upon reaching my goal just so that I don't get all discouraged when I get there and do something dramatic...... like chop it all off.
I mean, no success comes without it's own battles. I guess it just depends on each person and what they truly desire. I suppose if you REALLY want long hair and want to maintain long hair, you'll find a way to get there and keep it just like anything else in life. I mean there are factors that play into this as well such as genetics and termination length (I'm not sure if I know where mine is but hopefully it's beyond classic length... so I'll never worry about it lol) and other stumbling blocks. But in the end, you do what you can do, you do what you have to do. And you get as far as you can possibly reach. Now can we all agree all that?
Yeah, I still want to get to Classic Length Stretched. And I think it is EXTREMELY DOABLE now more than ever since I started this blog YEARS AGO. I have a really good grip on my hair regimen, and it's showing me lots of progress. From hereon out it really is just minor tweaks and trials. But overall the main meat of my regimen has been established (YES!).
Now all there is to do is just wait.
By far this has to be even more tedious than finger detangling!!!!!!!!
♥ Keep it calm 'n coily ♥