Patience timeline - one year without brushing.
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I stopped brushing my hair on 18 January 2013. Here it is 2 days later as I didn't take a before photo
and by 10 days it was already getting enthusiastic and I had amazing tangling at the back...
lots and lots of separating needed as the whole back of my hair wanted to be one great felted mat. Here are some of the tangles at 17 days
When I took some photos in sunshine at 19 days I suddenly realised that I had beautiful hair - for the first time ever I was really happy with how it looked
by 1 month stuff was really happening
and I had about a dozen babies like these
and another dozen or so like this one
here's one from 7.5 weeks. I love feeling so much texture in there
and this is at 8 weeks, before separating, taken to show how much shrinkage is going on already. The patch of frizz in the dark bit here needs separating at least once a day...
Two months today!
From the start I was wondering about my very straight parting which didn't want to shift but in the last week or two it's been tentatively partying I've also decided to grow out my fringe and see if I like the whole lot dreaded - big step as I've always worn a fringe but I could always cut it again if I don't - so this photo is tracking the start of progress with fringe and parting
And a couple of photos comparing the uneven progress between each side - left
So far I have no idea why the advice is to stop looking in the mirror - there's no way I'd want to miss a moment of this process - it's a wonderful amazing thing!
This morning as I separated I counted 80 sections which have anything from a tiny patch sticking together up to being a proper baby dread. Some are teeny and some that are shrinking seem quite fat in comparison but I'm happy to welcome all sizes - it'll be fun to see how they end up There's also still some loose hair underneath on the rightwondering what everyone else is up to and whether it ought to join in!
I haven't updated in ages so here's a photo from 16 weeks
And one from 5 months
It's now nearly 9 months since I stopped brushing my hair so probably time for a few more photos...
This is how I wear my hair when it needs to be vaguely tidy - and this is how long my fringe has got now. It's very annoying and I hope it will start dreading soon...
Just about a year now so time for an update
and an upside-down one
The bits that are growing out fringe are wrapped at the moment mainly because this winter has been so wet that I got fed up with constantly having a sheet of sodden hair plastering my glasses. There is some dreading starting above the wraps now which is a useful side-effect! I am still gob-smacked about the amount of shrinkage I've had so I'm hoping the next stage will be growth...
updated by @Patience: 02/14/15 04:42:15AM