One Year, No Haircuts

On June 8, 2011, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

A year ago, I was skeptical. Now, I know it’s true. It’s possible to go one year and not have any haircuts.

How did I do it? I kept my hair moisturized and tucked away.

On terribly cold days, I turned to Qhemet’s Amla & Olive Heavy Cream or Burdock Root Butter Cream to lock in moisture. Mixed Silk Nourishing Deep Conditioner, a knock-off of Mixed Chicks, also helped when I ran out of Qhemet’s and needed to find something on the ground.

A bun was my best friend the entire winter. It wasn’t that bad. I wore them low, high and to the side. Accessories, including hair sticks, kept things interesting.

My hair had been the same length for years, because I didn’t realize my stylist was cutting away most of my new growth. My hair would tangle, and I would get a haircut every six to eight weeks. When I started taking care of my ends, those haircuts were no longer necessary.

I’m going to continue on this road for the near future. I may get a trim to even up my hair or I may let it be. One thing is for sure: I won’t let anyone talk me into getting a haircut when I don’t need one.

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  • Sunny

    Horror story–I went from waist-length to barely-shoulder-length in four days. Was persuaded by a friend to let her mom, who cut all our friends’ hair, cut mine. (Her daughter and all our other friends have short hair, the daughter’s being very short, less than 1″ all over.) The mom did everything I DIDN’T want. I went to a “professional” who allegedly specialized in natural curls to fix that–more disaster. Then I went to a sister in the “hood,” convinced she could fix it–she made it even worse, flat ironing my curls because she said that’s the only way to ensure it was even, but then she cut me shorter at the nape to create “flippy” ends. That was cute when it was flat-ironed (which it has not been since that day), but once I went back to my natural curls, the flippy ends at my nape created a patch of shorter hair there that causes the longer hair (crown) to stick out over the nape. Argh. That’s been 3 yrs or so, and I still haven’t bothered seeking any more “professionals” to fix it. I just wash & go, and if the bottoms are uneven, so be it. My ends are not split (no chemicals, no heat), so next time I get a trim (and who knows when that’ll be), it’ll be just to even up the ends.

    • http://www.honeysmoke.com Honeysmoke

      So sorry. Glad you’re being your own stylist.

  • Rania

    Aggressive hairstylists are what I fear the most because in the past I’ve been burned with over cutting. That’s one reason why I’d go years without getting trims, just extra conditioning. HOWEVER now I’ve found a stylist that understands me and when I say “I need a dusting” she knows that means cut off less than what you think is necessary for a light trim – I even watch her as she cuts it to keep her on point – no turning me away from the mirror! She’s not charged me a few times because she says she feels sorry for cutting ‘air’. hahah Cool by me because I still come out with cleaner ends (my hair is already very healthy) and my growth has also increased (although I recently cut off 4″ of the really straight permed ends, it’s still pretty long).

    I do use a flat iron about once a week (alternating between flat ironing and wash and gos) but for the last three weeks I’ve done practically nothing but the bun like yourself. Can’t imagine doing nothing but that for 3-4 months straight though but it IS a nice and easy protective style. Do you ever use extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil or argan oil for moisture as well?

    Your hair is adorable – I do love the chopstick touch. Keep up the good work.

    • http://www.honeysmoke.com Honeysmoke

      I don’t think my hair likes coconut oil. My hair seems to shed a lot when I use it for some reason. I’m going to give grape seed oil a try.

  • http://www.dailylifeofme2.blogspot.com Keya

    Amen to that. I find that stylist tend to get a little bit too aggressive when cutting and trimming. I recently trimmed about 3 months ago but prior to that it’s been about a year and a half. I trim if I feel my ends nees it, not because it’s mandatory. My hair was the same length for years. I was told my hair won’t grow unless I trimmed it. Well that was a lie. My hair is the longest now more than it’s ever been because I’m taking care of it and not putting heat in my hair.

    • http://www.honeysmoke.com Honeysmoke

      Oh, I forgot all about heat. I don’t play with it. In fact, I’ve never had my hair flat-ironed. Shocking, I know. And yes, I wish stylists would stop telling that lie that hair grows when it’s trimmed. I think they mean if the ends are in good shape, you will retain your length. The only way they know how to keep ends in good shape is to cut hair.