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Walking Down Memory Lane with Mcgradylady

By January 27th, 202119 Comments
Mcgradylady has experienced some exceptional growth and enjoys lots of styling options! Check her out:

Hi Nikki,

I was one of your first transition to natural features a while back. I’ve hit my one year anniversary and I’m so excited. I wanted to share some pics with you. Also thank you for your awesome blog. Since I’ve started this journey, your blog has been a staple in my natural hair obsession, lol. You rock!!


My Current Regimen: I hot oil and DC every Sunday. Throw some plaits or twists in and I’m good to go, lol. I only do my hair during the week if I’m going out which is very rare, lol!

My Nightly Routine: If my hair isn’t braided or twisted I put it up into a high pony and throw my bonnet on.

Current Products: Totally Twisted (detangling), The funny thing is it’s been a year and I still haven’t found a leave in or deep conditioner that I really like :-(. Castor Oil to seal in moisture (Thanks Nikki for that review. I’m loving Castor Oil). EVOO for hot oil treaments and scalp massages.

My BC (Feb ’09)

Walking Down Memory Lane with Mcgradylady

Old Twist Out (April ’09)

Walking Down Memory Lane with Mcgradylady

Old Wash and Go (May ’09)
Walking Down Memory Lane with Mcgradylady
Puff (August ’09)

Walking Down Memory Lane with Mcgradylady

Twist Out on dry hair (November ’09)

Walking Down Memory Lane with Mcgradylady

Twist Out on Dry Hair (January ’10)

Walking Down Memory Lane with Mcgradylady

Flat Ironed with my Maxiglide (heat level 8), I DC’ed then used Jane Carter Leave-In spray. I let it air dry overnight. Then I used Silk Elements Heat Protection spray and Kemi Oyl. (February ’10)

Walking Down Memory Lane with Mcgradylady


  • Sam I Am says:

    @mcgradylady-Nice hair! I'm curious what your hair type is (if you don't mind my asking). I think my hair may be the same type as yours but I'm not really sure and all of the articles on what type of hair I have are quite confusing!

  • kitka82 says:

    Hello hair twin! Pretty hair!

  • savannah says:

    Your hair grew sooooo fast!!! This really makes me wanna stop transitioning and CHOP!!! BEautiful!!

  • Mz Ty says:

    Wow!!! I'm jumping on the bandwagon with everyone else!! The growth is just amazing. I bc Friday, July 9. I put some micro braids in on the 10th, but this is just so I can get a little more growth to work with my hair. I can't wait til my hair grows out too….So excited about it.

    Mcgradylady great job with your hair!!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    You have amazing hair. I love this site i'm always inspired by the fact that are so many natural divas out there.

  • Sdot says:

    That was an old braid out (done on wet hair). I don't use product to smooth my edges. Just tie a scarf on at night. I twisted both sides back and pinned it. Took my ouchless band (that I cut) and pulled my hair into a puff. Tied and tucked the band.

  • Skeeta says:

    WOWOW look at that growth! Gorgeous

  • Anonymous says:

    wow! ur hair is growing rapidly!! beautiful! I think ur curls suit u wayyyyyyyy more and are way prettier than the traight look but the versatility is still cool.

  • Nicole says:

    Wow! Your hair has grown out beautifully. It also looks healthy

  • MandiFran says:

    I love the 08/29/09 hairstyle. Can you give more views and describe how you did it? What style were you coming from, freshly washed, or not, how did you smooth it out, did you use pins, etc. It's so cute!

  • Sdot says:

    I went thru that same painful faze. I cut my ouchless band and just tie my hair into a puff. That way I can adjust as needed.

  • Anonymous says:

    Great growth and I love the puff in pic 3. But how do you achieve that style without having a headache by the end of the day? When I pull my hair up with the ouchless hair bands, I can't leave it in that style for long or else my head will be pounding. Any suggestions?

  • Bevy says:

    Wow! If that's not inspiration for us "newbies" I don't know what is! Thanks for sharing.

  • Sdot says:

    Thanks ladies :-),
    I did a hot oil treatment then I cleansed my hair with ACV/Water then DC'ed.


  • Novella L. says:

    Wow, you have really nice growth. Your hair
    looks very pretty with the twist outs.

  • Steph302 says:

    Wow, great growth! And your twist outs are awesome!

  • Balls Of Beauty says:

    woooow! awesome growth!! thats gonna be me sept 2010

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is gorgeous. Do you use shampoo or just condition wash? I am having the same issue with leave-ins and conditioners. 🙂

  • Aritul says:

    I'm really envious of your growth.

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