by Bennii Blast of The Culture Pine

This time last year, I was sat in my student house, scrolling through
every blog post about going natural and compiling my list of tools and
products I would be requiring for the next several months. My mission?
To transition from my relaxed hair, into growing some beautiful,
healthy, natural hair. One thing I remember thinking to myself was;
‘damn. This could take a while.’

Well, this month marks 1 year and 1 month into my transition, and I am one happy lady!

Starting off this journey with concerns of how much willpower I really
had to stick this thing out, it’s hard to believe how fast the time just
sailed on by. Of course, I had the occasional desire (and still have
come to think of it) to chop those ends off, but I’m putting that down
to pure excitement in wanting to caress some curls! 
This week I measured my new growth, and I now have just over 6 inches of
new curly hair. I was all over that victory dance – not caring that my
dripping wet hair was soaking the floor beneath me, because everyone
should blow their own trumpet every once in a while, right?!

Knowing that hair grows on average around 1/4 to 1/2 inches a month, I
am happy with the progress of my hair so far. What I’m most pleased
about is how much my fringe has grown since I stopped relaxing. The
picture below (on the right) was taken a few weeks before I started
transitioning, and the one next to it was taken this week. Again…one
happy customer here!

 Left: 1 year transitioning – Right: Just before transitioning
To know that all those hours spent deep conditioning,
finger de-tangling, twisting and whatever else you can think of, weren’t
in vain, certainly makes the rest of this journey a lot more
comfortable. A big thank you to all the ladies (and the man!) that have
both directly and indirectly encouraged me to reaching this point!

Happy Hair Growing =)
How goes your long term transition?