My Puff Is Growing UP

So here I am.  7 months since my big chop and my hair is growing like a weed.  I haven’t been monitoring my hair growth as closely as when I did my big chop in February and I think for some reason my expectations for growth were a bit unrealistic.  When I realized this it was rather suprising because I’ve never been one to fuss over my hair’s length as I’ve cut it many times over the past 10 years.  And it didn’t matter if I had short or long hair when I was relaxed because I knew it always looked nice.  I was at the salon faithfully every 2 to 3 weeks for styling. 
Then along with doing the big chop came insecurity.  What was I going to do with this hair that shrinks up to the top of my ears when my hair is actually to the middle of my neck?  I felt hopeless; I had NO idea how to care for or even style it.  If it were not for all the ladies in the natural hair world on the blogs, youtube and facebook, I probably would have gone back to a relaxer in the 2nd month.
After my big chop, I was focused more on learning to care for my hair at home than going to the salon to get someone else to take care of it.  My hair is as healthy as can be, my edges have grown back in (they were almost bald due to post-partum shedding) and everyday that passes, I learn something new about my hair and myself and I’m feeling more confident by the minute.
Here is my puff then: April 2010
Here is my puff now: September 2010

Happy 7 Months Little Puff! 
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