|My relaxed hair: Last relaxer was February 2009.|
|Post Big Chop - I freaked and got it straightened ASAP.|
|May 2011 - a bit uneven but I'm not due for a trim yet.|
|Post Big Chop - Wash 'n go: March 2010|
|Wash 'n go: May 2011 - still wet.|
|Wash 'n go: May 2011 - fully dry w/ shrinkage.|
Only Herbal Essences Hello Hydration was used immediately after my Big Chop in the first wash 'n go picture. Coconut oil and Eco-Styler gel were used in the last two wash 'n go pictures with no leave-in conditioner. What has really helped me with retaining length has been moisture-drenching, deep conditioning and very little direct heat usage.
I had a small setback in December 2010, where I trimmed off 2" all because what I thought were shabby ends were actually my coils that were flattened by the flat iron instead of straightened. Then I learned about the comb-chase method. My hair would be 2" longer than it is now if I'd have known about how to trim properly. Oh well, you live and learn.