What are your Hair Milestones?

When I first big chopped I wanted so badly to achieve the infamous puff.  I mean a real puff where the back of the hair is all the way up and not just halfway.  I achieved this goal at around 8 months into my natural hair journey and it was such an awesome feeling.

After achieving my puff, my next milestone was the low ponytail. I wanted to be able to put my hair in a low ponytail without pins to secure the side and I wanted to have lots of hang time. I have finally achieved this goal at almost 2 years.

I am so excited to show you all my ponytail.


What’s my next milestone? A super cute full bun!

What are your hair milestones?

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000759969369 Marilyn Chaotic Akinrinlola

    i can now put my hair into a tiny ponytail and i have a slight bang. my hair hangs in my face now which is exciting! i remember when i was pretty much bald. ahh good times :) 

  • LAHILL73

    I didn’t have any milestones per say (which was probably the problem in the beginning) I just wanted my hair to grow back. LOL

  • Bewetifulewe

    My first milestone was transitioning for six months unintentionally. I did weekly styles of braid outs and flat twists then for the last month, I put braids in. When I took them out, I could see MY hair and I decided that day to big chop. It was such a relief because all my life, people commented on how I had good hair and my hair was so long, one aunt always asked me if it was all mines. LOL… so when I cut it off, it was on my birthday and that was my gift to myself.  Right now, I am 11 years in and my hair is healthier than it’s been since I was 13.  I do miss my fro though, I loved doing my wash and go’s. :)

  • Christina_lauren25

    I definitely know how not being able to put your hair in a pony tail feels. When I first big chopped, my hair was a short as a guy’s and now my hair can go past my ears. Although it’s not too long, I’m happy to say I can do a pony tail at the front and another at the back, hopefully in a couple of months they will re-unite. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=38904073 Natalie Gore

      kinda funny i thought i was the only one excited about the front and back ponytails, lol!

  • Aprilchoyce

    My first goal was to have bangs stretch to tip of nose..its pretty close now…my next goal would to have my hair to touch my shoulders..it full neck now so i need about 3 more inches so that should be around fall Oct…so hopefully by end of this year i will be able to do a full afro puff all pulled bak

  • Marie Lofton

    It’s been almost 2 years (july) and i can finally fit all of my hair in a ponytail and achieve a perfect puff!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Thats great!
      So what’s your next goal?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=38904073 Natalie Gore

    so just browsing through the blog i cam across this post and coincidentally this morning i too was marveling at how i think i have reached a milestone (in my opinion) where i can achieve smaller puff (meaning i can push the band back/up/in more) and it look full. Last June 2011 was my last perm so i guess you can say i have been natural for about a year i guess even though i just starting wearing my natural out this year. my next milestone is some hangtime in the front and sides!!!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Woop! Woop!
      Very happy for you!

  • anon

    I’m aware of having reached a milestone, because the hair is a pain in the ass when I tie my necktie now.

    • queenbee9

      lol was it a milestone YOU set ? (to have that pain in the ass moment ) or one that naturally occurred.

  • queenbee9

    My milestones for my hair:
    1. front twists reaching my chin w/o stretching and side twists reaching my shoulders w/o stretching

    2. I expect to have BSL hair by this time next year (at least) with stretching.

    3. by 2015, I want my hair to be near or at BSL length with no stretching so that it probably will be close to WL by then.

    I am on track. right now, the back of my hair is shoulder length w/o stretching and stretches 4-5 inches, the sides are jawline length with no stretching or a little beyond and barely touch my shoulders, the front or my bangs are just mid nose length without stretching and are top of lip length with stretch.

    If I can grow 6 inches in a year (I normally can grow up to 9 with proper care) then I will get to my BSL and hopefully my hair will be near or at my #2 goals by July 2014 .
    I don’t have hair style goals because I normally wear my hair in protective styles, about the only thing I wear out are twists (yeah the way I wash and condition is the way I often go out maybe with a scarf or hat) or only once I wore a head band –my hair is too soft to have definition in a puff and usually droops down–and is only coiled in some places, curly in others and bone straight looking like it is lost in others–then there are the crimpy, poofy parts–no this is not scab hair or heat damaged hair. I have not seen heat or relaxers in almost 18 months. This is just me and my hair, doing its thang.

    so… I rock my twists or a low bun and then back into a protective style I go and I do not have hair style goals. I used to want to wear an afro–but even with rollers that is not possible w/o cutting my hair very, very short (about neck length)

    When it is long enough I will wear a pony tail (when the length is so long it helps to stretch the hair–but I do not wear my hair out that often because I am actively growing it and environment and styling is counterproductive to length.