I suppose it was simple naivety but seeing that my growth rate had been steady for the previous three years, as I entered 2007 I pretty much expected it to just keep on that way. It turned out to still be a year of good growth but the rate did slow some and would slow even more in years to come. I will discuss more about the reasons behind various terminal lengths in a future entry. 2007 opened with me feeling very optimistic about my hair. Not only was it growing steadily, but it remained thick to the ends as shown here in January:
I continued to hone my regular 3 strand braiding technique. This photo was taken in January at Singing Beach in Manchester, MA:
and in early March 2007:
I was blessed in March of 2007 by being visited by someone who was also into long hair and who happened to be an expert braider. She put a number of these styles into my hair:
4 strand box braid:
5 strand French braid:
The only braid that I learned how to do myself was the rope braid. I'll post a sample of that in a future entry. I decided in June 2007 to dye my hair a temporary color that fades after 28 washes. I picked a plum color:
I liked not only the color but also the way it left my hair feeling. Red tends to fade pretty quickly but it left highlights that would remain apparent for quite a while afterwards.