So, it's been almost 2 years (in May) since I chopped off most of my hair again, and I went from this:
(and this isn't even blown out fully because my arms got tired)
It's been a journey, but I'm glad to be on track according to my personal goals. This was the first time in months that I'd blew out my hair with a comb attachment. I don't do that anymore. I'm back to my wash and go, moisturize and seal with hair oil, then tension dry method, as outlined below. And I only do my hair once a week. Everyday when I get home from work... ponytails (and tucking under the ends). I'm almost ashamed to admit that this had made me lazy, BUT I love that I can wear my hair the way I like it, the way it is naturally, AND I don't hardly have to do anything during the week? TOUCHDOWN!
In the meantime, this is my process:
(And I mean that! The process can take hours, but as my hair has grown longer, I find myself either taking some short cuts or just getting through it quicker.)