6 month Protective style CHALLENGE!

mekahwbbmekahwbb Registered Users Posts: 109
Rules

1) Hair must be moisturized on a consistent schedule
2) Consistent regimen must be established and maintained
3) Hair must be in a protective style 95% of the time (Ball parked this time)
-Not limited to styles with an "out" at the end
-Twists cornrows, even weave allowed
4) No silicone's, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, etc. Natural products/ingredients ONLY! (this is optional, i put this on my blog specifically for me)
5) NO HEAT (Not even blow dryers)
6) No chemicals (DUH!)
7) Hair must be DEEP conditioned weekly, (=P I've skipped this step sometimes)
8) Start and end pics should be taken to track your progress.

Alright as always anyone who wants to join can and should just leave a comment.

Challenge Officially Begins on 10/8/2010 and ends on 4/8/2010

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I just Bc'd and my hair is shoulder length I'm really looking to keep my hair as healthy and well preserved as possible everyone is welcome to join me :viking:

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Around apl but going to wl
coily, wavy, tightly curly, kinky, nappy hair:toothy4:
Natural products are the bomb.
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  • PhroYoPhroYo Registered Users Posts: 4
    Hi! I'm new to the board and I've been natural for 10 years (6 years with locs and the last 4 years of just loose natural hair).

    I could have been so much further in my journey if I knew what I was doing. But I know now...

    My hair is about SL now (I'll post pics as soon as I can). I have a goal to obtain APL in 6 months.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    1st BC - Oct 1999
    Locked - June 2000 thru Mar 2006
    2nd BC - Mar 2006

    Currently at SL

    Goals:
    APL - March 2011
    BSL - Oct 2011
    MBL - March 2012

    Focused on the Plan!
    Olive Oil --> Co-wash --> Black Soap Shampoo --> Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Conditioner / Detangle/ Twist --> Rinse --> Kimmaytube Leave-in Conditioner--> Air Dry --> Protective Style
  • MzIndividualityMzIndividuality Registered Users Posts: 15
    Im in too!!

    Im also new here. I transitioned for 9.5 months, and BC last month :-) yay me lol
    I've been protective styling since my BC with a wig, my hair conditoned and braided under.

    I will post pics as soon as I take updated ones.
  • mekahwbbmekahwbb Registered Users Posts: 109
    PhroYo wrote: »
    Hi! I'm new to the board and I've been natural for 10 years (6 years with locs and the last 4 years of just loose natural hair).

    I could have been so much further in my journey if I knew what I was doing. But I know now...

    My hair is about SL now (I'll post pics as soon as I can). I have a goal to obtain APL in 6 months.

    We have the same exact goal!!! I just bc'd and my hair is sl too, I'm gonna post pics and I'm excited to see your progress too!:angel9:

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    Around apl but going to wl
    coily, wavy, tightly curly, kinky, nappy hair:toothy4:
    Natural products are the bomb.
  • mekahwbbmekahwbb Registered Users Posts: 109
    Im in too!!

    Im also new here. I transitioned for 9.5 months, and BC last month :-) yay me lol
    I've been protective styling since my BC with a wig, my hair conditoned and braided under.

    I will post pics as soon as I take updated ones.

    Congrats on your bc!!!! Can't wait to see your pics! and I'll post pics soon too!:thumright:

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    Around apl but going to wl
    coily, wavy, tightly curly, kinky, nappy hair:toothy4:
    Natural products are the bomb.
  • jay76jay76 Registered Users Posts: 67
    this sounds great! I really need to do something with my hair and I think this will motivate me to get it started.

    I've been wigging it for the past couple of weeks trying to figure out what I want to do and now I've found it!

    I think this weekend I will wash and deep condition it. Then get it cornrowed and put it back under the wig.

    My plan is to get braids in Dec.

    I'm going to add my before picture ASAP!
    4b
    Last Relaxer: Feb 2007
    BC: Jun 2008
    6 month protective style: 10/10-4/11
    "If you let your hair be what it wants to be and support it as best as possible with a good routine, that's what being natural is about." Surburbanbushbabe
  • jay76jay76 Registered Users Posts: 67
    I took this pic a couple of days ago. My twist out is 3 days old.
    4b
    Last Relaxer: Feb 2007
    BC: Jun 2008
    6 month protective style: 10/10-4/11
    "If you let your hair be what it wants to be and support it as best as possible with a good routine, that's what being natural is about." Surburbanbushbabe
  • warfield1202warfield1202 Registered Users Posts: 27
    Does wet sets count as protective styles?
    <a href="http://www.curlynikki.com" target="_blank"><img border="0" alt="Curly Nikki" src="http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z290/alicianlee1/curlynikkibadge.png" /></a>

  • belwillcoilybelwillcoily Registered Users Posts: 303 Curl Neophyte
    Well, I'm a few days late, but I'm in.

    I've been wearing my hair in braid/twist extensions for the last 4 weeks and had planned on continuing this for at least 6 months anyway. I went on YouTube 3 weeks ago and figured out the DIY angle on things and it's much friendlier to my checkbook. :toothy7:

    I first went natural back in '92 and transitioned with braided extensions. Then I learned how to twist my own hair (sans extensions) into styles. After 6 years, I loc'd (Sisterlocks) and wore them for 12 years. At the beginning of this year, again I took it to YouTube and figured out a method for taking down my locs and on March 1, 2010, I took down my last loc. :blob7:

    So I guess you could say I successfully "transitioned" twice (out of a perm the first time then out of locs. LOL!) Anyway, now I'm back to loose, natural hair again and I feel as if I've come full circle as I am back in the braided/twisted extensions and loving it!

    I plan to take out my extensions, wash, condition and deep condition my hair tomorrow and put in another set of extensions. Tomorrow, I will post my before picture either on my Fotki or here directly in the thread or both. There are pics in my Fokti currently of the braid/extension styles that I've worn for the last 4 weeks if anyone's interested in looking now. :wink:

    Otherwise, like I said, just look for my before pic sometime tomorrow.


    Adios y que tenga un buen dia!
    (Bye and have a great day!)


    Bel

    Oh yeah, and my length goal for this challenge?

    Hmmm....I have such major shrinkage that I don't like to make goals like SL or APL or BSL or MBL, etc. I like to actually measure my hair with a ruler and have an actual number of inches to shoot for simply because when my hair is in its natural state, it's hard to get a good look at the growth unless I stretch it with heat.

    I haven't put direct heat on my hair (to straighten) in over 12 years and don't plan to anytime soon. Not saying I'll never do it, but currently, I'm in a mind to stay away from heat other than for helping my DTs to penetrate the hair shaft better since I have low porosity strands.

    But back to my length goal...in 6 months time, I'd like to gain 3 inches of growth. When I post my before pic, I'll be sure to include my current hair length (in inches) and then we'll see what happens. :wink:
    :afro: Me Fascina El Pelo :afro:




    Low Porosity; Medium Strands; Dense
  • belwillcoilybelwillcoily Registered Users Posts: 303 Curl Neophyte
    mekahwbb wrote: »
    Rules

    1) Hair must be moisturized on a consistent schedule
    I spritz my hair and scalp 2 times a day even with the extensions in with a distilled water and oil mix (essential oils of my choice and jojoba oil)

    2) Consistent regimen must be established and maintained Since I do my own braid extensions, I don't keep them in any longer than 2 or 3 weeks. But I do cleanse my scalp weekly (when the extensions are in) with alcohol free witch hazel and give myself a weekly DT. When I take the extensions down, I cleanse with shampoo, detangle with lots and lots of conditioner and water and do a DT.

    3) Hair must be in a protective style 95% of the time (Ball parked this time) Yep! Love my braid/twist extensions. :toothy7:

    -Not limited to styles with an "out" at the end I'm not quite sure what this means? Please explain...

    -Twists cornrows, even weave allowed YEAH! I like! :blob7:

    4) No silicone's, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, etc. Natural products/ingredients ONLY! (this is optional, i put this on my blog specifically for me) NP!

    5) NO HEAT (Not even blow dryers) Uh...I'm going to assume this means no direct heat like to blow dry straight and flat iron/press. Right? Those of us with low porosity strands (like myself) with not a lot of time on our hands to keep a plastic baggie on our head for hours at a time to dredge up body heat love the convenience of drumming up that heat via a heat cap. Heat utilized this way open up my strands so I can get the maximum benefit of moisturizing my thirsty tresses...

    6) No chemicals (DUH!) Goes without saying. LOL!

    7) Hair must be DEEP conditioned weekly, (=P I've skipped this step sometimes) And I'm fanatical about this because this has made a HUGE difference to my hair. It is naturally very dry but those weekly DTs keep my moisture balance in place. I DT with my extensions in and if any of them get loose as a result since I'm on the DIY track, I just retwist/rebraid and go on my merry way.

    Start and end pics should be taken to track your progress. Start pic coming tomorrow (I wrote another post responding to this challenge earlier).

    Alright as always anyone who wants to join can and should just leave a comment.

    Challenge Officially Begins on 10/8/2010 and ends on 4/8/2010

    _____________________

    I just Bc'd and my hair is shoulder length I'm really looking to keep my hair as healthy and well preserved as possible everyone is welcome to join me :viking:

    I'm looking forward to the results of this challenge. This was what I was planning to do anyway but it makes it more fun when others are doing the same and we can encourage and lift up and compliment each others efforts and successes. :wink:
    :afro: Me Fascina El Pelo :afro:




    Low Porosity; Medium Strands; Dense
  • mekahwbbmekahwbb Registered Users Posts: 109
    jay76 wrote: »
    I took this pic a couple of days ago. My twist out is 3 days old.
    Does wet sets count as protective styles?
    mekahwbb wrote: »
    Rules

    3) Hair must be in a protective style 95% of the time (Ball parked this time) Yep! Love my braid/twist extensions. :toothy7:

    -Not limited to styles with an "out" at the end I'm not quite sure what this means? Please explain...


    5) NO HEAT (Not even blow dryers) Uh...I'm going to assume this means no direct heat like to blow dry straight and flat iron/press. Right? Those of us with low porosity strands (like myself) with not a lot of time on our hands to keep a plastic baggie on our head for hours at a time to dredge up body heat love the convenience of drumming up that heat via a heat cap. Heat utilized this way open up my strands so I can get the maximum benefit of moisturizing my thirsty tresses...


    Start and end pics should be taken to track your progress. Start pic coming tomorrow (I wrote another post responding to this challenge earlier).

    _____________________

    I just Bc'd and my hair is shoulder length I'm really looking to keep my hair as healthy and well preserved as possible everyone is welcome to join me :viking:

    I'm looking forward to the results of this challenge. This was what I was planning to do anyway but it makes it more fun when others are doing the same and we can encourage and lift up and compliment each others efforts and successes. :wink:

    @jay76 I LOVE your twist out! My hair can't do that lol I'm jealous! Also I'm EXCITED You joined it's much funner doing this now that other people are involved!

    @warfield1202 Yes Wet sets can count too! Thanks for joining the challenge!

    @belwillcoily For #3 i was talking about things like twist outs, and braid outs, bantu knot outs some people don't see it as real protective styling.

    And for #5 yea i was talking more about direct heat like blow outs, and flat ironing, but heat caps are fine.

    -Lol i have a heat cap as well and sure planned on using it.

    And i can't wait to see start pics! Thanks for joining the challenge!:blob:

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    Around apl but going to wl
    coily, wavy, tightly curly, kinky, nappy hair:toothy4:
    Natural products are the bomb.
  • belwillcoilybelwillcoily Registered Users Posts: 303 Curl Neophyte
    Okay, I'm late with the pics but here are my two before pics.

    I put in kinky twists (with extensions) on Friday but twisted the front sans extensions for short, side bangs. This is why you see me stretching the hair here for a documentation of my start length.

    The front grows slower than the back so I feel if I get growth there, it'll be an total confirmation that protective styling really works for my hair. :icon_smile:

    We shall see...
    :afro: Me Fascina El Pelo :afro:




    Low Porosity; Medium Strands; Dense
  • jay76jay76 Registered Users Posts: 67
    Hi Ladies,

    Can we make a collective list of the products, we'll use during this challenge?

    The reason why I ask is because I sometimes have diffuculty determining what's good product and what's a bad product.

    Also, I'm kind of cheap so I'll be keeping the expensive stuff to a minimum...LOL!

    Here's mine:

    Shampoo:
    Dermarest - Its for dermatitis. However, I may splurge and find something without sulfate in it.

    Rinse out-Conditioner:
    Lustrasilk Cholesterol. Yeah I was being cheap getting this. I plan on getting some TJ conditioner. (I LOVE that stuff)

    Leave-In Conditioner:
    Cantu Leave -In cream. I like it but its nothing to write home about. I'm thinking about getting something else and hold this in reserves as an emergency.

    Moisturizer:
    Shea butter

    Oil:
    Coconut Oi

    Gel:
    Ecostyler.

    Maybe we can make a Master list so if anyone needs a reference, there'll always be one handy?

    Just a thought!
    4b
    Last Relaxer: Feb 2007
    BC: Jun 2008
    6 month protective style: 10/10-4/11
    "If you let your hair be what it wants to be and support it as best as possible with a good routine, that's what being natural is about." Surburbanbushbabe
  • MzIndividualityMzIndividuality Registered Users Posts: 15
    I have a pretty solid regimen.. the only problem im having is finding a leave-in cream moisturizer.. :sad:.
    My hair can get very dry, I need to conquer this so I dont have to worry about breakage, and retain my growth

    What are you ladies using?? Any recomendations?
  • mekahwbbmekahwbb Registered Users Posts: 109
    I have a pretty solid regimen.. the only problem im having is finding a leave-in cream moisturizer.. :sad:.
    My hair can get very dry, I need to conquer this so I dont have to worry about breakage, and retain my growth

    What are you ladies using?? Any recomendations?
    jay76 wrote: »
    Hi Ladies,

    Can we make a collective list of the products, we'll use during this challenge?

    The reason why I ask is because I sometimes have diffuculty determining what's good product and what's a bad product.

    Also, I'm kind of cheap so I'll be keeping the expensive stuff to a minimum...LOL!

    Here's mine:

    Shampoo:
    Dermarest - Its for dermatitis. However, I may splurge and find something without sulfate in it.

    Rinse out-Conditioner:
    Lustrasilk Cholesterol. Yeah I was being cheap getting this. I plan on getting some TJ conditioner. (I LOVE that stuff)

    Leave-In Conditioner:
    Cantu Leave -In cream. I like it but its nothing to write home about. I'm thinking about getting something else and hold this in reserves as an emergency.

    Moisturizer:
    Shea butter

    Oil:
    Coconut Oi

    Gel:
    Ecostyler.

    Maybe we can make a Master list so if anyone needs a reference, there'll always be one handy?

    Just a thought!

    @MzIndividuality I'm having the same exact problem, the Giovanni direct leave-in that i have just does not cut it. I'm about to go PJ just to find one lol! (seriously...)

    jay76 That sounds like a great idea! I'll post mine 2moro though + some pics...:icon_smile:

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    Around apl but going to wl
    coily, wavy, tightly curly, kinky, nappy hair:toothy4:
    Natural products are the bomb.
  • MzIndividualityMzIndividuality Registered Users Posts: 15
    @mekahwbb girl. i was using the same brand, the Giovanni daily moisturizing spray, my hair was dry as a bone!.. I heard alot of good things about the Shea moisture line so im going to go get that from Target, before my next wash day. I let you know how it works out for me.
  • mekahwbbmekahwbb Registered Users Posts: 109
    side.jpg
    My Cornrows kinda my signature protective style right now, i usually wear it under a hat like this ...



    This is what my hair looks like saturated with conditioner...

    wavy.jpg wavy texture in middle :tongue6:

    left.jpg curlier left side

    Products right now:

    Shampoo: Shikai Everday shampoo

    Conditioner: Giovanni smooth as silk deep moisture conditioner, and Aubrey organics honeysuckle rose Conditioner
    -In rotation i think i may be a little protein sensitive...

    Leave-In:
    Giovanni Direct Leave-in

    * I'm looking to try products right now, I'm on a product junkie quest so some products will be changing soon. :happy1:



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    Around apl but going to wl
    coily, wavy, tightly curly, kinky, nappy hair:toothy4:
    Natural products are the bomb.
  • belwillcoilybelwillcoily Registered Users Posts: 303 Curl Neophyte
    Okay, let's see, products...

    I prepoo with coconut or avocado oil for 20 to 30 minutes with a heat cap.

    Shampoo with Nature's Gate Organics shampoo. I dilute the shampoo with water and castor oil.

    Use tons and tons of Suave Naturals (Fresh Mountain Strawberries--in :love4: with the scent) for a detangler and a rinse out. Thank goodness it's so cheap because I go through ALOT of this stuff but it works to detangle for me. That and making sure my hair is absolutely drenched and soaked with plenty of water.

    Use Nature's Gate Organic conditioner for a light protein DT no more than two times a month. I have to watch it with the protein since I'm a little protein sensitive. The protein ingredient has to be low on the ingredient list and even with that, I cannot DT with a conditioner with protein in it more than two times a month. My hair will go totally off track on me and become like straw. :goofy:

    I also DT with a heat cap for 30 minutes and sometimes overnight DT (depending on what my energy level is like on hair pampering day :toothy10:)

    I'm still on the hunt for a moisturing conditioner that can be used for DT sans protein. Mekah, how does the AOHR work for you? I've been thinking about giving it a try. There doesn't seem to be an in between with this AOHR, either you love it or hate it. It doesn't have protein in it, does it? I've understood it's very moisturizing to some folks hair. I also like that you can get it on the ground (no online product shopping for me...) at WholeFoods and I've seen it at other health food stores around here (I live in northern Texas).

    Anyway, that pretty much does it for me. My leave in is [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Knot-Today-p-207.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-knot-today-leaveindetangler]KCKT[/buylink] doctored up with jojoba oil, castor oil and aloe vera juice (Kimmay's mix) and I put [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink] on last as my "styler" though I very rarely wear wash and goes (when I do it's in a puff) and even wear twist/braid outs very infrequently. My hair likes to be twisted/braided. It behaves better with less frizzies and poofy looks when it's twisted/braided up. I want to keep the hair happy 'cause it sure makes my life easier. ;)

    Bel

    Everyone's hair is so pretty. I know we're going to all come out of this challenge with some inches tacked onto what we all already have. This will get us all that much closer to our hair aspirations! ;););)

    I'm gone for real this time. Getting :sleepy3: and Lord knows I can't afford to be with all the work I still have to get done this afternoon.

    Holla!
    :afro: Me Fascina El Pelo :afro:




    Low Porosity; Medium Strands; Dense
  • MzIndividualityMzIndividuality Registered Users Posts: 15
    What protective styles are you ladies using?

    I have been using wigs for the past 2 months, getting pretty bored with it. I have been using hats, I think that I will use those more often now since its getting colder.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    Alright, I'm joining! I'm going to wash my hair before I go to sleep tonight & put my mini twists back in my hair.
  • LadyRaeLadyRae Registered Users Posts: 160
    This is great! But.. I won't be able to join right now :sad10:. But I'm still gonna do this myself soon, b/c I really need to.

    I'm planning on getting kinky twists (doing them myself). I know they'll last about 3mo. Does anyone know how I can take care of my hair while the weave is in??? I don't want them to come out when I get them.
    CoMpLeTeLy NaPpTuRaL SiNcE 7/21/09:headbang:

    :scratch:Still figuring things out...Help Wanted

    Come to my planet(Not really about hair, but still worth a visit!)!

    http://www.ohsolovelyrae.tumblr.com
  • Curly_JammyCurly_Jammy Registered Users Posts: 626
    I am in, BIG TIME!!!
    1) Hair must be moisturized on a consistent schedule

    *spritz (aloe+distilled water) as needed, Daily apply a [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Carols-Daughter-Hair-Milk-p-1032.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Carol's-Daughter-Hair-Milk]Hair milk[/buylink], & seal ends w/ olive oil, or my shea/hemp mix.

    2) Consistent regimen must be established and maintained
    *I plan to poo & conditon 1x week, co-wash 1x week. DT 2X month. Afterward, apply leave-in, seal w/ olive, detangle, and set style.

    3) Hair must be in a protective style 95% of the time (Ball parked this time)
    M-F:
    4 braids in a low bun w/ head band
    10 braids into jaw clamp w/ head band
    Sat-Sun
    Wigs for straigth styles

    4) No silicone's, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, etc. Natural products/ingredients ONLY!
    check, 95% there
    5) NO HEAT (Not even blow dryers)
    I use a hooded dryer for DT
    6) No chemicals (DUH!)
    Check
    7) Hair must be DEEP conditioned weekly.
    After I poo & apply my Rise out, I will be sitting under the hooded dry for 15min.
    When I co-wash, I will apply conditoner put my hair in a pony for at least 15min, then go rise
    When I DT, I will be setting under the dryer for 45min or sleeping w/ it in overnight.
    3c, fine, porous,MBL
    Pre: EVCO Poo: GTTT DC:AO GPB, TJ Nourish Spa+EVOO
    LI: Cantu Shea butter LI, YesToCarrots,(AVJ+H2O) Spritz
    Style: AVG, Eco Seal: Qp Mango & Olive oil, Shea AloeMix
  • jay76jay76 Registered Users Posts: 67
    I decided I was going to be super serious about this challenge because lately I've been really slack on my hair. And I know if I plan on getting braids I need it to be really healthy from the start.

    So, I went out and got some products w/out 'cones, parabens and other not so natural things in it. At least to my knowledge...:confused2:.

    but I've got to let go of my bad stuff. Its like throwing out a favorite shirt that don't look good on you anymore but you don't have the willpower to let it go. However, I'm throwing them out tonight. But not the MIZANI samples, my cousin gave me those and even though I haven't use them in a while I will keep them as backup.:evil4:


    So here's my new list:

    Pre-poo:
    EVOO and (a couple of drops) Tea Tree Oil


    Shampoo:
    Shea Moisture Shampoo (Black Soap), the label say its to help with dandruff and psoriroas (msp) but we'll see. If it can remove the dandruff effectively I will throw out the Dermarest.

    Rinse out-Conditioner:
    Shea Moisture Black Soap Conditioner

    Deep Conditioner:
    Homemade recipe of honey, EVOO and avocado

    Leave-In Conditioner:
    Jane Carter Solutions leave-in.

    Moisturizer:
    Shea butter/Coconut Oil mix

    Oil:
    EVOO

    Gel:
    [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink]
    4b
    Last Relaxer: Feb 2007
    BC: Jun 2008
    6 month protective style: 10/10-4/11
    "If you let your hair be what it wants to be and support it as best as possible with a good routine, that's what being natural is about." Surburbanbushbabe
  • jay76jay76 Registered Users Posts: 67
    @ Mekah, I love that style and your hat!!!!

    It definitely makes me want to get a hat in every color! I know what I'm doing for the winter!

    Sorry, to steal your style but that looks like me all the way! I loove the cornrow at the top and the hat.

    It looks like your hair can really be protected from the cold and that's what I need to give the wig a break on the weeks!

    Thanks for the idea!
    4b
    Last Relaxer: Feb 2007
    BC: Jun 2008
    6 month protective style: 10/10-4/11
    "If you let your hair be what it wants to be and support it as best as possible with a good routine, that's what being natural is about." Surburbanbushbabe
  • jay76jay76 Registered Users Posts: 67
    Can anyone recommend another good moisturizer? I was thinking about getting another besides raw she butter.

    Thanks
    4b
    Last Relaxer: Feb 2007
    BC: Jun 2008
    6 month protective style: 10/10-4/11
    "If you let your hair be what it wants to be and support it as best as possible with a good routine, that's what being natural is about." Surburbanbushbabe
  • mekahwbbmekahwbb Registered Users Posts: 109
    What protective styles are you ladies using?

    I have been using wigs for the past 2 months, getting pretty bored with it. I have been using hats, I think that I will use those more often now since its getting colder.
    Alright, I'm joining! I'm going to wash my hair before I go to sleep tonight & put my mini twists back in my hair.
    jay76 wrote: »
    @ Mekah, I love that style and your hat!!!!

    It definitely makes me want to get a hat in every color! I know what I'm doing for the winter!

    Sorry, to steal your style but that looks like me all the way! I loove the cornrow at the top and the hat.

    It looks like your hair can really be protected from the cold and that's what I need to give the wig a break on the weeks!

    Thanks for the idea!
    jay76 wrote: »
    Can anyone recommend another good moisturizer? I was thinking about getting another besides raw she butter.

    Thanks

    @MzIndividuality i've been doing the whole hat and braids thing for a whole month now, I'm gonna try and switch it up with twist outs now.

    @FoxyCleopatra
    , Happy you're joining this is so much funner to do with a group!

    @jay76, I LOVE those hats, I have one in a variety of colors. And it is good for protecting hair from the cold. Also I just got some of the Shea moisture line and it makes my hair feel SO soft, I would give that a try, I really like the Conditioning milk, makes my hair feel super silky!

    @Curly_Jammy, thanks for Joining!

    Also anybody else noticing growth??? cause I AM! :wink:

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    coily, wavy, tightly curly, kinky, nappy hair:toothy4:
    Natural products are the bomb.
  • jay76jay76 Registered Users Posts: 67
    Hi Ladies,
    I'm sure I have had some growth this past month but I've had severe breakage too. Not putting enough moisture into my hair. I've been wigging it for a month and because my hair was out of sight, it was also out of mind. But not anymore!

    I've used some really great products to wash and condish last night. And I've decided I'm going to cornrow my hair for the next 6 weeks and then get braids in time for my husband to come home!

    I pray that I will keep it up and don't flake out like this past month!
    4b
    Last Relaxer: Feb 2007
    BC: Jun 2008
    6 month protective style: 10/10-4/11
    "If you let your hair be what it wants to be and support it as best as possible with a good routine, that's what being natural is about." Surburbanbushbabe
  • LolaKinkzLolaKinkz Registered Users Posts: 1,198
    Hey guys,

    I want to join in on this challenge I BC'd in June and my hair has been growing like a weed. Recently I've started to notice some breakage so no more wng's for me. For the next month I will be wigging it then i plan to put some two strand twist in my hair until jan then I'll figure it out from there . I have a twa currently and i hope to be at 6-7 inches by June.
    BC: June 16th 2010
    TYPE: 4a/b; color treated, nml-high porosity; fine w/ med density
    :love4:Product Connoisseur:love4:

    OMG my hair wets when water touches it!
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  • mekahwbbmekahwbb Registered Users Posts: 109
    So girls what are your slower growing parts of your hair. My hair grows slower at the very nape of my neck. I'm not so sure if it's more slow growing or breaking faster than it grows. All I really know is that it's always been the shortest part of my hair... What's you guys'?

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    Around apl but going to wl
    coily, wavy, tightly curly, kinky, nappy hair:toothy4:
    Natural products are the bomb.
  • jay76jay76 Registered Users Posts: 67
    is definitelly my crown and bangs! Everything else will grow like a weed but that front will grow, thin and break. So frustrating....


    However, I've looked at other posts and most people advise to keep the area moisturized as if swimming in an ocean (not literally) but to make sure it doesn't get dry and for low manipulation.

    I'm trying for both. I'm my shea butter on it and I'm keeping it in a loose 2-strand twist. After a month, I hope to see some improvements.
    4b
    Last Relaxer: Feb 2007
    BC: Jun 2008
    6 month protective style: 10/10-4/11
    "If you let your hair be what it wants to be and support it as best as possible with a good routine, that's what being natural is about." Surburbanbushbabe
  • Curly_JammyCurly_Jammy Registered Users Posts: 626
    I think the slowest part is the fornt, Im always messing with it.


    Well, I have been going strong with the protective styling. But I switched it up a little, I have been setting it in 8 braids overnight, then smoothing it into a cute side bun with a swoop bang. I am really feeling this style, but I know I have to be careful with the bang and not brush too much, so I trying out setting it with a scarf.
    3c, fine, porous,MBL
    Pre: EVCO Poo: GTTT DC:AO GPB, TJ Nourish Spa+EVOO
    LI: Cantu Shea butter LI, YesToCarrots,(AVJ+H2O) Spritz
    Style: AVG, Eco Seal: Qp Mango & Olive oil, Shea AloeMix

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