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Topic: Grow-Out Challenge 2005
Posted By: Honeydoo
Subject: Grow-Out Challenge 2005
Date Posted: February 23 2005 at 11:25pm
Alright Ladies, here it is! I thought it would be a great idea to have a Grow-Out challenge because alot of us are trying our best to reach that goal. This site is great but we need alittle extra motivation and support---who better than each other?? So This will be the thread to help us reach that goal. Here is what we could do:

1. First, if you're ready to jump on the bandwagon, post here to let me know. I'll update the list as necessary.
2. The Challenge will not start until March 1st and go until March 2006.
3. If you do not have a hair journal, think about keeping one. It doesn't have to be online, but it will help you keep track of your good and bad points during this year.
4. Keep a photo of your current length and a picture of the length you want somewhere handy so you can see them for motivation. ( Like my hair idol Ananda Lewis---just gorgeous!!)
5. If you don't already have a regimen, try to stick to one. Post it here so you'll have it. Also post your hair type.It'll make things simplier in the long run. Think of everything you'll need (e.g. pre-treatment, shampoo, protein treatment, conditioners, etc.) Include a daily schedule such as what day of the week you'll do what to your hair. When you get into a routine, it makes it easier to follow.
6. Measure your hair so you'll know what your starting point is.
7. Ok this one will be the hardest to do but go through all of your products and weed out what you 're hanging onto but you really don't need (if it applies to you). I'm talking to all the Product Junkies myself included. And you never know, what doesn't work for one person may be perfect for the next. If you are going to pitch something maybe someone on this site thread could use it. (Like a product trade.)
8. Lastly, if you are going to change your diet to aid in your hair growth, site it here. That includes vitamin supplements, juicing, whatever.

Ok ladies, I may have forgot something. Please feel free to add on or make suggestions. We'll learn from each other. You can post on this thread with tips, recipes, to vent, or rave about your progress. Otherwise each month we'll check in with each other to lend whatever support we can and see how each of us are doing.

Sound good???? Hopefully so. Like I said, please add on or add opinion. I have to go through my products first but I'll come back and post my things.

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http://public.fotki.com/Honeydoo
pw: bombay



Replies:
Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: February 24 2005 at 7:30am
Sounds good...I wanted to add that trying protective styling could help aid in retaining length as well.


Hair type: 4a and 4B natural

Just started January diet for hair and health .... *fried foods once or 2 times a month
*no sweets ( im addicted to sweets so when i *moved into my apartment i stopped buying them)
*Lots and lots and lots of water
*one a day vitamins
*exercise jog 6 miles a week, hoping to do more but i walk everywhere right now so thats exercise as well.
*haven't soda in 1.5 years cause of my skin and i think it helps with hair as well.

Hair health...
* Limit heat, so far I have used it once or 2 times within the last 9 months.
*keep hair clean
*well moisturized.
* in winter, I tie it up before going out the door
*tie it up at night as well.

I started limiting my products, the more products the harder my hair gets. So less products works for me...right now i just use

shampoo or gentle cleansing soap and conditioner (white rain and suave). After I run out of shampoo or organic soap, i'm just going to stick to conditioner. Try to keep in protective styles...wash every 2 days, rinse inbetween...Use essential oils in my conditioners ONLY cause if I put them directly on my hair, it gets weird.

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Natural
BC May 9, 2004



Posted By: carameldiva
Date Posted: February 24 2005 at 8:18am
Let's see- i'm a 3c.

Condition Wash daily.

Moisturize nitely w/tallow, organic hair butter, cocoa butter, sal butter, avocado oil and whatever else i have on hand. Massage scalp and cover w/ thin plastic cap.

Shampoo weekly-deep condition weekly.

Currently at tip of nose in front, 2 inches past ear on the side, touching back of neck in the rear.

Short-term Goal- chin length all the way around.
Long-term Goal- Bra-strap length.

i'll keep a daily journal and trim as necessary along the way. Plan to continue taking vitamins and drinking water.



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Me and you, your cousin and your momma too rollin on da strip on bow's


Posted By: diamondprincess
Date Posted: February 24 2005 at 9:43am
I'm 4a- relaxed

I am currently just below chin length (bob).
Short-term Goal- shoulder length.
Long-term Goal- Bra-strap length.

Wash 2 times per week using NTM products.
Deep condition with NTM mask mixed with Keraphix or Aussie 3 min miracle mixed with EVOO

Airday with hair in wrap - products NTM silk leave in and Mango Butter.

Flat iron Once per week

Wrap hair nightly put on silk scarf.

Moisturize (Shea butter) as needed.

My hair is like this except it's about 1 inch shorter.












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DiamondPrincess   



Posted By: Layla
Date Posted: February 24 2005 at 11:45am
I'd like to join the challenge. My hair is relaxed.
I don't have a regimen. I have 4a hair.






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Type: 3c/4a Natural
Current Length: 6"
Goal: Healthy, tip of nose /neck/shoulder length hair.
BC: 02/08/06


Posted By: tp1
Date Posted: February 24 2005 at 2:58pm
Ladies, count me in!!!!

I grew locks for twelve years, and learned a lot about hair growth-- there were times when I could actually sit on my locks.

In Kathy Howse's book "Ultra Black Hair Growth II", she dispels many myths that we've been holding onto via our ancestors-- eg., "brushing stimulates hair growth". Well, this can't be true because people with locks have easy, fast hair growth and there's no brushing involved.... she goes on to explain many things like that.

Anyway, I cut my locks on Feb 11, (about 2 weeks ago). It's maybe about 2" all the way around, maybe a little more.

I started taking Exotic Allure and I drink 40-64 oz. of water daily anyway.

I have noticed hair growth already-- I know I'm not trippin. They say you can double your growth rate in as little as 45 days.

I've seen the difference in my nails already.

Oh- I have it in braids right now.

Anyway, I would like to see at least 6 inches by July. Am I trippin?

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Posted By: Unregistered Guest
Date Posted: February 24 2005 at 7:44pm
I'd like to join too.

*I don't know exactly what my hair type is
*My goal is to reach bra strap length
*I'm growing out my relaxed hair, but I'll probably get a curl when it fully grows out
*I plan on wearing twists
*I wash my hair w/ Tea Tree Naturals Shampoo, condition it w/ Dark and Lovely Conditioner, and moisterize w/ B&B oil
*I'm going 2 try this new conditioner where you use 1 whole egg, beaten, and let it sit on wet hair for a minute, then put a little mayo on and do the same. Then you shampoo it out. It's supposed to promote faster hair growth. I researched it from Napputality.com


Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: February 24 2005 at 8:24pm
Grow-Out CHallenge Bandwagon:

Me (Honeydoo)
Carmeldiva
Diamondprincess
Layla
Tp1
Cmesweet
Jesuschrist#1inmylife

Pretty good so far!! Cmesweet, thanks for mentioning the protective styles! How could I forget that? Anyway, here is my plan:

-First, I'm 4a/b all over, except for the front where I'm 3c. My hair is an inch from my shoulders in the front and an inch below it in the back.
-My regimen includes a pretreatment every time I wash. (Usually Vo5 conditioner or an oil mixture.)
-Shampoo with CON every 2 weeks. Conditioning wash twice week. Deep condition once a week.
-Relax every 3 months (if stretching is possible.)
-Higher protein Treatment once a month. (My conditioners have a good amount of protein already.)
-Wear twist-outs and buns more often. Also rollersetting.
-Keep sleeping on my satin pillowcase and make sure to cover my hair when there is blistery weather.
-Moisturize a couple times a day.
(I have Surge but I'm afraid to use it!!)
-Add more beggies to my diet. I already it tons of fish and beans. I don't eat red meat or pork. Linit my sugar intake.
-TONS of H2O!!!
-I take a One a day Women's multivitamin, Cod Liver Oil tablets, Evening Primrose. (I may add another.)
-Exercise (I have Taebo and Pilates tapes. Let me dust them off!!)

I think thats it for me. I may keep a journal to keep track. I'll be coming back and forth to this thread to add on names and check in with everyone. I have to go through my products because there are tons of things I'm never going to use again.

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http://public.fotki.com/Honeydoo
pw: bombay


Posted By: vickyd
Date Posted: February 27 2005 at 3:17pm
Hello all, I am new to this forum and I would like to participate in the Hair Growth Challenge. I don't really have a set scheldule.

I don't really know what type of hair I have. I have been told its fine by some and coarse by others.

I have two styles -- a bun and layered bob. When I wear a bun, I shampoo and condition every day or every other day. I tried the conditioner wash once with suave conditioners, but my scalp was very itchy and I had to shampoo.

When I wear my hair down, I will probably shampoo, condition once or twice a week with Loreal Vive Smooth Intense Shampoo, Conditioner. Blowdry hair and add Smooth Intense Anti-Frizz Cream and then Biosilk Therapy and then flat iron. At night I will wrap my hair.

I am a product junkie, but these things are what I have been using lately. Also, I have order the Sedu Flat Iron which I expect to arrive later this week.

I will try to exercise at least three times a week and drink lots of water ( I'm not usually a water drinker), cut back on fried foods and take a muti-vitamin daily.

I am also plan to get trims every 8-10 weeks.

That's all I can think of right know but I will keep you posted on my routine if things change.

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"And this too shall pass."


Posted By: Kim J
Date Posted: February 27 2005 at 9:06pm
You can count me in...

I'm mostly a 4a with a few different textures mixed in.
I am natural in that I don't currently have any relaxer or other chemical process in my hair.

I shampoo, deep condition, use a leave in conditioner, blow dry and flat iron once a week using a heat protectant.

I moisturize everyday or so with light amount of Shea Butter, carrot oil or a light coating of one of several other oils.

I usual wrap my hair and wear it straight. Sometimes I wear braids or cornrows and wigs.

My hair is currently layered. It is apox. 4" above my bra strap in the back a few inches past my shoulders on the sides and gets shorter up to and above my chin as you go around.

I take a multi vitamin, hair formula vitamin, and a Omega 3 complex daily.

I try to wrap my hair with a scarf nightly.

I'm working on improving my diet and water intake.
I will try to start a journal as well.


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-Happy Hair Days
Kim


Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: February 28 2005 at 8:35am
Just wanted ya'll to know that I took my hair down or let it out so I can see my current hair status. I added it to my album...check it out if u like

www.public.fotki.com/jonesrey

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Natural
BC May 9, 2004



Posted By: Unregistered Guest
Date Posted: February 28 2005 at 12:30pm
How do you determine what type of hair you have?


Posted By: Kim J
Date Posted: February 28 2005 at 3:55pm
Hey Cmesweet,

I can't open you link...Maybe the site is down. By the way...Is foki free? I would like to post a beginning photo. I think it would be great if we all could all post photos once a month or so starting at this time so we can see our progression.


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-Happy Hair Days
Kim


Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: February 28 2005 at 5:01pm
Sorry about that, yes Fotki is free. After you pass a quota u may have to buy space or just get another free account.

I started my album about 2 months after I big chopped and have recent pics as well.

http://public.fotki.com/jonesrey/ - http://public.fotki.com/jonesrey/

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Natural
BC May 9, 2004



Posted By: kally
Date Posted: February 28 2005 at 7:44pm
Perfect Idea I just had to cut me hair into a TWA due to many bad relaxer and micros so I am sporting that for a while this is the shortest I have ever had my hair so it is kind of sad. I am going natural I was told before that my hair could not stand a relaxer because it is to soft and fine. Years later I guess it caught up to me. I will use the tips I see on this site.

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"God makes no mistakes" he created you the way you are suppose to be.


Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: February 28 2005 at 9:36pm
Kally
Kim J
Vickyd

WELCOME!!!!

The more the merrier!! We start tomorrow so I hope you guys are ready!! I might put up a picture gallery on Fotki. I haven't been on here in a few days because my mom was in the hospital. She just got home a few hours ago, but I stayed with her there for 3 days. Let me tell you, I thought I would mess up the first day of our challenge but thankfully I'm back.

We'll be here for each other throught the bad hair days and the good ones. (Try to get pictures of the good ones!) We all need alittle inspiration from time to time. And you can share what is working for you if you're having growing success. But of course, stick to something that works for you. Like for me, braids don't work. I do twists instead. Whatever you're comfortable with. (But drink alot of water!!)

HAPPY GROWING!!!!!

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http://public.fotki.com/Honeydoo
pw: bombay


Posted By: diamondprincess
Date Posted: March 01 2005 at 5:15am
Good Luck every1 !!!!

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DiamondPrincess   



Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 01 2005 at 11:47am
Good luck... did my link work?

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Natural
BC May 9, 2004



Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 01 2005 at 11:47am
Good luck... did my link work?... can they make this a sticky so we won't have to find it every month, it will just be on top of the site when we click on "African American"

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Natural
BC May 9, 2004



Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 01 2005 at 12:08pm
How do they make it a sticky?? That's a good idea. Cmesweet, your link worked and I love the picture of you with the flower 'fro! Did you make that band yourself?


Ok, this is day 1 and I've been drinking tons of water already. I took my vitamins and I will be washing my hair later on. I'm also going to measure my strands too.

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http://public.fotki.com/Honeydoo
pw: bombay


Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 01 2005 at 1:03pm
Originally posted by Honeydoo Honeydoo wrote:

How do they make it a sticky?? That's a good idea. Cmesweet, your link worked and I love the picture of you with the flower 'fro! Did you make that band yourself?


Ok, this is day 1 and I've been drinking tons of water already. I took my vitamins and I will be washing my hair later on. I'm also going to measure my strands too.


I guess we have to write to the moderator and ask them to make it a sticky...not sure.

The band was a piece of material I had picked up a while back, ...I just took a flower and put it close to it to make it look like a part of it. Thanks for telling me it works and the compliment!

I drunk water today I can't remember if i took my vitamin.

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Natural
BC May 9, 2004



Posted By: savantrice
Date Posted: March 01 2005 at 4:28pm
Hey everyone...new to the board, but I want to join the challenge too!

I've had a natural for about two years , so my hair is curly/kinky as well as fine.
i just got on the no 'poo method two months ago, and i'm loving it! i wash my hair about once a week, and deep condition with 2 parts moisturizing conditioner (currently using John Frieda) and one part Virgin Olive Oil...my hair loves it. after, i grease my scalp with this shea butter and essential oil product that i get from a local guy.

i usually do two strand twists, and then maybe a twist out. but i'm still trying to learn about styling options. i'm avoiding braids, which are a crutch for me, since that's all i ever wore from the age of about seven to when i started growing out my hair a couple years back.

anyway, my current hair issues stems from having my sister blow-out my hair...(it was the first time i'd put heat to my natural hair) i forgot to put a protectant on it...and because it is kinky now, she blew it out with a round brush and blowdryer and THEN followed up with a hotcomb. so you know i fried my hair something terrible.
my split ends have splits...i'm not having an breakage tho', which is a testament to how strong my hair is now, so i've been doing a lot of cutting lately just trying to get rid of heat damage.

my goals overall are:
- to keep growing my hair (as well as eventually cut out all my splits) and
-learn some new natural styling options
-maybe get some new product recommendations (esp. conditioners)

aaannndddd, tha'ts it...sorry for the novel


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Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 02 2005 at 8:21am
Hey welcome...there are lots of styles that naturals can wear. I'll find to find some links for ya.

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Natural
BC May 9, 2004



Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 02 2005 at 11:03am
Savantrice, Welcome

Sorry to hear about your hair fry. That use to happen to me when I went to the salon alot. Then I noticed that my hair does alot better when I do it myself. I have a question for you though, I was thinking about growing my relaxer out and going natural. (I have 4a relaxer hair alittle past my shoulders right now) I was researching using Hennalucent every 2 weeks to keep my hair strong and new growth managable, but I was wondering when did you finally chop of the relaxed ends.


Posted By: vickyd
Date Posted: March 02 2005 at 9:37pm
honeydoo thanks for the welcome. Hope all is well with your mom.

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"And this too shall pass."


Posted By: savantrice
Date Posted: March 03 2005 at 9:59am
Thanks for the welcome e'erbody.

and HoneyD, I actually don't know what hennalucent is unfortuntaley, the first time i even saw the word was on the site.

like i said i wore braids all the time.
so i was wearind diff. braid styles back to back (cornrows, single braids, etc)...i'd take my hair out one night, trim my hair the next day, and get it rebraided that afternoon...(yes, i hated fussing with my hair THAT much)
so i just trimmed the relaxed part out every time i took my hair down.
i did that for a few months until i had enough new growth to braid by itself and then i cut ALL the perm out because my hair looked a hot mess with two opposite textures...
i loved it when i did that final chop, because for the first time, ever part of every strand on my head was finally healthy

when it comes to transitioning, you need some real cajones to just cut your hair off...i personally only know one woman that went that route. i think its easier to deal with (on a number of levels) to keep your hair in some type of protective style while it grows out a little bit.


Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 03 2005 at 6:34pm
Thanks Vickyd. My mom is alright now, thanx for asking. And thanks Savantrice for the tips. I don't know if I have guts enough to chop my hair. But I will wait between my next relaxer and see how my new growth comes in.

Also, I just added MSM powder to my vitamin regimen. I got a big container enough to last 180 days. ( It was 17.99) The product junkie came out in me and I also snagged a bottle of Nature's Gate Sea Kelp conditioner. I couldn't help it.

But to start off, my sisters have noticed my hair growth just from my last relaxer in the last week of December. I think it has grown an inch or so since then so I guess I average 1/2 inch a month. But I think it's going to jump start to an inch with my new regimen.

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http://public.fotki.com/Honeydoo
pw: bombay


Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 03 2005 at 7:03pm
I know u didnt ask me honeydoo, but some people just do small trims as they transition. I did that for 4.5 months then i just cut everything off. But i do know people who have succesfully done it longer than me, with the small trims as the hair newgrowths arrive.

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Natural
BC May 9, 2004



Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 04 2005 at 5:53pm
Thanx Cmesweet! Any info from anyone is helpful. I think that maybe transitioning isn't for me at this stage in my life. Plus, I was thinking back to when I began relaxing and to be hones, I think my hair has been very healthy throughout so I guess I'll keep my chemically altered hair for now!

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http://public.fotki.com/Honeydoo
pw: bombay


Posted By: Unregistered Guest
Date Posted: March 04 2005 at 7:30pm
WOW this is such a great Idea!!! I hev 4a/4b relaxed hair.

I have just recoverd from a thin hair point in my life I kept trimming and put medium sized extensions in my hair and I got my thickness back. I"M SO HAPPY about that!! now I have large cornrows in that have been in for two weeks. I plan on keeping them in for one more week then getting a touch up. I'll post my results of my growth then. Until then GOOD lUCK to Everyone!

P.S my length that I know of now is to my shoulder blades. We'll see how lmuch its grown by next week!


Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 04 2005 at 8:02pm
Welcome Missaol!!!
Another 4a/b relaxed! (I'm a 4a) Thanks for joining. In a month we'll see how we are all doing. Hopefully really well. Do you have a regimen??

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http://public.fotki.com/Honeydoo
pw: bombay


Posted By: vickyd
Date Posted: March 07 2005 at 7:09pm
Hey everybody,

Just a note to update on how I'm coming with growth challenge.

1. Drinking more water (this is difficult for me b/c I am such a soda drinker).

2. Taking a daily multivitamin - (pretty good- when I remember)

3. My hair is now about an inch or so past my shoulders, but its approaching spring and it gets hot in south ga. so I plan to alternate weeks where I wear my hair down with weeks where I wear a bun. I have noticed that I have gotten faster hair growth with my bun.

When I wear my hair in a bun, I wash and condition it with whatever I'm using that week and then I add two or three leave-ins and put it up in a bun while it's damp. I will wear a scarf over my hair at night to smooth it and protect it. And I will wear it like this for a day or two. Then I will repeat this process. Sometimes everyday or three times a week. I have worn this style for months at a time then I will wear it down and marvel at the growth.

As far as products go -- I have sooooo many that I am trying to use the old stuff up before I splurge on new stuff. I have been tempted and so far I have resisted --- OOPs I forgot I just placed an order for Lacio Lacio from sickbay. well I did say I was a recovering PJ

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"And this too shall pass."


Posted By: Unregistered Guest
Date Posted: March 07 2005 at 9:15pm
Here is what I do

1. I make sure to keep my ends trimmed and Healthy.

2. I drink lots of water

3. I Keep my hair In prtective stlyes and manipulate it as least as possible!(this REALLY hepls)

4. As for washing If I don't have braids in I wash it Once a week or sometimes Once every two weeks. (I go to my beautician for my washes and touch ups)

5. I make sure I get treatments on my hair when I go to beautician.

Sometimes I do wash my own hair and when I do I wash it once with a clearifier and once with Pantene Relaxed and Natural for women of color.
I then deep condition for as long as 45 mins with Revenue under a hooded dryer with a plastic cap covering my hair. I then Wash that out and let my hair hair dry for a while after applying a leave-in conditioner(Mazani). Then I sit under the dryer for about 10 mins and Blow dry ON LOW HEAT until my hair is dry. I found that letting your hair air dry at first really reduces the amout of heat you have to use to dry my hair which helps keep my hair from frying. The combination of all the things(1-5) as well as my own washing I do on occasions really has hepled my hair a great deal.

If there is one thing I think has really helped my hair I would have to say it is the Trimming. I found that I must keep the ends of my hair trimmed in order to achive a nice healthy look. I used to fear getting my hair trimmed or cut but now I absolutly Love it beacause my hair really looks 100% better immediatly after I trim it!


Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 07 2005 at 9:53pm
Does anyone here do their own trims??? I'm so afraid to go to the salon because they always CUT (SLICE, CHOP, you name it) a good size portion off. I need to start fresh with good ends though.

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http://public.fotki.com/Honeydoo
pw: bombay


Posted By: Unregistered Guest
Date Posted: March 08 2005 at 3:14pm
I'm glad you asked that Honyedoo. I actually do my own trims because I don't trust my beautician doing it. The first and last time she gave my a trim was just under 2 years ago and I never let her do it ever since then because she cut too much off. So now I do it my self and It turns out great!


Posted By: vickyd
Date Posted: March 09 2005 at 2:40am
I have done my own trims in the past, but it was when I had all over layers -- less noticable if you mess up. But since I have grown out my layers and now have a style along the lines of a bob with beveled ends I have resisted. I generally get a cut about once every three months, because the salon I really like to use is about three hours away and I have been disappointed with the trims I have gotten locally. But as you can imagine by the time I get to the salon --WHOOO -- those ends are ready to go.

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"And this too shall pass."


Posted By: JadeGoddess
Date Posted: March 09 2005 at 8:37am
I know I'm coming in wicked late, but I just joined the community last night. I would love to participate in the challenge; is it too late to join in?

I have 4b natural hair that I have been wearing in a TWA for almost three years. It's only about 2" long now because I tried relaxing it at 2 different times, then changed my mind and cut it all off again. I did my last big chop on 1/8/05, and I am planning to start relaxing my hair again this month--I want to grow it out for my wedding in October. I am working on creating a hair care regimen, which I will post ASAP.

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"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."


Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 09 2005 at 12:32pm
Hi Jade Goddess!!

Nope, it's not too late to join! Anyone can join at anytime.
Welcome to the board. Happy Hair Growing!!


Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 09 2005 at 2:45pm
Welcome all new joiners! Glad to see ya'll here at the challenge with us.

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Natural
BC May 9, 2004



Posted By: kally
Date Posted: March 09 2005 at 7:03pm
Honeydoo I would just find a trusting friend who knows what they are doing. The hair salons do have the tendcy to get ssr happy.

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"God makes no mistakes" he created you the way you are suppose to be.


Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 09 2005 at 7:10pm
Grow-Out CHallenge Bandwagon:

Carmeldiva
Cmesweet
Diamondprincess
Honeydoo (me)
JadeGoddess
Jesuschrist#1inmylife
Kally
Kim J
Layla
Missaol
Savantrice
Tp1
Vickyd


Thirteen aboard the Bandwagon!! So far so good! Every has great regimens. I 'm hoping that since spring is on it's way along with warmer weather that the growth will come alot easier. I think it will.

I've made a pact with myself to measure my length at all. What's that saying?: A watched pot never boils. I think I'll keep my hair up alot more and avoid seeing it down at all to avoid anxiousness. I'm hoping to gain about 3 inches by July although I probably will not measure until September when my growth usually slows down. I've also bought Hennalucent and will be trying that next week over Spring Break.


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http://public.fotki.com/Honeydoo
pw: bombay


Posted By: JadeGoddess
Date Posted: March 09 2005 at 7:44pm
Well, it took me a full day to do it, but I've finally constructed my regimen for the challenge. It's insanely long, but I'm taking this super-serious!

The products listed in parentheses are the ones I'll be using. Most of them are ones I've never used before, so I will report back on the effects of those.

Every other day,
Rinse hair and scalp with warm water while massaging scalp to remove buildup.
Apply a moisturizing deep conditioner to damp hair. Rinse hair well, and towel blot. (Phytospecific Vital Force Crème Bath; Salerm Wheat Germ Oil Hair Mask; Kan Kanechomn Jaborandi Deep Conditioning Cream)
Apply leave-in conditioner, and comb through gently to detangle. (Salerm 21)
Apply setting lotion and wrap hair (Star Lacio Lacio), or apply heat protective straightening balm and blow dry (Phytodefrisant Relaxing Baum).
Apply moisturizer to hair; massage into scalp and distribute to ends. (Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine)
Finger style hair, or bump ends under with a flat iron. (Phytolisse-for heat protection)
At night, wrap hair and tie on a silk or satin scarf.

Once a week,
Apply a moisturizing pre-shampoo treatment, with or without heat. Rinse hair and scalp well with warm water. (Phytospecific Revitalizing Scalp Treatment; Home Health Castor Oil; Ojon Restorative Treatment)
Shampoo hair, rinse well, and towel blot. (Phytospecific Vital Force Shampoo)
Apply a protein reconstructor. (Queen Helene Cholesterol Cream; KerapHix Restorative Protein Creme Reconstructor)
Rinse thoroughly, and apply a moisturizing instant conditioner. (Capilo Honey & Milk Rinse)
Apply leave-in conditioner, and comb through gently to detangle. (Salerm 21)
Apply setting lotion and wrap hair (Star Lacio Lacio), or apply heat protective straightening balm and blow dry. (Phytodefrisant Relaxing Baum)
Apply moisturizer to hair; massage into scalp and distribute to ends. (Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine)
Finger style hair, or bump ends under with a flat iron. (Phytolisse)
At night, wrap hair and tie on a silk or satin scarf.

Every 4 weeks, go to the salon for a professional wash, deep conditioning treatment, and style.

Every 8 weeks,
Get a relaxer touch-up at a salon. (Phytospecific Relaxer Index 2 Kit)
Get ends trimmed.
Apply a protein reconstructor treatment 1 week before touch-ups. (ApHogee Treatment for Damaged Hair)

Exercise Regimen

Five days a week go running for 30 minutes in the morning.
Three days a week do bodybuilding exercises: Mondays-Chest & Shoulders; Wednesdays-Back & Arms; Fridays-Legs & Core
Stretch daily after exercise

Diet & Supplementation

Every day, take 2 Vitamin Shoppe Ultimate Woman multivitamins, 2 Vitamin Shoppe Omega 3-6-9, 2 Exotic Allure hair growth vitamins, and 4 TrimSpa X32 tablets.


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Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 09 2005 at 9:41pm
Wow, your list is long but as long as you are serious about it, thats all that matters.

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Posted By: vickyd
Date Posted: March 09 2005 at 9:48pm
wow jade you have really given this some mega thought. let me know how you come along with the new products. I have heard good things about the many of them. I actually have used Salerm 21 and find I love the smell and the results are great. I just rec'd to day from sickbay the lacio lacio. I haven't used it yet. I am tempted to wash my hair tonight, but it is kinda late and I am feeling kinda lazy so maybe it will have to wait til tomorrow....oh yeah welcome jade

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Posted By: tp1
Date Posted: March 10 2005 at 10:49am
jade, you are serious with yours mama!!!

I take exotic allure as well--- this friday, 3/11, it'll be one month that I've been taking it.

Why are you taking two? The recommended dosage is three per day.

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Posted By: kally
Date Posted: March 10 2005 at 11:25am
My hair has been coming along greatly I am going natural and had to cut all of my hair off and start over I am pleased with the outcome. I have been washing my hair weekly and doig a deep conditoner and leave in . I love the Pantene Prov for African Americans and I use Rx as my deep contioner and Profective for me Leave in i take straight Silica pills , multivitmin and flaxseed oil capsule. plus I drink plenty of water. My hair has really improved.

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Posted By: JadeGoddess
Date Posted: March 10 2005 at 1:58pm
Originally posted by tp1 tp1 wrote:

jade, you are serious with yours mama!!!

I take exotic allure as well--- this friday, 3/11, it'll be one month that I've been taking it.

Why are you taking two? The recommended dosage is three per day.


That dosage was a typo. I haven't received my order yet, but I am planning to follow the dosage recommended on the bottle. How is it working for you? Any changes yet?


Posted By: tp1
Date Posted: March 10 2005 at 2:35pm
well jade,

I have seen results. As a matter of fact, I submitted my testimonial back to the company yesterday and as a token of appreciation, they're sending me a free month supply so...

after you've been taking it for a while, send in a testimonial about the product and they'll give you a free 1 month bottle.

Back to your question...

I HAVE SEEN RESULTS. My hair is in braids so I don't wash it everyday. In fact, I wash it every month or 5 weeks when I get the braids redone.

I know that washing and conditioning is important to hair health but as Kathy Howse says, "Braiding gives every strand a chance". When their is no tugging, pulling, combing brushing etc., you give your hair a chance to be powerful.

I'm getting off the topic...

anyway, I have seen growth- primarily in my nails-- your nails start to grow really, really, long and really fast. You will also see changes in your skin (especially if your drink at least 8 glasses a day along with taking Exotic Allure).

You will see gradual growth in your hair as well. It's only been about 30 days for me and they say at least wait for 45 days to see the true results.

Truthfully, in my opinion, if you want to assess your hair growth, you should do so after about 3-4 months.

You can't really watch your hair grow-- if you think about it, you can't really watch your nails grow. You just look up and one day, the nail that you thought was chipped is long again.

Hair is the same way- 4,5, even 6 monnths go by and you notice that you can put it in a longer ponytail or whatever....

I'm not worried about the vitamins working though because I am very aware of how vitamins work. I have children and with each pregnancy, I took prenatal vitamins daily for 9 months at least and your hair does grow from habitual use of vitamins.

How did you hear about Exotic Allure?

Do you know anyone else who has taken it?

I want to talk to people who have taken it for like 6 months to a year or even more.....



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Posted By: tp1
Date Posted: March 10 2005 at 2:38pm
forgot to ask:

Have any of you read Kathy Howse's book?

I thought the book was revolutionary.

I mean, she makes claims like "throw out your hairbrushes" and "moisterize your hair, not your scalp"....


very interesting....

we sisters have been mislead with much misinformation.....

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Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 10 2005 at 8:12pm
Jade Goddess, Good God!! Now THATS a regimen! Sounds like a good one too. I'm about to invest in an elliptical trainer (Walmart, $214.00). I had a knee injury so this is the best machine for me. I have pilates tapes which I do time to time, but I get so bored with it. And I have Taebo tapes but I can't look at the instructor for a long time. He gets annoying. I love Taebo though.

What I did start doing again was the baggie method on my ends and they look good today. My mom noticed that my hair is longer than it was about 2 months ago. I'm on the right track. My younger sister has brastrap length and my older sister has midback length.

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Posted By: vickyd
Date Posted: March 13 2005 at 4:34pm
Hey everybody, I just took some photos of my beginning length.

You can check them out at

http://public.fotki.com/VickiD/ - http://public.fotki.com/VickiD/



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Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 13 2005 at 11:05pm
Originally posted by vickyd vickyd wrote:

Hey everybody, I just took some photos of my beginning length.

You can check them out at

http://public.fotki.com/VickiD/ - http://public.fotki.com/VickiD/




Your hair is looking good.

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Posted By: vickyd
Date Posted: March 14 2005 at 6:23am
thanks cmesweet

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Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 14 2005 at 1:57pm
Originally posted by vickyd vickyd wrote:

Hey everybody, I just took some photos of my beginning length.

You can check them out at

http://public.fotki.com/VickiD/ - http://public.fotki.com/VickiD/



Vickyd, your hair does look nice a shiny. Did you flatiron it? I just trimmed my ends yesterday and it's amazing what a dusting can do for the overall look. Nice pics though.

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Posted By: Pocahontas1
Date Posted: March 14 2005 at 2:51pm
Hello. I am a new member. I have been growing out my hair since September. About 7 months ago, I started a daily regimen of taking 3 tablets of 1000mcg biotin, two tbs of liquid vitamins and minerals (with silica), two flaxseed oil capsules and massaging my scalp for 5 minutes. First, my hair was already kind of long--about 2 1/2 inches past my collar bone. Now my hair is much longer--it's about 5/12 inches past my collar bone. However, I want to grow it down to my elbows. I know it's very ambitious, but I think I'll be able to do it.

If it makes any difference, my racial heritage is Black, American Indian and French. My hair is wavy, slightly coarse with a tendency to curl and shrink up alot when wet. Also, when left alone, it grows kind of slowly (about 2-3 inches a year, if that). I find that using Ginseng Miracle Wonder 8 oil and a little Dax pomade are good for styling and moisturizing. I use Dove moisturizing shampoo and conditioner with Queen Helene cholesterol deep conditioner every week. I've always been complimented about my hair, but since it is longer, shinier, and healthier looking, everyone comments on it. I think the biotin and the hair oil helps alot with the growth. I hope that everyone here finds success with their hair growth :-)

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Posted By: JadeGoddess
Date Posted: March 14 2005 at 4:41pm
I own Cathy Howse's book "Ultra Black Hair Growth II". Most of the advice she gives is quite good, like frequent shampooing and deep conditioning is good for hair growth, brushing can cause breakage and pull your hair out, and relaxers should be applied as infrequently as possible. However, her tone is a bit militant, particularly when she talks about other brands' products. Also, for all her talk about how great no-lye relaxers are for growing Black hair long, she now says on her website that they are bad for the hair and that she will no longer use them. I would take her advice with a grain of salt; she's not a trained cosmetologist or hair specialist, so all of her "expert" advice is really just anecdotal evidence based on the results she saw in HER hair alone. A much better, much more thorough book is "Hair Rules!" by A. @#$%ey, or "Beautiful Black Hair" by Shamboosie. Both books are written by licensed hair stylists with many years of salon hair experience. What I like is that, unlike most Black hair care books, they don't try to convince you that relaxers are evil; they just tell you how to apply and maintain relaxers to have the healthiest hair possible.


Posted By: vickyd
Date Posted: March 14 2005 at 5:54pm
Originally posted by Honeydoo Honeydoo wrote:

[Vickyd, your hair does look nice a shiny. Did you flatiron it? I just trimmed my ends yesterday and it's amazing what a dusting can do for the overall look. Nice pics though.


Thanks Honeydoo, yeah I flatironed it the night before and wrapped it --These pics are the results after wrapping hair overnight

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Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 15 2005 at 7:17am
I saw Cathy Howse the other day, at the Black Womens Expo in Chicago. Her hair is pretty long, she wore it like the picture on her site, but I saw on her site that she was transitioining to natural now.

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Posted By: carameldiva
Date Posted: March 15 2005 at 9:46am

Update- Last week i experienced some dryness issues but i started using shapley's mtg at nite and applying a thin plastic shower cap over my head and conditioning washing in the a.m. and then applying shealoe butter to my hair. I am happy to report that my hair is softer and more manageable now. I haven't used the shapley's long enough to say one way or the other whether it has affected my hair growth, but i will keep you guys posted on this issue. I am loving the shealoe butter. This butter by far is the best moisturizer i have ever used.

So i would venture to say that i am on the right track and i should have growth to report next month when we check in again. I will trim according to the moon schedule for length on Mar. 18th a light dusting.



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Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 15 2005 at 11:26am
Caramel, can u make shealoe at home with a mixture of aloe
and shea butter?

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Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 15 2005 at 11:48am

Cmesweet, do you live in Chicago??!! I use to live in the suburbs (Flossmoor) but I live near the beach in the Indiana Dunes now.

Pocahontas1: Welcome!!! I hope you enjoy the challenge. You sound alot like me though. My heritage is Black, Cherokee, Sioux, Creole, and Chinese. I have coarse 4a hair though thats about an inch past the top of my shoulders. What brand of biotin do you use? I'm just taking 2,500mg MSM and a women's multivitamin. Happy Growing!!

p.s. (I love the dolphins!)



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Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 15 2005 at 11:53am
Actually, I live in Michign, I just happen to be in Chicago when
the black womens expo was going on. I heard about it thru
another hair site and said, well since im there i would see what
its about. I saw Vivica Fox while I was there, she had in braids (
the style that she been wearing lately) really curly, very nice.


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Posted By: Adora
Date Posted: March 15 2005 at 12:05pm

dang Honeydoo...small world...I grew up in Flossmoor too (H-F, c/o '98)...i'm living in Olympia Fields now....

and cmesweet, what did you think of the expo?  i've been going for the past three years and i was a bit disappointed with the choice of vendors...i went with the intention of getting oils for my hair (jojoba, in particular) and couldnt find one person that had it!

i almost wish i had gone to GCI's event the week before (the pantene pro-v tour)...but i wasnt sure if it was gonna be more of the same, so i stuck with what i knew...

back to the Challenge:  outside of multivites...what other dietary supplements do you all take?  i've heard of biotin (though i'm not sure what it does), and i've read about essential fatty acids as well, but i'm not really sure what they are...anybody have any info?

 



Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 15 2005 at 5:52pm
Originally posted by Adora}
<P>and cmesweet, what did you think of the expo?  i've been going for the past three years and i was a bit disappointed with the choice of vendors...i went with the intention of getting oils for my hair (jojoba, in particular) and couldnt find one person that had it!<IMG src=smileys/smiley19.gif border=0></P>
<P>[/QUOTE Adora}

and cmesweet, what did you think of the expo?  i've been going for the past three years and i was a bit disappointed with the choice of vendors...i went with the intention of getting oils for my hair (jojoba, in particular) and couldnt find one person that had it!

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Well, I liked it, it was my first time going to it so I really don't have anything to compare it to. I did ask around for oils, such as the ones u mentioned and they didn't have them. They only had massaging oils and lotions. I left mad, this lady who shaped my brows cut me and then claimed i was sensitive

 

Well, I liked it, it was my first time going to it so I really don't have anything to compare it to. I did ask around for oils, such as the ones u mentioned and they didn't have them. They only had massaging oils and lotions. I left mad, this lady who shaped my brows cut me and then claimed i was sensitive. Yeah whatever, she need to watch what she was doing.



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Posted By: carameldiva
Date Posted: March 15 2005 at 9:08pm
cmesweet, yes you can make your own shealoe butter with shea butter and aloe. Several girls on http://www.longhaircareforum.com - www.longhaircareforum.com have done it successfully.

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Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 16 2005 at 8:05am
Thanks for the link carameldiva.... is it on the recipe board? If so, I can't get to that board, since im not a member right now. Is there a way u can copy and paste it? 

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Posted By: carameldiva
Date Posted: March 16 2005 at 9:34am
i'll see what i can do, k

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Posted By: JadeGoddess
Date Posted: March 16 2005 at 12:42pm

I relaxed my hair myself today with the Phytospecific Phytorelaxer Index 2. My hair looks amazing! It did not burn at all, application was a breeze, and my hair was straight and smooth even as I washed it out in the shower. I deep conditioned with the Vital Force Creme Bath, applied a mixture of Salerm 21 and Star Lacio Lacio, wrapped my hair, and sat under the dryer. Once my hair dried, I applied a little Phytolisse and flat ironed my hair with my new FHI iron, which is my new miracle tool. To finish my style off and moisturize my hair, I applied a little Phytospecific Beauty Styling Creme all over. My hair turned out beautifully, and I am so psyched to grow it out if it's going to look this good!



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Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 16 2005 at 5:31pm

Carameldiva...i found some info on it, i'll post it here just in case anyone else would like to know.

The following is from http://www.soapnuts.com/snspecialoils.html - http://www.soapnuts.com/snspecialoils.html :

Prepared from equivalent quantities of Shea butter and Aloe gel which provides all the advantages of Shea butter, plus the moisturizing and healing properties of Aloe gel. Very creamy and white to off white in appearance with a characteristic fatty odor with a hint of aloe scent, not solventy smelling,non-greasy, moist feel upon application.Should be refrigerated if not used within a few month.

 



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Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 17 2005 at 7:46pm
Thanks Cmesweet! I meant to ask you for that recipe.

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Posted By: Pocahontas1
Date Posted: March 18 2005 at 11:41am

Hello again

I take biotin by Nature's Bounty. I buy it from Walgreens and it costs 10 dollars a bottle.



Posted By: carameldiva
Date Posted: March 18 2005 at 10:59pm
k, great. Glad you found what you needed. Let us know how yours turns out.

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Posted By: missfro
Date Posted: March 19 2005 at 5:53am

hello girls , this Grow-Out challenge is really interesting .. can i join in ?

although i don't have a particular regimen for my hair , i am planning to start one .. Jadegoddes yours is so inspiraing ..

 



Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 19 2005 at 6:28pm
Hello Missfro, yes u can join, it's never too late.

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Posted By: missfro
Date Posted: March 20 2005 at 8:57am

Thank you cmesweet you are truly sweet

i will post my regimen once i get one very soon



Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 20 2005 at 9:34am
Missfro, OF COURSE you can join! You don't necessarily need a regimen. My sister has never had one and her hair is growing like a weed. You can join anytime.

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Posted By: missfro
Date Posted: March 20 2005 at 9:47am
Thank you for your warm welcome Honeydoo


Posted By: carameldiva
Date Posted: March 20 2005 at 2:55pm
welcome abord, Missfro- we all hope that you enjoy your stay here.

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Posted By: missfro
Date Posted: March 20 2005 at 11:09pm

Thank you carameldiva

this forum is something i am already enjoying it and learning more about my hair.

thank you all

 



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goal:relaxer free healthy hair
Last relaxer: Sept 05


Posted By: cebnn
Date Posted: March 21 2005 at 7:50pm

I think I want to join the grow out challenge. I am working on an online album and it will hopefully be up by the end of the week. To track my progress online. I don't have a regemin worked out really, but I have started to wash my hair on sundays and allow it to air dry. Sometimes I twist or braid my hair while its almost dry, but lately have just been putting it in a bun. I use tea tree oil on my scalp b/c it gets dry easily. I do the baggie method and usually keep that on with a satin bonnet on my head. Its easy for me to do b/c I stay at home with my son during the week. Wednesday I wash my hair in the morning, airdry, then flat iron.

The products I am currently using are Nexxus Therappe, Nexxus Humectress orCreme of Nature shampoo and conditioner Once a week using Aphogee  Intense Keratin Reconstructor. I put Gensing Miracle wonder 8 oil in my hair, with elasta Q P recovery oil moisturizer to let it dry, or the recipe that is posted on the homemade recipe board.(don't quite know what to call it) I use a mixture of olive oil mixed in my hands with elasta qp mango butter on my ends when I do the baggie method. When I flat Iron I use Ion anti-frizz solutions heat Protection Thats about it. I'm trying to use a protein treatment, but haven't really ever tried any so I bought a few small packs from Sally's this weekend, to try some different brands out.

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Posted By: Nubianqt86
Date Posted: March 22 2005 at 7:03pm
 I want to join the Grow Out Challenge. I've just recently decided to transiton from relaxed to natural hair. When My relaxer has grown out, I intend on using a wash and wear relaxer (texturizer). My hair is shoulder length and relaxed now. Hopefully within a year my natural hair will be just above that. Pray for me!

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Posted By: Nubianqt86
Date Posted: March 22 2005 at 7:17pm
Oh, I'll have a regimen for you by the end of the week. Wish me Luck!

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Posted By: cmesweet
Date Posted: March 23 2005 at 8:11am
Just wondering are u going natural or planning on texturixing? Either way it is up to you, but remember they are not the same thing. Welcome to the site.

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Posted By: Nubianqt86
Date Posted: March 23 2005 at 9:11am
I plan to grow my relaxer out. Im considering the wash and wear relaxer after that, but I'm not sure. Right now I just want the perm gone!

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Posted By: Namika
Date Posted: March 23 2005 at 1:18pm

I want to join as well, I don't have a regimen until now but planning to have one soon.

My hair is above bra line and I am planning to make it grow to elbow length.

Tomorrow I am going to wash my Hair using Karestase shampoo which I have been using for about one year and then will apply deep conditoning and leave it for about half an hour or so. Then will see what to do from there.. will keep you updated



Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 23 2005 at 5:15pm

Namika and Nubianqt86 Welcome!!!

I'm glad you joined! Post your regimens anytime. I'll have to update the list soon!! Happy Hair Growing!! (And Healthy Hair)



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Posted By: Nubianqt86
Date Posted: March 23 2005 at 7:04pm
I'll have a regimen to post sometime this weekend, but can anyone tell me what "Exotic Allure" is. I already have Biotin and a multivitamin.

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Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 24 2005 at 1:03pm
You know, I don't know what Exotic Allure is either. I've heard of it but have never asked what it is. Does anyone know?

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Posted By: Jesuschrist#1
Date Posted: March 24 2005 at 1:30pm
Hey everyone! Sorry 4 not updating for so long, but here I am now. As I think I mentioned before, I'm 15 yrs. old, and I recently was going through transitioning from relaxed to natural. Well, since I had 5 months of new growth and my hair was impossible to comb, I decided to get my hair relaxed yet again, and I'm SO happy that I did. My hair is shinier, longer, and stronger. Well, after I got my relaxer, I went to the beauty supply store to buy Wild Growth Oil. Have any of you tried this? It's REALLY, REALLY good! My hair seems like it's growing rapidly. My hair is a little bit below the shoulder, so I'm getting to my length goal pretty quickly (my goal is bra strap length). All you do is put the oil (only a few drops) in the palm of your hand and run it through your hair and scalp. The testimonials on the site are amazing! Some people notice growth in a few days of use. Plus, it's not greasy and you only need to use it 1-3 times per week. The only bad thing about it is that it smells! It smells sort of like castor oil - yuk, but it does the job and the smell wears off quickly. Well, that's it for now. By the way, honeydoo, exotic allure is a vitamin that promotes hair growth amongst African Americans. Go to www.exoticallure.com for more info.


Posted By: missfro
Date Posted: March 25 2005 at 7:26am
thank you for the information regarding WGT i am gonna buy it soon *excited*

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Posted By: carameldiva
Date Posted: March 25 2005 at 8:45am
I use shapley's M-T-G, It's similar to WGHO in smell and purpose. So, now you ladies have options. I have only been using it for 2 weeks but it really makes my hair soft and i have noticed that my hair is growing as well. It can be purchased at http://www.farmvet.com - www.farmvet.com   It's $12.99 for 32 oz. This product is now manufactured for horses but it originially was manufactured for bald men in 1938 to restore hair losse. It worked so well that it is now used on horses. anywho lots of women on http://www.blackhairmedia.com - www.blackhairmedia.com and http://www.longhaircareforum.com - www.longhaircareforum.com   have had success with this oil and i hope to as well. I'm going to continue using it and keep yall updated.

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Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 25 2005 at 12:48pm
Thanks Carmeldiva and JesusChrist#1. I have heard of both and was skeptical but they both sound really good. Maybe I'm crazy, but I didn't know castor oil smells bad. I use Edgar Cayce's Organic Castor oil and it has virtually no smell at all.

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Posted By: Jesuschrist#1
Date Posted: March 25 2005 at 1:54pm
You're welcome, honeydoo and missfro. And thanks Cara for the info on the M-T-G. Has anyone reached their goal hair length yet? Is everyone still doing the same routine? Please do tell


Posted By: carameldiva
Date Posted: March 25 2005 at 9:50pm
Sure anytime- i have not reached my shortterm goal yet. but hopefully i will achieve it by June 6, 2005. I'll keep you posted.

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Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 26 2005 at 9:49am
No, I have not reached my short-term goal either. Right now my hair is at about an inch past my shoulders so I have a few more inches to go to reach it. But, since I relaxed a few weeks ago, I do have a good amount of new growth, but I can't measure yet!!

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Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 26 2005 at 10:05am

Grow-Out CHallenge Bandwagon:
Adora
Carmeldiva        &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;    Cebnn
Cmesweet
Diamondprincess
Honeydoo (me)
JadeGoddess
Jesuschrist#1inmylife
Kally
Kim J
Layla
Missaol          ;           ;           ;           ;           ;           ;           ;           ; Missfro          ;           ;           ;           ;           ;           ;           ;   Namika         Nubianqt86        &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;     Pocahontas1
Savantrice
Tp1
Vickyd

Nineteen so far. Great! I hope everything is going well for everyone!



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Posted By: IndigoRed
Date Posted: March 26 2005 at 4:50pm

Count me in! I would like to join the Grow Out Challenge. At the moment, my hair is in braids. I am giving it a little break. Just 10 cornrows. I get my hair braided every 2-3 months. I do not keep in braids for long periods of time: 2-3 weeks max. My hair is relaxed and is about 4 inches above bra strap length. My goal: bra strap length. I do not have a hair regimen, so I decided this would be a good time to put one together before I remove my braids: which I plan to do April 1. Does any one know of a good braid moisturizer? Right know I am using African Royale BRX Braid & Extensions sheen spray…I am actually pretty happy with it.



Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 27 2005 at 9:18am
Hi IndigoRed! Welcome to the Challenge!You're not very far from your goal at all. I'm not sure of a good braid moisturizer because I don't really where them much. I have done braid-outs and I moisturize with Soft Sheen's Care Free Curl. I like it.

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Posted By: Renee
Date Posted: March 27 2005 at 10:26am

Hey i wanna join!!!. Right now, im 16 inches measuring from my hairline. I have 3c/4a fine hair. I relaxed when i was 14 for the first time and my healthy hair became thin and lifeless. The products i was using also made the state of my hair worse. I think ive nursed my hair back to good health and all i want to do now is reach bra strap!! Ive been dusting the damaged ends for about 5 months like twice a week and i think i can start growing now. So here's my regime

Vitamins:

GNC's hair, skin and nails (has 2500mcg biotin

Silica

MSM 1000mg 

I'll be adding a protein shake, a multivitamin and 5000mcg biotin to my vitamin regimen and i also plan to stop taking the hair, skin and nails. I'll be taking this much biotin cos my hair grew about 3 inches in the past three months when i was taking that dosage.

I wash on tuesdays and saturdays. Sometimes, i do a CO wash with V05 kiwi and lime and using humectress and the second cond. Sometimes, i do a CWC. I use a light cond. such as V05 free me freesia, tresemme breakage or suave milk and honey for the 1st cond, wash with therappe then 2nd cond. is humectress. I alternate between humectress and keraphix and i sometimes mix them together.

I do a lot of things to my hair but i have it all in my online journal.....

http://www.longhaircareforum.com/forums/journal.php?do=showjournal&j=44 - http://www.longhaircareforum.com/fo...howjournal&j=44

 

I have some old pics of my hair, like 3 mths ago but i'll take some new pics then post a link of my photo album



Posted By: Honeydoo
Date Posted: March 27 2005 at 4:06pm
Hey Renee! I was wondering when you were going to join! The picture of you that is in your Author slot, how old is that picture? Is your hair still breaking off right now?? I was wondering about silica because I've noticed a good amount of people taking it. I am just taking a multivitamin and powdered MSM at the moment. DO you think silica is good to add as well?

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