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2 Week Club: The low manipulation challenge... anybody?

laurend

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I just found the thread and I want to join. I will twist and wear twist outs for one week and wear my hair bun for the second week. On the 14th day I will wash my hair. February 16 I'm getting my hair pressed and will be wearing it down for my birthday. I'm one inch away from bra strap.
 

leleepop

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I have been doing this challenge since it started, and my hair is really getting thick. I almost gave up but when I checked the length I notice a change in thickness. This challenge saves me alot of time I thinks it a keeper for me.
 

sareca

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I just found the thread and I want to join. I will twist and wear twist outs for one week and wear my hair bun for the second week. On the 14th day I will wash my hair. February 16 I'm getting my hair pressed and will be wearing it down for my birthday. I'm one inch away from bra strap.

Welcome aboard! :)
 

sareca

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I have been doing this challenge since it started, and my hair is really getting thick. I almost gave up but when I checked the length I notice a change in thickness. This challenge saves me alot of time I thinks it a keeper for me.

I've noticed the same thing. Mine's gotten thicker and longer. I wasn't sure if I believed I could retain length without protective styles but I wear it out every single day. :eek: I'd been bunning and braiding for TWO stinkin' years. Who knew the the comb would be more dangerous for my hair than the open air. :wallbash:
 
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sareca

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A few folks have mentioned how much breakage they had from detangling in a couple other threads and that really shouldn't be the case. Some is normal, but when I found a couple dreads it took me about 10 seconds (for each) and I had no breakage. I used Robin's method for taking out braids with a lot of buildup.

It works every time. Your head should NEVER be sore after detangling. There is absolutely NO force put on my scalp when I'm detangling. That's much too rough and you're bound to have breakage if you pull or tear at your hair while detangling.

Here's Robin's video.... http://growafrohairlong.com/takingoutplaits.html

When I'm detangling I pretend like I'm pulling a single thread out of very old lace. It should be that deliberate, that slow, and that gentle.
 
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sareca

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I'm on day 19! :reddancer:Wednesday is d-day. Since there's only 5 days left in the challenge, Wednesday will be the last time I detangle during the challenge. :( Nothing will change for me after the challenge. I will continue to detangle/comb once every 2-3 weeks. To celebrate the end of the challenge I'm going rollerset my hair using macherieamour's rollersetting DVD. :yay: I'm so excited.
 
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BeautifulFlower

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Ok, I know I am SOOOO late but I am in now! Starting today. I am going to try and not detangle until either Christmas or New Year's.

I am a soldier. I can do it!:grin:
 

sareca

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Ok, I know I am SOOOO late but I am in now! Starting today. I am going to try and not detangle until either Christmas or New Year's.

I am a soldier. I can do it!:grin:

I think I'm gonna start another thread to go from December 1st until April 1st.
It really has been phenomenal for my hair.


Welcome aboard!
 

HoneyA

Goal:Hip length stretched
I think I'm gonna start another thread to go from December 1st until April 1st.
It really has been phenomenal for my hair.


Welcome aboard!

I was wondering if you were going to continue with the lo-mani challenge so I'm glad:grin: to hear you'll start another one on December 1st. I'm in whenever it starts!
 

sareca

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I was wondering if you were going to continue with the lo-mani challenge so I'm glad:grin: to hear you'll start another one on December 1st. I'm in whenever it starts!

:yay: I'm glad. I'll start the next thread with a tutorial on managing tangles. It's extremely important to lo-mani. :yep:
 

sareca

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I only made it 20 days. :( I had to leave town suddenly and I didn't want to pack all my detangling gear. This week I'm trying something new.

I did a rollerset and I haven't detangled since (Tuesday evening). Each night I apply red palm, eqyss and a little extra oil to the ends. Section my hair into 5 pieces and set each on a large flexi-rod. I spray a little eqyss on the hairline and tie it down. It's working beautifully. Each morning I simply take off the scarf take out the rollers, shake it loose, and put my hair accessories in. :yep: I'll try to keep the rollerset for a week this time then switch to a wash n go (without detangling) and wear that for a week then detangle. If this goes well I'll try 3 weeks again.
 
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sareca

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THE END
If you started this challenge you have learned something new about your hair. You've either learned you've been combing away progress (esp thickness) or you've learned lo-mani isn't for you. In either case, congrats! :flowers:


 

tt8

New Member
I have to say that this has helped me with shedding. I only do it 7 days at a time but I lose/manipulate less hair like this. I put my hair in corn-rows and do my routine the entire week (co-washing atleast 4 days/ deep condition per wash) then on the last day I detangle and reapply braids. It was my first week doing this and I lost so little of hair yay!!!:grin:
 

sareca

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I have to say that this has helped me with shedding. I only do it 7 days at a time but I lose/manipulate less hair like this. I put my hair in corn-rows and do my routine the entire week (co-washing atleast 4 days/ deep condition per wash) then on the last day I detangle and reapply braids. It was my first week doing this and I lost so little of hair yay!!!:grin:

You've made a very good point. Even if you only made it to 7 days that's still better than daily. :yep: I'll start another thread today so we can keep the ball rolling.
 

Mahalialee4

New Member
Lo Mani is working for me and I am constantly tweaking it. Mainly moisturizing and oiling the ends and pinning back up in a "Bee hive of all things" because it is great for sleeping and when I want to dress it up I just put some combs in it at the top and it looks like a sleek underroll or bun. sigh. bonjour
 

sareca

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Lo Mani is working for me and I am constantly tweaking it. Mainly moisturizing and oiling the ends and pinning back up in a "Bee hive of all things" because it is great for sleeping and when I want to dress it up I just put some combs in it at the top and it looks like a sleek underroll or bun. sigh. bonjour


Congrats! I'm glad you've made it work. :yep: Come join us for challenge #2.
 

Princess4real

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Alright I cave.... Let's relax one of the rules... you can brush your edges lightly and only if you've tried the scarf method and it doesn't work. :ohwell: But you really should let your hair airdry as much as possible before putting tension on it.

Here's how the scarf method works...
first towel dry, then drape the towel over your shoulders. Put it in the approximate position you want to it be when styled. Tie your scarf on the edges and let it dry. A little gel helps.

<< like that

After about 10-15 minutes take the scarf off and finishing styling.



That's a wash and go (wng) BTW. :wink2: You could do the same thing with your buns. You only have to have the scarf on a 10-15 minutes for it to lay them down. I didn't use an tools no combs or brushes. Just my finger and the scarf.

Here's the scarf method on my hair when I was 10 months post relaxer...




WOW :blush: I'm going to have to try this!
 

Tinky

New Member
This sounds like a great idea! I am ready to do this. Actually I co-washed this morning and didn't detangle. I may look rough right now, but that's alright. Sign me up for the one week club :yep:.
 

Tinky

New Member
Today is my official start date since I detangled this weekend. I cowashed this morning and went to work looking like a HOT MESS. From now on I think I will wash my hair at night so I can lay it down with my scarf while I sleep.
 

sareca

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Today is my official start date since I detangled this weekend. I cowashed this morning and went to work looking like a HOT MESS. From now on I think I will wash my hair at night so I can lay it down with my scarf while I sleep.

Yeah, I like cowashing at night too. Helps keep me nice and cool during the warmer months. I have to put a baggie on the length/ends tho. If it dries during the night, it's hard to get my wash and go to look right without completely soaking the ends in the morning.
 

Lady Esquire

New Member
I had no idea this challenge existed. I am on a hybrid regimen:
From about 10-12 wks post relaxer, I am on my regular weekly rollersets.
From about 12-24 weeks, I am on a bi-weekly flat iron.

I have recently switched to this 2-week lo-mani regi only about 2 months ago when my new growth got outta hand.
Leaving it alone, DCing, half airdry/half blowdry, then flat-iron biweekly is the best way to maintain both textures.

Right now, I think I will continue doing the 6-month stretches indefinitely.

So far my hybrid regi is on point. :grin:
 
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Tinky

New Member
What if I want to grease my scalp with something. Would that be classified as manipulation since I would have to part my scalp? I read the thread earlier, but I can't remember if that info was in there.
 

sareca

Well-Known Member
:update: So it's been over a year since I first started a low manipulation reggie. I'm still going strong. The biggest change I've noticed is my hair doesn't really tangle anymore. Even after 2 weeks of not combing it only takes a few minutes to get my whole head detangled.

My strands used to feel a little rough before, now they're smooth like glass all the way to the ends. I also credit lo-mani with being able to go 8 months without a trim. I trimmed my hair this morning, not because I had split ends, just needed to reshape the puff. :afropick:

I think my strands (particularly the ends) are stronger because there's less wear and tear on them from the daily combing/brushing. I also think that's why my hair doesn't tangle. I suspect daily manipulation tatters the strands making them cling (i.e., tangle) with other strands. Just my :twocents:

Lo-mani ain't for everybody but it was sure a Godsend for me. :yep:
 

ResultsMayVary

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Kind of a long question but: Is this low manipulation??

I co-wash every other day and just moisturize, seal and bun ...
on the days I am not co-washing I just take my hair out of the bun, moisturize, seal and put it back in ... the only time I comb is in the shower ..

Or is the taking it out, remoisturizing, and combing during co-washes too much manipulation??

And if so ... any suggestions as to how to reduce some manipulation in my regime


Thanks for reading my long question too!!
 

sareca

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Kind of a long question but: Is this low manipulation??

I co-wash every other day and just moisturize, seal and bun ...
on the days I am not co-washing I just take my hair out of the bun, moisturize, seal and put it back in ... the only time I comb is in the shower ..


Or is the taking it out, remoisturizing, and combing during co-washes too much manipulation??

And if so ... any suggestions as to how to reduce some manipulation in my regime


Thanks for reading my long question too!!

That sounds pretty low to me. :yep: :up: How often are you combing?
 
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