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2021 Twist, Braid, Bun Challenge - No Hiding Your Hair

snoop

Well-Known Member
REMEMBER: No hiding your hair! No wigs, no weaves, no extensions, etc.

This challenge is for twist, braids, and buns on your own hair. Using these low manipulation and protective styles, we aim to retain the growth we achieve over the year.

Twists: 2 strand twists, flat twists, 2 strand flat twists, 3 strand twists, coils, bantu knots
Braids: Box braids & mini braids on your hair, plaits, cornrows, french braids, etc.
Buns: Any kind of bun or updo. We want our ends to be protected and tucked away!

RULES:
1. ALL STYLES MUST BE DONE WITH YOUR OWN HAIR EXCLUSIVELY.

2. Your hair must be in twist, braids or bunned for at least 5 consecutive days.

3. You can wear your hair out for up to 3 days between styling (i.e twist-outs, afros, wash and go, etc).

4. Check in 1x a month or more. Update us on your regimen, style, moisturizing secrets, etc.)

5. Post a picture of your hair at the beginning of the challenge and at the end.

6. The challenge will be from January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 but will run month to month. You can opt out for a month or more if needed. But when you commit, commit for the month.

7. You will have 1 pass per quarter, during the challenge to cover you for a week.

9. Heat is allowed in this challenge. Be sure to use a heat protectant and the lowest setting possible for your hair. Remember to be careful! We do not want to damage our hair for the styling purposes of this challenge.

REMEMBER: No hiding your hair! No wigs, no weaves, no extensions, etc.

Feel free to join at any time.

~~~~~~~~~~Join the Challenge by Sharing-----------------

1. What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.)?

2. What is your style maintenance regimen?

3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning?

4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?

5. How often will you restyle your hair?

6. Include Starting Pic.
 

snoop

Well-Known Member
1. What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.)?
Two strand twists in all sizes. I'll combine it with African threading.

2. What is your style maintenance regimen?

For the first quarter:
  • First week, wash with natural cleanser (water only, honey, soapwort, yucca, etc.) with no conditioner. On week 4 clay wash (may include extras like protein strengthener, ayurveda, DC, etc.)
  • On week 1, LCOB, install twists (size will vary), then braid, then African thread length and ends.
  • Weeks 2 and 3, wash, re-braid, and re-thread
  • At the end of week 4 start the process again.

  • Products: Mainly DIY (cleansers, herbal spray, moisturizer, DC, ayurvedic oil)
  • Exclusively finger detangle and finger comb
3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning?
Natural

4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Better retention and healthier hair.

5. How often will you restyle your hair?

For the first quarter, I'll be restyling once per month.

6. Include Starting Pic.
 

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Lissa0821

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Thanks, I'm

1. What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.)?
Two strand twists, small or medium and twistouts

2. What is your style maintenance regimen?
I alternate between wash with shampoo and conditioner and deep conditioner. I do a clay wash the last week of every month. I plan of airdrying for a full year and getting a good trim every quarter this year.

My products will be Paul Mitchell Tea Tree lavendar and mint shampoo and conditioner, Silicon Mix Bambu and Pearle for my deep conditoner. For days of my clay was Joico Moisture Balm as my deep conditioner. I grease my scalp with Nature's Blessing on wash day only. I use Lottabody Coconut and Shea hair milk as my leave in. I apply castor/olive oil mix to my scalp twice a week and I lay my edges with JBCO lavendar hair butter. I twist my hair with Camile Rose Almond Jai for a twistout or Beeswax to maintain twist for two weeks

3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning?
Natural, growing color treated hair again

4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
Better retention and to see some actual serious growth

5. How often will you restyle your hair?
Every one to two weeks

6. Include Starting Pic.
 

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snoop

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Washed my twists yesterday. Moisturized them then put them into a single braid. I'll thread the braid this morning.
 

Lissa0821

Well-Known Member
I have my hair in a puff this week, going back to mini twists this weekend. I want to challenge myself to keep them in longer than two weeks. I usually take them down while they still look good because I just enjoy wash day and that clean hair feeling. I don't do any real styling with them in. I plan to change that so that I can get more time of them.
 
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VictoriousBrownFlower

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i guess i'll join u guys. i'm trying to protective style mostly until i get to my goal wash and go length of chin length in the front and shoulder length in the back

~~~~~~~~~~Join the Challenge by Sharing-----------------

1. What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.)?
i primarily wear 8 braids in a bun when around the house but take out the braids and wear a reg bun with my hair out when going out.
2. What is your style maintenance regimen?
I wash once every 2 wks making sure i dc with heat for at least a half an hr each time i wash. Protein as needed, After washing i section my hair into 8 sections and spray mielle organice white peony on each section and apply qb amla and olive heavy cream on top before braiding. I remoisturize as needed by removing my braids one at a time. spraying the section down with the mielle organics and sealing with the qb and rebraiding. If needed i will take out the braids and style in either one or two buns slicking the hair down with either eco style or wetline gel if going out.
3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning?
i'm natural
4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
i'm hoping to make it to my main goal of a shoulder length wash and go
5. How often will you restyle your hair?
i will restyle around once a wk
6. Include Starting Pic. since my goal is for my wash and go my beg pic will be of my most current wash and goIMG_E2342.JPG
 

charmtreese

Well-Known Member
1. What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.)?

Twist

2. What is your style maintenance regimen?

Wash hair every 2-3 weeks and put in medium twist (between 50-60 twist).

3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning?

Natural

4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?

Getting married in October, hope to achieve longer and thicker hair for my big

5. How often will you restyle your hair?

Every 2-3 weeks.

6. Include Starting Pic.
(haven’t been taking many hair pictures lately, with having a new baby taking hair pictures have taken a backseat along with so many other things)
 

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snoop

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Yesterday, I washed my hair in twists and then put those twists into bantu knots for the night. Hoping to install mini twists today since I'm overdue for a trim.
 

snoop

Well-Known Member
I started installing mini twists. This was my go-to style for years, but after switching to medium/large twists last year...

I'm so frustrated! I think this set will take me three days to install. :wallbash:

I'm taking solice in the fact that I will be able to trim my hair. I'm at least three months overdue.
 

VictoriousBrownFlower

Well-Known Member
just prepooed washed dc'd and applied my leave in and moisturizer. It was long overdue.... My scalp is in heaven.... i havent had dandruff for yrs but all of a sudden last yr or so i started getting dandruff again.... last time what made it go away was monistat but i don't know if i have the patients to do that again.....

i'm gonna let my hair airdry in 6 big plaits and then when i feel like it i'll put it in med sized twists..... i really marvel at the women that can do mini twists... their gorge but too much work for me,
 

VictoriousBrownFlower

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I started installing mini twists. This was my go-to style for years, but after switching to medium/large twists last year...

I'm so frustrated! I think this set will take me three days to install. :wallbash:

I'm taking solice in the fact that I will be able to trim my hair. I'm at least three months overdue.
3 days:eek: i give u props... i'm too lazy and i know it.
 

VictoriousBrownFlower

Well-Known Member
so after washing i did a wash and go to see if there was any progress. i only kept it for a day though and then i put my hair back in my reg deg twists....
 

Meritamen

Mermaiden
1. What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.)?
Twists, and twists up in a bun or in a braid

2. What is your style maintenance regimen?
- Shampoo and clay mask treatment either once a week or every other week at most
- Moisturize and seal every 2-3 days
- Retwist every 4-6 weeks to finger detangle and keep my hair from locking
- Redo any loose or matted twists in-between retwists especially on wash days

3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning?
Transitioning from texlax to natural (15 months in!). Planning to do the chop after 2-3 years.

4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
I hope to retain all of my new growth and gain thickness

5. How often will you restyle your hair?
Every 4-6 weeks I do my hair by taking down each twist and retwisting it. I just keep my hair in twists because it greatly simplified my hair routine. I hate detangling my hair with a passion. I even wash my hair in twists.
 

Lissa0821

Well-Known Member
I can honestly say I have seen growth with my hair since I started doing mini twists in 2019. The immediate growth was in my edges and bang area. My edges filled in nicely and my bangs are now at my nose. For several years when I first went natural, I wore phony pony and wigs, which lead to breakage and short hairs all through out the my front hair line. I still have a little breakage in my crown area due to the fact it is such a dry patch of hair and now its completely grey. Even this area is longer than ever in years. I also love how my mini twist look a little different every time I do them. I love that I can shake my hair in the morning and go, just knowing my hair looks good.
 

snoop

Well-Known Member
I braided my twists today and threaded them. I finally got some rubber thead so it'll be interesting to see how it differs from the weave thread. I threaded with gaps until I got with a few inches of my ends at which point I switched to no gaps.

I'm going to try to keep them in for two weeks.
 

VictoriousBrownFlower

Well-Known Member
i washed my hair last night and put in 8-10 braids to dry..... at some point this wk when i get the chance i'll style in my reg deg twists and leave them in til next wash day....
 

bronzeqtoftx

Knowledge Seeker
1. What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.)? I commit to a mixture of twists and buns with occasional French braids.

2. What is your style maintenance regimen? I wash weekly with Ouidad Climate Control shampoo. I apply Olaplex biweekly as my hair is both relaxed and color treated with accents. I alternate using Sally’s Ion Luxe masque.

3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning? Relaxed

4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge? Length is what I plan to retain until I can cut off my underprocessed relaxed ends.

5. How often will you restyle your hair? I restyle daily

6. Include Starting Pic
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VictoriousBrownFlower

Well-Known Member
i took out my braids and did some small twists. MY HAIR FELT SO SOFT!!!!!! The only thing i did different this wash was use my shea butter mix to seal instead of qhemet. I find that my hair likes the qhemet better to remoisturize dry hair but not to moisturize wet hair.... my hair on the other hand loves mielles white peony as a leave in on wet hair but doesnt love it on dry hair....

I guess its back to shea sliding for me....
 
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