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2023 - SL/APL Challenge

faithVA

Well-Known Member
Post the following to join in

What length are you now?

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)?

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal?

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal?

Starting Pic (Post by 12/31/2022):

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Please check in 1x a month to help keep the thread active.


Plan to post your reveal pic by 12/30/2023. You can post earlier if you reach your goal any time in between.

Post as many hair pics as you like because you know we love pics :yep:


Important Picture Dates
December 31, 2022 Starting pic
April 2023 First length check update
August 2023 Second length check update
December 2023 Final Reveal
 

faithVA

Well-Known Member
What length are you now? NL

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)? SL

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal?
1. Shampoo and condition at least 1x a week
2. Deep condition weekly during the colder months
3. Use K18 every 4 to 6 weeks
4 Keep my hair in flat twist or two strands during the colder months
5. Switch between curly sets or a twist style during the warmer months
6. Snip any splits I find
7. Get regular maintenance trims

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal? Consider buying a standing hair dryer

Starting Pic :
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Evolving78

Well-Known Member
Current Length TWA
2023 Goal - SL
Plan- Wash and goes
I plan to shampoo, condition, and style my hair every 3-5 days.
I will trim every 8-10 weeks
I will deep condition on an as needed basis
I may use a semi-permanent rinse a few times a year

I will celebrate by getting a nice hair accessory! I have major shrinkage, so the milestone won’t be too spectacular.
 

sunnieb

Well-Known Member
What length are you now? SL

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)? APL

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal?

Relax every 14-16 weeks
Trim with each relaxer
Cowash 3x a week
Clarify/shampoo/Moisturizing DC weekly
Protein DC every 3 weeks
Honey/EVOO DC weekly
Use Vaseline to seal my ends
Protective style most of the time

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal?

Spa day!

Starting Pic (Post by 12/31/2022):

December 2022
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ckisland

Well-Known Member
All lengths are in my hair's curly state.

What length are you now?
My length ranges from ear to SL

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)?
Full SL-grazing CBL

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal?
Winter Regimen:

Wash 1x/ week
Cowash 1x/ week
DC 1x/ week
Style in bun 2x/ week
Normal Regimen:
Wash 1x/ week
DC 1x/ week
Style in wash n'go

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal?
I'll buy some kind of heat tool- either a straightening brush or hooded dryer

Starting Pic (Post by 12/31/2022):

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B_Phlyy

Pineapple Eating Unicorn


What length are you now? SL

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)? SL. My hair has thinned out and my ends need a trim. I'm hopping I can get to not as scrawny looking full SL by the end of the year.

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal? Weekly shampoo and deep conditioner with protective styles

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal? Buy a hair fork or some sticks to put my buns into as I shoot for longer lengths.

Starting Pic (Post by 12/31/2022):

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TLC1020

Well-Known Member
What length are you now?
Ear length

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)?
Shoulder length

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal?
1. Wear protective styles
2. Shampoo and deep condition with heat every two weeks
3. Steam treatment at least once a month.
4. Use Olaplex when needed
5. Stretch relaxers

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal?
I don't know yet.
 

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Blessedwithabundance14

Well-Known Member
What length are you now?
Neck length

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)?
Full Shoulder length and longer pieces nearly at APL

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal?
1. Low Heat Blow Dried Twists/Roller Sets/Protective Styles
2. Co-wash weekly and deep condition every two weeks
3. Exercise
4. Take Supplements
5. Massage my scalp

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal?
Get my hair flat ironed and then no heat until I'm full APL.
 

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CoiledOrchids

Active Member
what length are you now?
SL

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)?
full APL

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal?
--protective styling with crochet braids
--clarify as needed
--cowash and dc weekly
--trims when needed
--no heat until december 2023

I will also increase my water intake and start exercising

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal?

IDK but I kinda want to try a steamer since i do like the way it helps my hair feel when rising out my dcs.

-----will post pics later this week-----
 

auntybe

Well-Known Member
What length are you now?
I am currently Ear Length

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)?
My goal is Shoulder Length

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal?
Fall and Winter:
Protective styles: braids and twists
Spring and Summer:
Wash and Gos
Trims in February,May,August and November.
How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal?
I will buy myself a new pair of shoes.
 

GettingKinky

Well-Known Member
What length are you now?
Just below ear length (while curly)

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)?
SL while curly

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal?
- continue to wash weekly
-use olaplex 3 weekly
- mix protein conditioner with my regular conditioner every other week
- determine how often I need to trim and switch to trims on blown out hair (instead of curly)

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal?
I have no idea. Maybe get color?

Starting Pic (Post by 12/31/2022):
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GettingKinky

Well-Known Member
I’ve been looking for somewhere near me to get haircuts on blown out hair. I found a place that does a blowout + trim for $55 sculpted cuts for $65 and curl cuts for $75. I need to learn more about this place. If they do curly cuts I trust that their trims won’t destroy my shape.
 

GettingKinky

Well-Known Member
I was looking through my old progress pictures and I’ve been trying to achieve SL curly hair for 3 years now. But I finally feel like I’m in a good starting place. I’ve been getting regular trims for a year and a half and all my baking soda damage is gone. Now I can just focus on growth.

@ckisland you hair is so long! I love it!!
 

faithVA

Well-Known Member
I washed my hair for the first time since the 26th :look: I have no idea what happened. I never go that long without water on my head. And my hair was very unhappy.

I'm ready to get back to taking care of her. I know I did too much blow drying last year and I could see my ends on the floor. So, today is a fresh start.

I clarified with Elucence. I bought the K18 shampoo which I think is going to be a good all purpose shampoo. I shampooed once with that. I finished with the Madison Reed shampoo because my hair needed that moisture. I skipped condition because I am back to using the K18 leave-in. I'm going to use it for the next 6 weeks and get my hair back in shape.

I'm going to try to cowash mid-week to give my hair more moisture. We will see if that happens :lol: I am so hair lazy.

I go for my next maintenance cut next month I think. I will just pamper my ends as much as possible and work on rehydrating my hair.
 

Tangles

Well-Known Member
Post the following to join in

What length are you now?
Varying lengths; EL, NL, maybe some SL.

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)?
Both. The places that aren't SL now is the goal, and the places that are SL, goal APL.

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal?
Just joined the Crown and Glory challenge, so that should help with the frequent manipulation.

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal?
Will decide when it happens.
Starting Pic (Post by 12/31/2022):
Currently in braids but will be taking them out at the end of the January. Will post a pic then.
 

faithVA

Well-Known Member
Because the air is dry, I will cowash between shampooing to keep my hair hydrated. I cowashed Monday and put my hair in twist. I will shampoo and apply K18 this weekend and put it back into twists. My hair feels better already.
 

B_Phlyy

Pineapple Eating Unicorn
Pre-pooed/ co-washed my hair last night. Just added some cheapie conditioner to my dry hair and then rinsed it out in the shower. Did LOC and have 2 French braids under my wig.

Tonight is going to be a heavy cardio day so I might do it again tonight.
 

ckisland

Well-Known Member
I shampooed and dc'd yesterday. Styled with Leave-in Condish and Honey Curls. I took my hair out of my scarf and it's dry!! Why does my hair feel dry already?! :angry2: I went ahead and clipped it up, and I'm not worrying about it until 3 or 4 days pass.
 

B_Phlyy

Pineapple Eating Unicorn
The gym was closed on Thursday so I haven't done anything to my hair since Wednesday. Tonight I'm going to clarify and DC because my hair is feeling very dry.
 

TamaraShaniece

Ayurvedic Life
What length are you now? Slight pass SL I think… stylist gave me an uncleared ~10 inch trim

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)? Back to BSL

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal? Protective styling a weekly deep conditioning

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal? Blow out + clip ins

Starting Pic (Post by 12/31/2022): left is 10/2020 and the right is 12/2022 after a trim. The math not mathing.
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GettingKinky

Well-Known Member
What length are you now? Slight pass SL I think… stylist gave me an uncleared ~10 inch trim

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)? Back to BSL

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal? Protective styling a weekly deep conditioning

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal? Blow out + clip ins

Starting Pic (Post by 12/31/2022): left is 10/2020 and the right is 12/2022 after a trim. The math not mathing.
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That’s a HUGE trim! I’m sorry your stylist did that.
 

ckisland

Well-Known Member
What length are you now? Slight pass SL I think… stylist gave me an uncleared ~10 inch trim

What is your goal for 2023 (SL or APL)? Back to BSL

What's your plan/regime to reach your goal? Protective styling a weekly deep conditioning

How will you celebrate/reward yourself when you reach your goal? Blow out + clip ins

Starting Pic (Post by 12/31/2022): left is 10/2020 and the right is 12/2022 after a trim. The math not mathing.
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That wasn't a trim. That was definitely a hair cut :confused: So not cool!!!
 

Tangles

Well-Known Member
I was having such a hard time trying to take a picture of my hair. No one was home. I was scared to stretch it with heat. So, I took some really bad pics. I will definitely have better pics in April.
 

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