Apl\bsb 2019 Challenge

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  1. faithVA

    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations. I think you are right ... You made it.
     
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    You definitely made it. Congrats!!!
     
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    Its depressing looking at how long the distance is from APL to BSL.
     

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    We'll get there! :weird: I think its 4 or 5 inches from APL to BSL on me. I'm trying to not think about because it seems daunting, thats a whole 'nother year. *Sigh* Never had hair this long before but it still feels short. Hopefully BSL will feel different.
    Thank you! :)
     
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    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    Looks like maybe 4 inches. That isn't too bad.
     
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    Okay. I’ll have one final update at the end of the year.
     

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    Hi y'all , :rose:

    Here are some side by side photos from the time frame of April 21st to August 25th, So far my hair is growing well , i plan on kicking up the growth aids and taking my vitamins daily to do a final check at the end of the year.As of now my hair is blown out and flat iron (even tho its raining here and the humidity has gotten to it ) I'm gonna keep it out for about a week and a half then get braids put in for a while then after get another wig or sew in.

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    My protective style is this Friday. I only stretched that section of hair for my length check. I'm trying to decide if I should wash it again prior to Friday or just leave it alone and stretch it Wednesday night.
     
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    You ladies are doing it up in here. Congratulations to everyone that made APL.

    Thank you to everyone for the update pictures.
     
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    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    That hair is looking fabulous. You have had great progress. APL is definitely yours before the end of the year.
     
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    Thanks!! I’m trying my best lol
     
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    I washed and conditioned last night. it was easy because my hair was stretched out from being in a bun. i kept it pretty stretched. rinsed out the conditioner early this morning and applied 24k (my shea butter mix) to everything. its back in a bun. I also have satin covered hair twisties, which i LOVE so far.
     
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    Happy to say the short patch of hair I cut last October is stretching long enough to fit in that section of hair without sticking out when twisted. It’s stretching two inches past my eyes now.
     
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    I'm currently washing weekly and putting in either 2 strands or flat twists. I'm not sure what has changed but my twist are staying moisturized a bit longer. And I will take it.

    I'm not sure what my growth rate is but I think it is a little bit less than 1/2 inch a month. So instead of 6 inches a year, I think I get between 4 and 5. So with dustings I'm probably looking at 3.5 to 4 inches a year of retention. So that changes my projectory to APL. I do have 1 or 2 months a year where I do get more than 1/2 but that is not my average. Knowing my growth rate is slower will help me with more realistic expectations when setting my length goals in the future.

    I'm thinking of putting in 1 more set of extensions in September and then just go back to some type of twist during the cooler weather. My hair and scalp need more water when the humidity is low.

    I will just keep doing search and destroys and hold off on my dusting until December when I do my length check.
     
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    I bought several products from the Hair Rules line. It has been sold out for months so I hopped on it when they became available. Today I washed, DCed and twisted with the entire line to see how it works out. My two strand twist have a little hang and some plumpness to them. But I am waiting to see how they dry and if they stay moisturized for the week. But I'm happy with them for the moment.

    Right now I'm happy with the weekly wash and twist. If these twist stay moisturized I will keep with the 2 strands until I need a break.
     
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    Still not a protective style in place.

    Washed my hair on Friday and used my paddle brush to blow it out. Worked tonight and of course its poofy again. I was going to put twists in on stretched hair but thats gone in the wind.
     
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    It will happen. Just need a goal reset.
     
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    i've been wearing my hair in a sort of halo twist with kanekalon. i just remoisturize and try no to freak out when its all matted before I retwist the next day or two
     
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    I haven't checked in in a minute! I'll be posting more regularly here on out.

    I've been steadily wearing my hair blowdried or flatironed. I messed up with my ends in the beginning, but I'll wait until the end of the year to trim since they don't seem to be messing up my progress too much. One issue I'm consistently having is with my scalp! I have a spot at my nap that flares up, flakes and itches like crazy. I get a good week and then it flares up again :cry3: . I may consider doing braid n'curls or flattwist outs to let me wash my hair more frequently and to lessen my heat usage.

    Here's some update/comparison pics.

    June: flatironed
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    Today (Sept): blowdried
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    Definitely see the progress. Keep doing what you are doing.
     
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    I haven't been posting either or doing much with my hair. I've been coloring my hair for the past 3 weeks and still haven't done it. I have a day off tomorrow so I plan to color tomorrow and then I will just put in some 2 strands.

    I think I will flat iron my hair after Thanksgiving instead of waiting until Christmas. I need to dust my ends. I won't make APL by the end of year so that 1 month isn't going to do anything for me. I just want to get it out of the way and then just put my hair up in twist and keep it moving.
     
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    I FINALLY colored my hair after I saying it for weeks. It looks and feels so much better. I switched from store color to eSalon color and it has been worth it. My color turns out better and my hair is softer after. I've only used it twice but my ends don't seem to be suffering from it as a result. I will keep an eye on it for 6 months. And I need to try to be more consistent and color every 6 weeks instead of every 3 months.

    After I colored, I spritzed my hair with leave-in and put in bantu knots. I let my hair dry a bit and then put in a quarter size amount of gel in each section. Then I added water and worked the gel in. I put in 2 strand twists which look much better than they did at the beginning of the year.

    I'm going to try to stick with 2 strands for the rest of the year and not be so lazy. Right now I just need to be patient and focus on my hair getting healthier. I'm not sure I believe I will gain any real length any time soon.
     
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    Still havent decided what to do about my hair,

    Traveling for work soon with the YT people and I dont want to have to worry about it for those days.
     
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    My twist are finally starting to touch the bottom of my ears.
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    Just came out a set of passion twists. I thought I was taking care of them okay but my hair is dry as a bone. I'll be doing all the deep conditioning treatments and such for a while. I'm probably going to need a significant trim too.
     
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    Hit my goal w/ a 1.5 inch trim.
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    AmethystLily Cynic on the outside; Dreamer on the inside

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    I keep missing update months because I'm lazy/don't visit here as often as I used to, so I'll just have to make another late post. :laugh:
    IMG_20190709_164219.jpg July 2019


    IMG_20190930_022654.jpg September 2019


    Hard to tell because I did dust/trim my ends between length checks (I have to be careful not to get scissor-happy on my own hair). That said, I do believe I've retained some more length.
     
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    I haven't had my hair done in a salon in years. I'm looking at some nearby Dominican salons that do wash and sets. I would love to pay $25 to have someone else do my hair :laugh:
     
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    Thanks for checking in. Keep on retaining. Maybe put the scissors away until after Christmas. I hope you get some good retention between now and then.
     

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