For those wanting long hair...

Discussion in 'Hair Care Tips & Product Review Discussion' started by Allandra, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. deedoswell

    deedoswell New Member

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    g.lo I think you reggie is great!!! Now I'm curious about this "hygral fatigue" on high porosity hair. I'm wondering if that is why whenever I baggy my hair sheds like crazy???
     
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    Love this thread, I can't wait to begin my hair journey:)
     
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    For 2013 it's all about bunning for me:yep:
     
  5. Shadiyah

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    what I don't understand is how come everyone is using GPB as a deep conditioner when it is protein??? I mean why are you using it every week?? Some of your problems could be coming from too much protein.
     
  6. g.lo

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    My hair love light protein on a weekly basis. I did switch to having a hard core one every 6 weeks and it didn't work for me. GPB is a reconstructor, which means it has both protein and moisture properties.
    the instruction says to use it on dry hair , or as a rinse out.
     
  7. Allandra

    Allandra Well-Known Member

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    Shadiyah

    I've been using Aubrey Organics GPB since 1999, and I mainly use it weekly. It's a very mild protein conditioner. It works for me.
     
  8. Shadiyah

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    Allandra I think I was a little worried because I am protein sensitive. I use just not that often maybe like once a month because I henna once a month as well. And I learned the hard way.
     
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    So....I've been so excited about the 2-3 inches i need to reach WL. I am gonna bun for a while to help me gain my length.
     
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    SmilingElephant I was not able to log on for a few days. The site was having some updates or something. I am so glad to see you posting. How are you feeling? Better I hope. 3-4 inches to waist length. I think I was 3-4 inches to APL. Well, Rome was not built in a day. Neither is waist length hair!!
     
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  11. HoneyA

    HoneyA Goal:Hip length stretched

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    I've been moisturising daily since I BCed, with S-Curl mostly. I do see a difference in length and thickness every month so I'm pleased with my retention. Sometimes I swear I see a difference in 2 weeks. I really can't complain. Loving my natural hhj. I'm secretly hoping to hit MBL by the end of the year.
     
  12. Hyacinthe

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    Allandra
    Hi
    I have a bit of a situation,recently I have been noticing little wispy hairs every now and again. I always wondered where are these little hairs coming from.
    then one day I was examining one of my shed hairs and I saw a mid shaft split.
    out of idleness I pulled on the split and it looked just like the little wispy hairs that I see ever so often.
    someone mentioned to me that it could be the over use of protein.
    I use protein every week or every other week.
    I started doing that due to the fineness of my hair and being that it was so weak and easily over moisturized. Now I'm second guessing all the protein usage.
    Is it possible to create mid shaft splits from regular protein use?
    I think I am having a problem keeping a proper moisture/protein balance.
     
  13. Allandra

    Allandra Well-Known Member

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    Hyacinthe

    What type of protein are you using weekly to every other week? How long have you been doing this?

    Too much protein for some is not good.

    The protein I use is mild (as my hair does not need any type of hard core protein).



     
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    been using Aphogee 2 min,Mizani Kerafuse & Vitale hair mayo.
    starting doing this the beginning of this year.
     
  15. Allandra

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    Hyacinthe

    Are these considered hard core protein treatments? Try cutting back on your use of protein treatments and see how your hair does (especially since you just started doing this the beginning of the year). It very well may be protein overload.

     
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    Allandra, could it also be the new hair that she see on her head? I was seeing this on my head and now I see so many but this is after I started taking multi vitamin and a dht blocker. at first it was always in the crown of my head and that is where my hair is the thickest but not I see it all over and so now I just think for me it is just my replacement hair because I have trimmed that hair and done everything but it is getting longer and longer but it is also where the most of my frizz comes from.

    I stop putting henna treatments in my hair only so that I could count the inches as they grow in to see if my hair was growing any faster since adding the supplements. so far I went from growing a 1/4" per month to 1/2" per month and for me that is a very big deal. I am so happy and now so mad that I didn't break down to do this sooner lol. I really wanted to see what my hair was doing on it's own and now that I am getting to my fifth yr and not wl I have jumped in now.

    I have decided not to worry so much on how much growth I get per yr anymore but on the health of my hair. I am now pushing across the longest my hair has ever been so I am fine with that. I am thinking I will be full midback by the end of the yr. I can't wait to henna again but I think I will give it another 2 more months just to be sure and then I will feel comfortable.

    sorry I know this is long but it has been a long time since I post here.
     
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  17. Allandra

    Allandra Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it could very well be new hairs coming in.

     
  18. Mande30

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    It is coming up on my 1 year HHJ anniversary. I must say that I have more hair than I have ever had during my adult life, I am very thankful. My retention has been satisfactory to me. I started (July 1, 2012) with above shoulder length, damaged hair. By May 2013 I hit the APL.

    What I did at the beginning and changes throughout this year:

    *Threw away my heating appliances, with the exception of my hood dryer for DC's.

    *Stopped getting relaxers every 4 to 6 weeks. I now stretch for 12 weeks.

    *Protect my previously relaxed hair during touch ups (I had no earthly idea about the effects of runoff, but my hair tried to tell me.)

    *Buy and use products based on ingredients not manufaturing claims.

    *Moisturize and Seal nigntly, even if its just a spritz of water and then seal with oil)

    *Be as gentle as I can with whatever I do with my hair.

    *Stopped doing roller sets every night (too much combing). Now I exclusively wear braid-outs. Keeps my hair semi big and curly without heat or rollers. (I don't really like straight hair, but I love my relaxer, if that is at all possible).

    *The only good thing that I don't do is wearing protective hair styles. I simply don't look good with my hair pulled back. I compensate by being extra vigilant and dusting/trimming more.
     
  19. Allandra

    Allandra Well-Known Member

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    Mande30

    Thanks for sharing your update with us.

     
  20. Straighthoodtea

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    I do the GHE and put oils on my hair and scalp at night, during the day, I throw it in a bun. Just gotta keep it detangled.
     
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    My entire life, I've always dreamed on having long hair, to me that was having something past shoulder length and being able to do and take care of my own hair without complete dependency on a hair stylist that didn't care for the health of my hair. So, today I've decided to take the health of my hair into my own hands. By doing that, I decided that my first goal will be to improve that health of my hair and then move on to length goals. I'm a SL relaxed young lady and I would love any advice all of the wise women on this board would be willing to offer me. Any tips, tricks, product recommendations, or advice would me nice. Tell me where you started so that I have an idea of where I can start.
     
  22. Mande30

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    @BrownGirlLawyer

    Welcome to the board and congrats on your committment to starting a Healthy Hair Journey (HHJ).

    The first place that I got help was from reading a very good book, "The Science of Black Hair", by Audrey Savasothy (spelling ?). These boards are excellent. But you usually have to search for things and sift through various opinions. But this book puts it all into one place. I knew nothing about healthy hair and where to begin and this book really educated me. I use it as a reference now. I posted my 1 year anniversay summary a few posts up. Please read to see some of the things that I had to let go of in order to have healthy hair.

    When I finished the book, I found this sight. With the knowledge that the book gave me, I was able to navigate and find what I needed on here. I was also prepared to discard stuff that was way way off.

    GET THE BOOK.
     
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    I have a copy of the Science of Black Hair and Hair Care Rehab. I have had them for a while. I reviewed them this week just to see if I needed tips in any area. It is nice to have resources available when you are trying to improve your hair care regimen.:grin:
     
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    I relaxed about two weeks ago at the salon, trimmed, and put in a weave install that was glued to a cap on my head. My hair was braided underneath. When I took my hair out, detangled with oil, then washed, I noticed a significant amount of hair fell out during the wash. I wonder what could of been the problem? maybe I did not detangle enough or I did not do a wash after relaxing my hair ( I waited two weeks to remove the weave)??

    I have a pixie cut Im trying to grow out and I feel like the length I accumulated in two weeks are gone.... oh well back to the drawing board but I just want to make sure I don't make the same mistake again
     
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    sweetvi

    Post this in the Relaxed Hair Thread- it will be seen by more people. You WILL get help
     
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    okay! thanks
     
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    Allandra, I haven't posted here in a while and just wanted to give a brief update. My hair went through of period of stagnation. I was stuck at BSL for over a year. I didn't notice any breakage, but it wasn't gaining any length either. I switched from the TRESemme Naturals line to L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Oleo-Keratin line (really long name, LOL) In the beginning of September. My hair was gotten softer, stronger, thicker and the growth has started again. I was grazing MBL before my trim last night. I also started the Inversion Method last night, so I will see if I gain 1 inch in a week as it's reported to do. As with everything else, once your body gets used to a certain product or method of doing things, it seems to stop working. I plan to do the Inversion Method one week per month to see if it works and to alternate products every 2-3 months to prevent stagnation.
     
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    greenandchic, how are you? I was just thinking about you and the problems you were having with the crown of you head. Have you made any progress? What products, if any, have you changed? Hopefully, all is well with you.
     
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    I haven't posted in here in a long time. My hair went through so much last year. I tried to wear it out while nursing two bald spots and discovered another bald spot in my crown during the process. While nursing the spots, my hair just didn't do well with the water and weather (I live in the Middle East). After my spots grew out, I gave up trying to wear my hair out. I wore it in braids for about 6 months this year with 2-3 week breaks inbetween and I put in a weave last week. My hair has been thriving since I began this protective styling process, all the spots have filled in and it basically looks better now. I'm not a big fan of back to back protective styling but it has worked well for me this year. I went natural in 2010 and thought I'd be at least APL by now but alas, no. Let's see what November brings after I take out my weave.

    Sent from my iPad using LHCF
     
  30. Allandra

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    I just hit my last relaxer anniversary the other day. It's been six years! Yay! I don't miss getting relaxer touch ups at all. I love being a curly girl.
     

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