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HappyAtLast

2020 Simplicity & Peacefulness
I'm a January and June/July texlaxer also. I decided to texlax after being a heat-trained natural was doing more harm than good and led me to a big cut. :cry3:
I am really enjoying my texlaxed hair. My texlaxed hair looks like my natural hair when blown out. I'm so happy it's not as susceptible to the humidity anymore.

It's time to go back under wigs for simplicity's sake (recent car accident messed up my arm so I'm in therapy), so I'm looking forward to wig shopping soon.

I very mildly texlax at the most, twice a year now, instead of 4-5 times. Last year I think I gave myself only one texlaxer.

I rarely if ever, use heat, that's maybe one to two times a year for length checks only

I trim no more than twice a year

I only protective style using wigs 90% of the year and bunning the remaining 10% of the time

When I'm not very busy, I deep condition my hair once a week but when I'm pretty busy, that might happen every 3-5 weeks.

I do keep my ends moisturized and sealed with mostly heavy natural butters as much as possible. Avocado butter is growing to be one of my favorites. I can't afford to lose the progress I've gotten.

I invert and massage my scalp often but lately I've been a little lazy in that area. I need to get back to those asap!

I do still henna my hair every couple of months but I really want to do them once a month instead. These really do keep my hair nice and strong.

My detangler is aloe vera juice or gel mixed with some type of oil. This combination really melts all the knots away, making detangling a breeze and very little hair is left in the comb even after a henna treatment. By the way, this is also my 30 minute prepoo mixed with conditioner.

I mostly clarify my hair every 3-4 weeks
That's so funny, our regimen is practically identical.... I texlax 2 a year, January and June, and wear wigs all the time. To me wigs are the easiest and one of the safest PS's to do. I have not tried henna yet though and I still need to do some research on the benefits besides tinting your hair. I need to get back to inverting too LOL. So glad I found a regimen twin lol :)
 

Aggie

Well-Known Member
I'm a January and June/July texlaxer also. I decided to texlax after being a heat-trained natural was doing more harm than good and led me to a big cut. :cry3:
I am really enjoying my texlaxed hair. My texlaxed hair looks like my natural hair when blown out. I'm so happy it's not as susceptible to the humidity anymore.

It's time to go back under wigs for simplicity's sake (recent car accident messed up my arm so I'm in therapy), so I'm looking forward to wig shopping soon.
Welcome back @HappyAtLast. Glad to hear you're feeling good enough to reboot your hair journey.
 

ajargon02

Well-Known Member
Is there anyone else on here paranoid about using heat? Maybe I'm thinking about it too much but I haven't used heat on my hair in 14 mths and I want to do a length check. I purchased one of those ceramic straightening brushes because from the reviews it's supposed to be safer than combining blow drying and flat ironing. I was supposed to use it last night and got scared lol so I'm still wavering in the wind with this LOL. I'm sorry if that sounds punk-ish but I'm nervous about jackin' up my hair and my progress....
I was the same way. Just clarify your hair, follow up with a moisturizing dc, use a heat protectant and start on the lowest heat setting.
 

AkosuaBabe

Active Member
Hi yall.:bighug: I was a memeber of this site about 5years ago. Am back again. for good:)
-I texlax every 4months
-No heat at all
-Massage my scalp with casto oil 2-3times a week
-Having positive thoughs/images about my hair,how healthy it already is and how much healthier its gonna be in the near future.
-Just enjoying the whole idea of taking care of my own hair...embracing my hair, loving it, learning to know it, apreciating it, admiring it:2inlove:
 
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NCHairDiva

WAIST LENGTH 2019
Right now Im on a lace frontal wig kick. I make the wig myself and I sew it down for2 to 4 weeks at a time...
Im about to do a protein treatment with eggs and oil tomorrow then every time I take down my hair. I am also going ro deep condition my hair with heat. ACV rinse as well.... I am also thinking about doing an onion rinse. I want my hait as helpfhy as I can make it. M
I am currently BSL and would like to reach MBL and WL very quickly. (Wondering how long it should take?)
But Im going to try and dust my ends (first time) tomorrow and let tomorrow ne my starting day for getting it to the length I want it.
 

Baggettcindy

Well-Known Member
This is my second time growing my hair really long, but first time as a natural head. I find that my hair thrives in wash n go's:yep: As long as i wet my hair pretty much daily and put my leave in or moisturizer in it daily i'm good.:yep:

I would like to straighten my hair every 3-6 months...i have only flat ironed my hair once since going natural..which was a fail. I do occasionally blow out my hair. I ALWAYS use a heat protectant whenever i use heat.

I also make it a mission to thoroughly comb my hair out every 3 days in the shower....i use my Denman for heavy duty de-shedding every 2-4 weeks. I DC every single week for about 5-10 minutes while in the shower.
What heat protectant do you use?
 

Tefnut

Well-Known Member
I'm doing more protective styles. Very cute, funky things like chic braided updos. I moisturize daily and use growth stimulants like Liquid Gold products. Depending on the style, I may wash daily, weekly or monthly.
 

happycakes

Well-Known Member
I can't wait to see your progress girlie!

I'm doing more protective styles. Very cute, funky things like chic braided updos. I moisturize daily and use growth stimulants like Liquid Gold products. Depending on the style, I may wash daily, weekly or monthly.
 

Tefnut

Well-Known Member
I can't wait to see your progress girlie!
Me too!

I know what works and am in a better position to be more consistent. I was born with a head full of hair but by the time I was 2, it seemed to be gone. :cry3:

My mom started keeping my hair in cornrows and other protectives styles. It was past my shoulders when I was 5. My cousin came crying to my mom about her daughter's hair and my mom told her to do the same thing. Her hair was always MLB when she was a kid. Perm and all.

The first time I grew my hair between MLB and WL, protective styling along with vitamins, good deep conditioning and keeping my hair/ends moisturized played a major role.
 

sweet_silvia88

Well-Known Member
Hi yall.:bighug: I was a memeber of this site about 5years ago. Am back again. for good:)
-I texlax every 4months
-No heat at all
-Massage my scalp with casto oil 2-3times a week
-Having positive thoughs/images about my hair,how healthy it already is and how much healthier its gonna be in the near future.
-Just enjoying the whole idea of taking care of my own hair...embracing my hair, loving it, learning to know it, apreciating it, admiring it:2inlove:
Hey dear!!!! welcome!!! Good to see another Ghanaian YouTuber :)!!! Lovely hair!!
 

KenyafromCT

Active Member
Is it possible to grow hair without PS's? my hair is past my shoulders and I would love WL someday. I'm attempting to stretch my relaxer. I usually relax every 5 -6 weeks. I'm at the 8 week mark. I'm not sure if I can last. My hair is looking untidy in my basic pony tails.
 

Daina

Well-Known Member
Is it possible to grow hair without PS's? my hair is past my shoulders and I would love WL someday. I'm attempting to stretch my relaxer. I usually relax every 5 -6 weeks. I'm at the 8 week mark. I'm not sure if I can last. My hair is looking untidy in my basic pony tails.
Yes it is possible...I don't wear wigs, weaves or braids. My protective style of choice is bunning or wearing a single french braid with the ends tucked. I've gone from BSB to grazing WL with this regimen and limited heat.
 

Pygmy_puff

Well-Known Member
Yes it is possible...I don't wear wigs, weaves or braids. My protective style of choice is bunning or wearing a single french braid with the ends tucked. I've gone from BSB to grazing WL with this regimen and limited heat.
How long did it take you to go from BSB to grazing WL?
 

Daina

Well-Known Member
How long did it take you to go from BSB to grazing WL?
@Pygmy_puff, I joined LHCF in Nov 15 and I'm grazing WL now. The below pic shows where I started in 15 and the 2nd pic was from my length check in December. My camera takes dark pictures but if I were to stretch my "V" in the middle it's right at my waist. It's longer now but I won't use heat again till next month for my official length check.
 

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KenyafromCT

Active Member
@Pygmy_puff, I joined LHCF in Nov 15 and I'm grazing WL now. The below pic shows where I started in 15 and the 2nd pic was from my length check in December. My camera takes dark pictures but if I were to stretch my "V" in the middle it's right at my waist. It's longer now but I won't use heat again till next month for my official length check.

Wow!! ok please give us all the deets! Your products, your regime! Please and thank you!!
 

Pygmy_puff

Well-Known Member
@Pygmy_puff, I joined LHCF in Nov 15 and I'm grazing WL now. The below pic shows where I started in 15 and the 2nd pic was from my length check in December. My camera takes dark pictures but if I were to stretch my "V" in the middle it's right at my waist. It's longer now but I won't use heat again till next month for my official length check.
Oh wow! Your growth is amazing for such a short period of time. Thank you for the photo inspiration! :)
 
I haven't used heat in my hair in years not even in my texlaxed days & feel no need or desire to do so so I'm continuing that as well as long term protective styling. In my 14 years of being texlaxed I would only use products in my hair on wash day & oils on my scalp only but never sealant oils. Towards the end of being texlaxed I stopped using products altogether & my hair loved it, so that's something I'm also continuing as less is more for my hair & my hair thrives off of my complete DIY regimen.
 

Madison France

Miss Crain
I use minimal low heat on my hair, only brush it when it's dry and not wet, use hair masks weekly to retain my moisture on my ends, scalp massages for 4 minutes with essential oils and working out daily and maintaining a healthy diet (although I do indulge in sugary things because I have a massive sweet tooth) :p
 

irsgirl

Well-Known Member
I haven't posted in quit some time! I went natural for a about 2 years,but found it just wasn't for me! I relaxed my hair on in April 2014 (?). I relaxe every 17-20 weeks and have been PS in a wet bun with a creamy conditioner. When I do decide to wear my hair down I go the Dominican beauty shop for a rollerset (no blow dryer or flat iron). My hair is a little below shoulder length now. I Plan on PS for the entire winter and the relaxer in May or June! I have a habit of getting bored and then cutting my hair prematurely before I reach my goal!
 

Aggie

Well-Known Member
My hair has been shedding for 1.5 years now. Finally I got it to stop. I needed more protein. I also used a new protein treatment. Now shedding doesn't happen a lot.
Sounds like your hair has been breaking off. Shedding is something that happens daily but if protein helped to fix your condition somewhat, I would say it was breaking off. This condition keeps the hair short. Shedding, especially excessive shedding would thin the hair really badly but it may still have some good length - it would just be very thin.
 

NatrulyMe

Well-Known Member
What are you doing to retain your length? Has it been working for you?
Hi :)

I am new here @ LHC forum, but I have been natural for almost 2 years. I big chopped in 2015, 28, October. My regimen and or routine use to be simple . Meanwhile, I decided to change my regimen and routine last month since my hair started to shed more than usual. I realized that I have not had a real protein (accept the DIY eggs, mayo, etc) and continuous steady deep conditioning treatment, so I decided to add it to my routine more often since my hair is in a TWA awkward stage. Here's what I've been doing since becoming natural and recently added:

1. Wash my hair in sections
2. I finger detangle while hair is wet & condition (rarely use a wide tooth comb)
3. I trim my ends every six months (also search and destroy for single strand knots)
4. I moisturize and seal my ends
5. I wear a satin bonnet or scarf at bedtime
6. I invested in a silicone scalp & shampoo massage massager brush (to give my hair a little TLC while shampooing and increase blood circulation)
7. I choose to do low-maintenance hairstyles (avoiding too-tight styles)
 
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YvetteWithJoy

On break
I'm a January and June/July texlaxer also. I decided to texlax after being a heat-trained natural was doing more harm than good and led me to a big cut. :cry3:
I am really enjoying my texlaxed hair. My texlaxed hair looks like my natural hair when blown out. I'm so happy it's not as susceptible to the humidity anymore.

It's time to go back under wigs for simplicity's sake (recent car accident messed up my arm so I'm in therapy), so I'm looking forward to wig shopping soon.
Oh no! You wrote that "being a heat-trained natural was doing more harm than good and led me to a big cut."

I'm considering become a straight-haired natural.

What was your regimen? How often were you straightening? What do you think caused the problems that made you need to big chop? How would you advised me to avoid needing to be chop and still be a straight-haired natural? TIA!
 

shanelallyn30

Well-Known Member
man aint that the truth!!!
Protective styling all day everyday; I wear wigs 90% of the time and moisturize my hair everyday. I wash and deep condition once per week. Under the wig, my hair is always stretched because it's braided up. That's pretty much it... in my experience, worrying about porosity, density, texture, etc. just leads to me buying a bunch of unnecessary products and over-manipulation of my hair to accommodate too many factors. Just keeping it simple is truly the best approach, and has led to a lot of growth and retention for me.
 

Ayesha81

Well-Known Member
I wash my hair weekly do a rollet set. I never ever blow out or flat iron my hair. I dont use products that have mineral oil or petroleum.
 
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