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  1. NaturalShe94

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    Lets Grow and Retain all 2020!

    Challenge open to anyone

    Give me the DETAILS:

    Natural, Relaxed, Texlaxed:

    Current Length:


    Goal Length:

    Plan to reach goal length:

    Regimen:

    Protective Styles:

    Staple Products:

    Starting Pic: REQUIRED

    Check ins every 3 months

    1st check in: April 1st
    2nd check in: July 1st
    3rd check in: October 1st
    Final pic: December 31st


    I want to keep this challenge fun, interesting and inspiring to one another so pics are required on or around check in dates! I love looking at pics as much as I love posting them.

    Tips:

    Moisturize and seal.

    Trim only when absolutely necessary (ex. frayed; thinning ends, stagnant hair length, excessive shedding).

    Protective styles (styles with ends tucked) help retain length.


    Deep conditioning is your hairs bestfriend.

    Heat without heat protectant is a no-no.

    Length retention is more important than growth.

    Tight ponytails and buns cause tension on hair strands resulting breakage.

    Detangle gently. If you're making a face while detangling then you're handling your strands too rough.

    If it doesn't have SLIP, throw it away.

    Stay hydrated and take your vitamins!!


    Treat your hair with love and care; it will AMAZE you.

    Happy Growing in 2020!


     
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    I'll go...

    Natural, Relaxed, Texlaxed: Natural

    Current Length: Hip Length

    Goal Length:
    My long term goal was once Tailbone Length. Tailbone is now my short term goal.
    Thigh/Classic length is my long term goal.

    Plan to reach goal length: Protective styling, keeping hair hydrated, moisturizing ends more often as well as sealing. No heat.

    Regimen:
    Week 1: Co-wash
    Week 2: Shampoo & Condition
    Week 3: Co-Wash
    Week 4: Clarify (or just shampoo depending on how hair feels) & Deep Condition

    Moisturize and seal after every wash.

    Protective Styles: Plait rolled into a bun or just multiple plaits.

    Staple Products: Scurl, Shea Butter, Doogro growth oil, AsIAm Co-wash, SM JBCO DC & Leave In. SM Intense Hydrating Poo, Conditioner & DC, Tressemme Moisture Rich Conditioner for detangling. (I use plenty of products in rotation but these are my staples).

    Starting Pic:
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    :love: Beautiful @NaturalShe94

    Determined to reach my length goals this next year. Ending 2019 at a similar length to where I started, but much healthier. I have 2 years of trial and error with my natural hair down now and I've learned a lot about what to do and what not to do. Just need to stick to my tried and true techniques and products and all should be good. No more looking for shortcuts to cut down wash day time, it's almost never worth it.

    Natural, Relaxed, Texlaxed: Natural, 4b

    Current Length: Around APL, 11 inches for the shortest pieces in the front, 14.5 for the longest pieces

    Goal Length: Waist length, I think this will be 18 inches or so on me

    Plan to reach goal length: From what I've learned the past 2 years or so, I think the keys for me will be:
    1. Professional trims every 3 months. In March 2019 I had my hair straightened for the first time in over a year and my ends were a mess, had several inches cut off. I had no idea my hair was so damaged, I had been "trimming" the ends of my twists ever so often. I thought it was fine. Nope. Regular professional trims from now on on straightened hair.
    2. Henna treatments every month. My hair is always the healthiest when I henna regularly, this is a must for me. Keeps my hair strong, smooth and soft. My mixes will include henna, indigo, amla, coconut milk and water. Trying out aloe vera powder for my next mix too, so that might be added to the regular rotation.
    3. Stick to my tried and true wash routine, no shortcuts. I think my gentle, but thorough wash day routine will be key to my length retention as well. I keep my hair in small sections (about 10) the entire time. I detangle and apply products in those sections and loosely braid up each section after I'm done working with it. I shampoo with those braids in so I have easy access to my scalp and my hair doesn't tangle up throughout the shampoo process. 10 sections seems excessive but that combined with the braids keeps my hair detangle and stretched, preventing knots and unnecessary breakage. I am also able to make sure my hair is fully saturated with product, taking my time to smooth it in each section thoroughly which is key for my DC especially. Every time I've tried to work with larger sections to cut down on time it just doesn't work out well, I end up with so many tangles and knots.

    Regimen:

    Weekly - Prepoo with DIY oil mix, detangle, shampoo, DC under dryer, twist

    Monthly - Henna Treatment

    Every 3 months - Straighten on 380-400F and trim​

    Protective Styles: None. I'll be wearing my hair in a twist out the majority of the time and I think I can make it work. It's low tension and low manipulation. I twist my hair on wash day, dry it under the hooded dryer, untwist and I don't have to touch it at all throughout the week except for putting it up in a pineapple to workout or sleep. Drying my twists under the hooded dryer makes the resulting twistout fairly smooth and stretched a bit. I loosely band the hair hangout out of my pineapple at night for more stretch.

    Staple Products:
    DIY Oil blend (Avocado oil, emu oil, fenugreek seeds, amla)
    Devacurl Wash Day Wonder Pre-Cleanse Slip Detangler
    Redken Cleansing Cream
    Design Essentials Almond and Avocado Shampoo
    TGIN Honey Miracle Mask
    Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Cream
    Almond Oil

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    Your hair is so beautiful and healthy! I understand the trimming every 3 months, but do you know your growth rate?
     
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    Thank you! Not sure of my growth rate, I should look at that more closely. I just measured my hair a few days ago so I'll measure again in a month. Maybe I'll track monthly for the year to see.

    The hope is that if I'm following my regimen consistently there shouldn't be much to trim off, hopefully just a light maintenance dusting will be all I need. I'll see what my hair looks like at the 3 month mark when I go in for my first trim and decide if I can push it to every 4 months.

    Curious what your growth rate is and how you determined it? Just measured periodically for a while?
     
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    NaturalShe94 has beautiful long hair and Syrk is where I should be if I didn't have nasty ends I had to cut and if i kept up crossfit lol.... I should join!

    Natural, Relaxed, Texlaxed:
    Natural

    Current Length:
    Neck to Shoulder length
    Behind RT ear - 9 inches
    Behind LT ear - 9 inches
    Front center - 9 inches
    Bottom LT corner section - 9inches

    Goal Length:
    16 inches

    Plan to reach goal length:
    Strengthening treatments. Oil. Prepoo. Nutrient rich diet. Biotin, MSM, Collagen, Evening primrose oil. Hydrolized protein in products if necessary.

    Regimen:
    In braids:
    Weekly: wash with old products to use up. Dc with joiko kpak or some other protein
    A few times a week: acv rinse to scalp, herbal leave-in, herbal oil, shea butter, greenhouse
    Daily: Oil scalp and massage, greenhouse &/or cover with scarf at night

    Out of braids:
    Weekly: henna gloss OR rhassoul clay DC, oil, shea butter blend - twist and clip up
    A few times a week: oil, moisturizing spray, shea butter blend. greenhouse
    Daily: Oil scalp and massage

    Protective Styles:
    The plan is to keep braids until June. Then, Shea/Cocoa butter and Buns

    Staple Products:
    Henna and other herbs, clays, and flowers. ACV, aloe vera juice. I'm trying natural products this year unless I straighten. My staple commercial products include the macadamia nut oil line, joiko k-pak, chi keratin spray and silk infusion.

    Starting Pic: REQUIRED
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    Like you, I cut several inches off my hair Thanksgiving of 2016. It was more like an actual hair cut (I cut 12 inches). From just past WL to just above CBL. My ends were horrific. I straightened and from BSL to WL was all dangly thinned out ends. When I did my cut I measured my hair in 4 different sections then waited a month and measured again.... Did that for about 3 months.

    The back of my hair grows at an inch a month, my crown and front grows just under an inch a month (.7 inches if I had to guess) and the sides grow just under a half an inch per month. I’ve also learned that my diet affects this growth. When I cut out carbs and milk from my diet, it affects my growth rate. My entire growth rate slows down by half.

    This is when I realized I needed to stop focusing on hair growth and focus on my ends and retaining them because regardless I know for a fact Im at LEAST getting a half an inch a month. 2017 was a year of trial and error and finding what works.

    Yeah, I’d definitely find out growth rate first, you can lose a lot of progress from trimming too often. I trim once a year & dusting in between.
     
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    Wow, .7 - 1 inch a month in the back and crown is great and super interesting that carbs and milk slow down your growth rate so much. I'm definitely going to start paying more attention. I always just kind of assumed I get the average half inch per month, but never really thought to track it.

    I hear you about overtrimming, though. I wanted to do maintenance trims every 3 months because I never want to be in a position again where I had a bunch of splits and had to cut off more than I wanted at one time. I want to stay on top of it. That and the fact that I'll be wearing my hair out most of the time, which I don't really want to compromise on. I guess this year will be a test to see if I can retain length without protective styling if the rest of my regimen is on point.

    A lot to consider though. Maybe I'll go in for my first dusting at 4 months instead of 3 and see how everything is looking and re-asses from there.
     
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    Thank you :)
     
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    Oh yeah. Definitely understand since you plan to wear your hair down as well. Im excited to see your progress!
     
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    Although unofficially in this challenge:D I wanted to say I just had to cut my little hair due to TONS of incomplete splits and knots. I blame hygral fatigue and friction. I'll be trying to combat thatthis year with strengthening treatments, pH balanced products to stop the cuticle opening and closing (I dont believe my inner hair layers want water), and oils that penetrate to protect.

    Thank you for mentioning that you measured once a month. I can add that to my schedule. Also, I guess I won't have to take down all of my braids. I'll pick a few and keep track of those. I want to keep the parts I have in now for as long as possible, but I'll use sections I can find even if I don't keep these particular parts in. I can do this on December 31st, so I'll be here with my starting photo then.
     
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    Have you done a protein treatment?
     
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    Not yet. I did some light protein treatments over the last year like cholesterol and kpak dc, but nothing like an aphogee 2 step. Its all braided right now, but I could still pit on something if it washes out well. What kind of protein treatment do you suggest?
     
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    @NaturalShe94 First off your hair is incredible!!!! Totally goals :love: :love: Secondly, I want to join :laugh: but I'll be back to post my answers. I need to figure out my plan for 2020.
     
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    How is your hair doing since the light protein treatments? Does it seem to be in better shape? If so then keep doing what you're doing. But, if you're experiencing tons of breakage or your hair feels really limp or dead (like how hygral fatigue makes your hair feel) then I'd go in with a strong protein treatment one time. I do love Aphogee 2-step. I was experiencing tons of breakage myself when I was learning how to care for my hair and Aphogee 2-step really helped a ton! I wasn't experiencing breakage that much anymore at all, probably none for a good while actually.
     
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    It was feeling fine as far as vibrancy after the cut, but I've only cut out the damage November 19th. I braided up after that. I can try to see how it responds to my new regimen. If it isn't looking very good, I'll put on an aphogee treatment at the first check in.
     
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    Lol sure! and thank you :blush:
     
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    Im in!!!

    Natural, Relaxed, Texlaxed:

    Relaxed
    Current Length:
    My most current length measurement was 40.5 inches. Which is 2 inches past Classic on me.
    Goal Length:
    I was settling for Thigh Length, but I might go just a bit longer or until it’s just about too long for my arms to reach. We will see.
    Plan to reach goal length:
    So long as I leave my hair alone for any extended period of time, it’s able to keep growing. The longer it gets the less I can do things to it.
    Regimen:
    Beginning of this year, and years passed I had a set regimen. Usually deep conditioning once a week, co-washing 1-3 times a week, shampooing once or twice a week, detangling after every wash, leave-Ins after washing, and protein treatment every two weeks.

    As of now I’ve gone all the way down to simply shampooing and conditioning every 2-3 days. I’ll use watered down conditioner to spritz in between washes mostly for work to look decent, and put a silicon serum on my ends. That’s it. No brushing, and no combing.

    Protective Styles:
    Chunky twists
    Buns
    Bantu Knots

    Staple Products:
    Herbal Essences Hello Hydration
    Sheseido Deep Conditioning Treatment
    CPR-1 Ceramide injection
    Elizavecca Collagen coating treatment
    Cupuaçu Butter
    Cedarwood Oil
    Nioxin 2% Shampoo

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    I promise I’ll upload a more recent photo tonight once my hair dries. I’ll use My avatar for reference since I took that around October this year, even though all of my hair isn’t in the frame. Apologies lol.
     
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    I promise I’ll upload a more recent photo tonight once my hair dries. I’ll use My avatar for reference since I took that around October this year, even though all of my hair isn’t in the frame. Apologies lol.[/QUOTE]

    Heyyy girl! Your hair is length goalsssssss!
    How often do you trim/dust?
     
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    I actually haven’t trimmed since starting my hair growth journey 5 years ago. So I haven’t in five years.

    I’ll be very honest, I’m perfectly okay with that tapered look, or fairy tail ends. I go back forth with myself sometimes about trimming or at least making the hemline blunt or U shaped though, but I tend to just not follow through with it.

    Every so often (3-4 months give or take) I’ll S&D. Spend maybe 30 mins and be done with it.
     
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    I promise I’ll upload a more recent photo tonight once my hair dries. I’ll use My avatar for reference since I took that around October this year, even though all of my hair isn’t in the frame. Apologies lol.[/QUOTE]

    Picture taken tonight. Didn’t really wait long enough for my hair to dry, so it’s still mostly on the wet side.
    [​IMG]
    I apologize for how janky I’m standing but These short arms of mine were doing their best lol.

    I’m deep into a 3 and a half month stretch, so I apologize again for the giant length discrepancy between the stretched and non-stretched sides.
     
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    I’m in. I always wear my hair curly, so I’ll be judging my progress based on unstretched hair.


    Natural, Relaxed, Texlaxed:
    Natural

    Current Length: chin length (curly) APLish stretched.

    Goal Length: APL (curly)

    Plan to reach goal length: Consistency and regular trim. Keep my hair hydrated with twice weekly washing.

    Regimen:
    Weekly
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    1st wash with regular shampoo & conditioner
    -2nd wash with moisturizing shampoo & conditioner
    I detangle in the shower with conditioner
    Monthly
    - clarify and DC with protein
    Every 3-4 months
    -trim

    Protective Styles: none I will wear a wash n go

    Staple Products:
    Shampoos- Kinky Curly, Innersense Pure Harmony, Elucence Moisture
    Conditioners - Elucence Moisture, Innersense Hydrating Cream Bath, Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair
    Leave in- Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Gel- Kinky Curly Curling Custard

    Starting Pic: REQUIRED I have to take one. I’ll be back with it by Monday.
     
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    @PlanetCybertron I like your style. Search and destroy and keep it moving. The closest I can get to this is to section my hair and treat each section individually. I just made sections and put them in braids. I hope it leads to your hair length eventually
     
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    I'm in!

    Natural, Relaxed, Texlaxed:

    Natural

    Current Length:

    APL stretched (but I only plan to wear my hair curly)

    Goal Length:
    Big voluminous fro!

    Plan to reach goal length:
    Back to what's always worked: wng's and revisiting henna


    Regimen:
    Weekly DC
    Style (WnG)
    Cover/protect at night
    Cowash mid week if needed
    No heat (diffuse occasionally, cool setting)

    Protective Styles:

    Staple Products:

    As I am Coconut cowash
    Mielle Organics Honey and Ginger gel*
    Tresemme Botanique (silicone free)

    I also have other gels/custards in my rotation.

    I got a Deva cut today and it's looking a little bed head-ish. I wanted my hair to not look so flat. I'm aiming to grow it bigger and bigger.

    *I no longer use TMC gel as it was really drying. I can get definition without dryness using the Honey and Ginger gel
     

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    sis bouta be like
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    I'm in!

    Natural, Relaxed, Texlaxed:
    Natural

    Current Length:
    Just grazing hip length

    Goal Length:
    Tailbone. This year I'm concentrating on length retention to get to full hip length, then I'll starting pushing for tailbone

    Plan to reach goal length:
    December 2020

    Regimen:
    (My wash days are every 2 weeks)
    Detangle
    Overnight prepoo with infused oil
    Wash hair with black soap
    deep condition with heat at least 1 hour
    KCNT leave in on damp hair
    seal with shea butter
    Will begin doing protein treatments every 2-3 months in 2020

    Protective Styles:
    Buns, braids, braids with buns, medium sized two strand twists

    Staple Products:
    Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    Kinky Curly Knot Today
    African Black Soap
    Vatika oil
    Various DIY oil infusions
    Shea nilotica
    ORS Aloe shampoo
    Aphogee green tea and keratin leave in

    I will have to come back and post a starting picture...
     
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    I feel like I'm in the big kids class!:afro:
     
  28. NaturalShe94

    NaturalShe94 Well-Known Member

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    Haha! You’re so funny. Hilarious because I remember that feeling. Like awe shnappp, WL here, HL there, Lawd is that TBL? Lol.
     
  29. GettingKinky

    GettingKinky Well-Known Member

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    In this group I definitely feel like I have really short hair. But one day I hope to catch up.
     
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    ckisland Well-Known Member

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    Natural, Relaxed, Texlaxed:
    Natural
    Current Length:
    past APL (?)
    Goal Length:
    WL
    Plan to reach goal length:
    My hair seems to have done very well being kept straight, so I plan to keep my hair straightened the majority of the time. I also hope to increase my growth rate through exercise and healthy eating. Since I'm wearing my hair straight, I plan on trimming 1/4 in. every other month.
    Regimen:
    Shampoo
    DC for 10-30 mins
    Spray heat protectant
    Blowdry
    Flatiron @419-455
    Repeat every 10-14 days
    Protective Styles:
    N/A
    I wear my hair down 80% of the time. I only put my hair away when I'm too lazy to flatiron.
    Staple Products:
    ORS Aloe Shampoo
    ORS Coconut and Baobob DC
    Aphogee 2 Min
    Tresemme heat protectant spray
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