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water_n_oil

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@mayoo @water_n_oil I loooveeeee ethique shampoo bars!!! And they are now available on Amazon prime! Atleast here in Canada
Available with Prime in the US as well. Just haven't pulled the trigger yet since I wanted find something made a bit more locally. Might get one of the sampler sets first. I also want to try their laundry bar for dishes and shoes. Which Ethique bar do you like for your hair?
 

Mapleoats

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Available with Prime in the US as well. Just haven't pulled the trigger yet since I wanted find something made a bit more locally. Might get one of the sampler sets first. I also want to try their laundry bar for dishes and shoes. Which Ethique bar do you like for your hair?
I've tried the sample kit and used the regular size healie kiwi and St clements. To me they all seem to work more or less the same. The St clements was probably my favourite. One thing I've noticed is that they melt very easily in the shower tho. Not sure if that's normal of other shampoo bars
 

pinkchocolatedaisy

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Ordered some henna and a henna gloss from henna sooq. Trying to embrace my grays but my hair looks ashy and blue lol. My grays are also not as curly as the rest of my hair.
 
I've had in my box braids for 3 weeks now. Trying to keep them in for 1 or 2 weeks more. It has been great not having to do my hair every week lol.
I loveeeeeee box braids. I would say its my favorite PS but it's honestly the only PS that I have used and its shown to work miracles on my hair. I'm at 3 weeks now but I just started a bunch of OLLY brand vitamins so hopefully that's why I'm having to get them re done so soon. I can usually last like about 5 weeks, the 5th week I'm usually looking a lil rough though lol. Are you going to get them re installed ?
 

ckisland

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I wouldn't do heat training. You're asking for heat damage. That's all it is. Probably need to pay more attention on how you handle your hair
I'm already heat trained. I've been wearing my hair straight since last April/May, and I experienced heat damage in the beginning. My hair's been growing consistently since then. I lost less hair the last time I straightened it at the end of December than I did when I was doing my hair without any heat. It's very possible that my hair has just worn out, and I'll be able to tell over the next few weeks of wearing it straight.
 

CurliDiva

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I'm already heat trained. I've been wearing my hair straight since last April/May, and I experienced heat damage in the beginning. My hair's been growing consistently since then. I lost less hair the last time I straightened it at the end of December than I did when I was doing my hair without any heat. It's very possible that my hair has just worn out, and I'll be able to tell over the next few weeks of wearing it straight.
I'm too lazy to search on YouTube. What is heat training? Are you pressing your natural hair after each wash? are your curls looser? TIA
 
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ckisland

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I'm too lazy to search on YouTube. What is heat training? Are pressing your natural hair after each wash? are your curls looser? TIA
Yes, basically. The degree your hair loosens varies from person to person, but there's a loss in the tightness of your original curl pattern. I'm natural but my hair looks very much like relaxed hair when it's wet. I have a wave to my hair and barely any shrinkage. I have to "touch up" my roots with the flatiron because I essentially have new growth that doesn't match the length of my hair.
 

nyeredzi

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I'm already heat trained. I've been wearing my hair straight since last April/May, and I experienced heat damage in the beginning. My hair's been growing consistently since then. I lost less hair the last time I straightened it at the end of December than I did when I was doing my hair without any heat. It's very possible that my hair has just worn out, and I'll be able to tell over the next few weeks of wearing it straight.
What do you mean "has just worn out"?
 

ItsMeLilLucky

Aka Giveme D’Monee
I loveeeeeee box braids. I would say its my favorite PS but it's honestly the only PS that I have used and its shown to work miracles on my hair. I'm at 3 weeks now but I just started a bunch of OLLY brand vitamins so hopefully that's why I'm having to get them re done so soon. I can usually last like about 5 weeks, the 5th week I'm usually looking a lil rough though lol. Are you going to get them re installed ?
I love OLLY brand vitamins. Anytime someone asks me about my hair or nails, I point to OLLY.
 

Mapleoats

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So herlucidsky updated her fotki ( https://public.fotki.com/Herlucidsky/my-natural-hair-) in December and she included a picture of her ends which are 11 years old, and said were looking weathered and needed a trim.

Her 11 year old weathered ends look honestly better than my ends after a fresh trim. I've been struggling with my ends for years and it's significantly impacted my ability to retain length I believe. Does anyone have experience with improving their ends and still gaining length? I feel like I have to choose one or the other at this point..

Or are her ends just the exception and most ends don't actually look that good? Lol
 

MzSwift

Texlaxed, loccing again
@MzSwift & @LonDone ..okay sooo I washed and conditioned my hair in the box braids yesterday. I used the Shea Moisture Jamaican black castor oil line for both. And then I used the Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Sweet Oil & Honey Mask for my deep condition. I left it in for an hour with no heat. And then I finished with a no rinse leave in, the Shea Moisture Jamaican black castor oil brand.

@MzSwift you made me start thinking after you mentioned not changing what works for me in order to avoid setbacks so I just used my staple products. I love all Shea Moisture and Mane Choice products & I think I might be a product junkie lol

Only bad side is that I probably have to get my braids re done a little sooner because my new growth is now more noticeable ... or a lot more noticeable :giggle: .. which is okay it just means my hair is growing good! Thanks for the advice I'm going to DC in my PS for now on!
Yay! And Lol, yeah the new growth is less stretched once I wash and condition. One of the things I do to get a little more wear out of the style is to put it into an updo that I leave in for 1-2 weeks. I get style inspiration from loc updos a lot. But once it's up, I don't have to do much manipulation to it for a while, only spraying my scalp every other day or so.

Here are some of my old updo pix:

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NaturalShe94

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So herlucidsky updated her fotki ( https://public.fotki.com/Herlucidsky/my-natural-hair-) in December and she included a picture of her ends which are 11 years old, and said were looking weathered and needed a trim.

Her 11 year old weathered ends look honestly better than my ends after a fresh trim. I've been struggling with my ends for years and it's significantly impacted my ability to retain length I believe. Does anyone have experience with improving their ends and still gaining length? I feel like I have to choose one or the other at this point..

Or are her ends just the exception and most ends don't actually look that good? Lol
Myself as well. I struggled with terrible ends for a while. I keep my ends tucked and moisture infused. I go to work 5 days a week, I don't care to have a luscious wash n go, twist out, braid out or whatever for work. Hair jail for work all week, simple. Also the ends are also the most weak and highly porous part of your hair, so keeping up with some sort of protein treatment or a leave in with a lot of protein in it once in a while will strengthen them. Another thing I do is keep up with regular dusting, not trimming, but dusting. Please get sharp shears. Dull ones cause more damage. You'll also notice more splits after a trim if dull shears were used. I can't run away from splits, its just not possible for my hair. Looking out for "weathered" ends like herlucidsky or ends with, what I like to call, triple splits is what I take off. Also when you decide to wear your hair out and you've got ends that's frizzing up, while the rest of your hair is in tact, that needs to go. As well as pay attention to your hemline. If your hemline is thin then, chop chop.... If none of the above apply to your hair then PUT THE SHEARS DOWN.
 

BeautifulRoots

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Yay! And Lol, yeah the new growth is less stretched once I wash and condition. One of the things I do to get a little more wear out of the style is to put it into an updo that I leave in for 1-2 weeks. I get style inspiration from loc updos a lot. But once it's up, I don't have to do much manipulation to it for a while, only spraying my scalp every other day or so.

Here are some of my old updo pix:

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Love these updos!
 

Honeypot

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So herlucidsky updated her fotki ( https://public.fotki.com/Herlucidsky/my-natural-hair-) in December and she included a picture of her ends which are 11 years old, and said were looking weathered and needed a trim.

Her 11 year old weathered ends look honestly better than my ends after a fresh trim. I've been struggling with my ends for years and it's significantly impacted my ability to retain length I believe. Does anyone have experience with improving their ends and still gaining length? I feel like I have to choose one or the other at this point..

Or are her ends just the exception and most ends don't actually look that good? Lol
Sounds like you need to dust and not trim
 

nyeredzi

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So herlucidsky updated her fotki ( https://public.fotki.com/Herlucidsky/my-natural-hair-) in December and she included a picture of her ends which are 11 years old, and said were looking weathered and needed a trim.

Her 11 year old weathered ends look honestly better than my ends after a fresh trim. I've been struggling with my ends for years and it's significantly impacted my ability to retain length I believe. Does anyone have experience with improving their ends and still gaining length? I feel like I have to choose one or the other at this point..

Or are her ends just the exception and most ends don't actually look that good? Lol
What's wrong with her ends? It sounds like @NaturalShe94 is saying her ends don't curl anymore, or don't stay together in twists anymore? Is that possible for our hair type? I assumed from that pic that her whole length was twisted and she just unraveled her ends to show them to us. And they don't look bad to me. They look like the entire length of my hair. i don't get it.
 

ckisland

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What do you mean "has just worn out"?
I'm sorry. I'm just seeing this post.
I mean that I may have eaten up the outer layers of my hair strands from using heat so often. That would make my hair super fragile and the length would just break right off. My hair would be past the point of no return.
 
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