Grow It Long 2020 Challenge

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  1. ckisland

    ckisland Well-Known Member

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    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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    I've noticed that I've had less breakage since I straightened my hair again. My ends may not feel that great, but they're not snapping off when I run my fingers along my hair. I also found a way to wrap my hair using a wide tooth comb instead of a paddle brush! I hope my hair appreciates the difference.
     
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    I think by herlucidsky’s standards her ends don’t look as good as she would like them to or is used to them being. I agree they don’t look bad to me either lol.
     
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    To avoid a possible setback, I've decided not to dye (to cover greys) my hair in 2020. This may make my braids look funky but length retention is important to me.
     
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    That's one of the things I hate about straightening my hair, using a paddle brush to wrap.
     
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    Why will your braids look funky? Because of the gray streaks?
     
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    Last look at this week's braid out before I wash, deep conditioner and set again for the next week
     

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    Eek, breakage! I retwisted my hair from a twist out in prep for the last wash of my 3 was cycle, and I saw some broken hairs on the sink. I washed and did an Aphogee 2 minute. Hopefully that stops the breakage like it did a couple months ago.
     
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    keranikki I am me, me I am, please be you

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    Last Monday, I realized that my protein products need to be used together, to get the most out the them. So yesterday, I used SSI cowash first, to detangle in the shower. Then I used OGX Keratin Oil Shampoo/Conditioner. When the OGX products are used together, the slip from the conditioner is much better. I followed it up with an oil mix layered with SSI Marumallow.

    I also noticed that while the protein conditioner seems to close my cuticles and define my curls, the moisturizing conditioner does the opposite. Next wash day, I’m not going to use a moisture DC after a light protein to see how my hair reacts. Using a light protein every wash day has kept the breakage away.
     
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    Oh Lawd. Makin' my product junkie senses tingle. I'm trying to stop lol. :chocbunny:
    I used to use OGX Coconut Milk Poo & Con... Then I just stopped.... Not sure why... I just did. But, I'm always looking for way to stop even the slightest amount of breakage lol.
     
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    keranikki I am me, me I am, please be you

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    I hope they never change the formula. I have two other protein products I need to use up, but I never break them out. One is Mizani Kerafuse (hard) and SSI Okra Reconstructor (weak). There is just no need for them.
     
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    Yes, my greys are concentrated at the hairline so it looks weird.
     
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    Honestly I have been taking them for almost a month and I am OBSESSED. I have had minimal to no break outs. I took my acrylics off and my natural nails are growing so well under the gel and I had to take my braids out two weeks early !! I love them so much I bought 3 more different ones. I also bought flawless complexion and lustrous hair (and a probiotic for my tummy but not important to this challenge lmao) not all hair skin and nail vitamins work for me and for the longest time I used to think biotin made me breakout but I guess I just needed to trial and error until I found ones that worked lol story of our lives
     
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    Wow your updo’s are so beautiful & neat! Love itt. I’m definitely going to think of some way to wear it up cute next month to make it last longer. Idk if it’s healthy or not but I like to have maximum amount of growth before I take them down lol
     
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    Something is definitely up with my hair. Last wash day it just wasn't acting right, difficult to Detangle and my products weren't absorbing well. Out of frustration I ended up blow drying with my revair and wearing it in a bun all week. This week I've experienced some breakage at the ends. Tomorrow's wash day and I'm gonna clarify and either do a diy treatment or do a aphogee treatment.
     
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    So I took my PS out last night (box braids) and I’m getting them redone today at 4. I have noticed a HUGE difference in how moisturized and soft my hair was during the take down since doing a deep conditioning while in the PS. I had almost no shedding, which I’ve noticed I haven’t been shedding much for the past 3 months or so. I also bought Dr. Miracles Gro Oil last week and was using it twice a day. Unsure if that helped with the moisture but I will keep using it. Also I deep conditioned with the Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil treatment masque. I have never used it before but I read amazing things about it and I needed a deep conditioner that wasn’t protein to balance out how much protein products I use. I’m literally sitting under the dryer now so I’ll update how I like it once I post my new PS later tonight.

    I also have a pic that I’ll upload later to show how moisturized my hair was after take down, all I did was brush out the braid waves. I’m not sure how much it grew because I’m not wearing my length check shirt I’m waiting for the April check in for that lol
     
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    I need to decide if I'm washing my hair every week, or stretching it out. If I do that, I'll need to see about cutting out blowdrying and lowering my flatiron temperature. I might try that just to see if DCing more helps.
     
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    Simple is best for me
     
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    Im still eating healthy thanks to thinking it's helping my hair growth. I took out my braids and twisted up the sections in order to rebraid when I get the chance.
     
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    Myself as well, but not just for my hair but because Ive gained a lot of weight in general since I had my girl. My hair growth may have slowed down a little bit. I stay at 1000 to 1100 calories a day until Ive reached my prepregnancy weight.
     
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    Skipped wash day Sunday. Ugh, and now my scalp is on fire. Ive gotta do it today after work.
     
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    So petroleum and mineral oil are sealants AND you have low porosity hair is why your hair felt weighed down and applying products made it frizzy and undefined. I typically like mineral oil in oils like the DoGro Stimulating Growth Oil, not in my DC though. It practically stops any other moisture from entering your cuticle. That DC would probably be ideal for someone with damaged high porosity hair. That DC would def be a no for me.
     
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    I'm not entirely sure shea butter is for me. It makes my hair feel soft which is nice but it seems to build up in my hair quickly and takes all the slip right out my hair as soon as I apply it. Since I leave my hair in twists the majority of the time I don't really lose moisture / it's also really quick and easy to refresh the moisture so I probably don't need such a heavy Sealant anyway.

    I like the Leavein-Cream- Gel method I've been using, and adding oils to my twists/ends throughout the week as needed.

    Next week I'll experiment with LCG on wash day and adding water and shea butter midweek to my ends. I think my ends can take a heavy sealing better than the length of my hair. Or maybe I'm just using too much shea butter? Or I could also try Leave in, gel and then shea butter???

    Not sure.
     
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    Hey @syrk your wash day / regimen sounds similar to mine, except I leave my twists in during the week. Are you using the EBW coconut curl cream for your twist outs as well?
     
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    Are you breast feeding? If so, please don't restrict your calories.
     
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    I know I know. But, I decided to diet now because she now eats other things and I also mix her milk with oatmeal now with less breastmilk most days.
     
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    That makes so much sense
    I knew that it wouldn't work beforehand but I am determined to experiment. If I can find some lesser-known staples for less £££, that would be great

    If you have any DC recommendations, please let me know!

    I'm usually a product minimalist so looking for new staples is a headache for me why do they have to reformulate and discontinue things :cry3:
     
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    Girl, you asking the right & wrong person cause I'm a product junkie lol. I have so many deep conditioners, it's not funny. And none of them are cheap. I think my cheapest are the Shea Moisture ones. My favorite? Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Masque, but that joints pricey on another level. Second fave (cheaper): Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil DC or Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Marufa Oil Intense Hydrating DC (I say both for 2nd bc I rotate between the two for protein & moisture) . If I come across anything cheaper and works great, I'll let you know.
     
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    Gel then Shea Butter??? I don't know about that girl. That sounds like a ton of residue, build up and 4 shampoo's.
     
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