1. https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/no-maintenance-scheduled.848583/
    Dismiss Notice

Grow It Long 2020 Challenge

Discussion in 'Hair Care Tips & Product Review Discussion' started by NaturalShe94, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. SmilingElephant

    SmilingElephant Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2008
    Messages:
    6,327
    Likes Received:
    9,802
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    South Florida <3
    I would suggest that you get a good old fashioned sulfate shampoo and scrub all of that stuff out of your hair. I learned a very long time ago to treat shampoo bars like co-washes (and I LOVE my co-washes!), but they don't completely cleanse your hair or your scalp. Pull out a real shampoo every 1-2 weeks and follow with a good deep conditioner. I would even suggest getting Aussie Moist 3 minute miracle deep conditioner. It's very thick and creamy and it will definitely give you moisture :yep:


     
  2. HealthyHair2020

    HealthyHair2020 Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2019
    Messages:
    16
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    46
    Trophy Points:
    13
    Thinking about starting a hair, nail and skin vitamin to strength my nails and ultimately my hair. Also thinking about adding rose water as a refresher since my eyebrows really grew when I was using rose water as a toner. Things to think about....
     
  3. apple_natural

    apple_natural Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2010
    Messages:
    688
    Media:
    6
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    paradise
    i have 20 more days before I want to get my hair ready to straighten - deep condition and baggy dry ends (if they're really dry).

    I want to henna *for color* and a little strength support, but I know I need to put on a serious protein treatment that I still haven't put on since January. Should I henna soon and then wait until the end of the month to put on the aphoghee??? OR aphogee soon and then put on the henna at the end of the month... or does it matter?
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2020
    keranikki, GGsKin and MzSwift like this.
  4. TamaraShaniece

    TamaraShaniece Ayurvedic Life

    Blog Posts:
    3
    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2012
    Messages:
    995
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    2,691
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    South Jersey
    Natural, Relaxed, Texlaxed: Natural

    Current Length: Bra Strap Length

    Goal Length: Mid Back Length (stretch) Big Voluminous BSL/APL twist out / wash n go

    Plan to reach goal length: Weekly deep conditioning, low manipulation styling, protective styling, water, and vitamins.

    Regimen: Alternating Weeks

    Treatment: Aphogee 2-Minute Reconstructor
    Deep Condition: Shea Moisture High Porosity + Hibiscus, Amla, Belle Bar)

    Treatment: Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator
    Deep Condition: Edens Bodywork + Henna (Brahmi, Belle Bar) nding on how hair feels)

    Leave Ins: Natty Naturals & Kinky Curly
    Styler: Camille Rose Coconut Water Setter
    Oil: Baobab Oil & Melanin Hair Care

    Butters: Belle Bar Argan & Shine, Curl Smiler

    Vitamins: Yaeyama Chlorella, MSM, Laminine or Irish Sea Moss

    Protective Styles: 2 Strand Twists, Stretched Protective Styles. (Ex: stretched hair into a bun, baggie, cover with a halo braid), half wigs, head wraps.

    Staple Products:
    (Hot Oil) • Kréyol Haitian Black Castor Oil
    (Cleanser) • Tropicgyal Herbal Hair Wash, Shikakai Shampoo Bar
    (Instant Treatment) • Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator, Aphogee 2-Min Reconstructor
    (Deep Conditioners) • Shea Moisture High Porosity, Eden Body Works, Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint, HennaSooq Henna + Gloss
    (Moisturizer) • Water, Melanin Hair Care leave in

    Staple Brands: HennaSooq, Belle Bar Organics, Mielle Organics.


    Starting Pic:
    4A838867-BAA0-479F-BBDA-D2EDD4231E34.jpeg
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2020
  5. apple_natural

    apple_natural Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2010
    Messages:
    688
    Media:
    6
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    paradise
  6. GGsKin

    GGsKin Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2014
    Messages:
    3,992
    Media:
    2
    Albums:
    2
    Likes Received:
    17,778
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I would do the Aphogee soon and then henna later to seal everything. I just feel that way round, the protein has a better chance of really penetrating your hair strands.
     
  7. Mapleoats

    Mapleoats Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2019
    Messages:
    99
    Media:
    2
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    285
    Trophy Points:
    53
    Hey ladies! Long post ahead :look:

    It’s been roughly a month of experimenting with styling/stretching methods and how that affects the tangling of my hair. Boy I’ve learned a lot!

    The general gist of what I’ve learned is to achieve the least amount of tangles I need a combination of both stretch and smoothness.

    For instance. When I stretch my hair in 8 or less braids, WITHOUT following up with a blow dryer. My results were not very smooth, because I wasn’t able to get enough tension due to the size of the braids vs the length of my hair. I ended up getting some matting/tangles because of this.

    On the other hand, when I was doing twists/twist outs my results were very smooth because I was doing many (15-20) twists, but not very stretched, so I still got some tangles.

    Best way I’ve found to get stretch AND smoothness : roller sets, or flexi rod sets. But those are time consuming since I’m not very good at them (yet :) )

    9-10 braids followed up with light blow drying gives a smooth enough stretch and is pretty quick to do (35 mins to braid, 10ish mins to take down and blow dry the next day) but I find it requires too much maintenance during the week, and then I still have to restyle on Thursday if I want to wear my hair out on the weekend.

    Next week I’m getting knotless braids (definitely need a hair break after all this experimenting) and I’ll keep those in until the end of April. Once the braids are out I’ll be alternating between roller sets, and my 5 day twists/2 day twist out routine. I’ll be experimenting with the twisting routine to see how I can stretch my ends better to reduce tangling.

    On days when I’m tired/don’t want to spend too much time doing my hair it’ll be a quick 9 braid braidnblow out :)

    Feels good to finally have a routine that works with my lifestyle, is safe for my hair, and allows for predictable styling results . I’m now working on finding holy grail products to go with this routine! :spinning:
     
  8. Royalq

    Royalq Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2011
    Messages:
    2,224
    Likes Received:
    10,111
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Florida
    Shampoo bars tend to make my hair feel tacky and sticky. The honey manuka DC is great but not for my relaxed hair. It makes my hair feel heavy and sticky. Maybe do a clarifying wash
     
    keranikki, ItsMeLilLucky and nyeredzi like this.
  9. apple_natural

    apple_natural Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2010
    Messages:
    688
    Media:
    6
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    paradise
    Makes sense to me! Thank you for the input! I will be doing this tomorrow, which means I will need to take my twists out. i kind of want to do that already. I'll french braid it for a week at a time until April
     
    keranikki and GGsKin like this.
  10. mayoo

    mayoo Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    6
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2012
    Messages:
    354
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1,326
    Trophy Points:
    93
    @Mapleoats @water_n_oil @MzSwift
    @snoop @GettingKinky
    @Royalq
    So sorry for my late reply! Work got ahead of me, ladies

    Thank you so much for your advice! In the end, I followed it and ended up not applying any extra product. My hair felt much more normal after day 6 or so. I skipped my normal wash day and decided to leave it alone for an extra week.

    Then last weekend, I clarified with Aunt Jackie's Oh so Clean clarifying shampoo. However my scalp usually reacts badly to shampoos so I still used my shampoo bar on my scalp.

    Deep conditioned with Aunt Jackie's DC and my hair is mostly back to normal. It's still kind of stiff, though so I'm avoiding coconut oil right now.

    I'm gonna stay away from the protein for a LONG WHILE

    Once again, thank you so much, ladies

    P. S. I'm gonna try the salt in my dc!
     
    Garner, Mapleoats, GGsKin and 6 others like this.
  11. TamaraShaniece

    TamaraShaniece Ayurvedic Life

    Blog Posts:
    3
    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2012
    Messages:
    995
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    2,691
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    South Jersey
    I agree. Even when I’m cleansing my hair. I keep my hair stretched/slightly taunt and massage the cleanser on my scalp. Then I rinse it out, smoothing the suds/product down my length.

    keeping my hair stretch/taunt.... I apply my conditioner, 2 strand twist it, and wrap it into a Bantu knot. The smoothing motion helps keep the tangles and frizz away.
     
  12. Mapleoats

    Mapleoats Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2019
    Messages:
    99
    Media:
    2
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    285
    Trophy Points:
    53
    I’m going to give this a try on my next wash day, thanks for sharing :)
     
    TamaraShaniece and keranikki like this.
  13. ckisland

    ckisland Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,929
    Likes Received:
    10,405
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    outside of Atlanta
    It took me 45 mins to flatiron my whole head today!!!! I think that that's the fastest I've ever done it! A guest checked in and said that my hair was flowing like a waterfall :lachen:!

    I know that I said that I was going to transition but I'm feeling my straight hair again :kiss3: . I saw a lady at the store with the prettiest WL hair, and in my head I was like gooooooooaaaaalllssssss!! :laugh:
     
    MzSwift, sweetiep, CurliDiva and 3 others like this.
  14. mayoo

    mayoo Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    6
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2012
    Messages:
    354
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1,326
    Trophy Points:
    93
    My mum just returned from Nigeria and sent me a jar of fleshly-made shea butter :blush:

    The difference is ASTOUNDING!
    (Compared to the store-bought version)
    The one that my mum brought has:
    *Richer and nuttier smell (so I have to use less)
    *Less is more
    *Non-grainy texture-more smooth
    *Doesn't take as long to melt in my hands
    *Feels less dry after it melts
    *Applies to hair much more smoothly
    *Slightly less - consistent texture (chunks and smoothness alike)
    *Colour is the same

    Has anyone noticed a difference between store-bought shea butters?
    If so, please let me know if you have found a butter with the properties above as I know I'll run out of this jar within the next few months :cry3:
     
    NaturalShe94, keranikki and CurliDiva like this.
  15. water_n_oil

    water_n_oil Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2018
    Messages:
    995
    Likes Received:
    5,081
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Do you mean "store-bought" as in from like a beauty supply store or something? A lot of people (myself included) now order their shea from 3CayG which comes straight from Ghana and Benin.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2020
    NCHairDiva, keranikki and snoop like this.
  16. apple_natural

    apple_natural Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2010
    Messages:
    688
    Media:
    6
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    paradise
    Took my twists out. Put on aphogee two step. I put two packets in a dish and dipped the ends of my sections into it, squeezed the excess off and put it on the higher parts of the sections. I liked doing it this way as compared to pouring it on my head. I rinsed it out with macademia brand rinse. Sleeping in twists. I plan to put in 4 French braids in the morning
     
    MzSwift, CurliDiva and keranikki like this.
  17. Bette Davis Eyes

    Bette Davis Eyes Melanated Queen

    Blog Posts:
    3
    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2008
    Messages:
    8,179
    Likes Received:
    35,862
    Trophy Points:
    113
    @TamaraShaniece How do you like the curl smiler and how do you use it? Ive been following for awhile but never "knew anyone " that used her products before
     
  18. keranikki

    keranikki I am me, me I am, please be you

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2012
    Messages:
    1,271
    Media:
    1
    Albums:
    2
    Likes Received:
    6,406
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    VA- South of nowhere
    On a whim, I went to the Hair Cuttery for a blowout. The stylist was so gentle with my hair! It truly was a treat. She trimmed an inch off of my ends, which caused me to lose all of my progress. On the other hand, my ends look so healthy and my hair looks fuller. Overall, I’m happy and will post a picture later.

    Edit: my picture
    A7C8B702-F1EE-4C2B-9D4A-7F35FAA23EB1.jpeg
    Sorry, not the best pic and it’s sideways. My hair is really coming in nicely. I will be back to APL in no time. Reaching BSL by December may be a reach, but I will still strive for it.
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2020
    MzSwift, nyeredzi, CurliDiva and 4 others like this.
  19. nyeredzi

    nyeredzi Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2013
    Messages:
    4,226
    Likes Received:
    31,974
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    MD
    Hair so time-consuming to detangle! I detangle like 4 twists a day and it takes 30 minutes. I have 18 twists. :cry:
     
    keranikki and MzSwift like this.
  20. SmilingElephant

    SmilingElephant Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2008
    Messages:
    6,327
    Likes Received:
    9,802
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    South Florida <3
    My hair has definitely grown! My starting pic was taken in December 2019, this pic is my hair today! It has been about 3 months since I took a picture of my hair in a ponytail and I am sooooo happy to see the swift results!
     

    Attached Files:

    NaturalShe94, GGsKin, Garner and 8 others like this.
  21. nyeredzi

    nyeredzi Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2013
    Messages:
    4,226
    Likes Received:
    31,974
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    MD
    I might do this! Just blow it out myself and ask for a 1" trim. But not until mid-year, so as to not lose all my progress. I hope I can get away with a 1 inch trim twice a year
     
    keranikki likes this.
  22. SmilingElephant

    SmilingElephant Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2008
    Messages:
    6,327
    Likes Received:
    9,802
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    South Florida <3
    This is my goal. I just want my hair to look like this. I LOVE Joyjah :love:

    I am sticking to products that I am familiar with and that work for me, which is mainly drugstore products. After a suspected bad run-in with DevaCurl, losing my hip length hair, (my curls used to hang to BSL at one point!) I can't gamble on spending so much money on products just for my hair to fall out again:nono: Aussie, Tresseme, Cantu, and Shea Moisture products are all I have been using for the past few months.

    And taking my vitamins, drinking more water, and using more oils like I used to. Simple stuff. :yep:
     

    Attached Files:

    GGsKin, Garner, keranikki and 5 others like this.
  23. GettingKinky

    GettingKinky Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2013
    Messages:
    5,727
    Likes Received:
    16,079
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Her hair is beautiful! I think my hair would have to be floor length to look like that.

    You had to cut your hair because of Deva products?
     
  24. SmilingElephant

    SmilingElephant Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2008
    Messages:
    6,327
    Likes Received:
    9,802
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    South Florida <3
    No, it fell out. I was thinking it was because I went vegan around the same time I was using their products in 2018. It fell out in huge clumps and I had crazy acne. I never broke out like that before in my face!

    I saw a bunch of other girls that had the same reaction as me, recently. It was the DevaCurl!
     
  25. GettingKinky

    GettingKinky Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2013
    Messages:
    5,727
    Likes Received:
    16,079
    Trophy Points:
    113
    That’s awful!!! How long were you using Deva?
     
  26. SmilingElephant

    SmilingElephant Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2008
    Messages:
    6,327
    Likes Received:
    9,802
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    South Florida <3
    I didn't use DevaCurl often, it was mainly a brand that I would treat myself to every once in a while and I LOVED their conditioners! So, the last time I used them was around the Fall/Winter time of 2018 during my very last semester of college. I had also taken up veganism 4 months prior...and before I knew it, my hair was gone! My hair went from near Hip Length alllll the way up to APL/BSL and it happened over a quick period of time before I realized that my ponytails and pineapples were no longer full-looking. You could see through my hair when it was down when my hair was so full and long and lush looking. :nono:

    It happened very quickly...within weeks.
     
  27. GettingKinky

    GettingKinky Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2013
    Messages:
    5,727
    Likes Received:
    16,079
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m glad your hair is making a recovery.
     
  28. snoop

    snoop Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2012
    Messages:
    2,649
    Media:
    1
    Likes Received:
    7,613
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Not that it really matters, but did it break off or did it shed?

    I'm glad to hear that you're turning it around. You've done it before, I have no doubt that you can reach full HL this time.
     
  29. SmilingElephant

    SmilingElephant Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2008
    Messages:
    6,327
    Likes Received:
    9,802
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    South Florida <3
    Thanks @snoop !!

    It literally did both. I had a small bald patch at the crown of my head, and broken areas everywhere. It really destroyed my hair.
     
    MzSwift, nyeredzi and snoop like this.
  30. SmilingElephant

    SmilingElephant Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2008
    Messages:
    6,327
    Likes Received:
    9,802
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    South Florida <3
    Does anyone else come here to escape the madness that's going on right now in the world? Like, I just want to talk about hair and growing it and products and stuff to keep my mind away from everything.
     

Share This Page