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

  1. GettingKinky

    GettingKinky Well-Known Member

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    Do your braids shrink a lot? My braids don’t even reach my shoulders unless I stretch my hair first.
     
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    Not much. I brush the length with the Felicia Leatherwood every time I cross a section over the other until I finish the braid. If i braided my hair as is, it'd shrink more.
     
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    I’ve never tried that before. But I’m so uncoordinated that would take me forever.
     
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    water_n_oil Well-Known Member

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    It does take a little longer but worth a shot. Results in a smoother, shinier, and more elongated braid.
     
  5. snoop

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    So, this year I've been paying super attention to my hair like it's year 2 again. I've been so happy with how it's looking and feeling.

    So what did I go and do this weekend? After I washed my hair (in twists), I decided to be lazy and African thread my twists into 4 sections without properly restyling them first. Three days later my hair is a matted mess.:cry3:

    So, now my pam is to spend one day detangling each of the 4 sections. I've never tried stretching mont detangling days out like this before but we'll see how this goes.

    Note to self: I can't be lazy with my hair on wash day. :nono:
     
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    K... so... these Covid times has me not caring about my hair at all.
    For 2 years, I would clear my calendar for wash day, and be as happy as Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music doing my hair... i was in looooove with my hair.

    Now, I wash my hair... put it in a bun.... and leave it for a while... a week or 2 later... I wash/repeat.

    My hair is a matted mess. (on the inside/at the roots)
    Is there a way to get back on track and really detangle these roots without losing all of my hair?
    (Also my hair is coloured, and shedding a lot now... which makes it no fun to wash or play with-Yes... i'm using Olaplaex.... when i feel like it)
     
  7. snoop

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    One that I've used for a while has been Kinky Curly Knot Today + conditioner +oil. That works well.

    I've also used, coconut oil mixed with conditioner (1:1). Leave it in for a few days then go to town using more conditioner as necessary. I've had success with this, too.

    I'm trying shea butter, oil, and conditioner this time so we'll see. I've been avoiding detangling but this baggy has been on my head for two days already :nono:

    For shedding, I've been mixing my own ayurvedic oils and using them on my hair and scalp -- two different blends. The one for my scalp has coffee infused oil in it. I started in January. My shedding reduced within the week and after 3 months I get barely anything. Like, I've never lost so little hair, maybe even while being pregnant? I got the coffee oil idea from @ElevatedEnergy in the shea butter threads, but instead of using it on my body, decided to add some to my scalp oil. I think the herbs on their own help a lot with the shedding since I started without the coffee, but the addition of coffee might have upped the potency.
     
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    So I finger detangled it all today. I feel like I lost more hair today than I have all year. Lesson learned. Even if it means throwing in some temporary jumbo twists, I can't do what I did last week.
     
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    I've done this many times, usually not over 4 days, but frequently over 2, sometimes 3. It just takes soooo long and who has hours and hours of time at once.
     
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    Right? That would be the "right" way to do it, but I get so frustrated with having to do it over a long period of time that I just slug it out.:(

    That was also probably my longest detangling session since the beginning of the year. I'm getting the hang of how to keep my hair from excessive matting so that my detangling sessions go quickly.
     
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    I just hope my hair is growing. I redid my mini twists last week, Saturday. My mom took a photo when I was leaning over. It looks shiny and everything but it better be growing
     
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    Wow beautiful growth!!!
     
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    Its definitely growing. Lets hope you’re retaining all that extra length!
     
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    I plan not to touch my hair for the next TWO weeks! It's cornrowed - wear wig or scarf, as needed.

    ETA: I did pretty well, leaving my hair alone....
     
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    Hi @storm777007 how areyou liking the Chebe?
     
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    Prettymetty Natural/4b/medium-coarse

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    I sprayed my xcel21. I may wash and blow dry later. I can try the 8 second wonder water too
     
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    Is it too late to join?
     
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    our host @NaturalShe94 requires a starting photo to officially be in the challenge, but I don't think she has a deadline on when people can start
     
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    Tkx girl, gonna upload a photo now
     
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    Photo from 4 weeks ago when I did a keratin treatment ( not a BKT) I dont use much heat on my hair ( less than once a year) and always have dry cuts/trim as I have a 3c hair.
    I can see a BSL and I hope to be a full MBL going towards HL by December 2020.

    I dont have a very strict regimen but will be focusing on

    1. Moisturizing and sealing with oil/butter every other day
    2. Keeping moisture/protein balanced
    3. Ayurveda ( henna, powders and oils)
    4. DC 2x a week
    5. Taking vitamins (bought a 6 months Hairfinity supply)
     

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

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    @curly.123 Welcome!!!!:rose:

    I know I said that I wasn't going to cut my hair until July, but I lied to you all and myself. I trimmed 1/4" off today and my ends feel so much better. My last trim was on March 16, so I'm pretty happy with myself that I made it this far without cutting my hair. When July comes, I wont trim it like I planned.....
     
  22. GettingKinky

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    Shrinkage is crazy. Five months later and the difference is so small.

    A78CADE7-B367-40C4-B2F5-659F2CA0E8E1.jpeg
     
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    keranikki I am me, me I am, please be you

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    Shrinkage can really put a damper on the ego, lol. I’m also noticing that the longer my hair gets, the more it shrinks. My dreams of wearing visibly long curly hair is slowly fading away, lol.
     
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    That’s not what I want to hear.
     
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    im going to work on retwisting my hair again. its been several weeks. time is flying! :D thats good.

    @GettingKinky I feel like i can see a difference! i like it. the top is down longer in the second photo
     
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    Same... I had the misfortune of not properly combing my hair for 2 months while wearing it in two loose French braids. Needless to say, I had to spend upwards of two months detangling my hair while balancing school work. Detangle. Twist. Sleep. School. Detangle. Twist. Sleep. School. Lol...

    Surprisingly, it was not matted, but the amount of shed hairs made it a laborious "hobby" of mine until school finished.

    Hopefully, the shedding will lighten up and you will get back into a good routine!
     
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    Sprayed onion juice on my scalp for the first time
     
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    Checking in ladies~~~

    I don't even know what length this is, ladies loool. What do you think?
    Maybe TBL?


    Pic in the hoody is January 2020, pic in bra is this morning (June 6th 2020)
    Along the way, I have done 2 super-mini trims

    Length
    Longest layers are about 23-24inch and ultimate goal is 30inch (for now).

    Regimen
    Wash 1x p/week with shampoo bar
    Detangle with conditioner in the shower
    Deep condition under dryer for 20-30 minutes
    Set in braids or twists for the week. Wear twist out /braid out end of week
    Sometimes, remoisturise and re-braid/re-twist mid-week



    What I've learned/changed this year
    -Less use of my tangle teezer. This was my main tool becuase I love how easy it is to use and how smooth it leaves my hair. However, I decided to just use my fingers for the last couple of months, and I'm seeing less breakage.

    -Started treating my hair like it's more fragile. I have "heavy hands" that tend to destry everything they touch lol. So I'm concentrating more on treating my hair softly

    -More consistent. Since quarantine started, I have been very consistent since I am working from home

    -Too much water that isn't running (aka not the shower) makes my fine strands tangle

    -I don't need to add everything to my deep conditioner. I'm going back to using the product as it is
     

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    In relation to the earlier convo on shrinkage: I feel like, one just kind of has to live with it.

    Photo: My shrunken hair, compared to my twisted hair, compared to my twists when stretched.
     

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    I agree I’m going to just have to live with my shrinkage and appreciate my volume instead. But I still thought that I would see length progress with time. It seems like my shrinkage just compensates for my growth.

    Maybe I’ll switch my comparison picture to my hair in a puff.
     

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