Hip–Tailbone Length (HL–TBL) 2015-2016 Challenge!

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  1. Aireen

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    Her name is SZA.
     
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    @Leo24Rule, I haven't been consistent enough with it to give you long term results but immediate results are regular bathroom visits, less bloating, more energy, and more feel-good feelings – you just naturally want to drink them more for these results alone. I know when I take my vitamins, my new growth is super strong so I'm sure I'll see better results taking vitamins + smoothies. (I'm more consistent with vitamins than I am smoothies. I've been taking them for more than 6 months straight now.)

    My mum drinks a kale drink almost daily – just tons of kale + water – that she swears makes her hair grow faster. She already has fast growing hair but I wouldn't doubt it helps her reach her maximum growing potential more consistently. As well, she also drinks dessicated liver + molasses and she says that helps too along with a lot of eggs and drinking milk.

    Anyway, there are testimonials online that may be of some help, I know @lulu97 posted a recipe so maybe she'll be able to answer your question better.
     
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    I don't drink smoothies for my hair. I started drinking them on the recommendation of my doctor because I was having issues with ummmm *cough* being regular. But I can say with certainty that healthy hair, skin and nails starts with what you put inside your body. You don't have to drink smoothies for hair growth...BUT fruits, vegetables & water contain just about all the vitamins, minerals and hydration you need to grow healthy hair. For me, drinking smoothies ensure that I am getting my intake of fruits/veggies in and it's already broken down so my digestive system can get a break. I drink one a day as a meal replacement. HTH
     
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    This is my hair right now. Idk if u can tell but I'm wishing the spot between my "bang" and the rest of my hair on the right side of the pic...would look more "filled in"

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    And these are just random hair pics.

    This is my go to bun when my hair is being temperamental. Lol

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    Random texture pic.

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    It looks like my hair has grown an inch in 7 weeks time. :grin: My hair usually grows about average or less – in my opinion – so I'm pretty excited for this bit of an increase in less time than usual.
     
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    Didn't relax my hair, my scalp was too itchy. I'm going to wash my hair tomorrow and hopefully I can relax next week instead. If not next week, I'll just aim to relax a little after 3 months post – I'm not up to stretching my relaxers too long this year.
     
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    Got my package today! ! :) and did my hair bc I couldn't wait lol

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    It's in a pineapple now tho. I am a life long customer....I hope they never change the formula.

    I really hope I can reach hip length this year.
     
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    Just finished reorganizing the hair section of my beauty drawer! I need to buy something to hold bobby pins, hair clips, and hair ties – other than that, I really like how everything is a bit neater.

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    Washed, steamed & rollerset to stretch. Pulled it in a ponytail to grocery shop then braided that bad boy up in 4 huge connecting braids. The parts are not straight but I have no plans on wearing this anywhere. I'll be under scarf turbans and cute beanies for the next 10 to 14 days.
     
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    Ok so I couldn't live with the Detangling nightmares anymore so I've now accepted that I have to gently detangle every day with a wide tooth comb or my hair will turn into a nightmarish nest. Also I found my lifesaver. This is my everyday around the house braid. Satin scrunchies at the top and at the bottom. The single braid prevents the tangling issues I had from tossing and turning while sleeping at night. All that's tangling at the roots and in the nape is over!

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    My regimen is simple: wash, protein treatment, deep condition and blowdry every two weeks. No heat other than on wash days.
     
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    ManeStreet...I love your solution!!! This is the result of a blow dry...no flatironing?
     
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    Garner thank you. I was at the end of the line. I was about cut it off. So happy this is working.

    Yes this is just from blowdrying. I put a couple drops of Argan oil or avocado oil everyday, the oil in combination with the single braid makes the blowdried hair smoother. By day three, my poofy blowdry looks like a kinda like flatiron. I love that Argan oil & avocado oil don't make my hair greasy. I just recently started using both of those oils.
     
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    Ok I stand corrected on this. Things I've noticed this past wash day:

    Hair changes:
    The first 2-3 inches of new growth feels so hydrated & soft....even better than the length of my hair. (Yes I feel like I've gotten 2-3 inches of hair growth since the beginning of the year) Normally my new growth comes in feeling pretty rough and dry & it usually takes a few deep conditioning sessions to get it to feel like the rest of my hair....but not anymore.

    Skin changes:
    I know this is weird but the heels of my feet are so smooth and hydrated. I have not had a pedicure since around October of last year. I do not use any special creams or really pay much attention to my feet. (Bad I know) I just usually lotion them when I lotion my body. No roughness, no ashy extra skin back there...just smoothness.

    Nails:
    My nails are getting strong and I have had significant growth since the beginning of the year. Picture shows my nails on Jan 1st compared to a few days ago. I've only had 1 broken nail so far this year.

    Things I've changed since Jan 1st in the order I think made all this possible
    *Green smoothies daily (sipping on a pineapple, peaches, spinach, kale & aloe vera juice smoothie as I type this)
    *Exercising minimum 4 times a week
    *Being mindful of what I eat
    *Drinking aloe vera juice internally
     
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    Sorry if I missed this but what do you put on your hair before blow drying? I have been thinking about starting a similar reggie to deal with tangles as my hair gets closer to HL.
     
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    I'm getting ready to try a similar regimen as well. I'm so tired of not showing off my length and my shrinkage is so ridiculous. I don't mind if this slows my progress to HL but hopefully it doesnt. I'll just be meticulous about keeping my ends oiled and sticking to low manipulation styles.
     
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    My longest layer touches my hip when straight. When curly, it's about brastrap length. I am finding my hair is very tangle-y now. I am considering straightening more often to cut down on the tangles.
     
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    I'm finding that my staple product lines are:

    Shea Moisture
    Mixed Chicks
    OGX
    Eco Styler

    These particular brands are the ones I buy products from over and over again.

    Mixed chicks is doing great things with my hair. I absolutely love that stuff...the leave in AND the deep conditioner. It makes my stubborn curls curl up. I thinks it's due to the protein in it.

    I attempted to put my hair into two french braids tonite.

    NOPE.

    I nearly lost my whole mind! Doing that made me realize that I have a LOT of hair! I got so frustrated bc it was starting to get super tangled and just...not cooperative. :nono: so i shampooed and conditioned it and sprayed it with the 2nd Day hair spray I bought from Au Rebelle (it smells soooo good! Like a berry smoothie!) and raked my mixed chicks in on top of that.

    She is now in time out in a pineapple. :look:

    Lesson learned. Do NOTHING to it!!!
     
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    Protective styles are a must for me in this winter weather. Can't wait for it to warm up.
     
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    When it comes to hair products, I have learned how to have fun without being a product junkie. I have my staples however when I use up a staple product; instead of repurchasing it right away, I'll try something new. When that runs out, I'll return to my staple and just keep repeating this cycle. I'm just mindful of the ingredients I know my hair likes when choosing a new product...so I usually like them. But when I don't, I have no problem returning it to the store or passing them on to someone else.

    This method allows my hair journey to stay exciting and I have found many "back up" staples along the way. To eliminate having too many products and decrease clutter, my general rule is to have no more than 15 products in my stash at one time. Right now I have around 12 I think.
     
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    That mixed chicks deep conditioner smells good and is so moisturizing!
     
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    Trimmed my hair again, as far as I'm concerned it's March 1st and winter is OVER – even though there is still snow on the ground lol. :lol: Fresh trims are so addicting. :look: I got rid of any frayed bits from the majority of my hair – skipping my bangs, nape, and hairline. I noticed that my front had way more thinning on the ends than the back when I'd divided my hair to cut. Glad I went through the trim, I wanted to clean up most of the ends for the end of winter, hopefully I can resist cutting again until October.
     
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    It's been about 4 months since I last straightened my hair....I realized how much it's grown since then, this morning.

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    I've been hooked on green smoothies and stepped up my co washing and deep conditioning game.

    My hair is shrinking as i type this lol. I'm sitting at my desk constantly moving my hair out the way bc I keep sitting back on it lol...and it's not even straight lol
     
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    Kinda pissed at the moment:

    - My blender broke (Gonna invest in a Vitamix, so sick of blenders breaking every couple months :wallbash: :angry2:)
    - My vitamins are running out :sad:
    - I'm broke :lol: :look:
    - I have hair anorexia and just want HL like YESTERDAY :cry:
    - I need to do a protein and steam treatment soon but too lazy :rolleyes:
     
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    ((Huggles)) I'm in the market for a blender...I don't have one...but I've been hooked on these smoothies at this restaurant chain we have down here in Orlando.

    I'm in the same boat as you. Wanting to be hip length 6 months ago :lol: but I got a mental boost this morning after I stretched my hair down my back in the shower this morning and realized my longest layer stretches past my waist!! This, after MONTHS of feeling like I did something wrong or that it wasn't growing.

    I'm inspired to try and go a full year without straightening! We'll see! :D

    Here's my shrinkage comparison for today....not as bad as I thought!! The left was this morning around 7:00am and the right was around 8pm. I was so sure it would shrink more than that.

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    I use the magic bullet for my smoothies. Had it 6 years...still works great. Blades still sharp too.

    In hair news: I need to clarify and do a protein treatment. I ran out of clarifying shampoo so I'll stop by Ulta on my way to the market some time this week.

    Last wash day, I realized just how long my hair is when I was roller setting. Doing it, then leaving it alone until next wash day gives me a nice break and helps save my energy for the next wash day so I can pamper it with love. It's also too long to use a million leave in's then expect my rollersets to be dry in an hour. I use a serum only and I'm dry in a timely manner.
     
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    I'm gonna try the Huntington Beach blender...it's more budget friendly for me lololol. I'm just getting into wanting to make smoothies...so I read the reviews and this seems like a great starter blender for me.

    I cleaned the crap out of my fridge so now I have a fresh start to go grocery shopping and buy healthy foods. I don't really eat a lot of junk anyway but my parents brought stuff and ppl would give me stuff and it started to accumulate so i cleaned that all out and now I can see what I actually need to buy. Lol

    So I'll be buying some smoothie fruits and yogurt and some more almond milk and some leafy greens like kale and spinach.

    I don't buy much bc I'm usually always out and about and eating away from home.
     
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    I started back on Manetabolism today. Woot, woot. I trimmed a few times last year but my longest layers are back in MBL-WL territory. Between that and rosemary oil and getting back on a regular conditioning schedule, I should be golden.
     
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    So today I straightened my hair. I washed and then deep conditioned with heat for 20 minutes. This was my first time DCing with heat (outside of the salon) and my hair felt AMAZING! It was much easier to detangle so this step will definitely be added to my reggie. I usually DC throughout the day or overnight but I think this is better for me. I will start doing this with each wash. After I rinsed, I applied the Aveda Perfectly Straight and then blowdried.

    Now I don't know if my blow drying time was cut down due to DCing with heat or the Aveda product but I don't care. I'm going to keep both in my regimen lol Straightening was also a breeze. As far as the product, my hair initially felt a little greasy but as the time goes by, that feeling is going away and it feels silky. I am going to use it once a month to see if it does what it's supposed to do.

    My pics suck ladies sorry. I'll try to have someone take some tomorrow.
     
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    I LOVE my new routine of pretty much doing nothing. I'm still rocking my single braid secured with silk scrunchies, detangling daily and adding a little bit of argan and/or avocado oil. I think I'm having good retention. I've made it past this really annoying length that I grow to but then my ends start looking trifling so I trim it off. Hence being stuck at whip/hip.
     
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    ^^^^^ I agree with all of this. Ain't nothing like finding a wash/style routine where you can pamper your hair then leave it alone to thrive!

    I think I've reached hip y'all....well my lil tail has anyway. I wont officially claim it until I straighten again (maybe in the fall) That way I can give the rest of my hair time to catch up. I'll be moving in 3 months and will be living within 45 mins of my family. My sister is a kitchen beautician and she can braid and style like nobody's business. I already told her she better get ready! I'm sad to be leaving my stylist and braider in my current city as they both have became such close friends but I'm happy that I have my sis as my go to. Oh and I already requested Reneice as an "official stylist" but we all know how long that wait is.
     
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