Anybody wanna come with me? LadyP is the first person to inspire me so much that I immediately braided my hair into a zig zag up the back of my head and got real serious about wigging it for the next 12 months. I combed all through her recent thread TWA to Hip Length in 4 yrs and her TWA to MBL in 3 years and all throughout her LHCF Blog Entries for clear explanations about exactly what she's doing to retain every inch of her luscious locs. She has been an inspiration and example of what real commitment can do! From what I gather, LadyP does the following: - Hair braided in circle with the "Deep Moisture Method" (description to follow) - Braids are left for 1 to 2 months - Shampoo and DC weekly while still in braids - Moisturize and seal as needed while still in braids - Sleep with satin bonnet - Hard protein every 6 to 8 weeks after braids are removed (essential, according to LadyP because of Deep Moisture Method) - LadyP's vitamin regi: "Vitamins for the Hair, from Puritan's Pride, gelatin, garlic oil and Vitamin E" - LadyP also does henna treatments but I'm not sure how frequently. I'll be replacing these with ayurveda tea rinses while braids still in. Deep Moisture Method Description: For those of you joining in with LadyP's Deep Moisture Retention Challenge, please answer the following questions: What is your PS of choice? Are you natural or relaxed? What are you using for your DC of choice for the deep moisture method? What are you using to seal before braiding? What are you using to wet your hair before DC is added? How will you moisturize and seal while PS is in? What products? How often will you wash? What method? What products? What will you use for your hard protein treatment? and how often? What else might you add to reach your goals? Here are my answers below: What is your PS of choice? I am wigging it but I may also sew it up Are you natural or relaxed? I am a 4a/b natural What are you using for your DC of choice for the deep moisture method? I used lacio lacio intensive conditioner mixed with a moisture conditioning balm knock off that I'd souped up with some MSM and wheat germ oil What are you using to seal before braiding? I sealed with coconut oil What are you using to wet your hair before DC is added? african royal braid spray (it's got silk amino acids and wheat germ ) How will you moisturize and seal while PS is in? What products? african royal braid spray and coconut oil How often will you wash? What method? What products? amla/brahmi tea and conditioner cowashes twice a week What will you use for your hard protein treatment? and how often? aphogee two step every other month What else might you add to reach your goals? I am spritzing my scalp before cowashes with a tea, msm and aloe mixture to combat shedding. I also take garlic and hair vitamins.