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  1. KiWiStyle

    KiWiStyle Realtor & Foodie

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    What did you do to get passed this stage; the 3-6" stage"?? I need to have a heart to heart conversation with my husband because something has to give. If I'm going to continue this journey without weave/wigs/braids then he's just going to have to deal with me walking around with my hair twisted up through the winter. Not the cute twists, I'm talking about the post wash and stretch twists. Now that hat season is here, I can just pop on a beanie when I leave the house and only unravel when I need to.

    The struggle is getting so real! My hair was so dry all week, like NOTHING penetrated it. Today detangling was a nightmare and I lost more hair than ever before. Notted ends and tons of shed hair so no more weekly washes without detaingling. I need a big hug y'all!
     
  2. Cattypus1

    Cattypus1 That's not how any of this works...

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    BIG HUG, KIWI!
    Truthfully, braid outs worked better for me at that stage. Still a lot of work.
    I can't do wigs or weaves. I had way more bad hair days than good hair days. MHM was a big help but I only got a decent look on day one. TBH, I HAD to wet my hair daily and i had a fro even after a braid out. I had to adjust my expectations. No matter what I did 9 times out of 10 it was going to be a fro. I had to accept that and my husband was patient and loving. He knew I was struggling. I'm still struggling but I think I'm winning more than losing. I bought a steamer and I'm using Nexxus Emergencee after clarifying about twice a month with KK Come Clean and steaming with a DC. I've found that gels don't work for me, I have to use a curl cream and I'm using PM SS to seal. I'm only using clay about once a month or so.
     
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  3. KiWiStyle

    KiWiStyle Realtor & Foodie

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    Thank you @Cattypus1 !! Yeah my husband has been very supportive too, I'm just concerned I'll become unattractive with plaits in my head all the time, Lol!

    Today was a good day surprisingly. I washed with AIA coconut cowash, DC with the NG kiwi conditioner, clay treatment, kckt undiluted, Oyin hair dew and my Shea butter mix. I had my 12 year old help with the back and we finished in Mo time. My hair is soft! I decided to leave the plaits in and go out today as Rosie The Riveter, HAHA!!
     
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    Cattypus1 That's not how any of this works...

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    Rosie the Riveter, I love it!
     
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    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    :bighug: yeah have a talk with your husband. You need to have some peace with your hair. That's why I keep mine in flat twist.
     
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    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    I'm not ready to ruin my color just yet so I washed tonight with an ACV mix. I washed twice since I had a lot of product on my hair. My ends felt sort of brittle so I lathered on Giovanni leave-in, wet it a little and then baggied. I think this helped a bit. Added some oil and then twisted with Jane Carter curl cream. I'm back in flat twist.

    Since it's getting cooler out, I'm probably going to switch to washing 1x a week if I can get away with it. I will see how my scalp deals with that.
     
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    crimsonpeach Master Lurker

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    I've been totally MIA for ages.

    Had a major setback after flatironing my hair last year and had terrible heat damage. I ended up cutting most of it out but still had a lot left. I stopped MHMing and went back to my old regimen. I did a lot of curl former sets and twistouts with bantu knots on the end to blend the textures. Now, the damage is almost gone and I think I can wash and go again. MHM got me over the growth plateau and I had finally made it to APL. I think keeping my scalp clean and the constant hydration helped my hair so much. My hair is super sensitive to flat ironing no matter what I do so I shouldn't have been surprised with the damage.

    Today I did the original MHM. I use Trader Joe's TTT as my conditioner and Camille Rose Curl Maker as my gel.

    My hair looks okay Definitely back to square one on hydration. The ends curled up the about 1/3 of the way up nothing but frizz. The left side still has some damage but it's workable. I'm aiming to wash and go 3x a week of the full regimen until I'm more hydrated and then back to once or twice a week doing a modified MHM or cowash. I hope to get back to full APL by next summer.
     
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  8. Cattypus1

    Cattypus1 That's not how any of this works...

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    @pelohello I had to tell you that I tried the second style with the criss-crossed cornrows that look like a head band...I can cornrow with the best offer them but I braided them so tight that after 24 hours I had to take them down, LOL. My scalp is still sore. It was cute though.
     
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  9. KiWiStyle

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    Same here, I noticed I have a very sore scalp when I do anything to my hair besides a WNG.
     
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    KiWiStyle Realtor & Foodie

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    Thanks! He doesn't want me to go back to relaxing or wear what he calls a hair hat. I'm going to find a solution that I can be happy with and not cause damage because the way my edges are set up....
     
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    Cattypus1 That's not how any of this works...

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    Yep, I guess it's so spoiled being free with no pulling...
     
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    I'm so late but I just saw that I missed a flash sale at Naturelle Grow the Friday before last. Guess I have to wait to black Friday. I need to stock up on clay and deep conditioner. In other news...I'm tired of wngs. I think I have enough length now for flat twists updos. I used to wear them a lot after I big chopped. Need to find someone to do them though. For some reason when I flat twist my own hair, the left side doesn't look as nice as the right. I never thought I'd say this but I kinda want my hair to grow back. Not long though, I actually want it to be at the awkward length but still short at the nape. I guess like a grown out tapered cut.
     
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    Random pics I took about a week ago after cleansing my hair. rps20151104_213756.jpg rps20151028_084306.jpg
     
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    op, can you tell me how you got your hair like that in your avi? Your hair is beautiful!
     
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    Full MHM today, got my CLT on.
     

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    KiWiStyle Realtor & Foodie

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    Nice and you're so pretty! YoUR CLT is white? Mine looks like coca cola, Lol.
     
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    KiWiStyle Realtor & Foodie

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    My plaits are still in and I'm happy. I look crazy outdoors with my pretty scarf on everyday but I don't care what people may say or think about me. My hair is nicely stretched which will significantly reduce tangles, knots and breakage. Yesterday I cleansed and DC in plaits and retwisting was finally a breeze! I won't wear my hair down unless I need to be cute and cannot wear a beanie/ scarf. My only goals right now is to continue to hydrate and reduce the number of plaits I have to make to 8.
     
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    You're very sweet, @KiWiStyle, thank you. Mine is usually a little bit more cocoa colored but I ended up using the entire 24 oz container of yogurt but I didn't increase the Braggs or the baking soda.
     
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    I did something last night that I haven't done in over a year...comb my hair. I've been finger detangling since my first attempt at MHM in July 2014. My hair actually felt a little different afterwards, it was a good different. I did a flexi rod set which is why I wanted to thoroughly detangle. As for the set...my hair is very much used to wngs and curls up a lot so trying to get the hair to stay on the rod as opposed to the curls literally popping off was hard. The ends came out a little bushy as a result but as usual when you don't like your hair is when you get the most compliments.
     
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    Hello ladies,
    I've been protective styling, so I've been off my regimen. I wanted to do a protein treatment before my next protective style. If I wanted to do the cherry lola treatment after taking my hair down, do I wash it first? And is this okay in the MHM process? I was going to do all the steps this weekend. TIA
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    Hay Everyone, I did the full 7 day MHM about a year ago and then continued with the weekly maintenance for about 5 – 6 months after … I never reached Max Hydration all throughout my head , there were sections like my nape area, hairline and a few odd patches in between that were either fully hydrated or very close.

    I gave up on it when I noticed my scalp being very sensitive with some areas that would have huge scabs (yep yuck !!) I narrowed it down to the baking soda being too harsh and buildup on my scalp.


    What I do now is to use only MHM approved products (and a sulphate free shampoo once a month) and occasionally I will do a clay wash and even less frequently (maybe 2 times for the year a cherry lola).


    Benefits … almost no SSKs, more moisturized hair, almost no split ends and all this for me means length retention!!!! Also less frizzy hair


    The Approved products I use are:

    Bentonite clay
    Tresseme Naturals Conditioner
    Giovanni Direct LI
    Crece Pelo Natural Conditioner
    Kinky Kurly Knot Today and Curling Custard
    Jane Carter Nourish and Shine


    Unapproved Products:

    Random Hair Veda products that Im still using up
    Crème of Nature Agron Oil Shampoo
    Eco Styler Gel (on edges)
    random edge control products
     
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    image.jpeg I just cleansed my hair with bakin soda and conditioner and did CLT.
     
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    Love the color and the curls!
     
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    @trebell that color is gorgeous!!

    Clay wash with s.bentonite and rhassoul this morning, followed by my Kinky Curly standby's. Sat under a cool hood dryer for almost two hours and still, I'm not completely dry but dry enough to go out without discomfort. I keep forgetting to plug my sensitive ears when I'm doing cold air drying & now they feel a bit yucky. Will post a hair pic later.
    My hair seems to respond best to being in a protective style half the week, midweek wash and then wng the rest of the week, or vice versa.
     
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    Ur curls and hair color look so pretty!!!
     
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    Not really doing MHM right now because I'm trying to extend the life of my color. But I did add a little baking soda to my conditioner today which I haven't done in months. I washed with AIA Cleansing Pudding with my flat twist still in. Then I used a reconstructor for 10 minutes. Now I'm sitting with the conditioner on for about 20 minutes.

    I thought about doing a clct but I remembered I hadn't done a real reconstructor after my color. Maybe I will do clct during the holiday.
     
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    Thank you!!! I ended up twisting it. The shrinkage is real.


     
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    I ordered 1 pound of rhassoul clay off of Amazon. I can't wait to try it. I hope it mixes well with ACV
     
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    Mine does pretty well.
     
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    Any suggestions for more moisturizing approved, leave-ins or cream stylers?
    I'm finding both Kinky Curly Knot Today and Camille Rose Moisture Milk to be insufficient. I tried the CR Moisture Butter and HATED IT. It left my hair feeling so coated and heavy I washed it out the next day and passed it on to a friend with a TWA, who's loving it.
    I also made the mistake of using the Aztec Clay in my last wash and my hair is not happy with me for it. The sodium bentonite is definitely more drying than the rhassoul can make up for so back to calcium bentonite for me. :( I'm also considering adding oils back into my mix for the winter.
     
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