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Natural Support Thread

justNikki

Well-Known Member
Hair type? 3c/4a

Current hair length? Some has hit APL, some is just above APL, the top comes to my collar bone

Goal hair length? BSL

Time since bc? 2 years

How long did you transition, or did you? 6 weeks

Biggest hair challenge? Leaving it alone, not cowashing daily is still hard for me b/c I love the way it feels

Stand-by products? Giovanni Direct, Kinky Curly Curling Custard, Aubrey Organics Mandarin Majic Jelly, Olive Oil, Seyani Hair Butter, Giovanni Deep Moisture Conditioner

Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because alot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)? Braiouts...5 french braids done on wet hair after cowashing or DT using a gel of my choice over a leave-in. I keep the style fresh by rebraiding nightly on hair that I dampen slightly with Isoplus 24/7 Leave-in

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)? Yes...see my fotki (pw in profile)

Do you ever want to go back to relaxed? No

Best hair compliment? When women ask me questions about how I get my hair "like that"....and when my SO can't stop touching my hair.
 

joyandfaith

Active Member
Hair type? 3c

Current hair length? Below Collarbone

Goal hair length? MBL

Time since bc? Never BC'd. I've been natural for 5 years now

How long did you transition, or did you? Didn't transition, just let it grow out

Biggest hair challenge? Wanting to check the length all the time

Stand-by products? Redken products, 100% shea butter, ORS Olive Oil moisturizer, Shikakai Oil

Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because alot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)? Flexi8 clip

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)? No :sad: I'll take one soon

Do you ever want to go back to relaxed? Heck No

Best hair compliment? "Your hair is so pretty...I hate you"
 

Rapunzel*

New Member
Hair type? i dont know

Current hair length? about 3-4 inches Goal hair length? tail bone

Time since bc? a little over a month

How long did you transition, or did you? i transitioned for 5 months
Biggest hair challenge? none so far

Stand-by products?cream of nature green label, olive oil sheen, ors pack:lick:, vo5 moister milks conditioner, Hollywood beauty olive and carrot cream Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because alot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)? right now braids

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)? ill have them by next month took pics though

Do you ever want to go back to relaxed? Heck No

Best hair compliment? im sure you will look cute with short hair(before bc)
 

Lucky's Mom

New Member
Hair type? 3c/4a I think - but I am unsure...........

Current hair length? Unknown - it is beyond the brastrap

Goal hair length? Waist length

Time since bc? I didn't really......6 inches were chopped off in 1999

How long did you transition, or did you? 1 year - in braids

Biggest hair challenge? figuring out what to do with it - every week....

Stand-by products? organic and homemade products.....


Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because alot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)?Twists or braids.... a total of 6 on each side

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)? yes.......
Do you ever want to go back to relaxed? In the words of Bart Simpson: No Way Man....

Best hair compliment? When family and freinds say "WOW Your hair is SO Long!"
 

Ms Red

Well-Known Member
Hair type? Mostly 4a and a little 3c

Current hair length? In layers- the back is past APL, the front is SL

Goal hair length? BSL straight, all APL curly

Time since bc? June 30th will be 1 year Natural! :yay"

How long did you transition, or did you? 2 years, 3 months!

Biggest hair challenge? The transition period and getting the wash and go right

Stand-by products? CON, ORS, Olive Oil Moisturizer, Cholesterol, Follicule treatments, Palmers, Sometimes Pantene or NTM Hair Mask


Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because alot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)?Pressed in the winter, wash and gos, ponypuffs, sew-in weaves for protective styles; twistouts

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)? working on it :sad:
Do you ever want to go back to relaxed? No

Best hair compliment? 'Your hair is soooo soft' :cloud9:[/QUOTE]
 

LunadeMiel

Well-Known Member
Hair type? 3b/3c/4a...there are more...

Current hair length?The front is nose length the back is shoulder

Goal hair length? Waistlength unstreched. Actually how ever long it can get...:lachen:

Time since bc? 4 months

How long did you transition, or did you? a litte over six months

Biggest hair challenge? Frizziness and moisture

Stand-by products? water and conditioner

Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because alot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)? Puff. I'm not very creative.

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)? Please see fotki. www.fotki.com/misskreyol

Do you ever want to go back to relaxed? Nope

Best hair compliment? Why did you hide all of that pretty hair under a perm...:grin:
 

msa

New Member
Hair type? coily and cottony (4ab)

Current hair length?
Some is ear length, some neck length, the back is between shoulder and apl.

Goal hair length? Waistlength.

Time since bc?
Been natural my whole life.

How long did you transition, or did you?
n/a

Biggest hair challenge?
Not playing in my hair. Being patient. Moisturizing consistently. Not looking like a little kid in every single style.

Stand-by products?
Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner and Juices&Berries

Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because alot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)?
Sponge roller set. I condition my hair and while it's soaking wet add honey hemp conditioner and put it in the rollers (they're satin covered). Let it dry overnight and take the rollers out in the morning. I like it because it stretches my hair, forces me to moisturize, and it makes me look less like a little kid. It's really the only time I actually "do" something to my hair.

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)?
No but the next time I do it I will be sure to take a pic.

Do you ever want to go back to relaxed?
Never have been relaxed and I'm sure I never will.

Best hair compliment?
Anytime someone says "you make me wanna go natural".


Great thread!!
 

cottoncoily

Well-Known Member
Hair type? 2A:look:.......:grin: j/k I really don't know too much about hair typing but I think I'm a 4a or close to it.

Current hair length?
Ear/Neck length.

Goal hair length? Waistlength stretched

Time since bc?
It will be two months on August 8th...wait I just realized that's two days from now. Time flys:yep:

How long did you transition, or did you?
about 5 1/2 months

Biggest hair challenge?
Finding styles for my twa and playing with my curls/coils

Stand-by products?
Don't have one yet

Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because a lot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)? Wash & Go

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)?
fotki is in siggy

Do you ever want to go back to relaxed?
Don't plan on it. My hair fits me and I never felt comfortable as a relaxed head.

Best hair compliment?
I have had many people they love my hair the length it is now. A couple of people asked me if I'm going to keep it like this for a while because it really fits my face. Because of this now I'm debating whether to grow it out again or keep it short for a while. Ah decisions, decisions:spinning:
 
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Paradox

Guest
Hair type?4a/b

Current hair length?shoulder length in front APL in the sides BSB( not BSL) in the back

Goal hair length? Waistlength:ohwell:

Time since bc?I don't plan on doing the BC.

How long did you transition, or did you? It has been 2 years. This is actually my second time transitioning, I also transitioned from 13 years old to 17 years old.

Biggest hair challenge? At first it was wearing my hair in natural hair styles, so minimizing the heat. April was the first time since I was 12 that I wore my hair in a natural hair styles. I used to flat iron.


Stand-by products? Aubrey Organics Honey suckle rose conditioner, the qhemetbiologics heavy cream, replenishing mist, and hydrating balm, giovanni direct leave in conditioner, castor oil, coconut oil, giovanni straightening elixir, and rosewater, glycerin just to randoming mix with stuff.

Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because alot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)? Braid out or straight hair

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)?No digitical camera to take a picture of the natural hair style.

Do you ever want to go back to relaxed?No, with all this heat damage, I don' t really need it.:lachen:

Best hair compliment? Alot of people told me that they like the braid outs, so that made me happy.
That is about all
 
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thaidreams

New Member
Hair type?

3c/4a/4b

Current hair length?

BSL

Goal hair length?


Waist Lenghth; I want to donate some of my hair one day.

Time since bc?

4 years

How long did you transition, or did you?

3 years

Biggest hair challenge?

I recently moved to the South, so the humidity down here is doing a number on my hair when it's straight. Without Sabino's on it the stuff can get real big!

Stand-by products?


Design Essentials, Cantu Shea Butter, and Trader Joe's Nourish Spa

Stand-by hair style?

Wet and Wavy braidout-My hair takes a lot of time to dry, so if I wash my hair before bed and apply Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner then braid my hair up, in the morning it will still be slightly damp and I just take it down from there and wear it out. It's a great look!

Do you ever want to go back to relaxed?

Not a chance! For some reason my hair did not grow well with a relaxer and was always course. My hair would start coming out in clumps days after I'd get it done. For me natural is best, but I don't hate on anyone that goes the relaxed route. Everyone has to do what's best for them.

Best hair compliment?


You got that good Indian Hair!
 
Hair type?

4a

Current hair length?

Shoulder length

Goal hair length?

My immediate goal is Armpit, but I'd like to stop at waistlength

Time since bc?

1 year 2 months

How long did you transition, or did you?

4 months technically, but I had to BC due to EXTREME breakage thanks to a horrible relaxer incident... (I had a TWA in the back and permed hair in the front...)

Biggest hair challenge?

Learning how to style and accept my hair while accepting others' reactions as well

Stand-by products?

Jojoba oil, olive oil, cheapie conditionners, MegaTek, Boundless Tresses, Infusium 23, Coconut oil, Shikakai soap


Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because alot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)?

Twist-out and a pulled back puff.

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)?

It's coming...

Do you ever want to go back to relaxed?

I think about it sometimes, but I'm not only natural to have healthier hair, but to be an example for other women and young girls to love themselves the way they were born.

Best hair compliment?

"Wow, your hair's really cute!"
 

almond eyes

Well-Known Member
Hair type?

4a some 3c. I don't like hair typing thing.

Current hair length?

collar bone length

Goal hair length?

Waistlength

Time since bc?

3 years

How long did you transition, or did you?

Wore extension braids for one year and a half to grow out very damaged hair from relaxer. Hair was not fully back to normal until after two years.

Biggest hair challenge?

The unpredictability of natural hair. Sticking to a regiment that works for me. Dealing with hair that grows faster in the back than the front. Embarassing shrinkage. Getting used to styling my hair without braid extensions.

Stand-by products?

Jojoba oil, Aveda, Qhemet, Boundless Tresses.


Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because alot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)?

Braidout done after washing hair. Hair placed into eight big braids and then heavily oiled. Taken down the next day for a wavy look. To keep the look must re-braid every night using oils again. If any type of water or water based product gets into the style, my curls disappear and shrink. Using a lot of oil in and on my hair and using the right shampoo are conditioners have really helped me tremendously.

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)?

No yet

Do you ever want to go back to relaxed?

I just can't. It does not work for me. Never has.

Best hair compliment?

People always say, my hair looks cool or that they did not know it felt so soft.
 

ResultsMayVary

Well-Known Member
A newly natural here ... I am really trying to find a product that provides moisture and actually lasts .. My hair seems to be like a sponge it just soaks up anything I put in it :look:


 

honeisos

Well-Known Member
Hair type? 3c

Current hair length?b ra strap

Goal hair length? WL

Time since bc? 2004

How long did you transition, or did you? about 10 months

Biggest hair challenge? bordum at times

Stand-by products? I always go back to Cantu leave in , Elasta QP feels like silk and all of the Vo5 moisture milk conditioners .

Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because alot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)?wash and go

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)? in profile album

Do you ever want to go back to relaxed? no way

Best hair compliment? "girl don't you know people weaving their hair to look like yours !" LOL
 
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ResultsMayVary

Well-Known Member
Asking this question again ... anyone? someone? :look:

What comes after twa, and how do you know you are out of that stage?


TIA!
 

JustKiya

Well-Known Member
I think after TWA comes LAA, but I don't think there are any set in stone guidelines as to what is what.... once you feel like your afro isn't teeny weeny anymore, than it isn't. :lol:
 

ResultsMayVary

Well-Known Member
I think after TWA comes LAA, but I don't think there are any set in stone guidelines as to what is what.... once you feel like your afro isn't teeny weeny anymore, than it isn't. :lol:

Oooooo


Thank you!!!

well it that case I am taking myself out of that category I have enough hair to make 4 puff ponytails :grin:
 

TeaKyoo

New Member
After reading the thread on Nice and Wavy deciding to relax, I thought it would be nice to start a thread that supports those who are natural. Dealing with your own hair, is a continual challenge, and being natural presents its own set of difficulties. We can use this thread, to talk about our challenges with natural hair and how to solve them, also as a natural check-in, and just a thread where you can know you're not alone if you're dealing with natural Hair issues. There are other women out there who are going through the same thing. You are not alone!

Also keeping with the spirit of LHCF this is not a place of judgment, whether you decide to end your natural hair journey, or are trying to decide to begin one you can post here, and give and gain some insight.

What do you think?

I think we're gonna need some structure..

So how about some questions,

Hair type? 4a/4b

Current hair length? See signature

Goal hair length? See signature

Time since bc? 7.5 yrs

How long did you transition, or did you? 6 months

Biggest hair challenge? not cutting it; knots & tangles making me cut it :)

Stand-by products? Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner, Fantasia IC Gel, baking soda

Stand-by hair style(and short tutorial if it has not been explained. I think this is crucial because alot of the natural ladies don't know the wealth of styles they can do themselves)?

Pulled back in a low pony puff :p also twists/twist outs cuz I know I can do them fast (45mins) and the last a week.

Do you have a picture(also very helpful)?
Hair album: http://public.fotki.com/TeaKyoo/

Do you ever want to go back to relaxed? Nope never

Best hair compliment? When my own mother was impressed I had "hair like that" :lachen: She slapped a relaxer in my head at the age of 8 yrs.:nono:
--TQ
 
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