Discussion in 'Hair Care Tips & Product Review Discussion' started by Chicoro, Dec 11, 2017.
Are your ends smoother? What's the difference? Congratulations for hoping on the Shea Train!
You are at hip length! Can you post your photo here, too? I think that would encourage others and be quite helpful. How fabulous that you can attribute your length gains to something you did or used consciously: Queen Shea!
I hope you post your pictures for us here! People would love to see the length that you have gained. I enjoyed seeing those photos of yours in the other thread in which you posted.
Yes, when I do use the mixture, my ends are like smooth butter.
Sisters, thank you for opening my mind and broadening my knowledge.
Special thanks to @Chicoro!!!
In general, does your hair tend to split? Or do you think because you stopped using Shea butter it started to split? Shea tends to help keep ends smooth and pretty.
For me, Shea butter is not enough to keep my ends from splitting. I do an Ends Routine. First, I saturate the ends of my hair with water. I put castor oil, or whatever oil I have at my disposal, on the ends of my hair. Then, I saturate with Shea butter if I am wearing a baggie for the day, which I now do daily.
If your style allows for it, I think adding water optimizes Shea butters sealing characteristics. The more moisture you have on your hair, the more moisture it can seal into the hair.
You are welcome, @Atthatday !
I'll take that special thanks! I got knots on my forehead, a fat gut. So, I could use a little extra support!
Awww how cute!
I tried stretching my hair ( I am 17 weeks post relaxer) and it's very close to hip length. that's the longest my hair has ever been but I will know for sure when I relax next week.
My routine for the past two months: scurl + shea butter, I wear a upart kinky straight wig.
Great job @lalla ! Keep us posted, please. Can we see it? Are you relaxing or are you having it done? Even if there is no picture, I KNOW it will be gorgeous.
My hair tends to split, especially in the front. I was trying not to put water on it this week because I had done a roller set. My intention from here forward is to wet my ends nightly and put on my Shea.
Is the front area that you style frequently, ie undergoes a lot of frequent manipulation?
I was experiencing some neck and shoulder pain and didn’t have the ability to do the LCB method (liquid-cream-Butter), so I just used some of my East African Shea Butter. It left my hair really soft, moisturized, and tangle free. I don’t even need to do all of the whipping, mixing, and adding a bunch of products to my hair. I used to make using Shea Butter so complicated but I’ve realized that I can actually apply it straight to wet hair (as long as it’s the East African variety/nilotica).
Now I just need to find a protective style/wig that I can wear while I am moisturizing my hair with Shea Butter. I am going to try this consistently for the next 3 months to see my results. If this really helps change my dry hair and leads to more growth, I will be mind blown. It will also feel so liberating (both in time, money, and space) to not have to be so dependent upon so many freaking hair products.
Sure no problem, here you go! I've also started using the shea butter when my hair is straight as well on the last 5 inches of the ends. Hoping to be full HL in 2019.
Thanks for posting. You WILL be full hip length by December 2019, barring no major cuts or set-backs. It is very do-able at your current length!
Using the hair underneath your finger, I'd say you have a minimum of three (3) inches to go to get to hip length. In an average growing cycle, you get about 6 inches per 12 months. Even with some trimming and breakage (but we hope not!), you have a very good chance of making your goal by December 2019, or sooner.
No. Not really. Even when I was relaxed, the front never grew as long as the rest of my hair. I remember back in the day I was at a new stylist and she said “Do you want to grow out your bangs?” I said, “I didn’t have anyone cut my hair into bangs.” She said, “So it just broke off into a style?”
Is the texture different in the front of your hair, in comparison to different areas of your head?
I have a mix of type 4 textures all over. It curls easily. It’s not any finer than the other areas. I think it just hates me and likes to hurt my feelings.
Usually, hair that breaks more than other areas tends to not be finer. It tends to be coarser. It's the coarser hair that needs the extra love and pampering. It doesn't hate you. You have to learn to better understand it. It's trying to communicate with you. So, you have to listen without judgement. Once you understand, it will respond to your love and attention with beauty and health.
How do you keep that much hair under a wig?
So, you’re saying that my bangs and I need to work on our relationship? Maybe counseling would help? Some journaling? Maybe a long weekend together at a bed and breakfast to recapture the romance?
Cornrows. They keep the top part quite flat.
Chicoro has a point here. I have an area to the right of my head that is far more coarse than the rest of my hair. I range from 3c - 4a, but this area may be 4b, or is simply just dry. Wash day was yesterday and it took me a significantly longer time to detangle this side. I used to try to detangle it at the same speed of the rest of my hair, but the frazzled ends are evidence that this was not the way to go. It was a lengthy process of very slowly working through the hair, stopping if any tangling happened, using my fingers to prevent knots, etc. Took forever, but the hair has been given what it needs to stop breaking.
Second, my front of hair area suffers and my bangs have trouble growing back due to heat and mechanical damage. Unknowingly, when I would straighten my hair, the frontmost part of my hair would be the part with leftover product (like deep conditioner, and it only takes a tiny bit to start cooking) or that I would go over more times to get the 'look' I wanted. It's been the shortest part of my hair for as long as I can remember, but the things I did to it were so in my subconcious that I didn't pay any attention to it. Mechnical damage was wearing buns - I would use my BBB to sweep that part into the bun every day when I bunned. This can and will cause damage! A lot of people aren't aware that brushing the hair /smoothing it out the same way frequently can cause mechanical damage, especially when it is wet and something like a hard bristle brush is used. I've hence stopped using the BBB on that section, instead I twist it and pin it back with a bobby and it creates a rather elegant looking bun.
All that to say is, it may sound silly, but yes you do have to take a step back, go through your motions and really pay attention to what it is you're doing with your hair to figure out these 'mysteries'.
@Chicoro My brain kept reading “behind splits” as “behind the splits” and I was very confused I was like behind what splits? My brain’s auto correct is very funny sometimes.
I agree. I can’t do twists or single braids because my hair gets too puffy underneath the wigs.
(Butt crack sounds so crass! I was trying to be polite by not writing that!)
I went through this thread from post #1 until post #5035.
I missed several Shea Made Hair Unicorns!
@Coilystep post # 1375
@keranikki post #166
@NappyNelle post # 1366
@Alma Petra post # 2081
@flyygirlll2 post # 2623
@abioni post # 3335
@icsonia22 post # 3377
@LivingInPeace post # 3946
@sarumoki post #4380
@Dominga11 post # TBD
Can you create an award for all these ladies, please? The date can be today: December 2nd, 2018, please. It's a lot. We can wait until you have time!
Coined by @Goombay_Summer
in post #4415!
@Chicoro Awww thank you!
I don’t feel like a unicorn yet though. I think i’ll need to get to TBL or something with the way my shrinkage is set up to enter that status lol.
Awww Chicoro you are so kind! Do you know that I had to big chop my hair recently?
No, what happened?