Twist/braid/bun For Growth Challenge 2017 (no Extensions)

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  1. faithVA

    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    We haven't had one of these in a while. But it's back

    REMEMBER: No hiding your hair! No wigs, no weaves, no extensions, etc.

    This challenge is for twist, braids, and buns on your own hair. Using these low manipulation and protective styles, we aim to retain the growth we achieve over the year.

    Twists: 2 strand twists, flat twists, 2 strand flat twists, 3 strand twists, coils, bantu knots
    Braids: Box braids & mini braids on your hair, plaits, cornrows, french braids, etc.
    Buns: Any kind of bun or updo. We want our ends to be protected and tucked away!

    RULES:
    1. ALL STYLES MUST BE DONE WITH YOUR OWN HAIR EXCLUSIVELY.
    2. Your hair must be in twist, braids or bunned for at least 5 consecutive days.
    3. You can wear your hair out for up to 3 days after taking your twists out (like in twist-outs, afros, wash and go, etc). [If you need to amend your restyling time, let us know in your initial post! A 3-day turnaround may not be feasible for your schedule and lifestyle.]
    4. Check in 1x a month or more. Update us on your regimen, style, moisturizing secrets, etc.)
    5. Post a picture of your hair at the beginning of the challenge and at the end. 7. The challenge will be from January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 but will run in quarters. You can opt out for a quarter if needed. But when you commit, commit for a quarter.
    8. You will have 1 pass per quarter, during the challenge to cover you for a week.
    9. Heat is allowed in this challenge. Be sure to use a heat protectant and the lowest setting possible for your hair. Remember to be careful! We do not want to damage our hair for the styling purposes of this challenge.

    REMEMBER: No hiding your hair! No wigs, no weaves, no extensions, etc.

    Feel free to join at any time.

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    1. What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.)?

    2. What is your style maintenance regimen?

    3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning?

    4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?

    5. How often will you restyle your hair?

    6. Include Starting Pic.
     
  2. faithVA

    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.): Flat twists and 2 strand twists

    2. What is your style maintenance regimen: Wash every week or every 2 weeks, rollerset and twist. Wear for a week to two weeks and repeat. Moisturize every 2 to 3 days.

    3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning: Natural

    4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge: Better retention and improvement of my ends.

    5. How often will you restyle your hair: Every week to 2 weeks

    6. Include Starting Pic.
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    I'm in!

    What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.): 2 strand twists

    2. What is your style maintenance regimen: Wash every 2 weeks and twist. Wear twist out for 1-2 days at the end of week two. Twist are normally styled in ponytail, bun, or top knot.

    3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning: Natural

    4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge: Retention

    5. How often will you restyle your hair: Every 2 weeks

    6. Include Starting Pic.
    (will post at the end of December)
     
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    shortdub78 Well-Known Member

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    Bunning
    Wash dc, flat iron
    1-2 times a week
    Relaxed
    Rentention and keeping my hands out of my head.
    I will restyle my hair daily
    I will show a pic of my rat bun soon.
     
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  5. lulu97

    lulu97 Current length= Tailbone

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    Holding my spot. I'll answer everything and add starting pictures before the end of year.
     
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    Same! Bunning is my every day style. I occasionally wear my hair down on the weekends, but for the most part I'm always in a top knot.

    Plus I'm a @faithVA groupie and join her challenges as often as I can.
     
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  7. faithVA

    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    Ahh shucks now
    We got the long hair divas in the house. And they are some picture posters too.

    We gonna have a funky good time!!!
     
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    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    I think you did the last one. Figured it was time to revive the thread.

    I've never had a groupie :blush2::bighug:

    Your support is everything.
     
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    I will be joining as well. Will add starting info before the end of the year.
     
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    I'm in!
    Ill update post with pictures / info
    I'm an @faithVA fan too! I have not done a challenge in a while and I think this will help me get back on track. My hair has been suffering lately. :cry3:
     
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  11. faithVA

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    Thanks @Tibbar . When I saw your post I was thinking Man I haven't seen her around these parts in a minute.
     
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    1. Updos using flexi 8s and other hair toys.

    2. Wash every Sunday, DC usually with protein, then stretch in braids or twists. The next day, I let my twists out and do an updo from Mon-Fri. Every night, I sleep in two braids.

    3. Natural

    4. Stronger ends, more length, thicker ends

    5. Every Morning

    6. Coming in a couple of hours :)
     
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  13. faithVA

    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    When you say updo is it an actual bun? Are your ends tucked under?
     
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    I do a classic french roll so all of my ends are rolled tucked inside of my hair. I may do the occasional bun but even loose buns are hard on my nape
     
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  15. faithVA

    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    Please share a picture. I would love to see it.
     
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    Here's a non protective version because my bangs are out, but typically, they're tucked in too. I made the flexi 8 with beading wire, pearls and silver beads and a wooden crochet hook. I have a ton of older pics of this style posted about the forum.

    ETA: here's another done with a store brought flexi 8 and bangs tucked away into the twist, my preferred style.
     

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    Hair at 1.3.17.jpg 1. What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.)?
    Two strand twist that are mini to medium-sized.

    2. What is your style maintenance regimen?
    I wash once per month. I steam twice per month and retwist twice per month. I set twists with SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie and JBCO Leave-in. I spray with braid spray at night and braid in 2-3 large braids to help stretch my hair.

    3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning?
    All natural!

    4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
    I love that my twists require less daily manipulation and allow me to wear my hair "out" with no worries. Of course I am also hoping to achieve more length.

    5. How often will you restyle your hair?
    I will retwist every two weeks.

    6. Include Starting Pic. ADDED. Almost BSL!
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  18. faithVA

    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    Cool. I can't wait to get there
     
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    1. What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.)?
    My primary style is a bun or a roll and tuck to keep my ends protected.

    2. What is your style maintenance regimen?
    I wash my hair once per week and co-wash once per week. DC twice a week. Air dry 90% of the time.

    3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning?
    I am texlaxed.

    4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?
    II hope to achieve healthier hair which leads to more length retention.

    5. How often will you restyle your hair?
    I restyle my hair ever week.

    6. Include Starting Pic.
    I will post a picture within the next 2 weeks when I style my hair for my husbands birthday.
     
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  20. faithVA

    faithVA Well-Known Member

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    Wore my hair out for two days. Now it's back up in flat twists.
    These twist are held together by a prayer. Hopefully by the end of March I will have retained enough to rubber band them in the back instead of on the side.

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    lulu97 Current length= Tailbone

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    1. What is your primary style (twists, braids, bunning, etc.)?

    Mini braids leaving the last 3-6 inches out. I like for my ends to be stretched and smooth at all times.

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    2. What is your style maintenance regimen?

    Wash and deep condition every 2-3 weeks with Joico. Curl Junkie Beauticurls as a leave in. Roller set the mini braids to stretch them. Moisturize with Qhemet as needed between wash days.

    3. Are you natural, relaxed, transitioning?

    Natural

    4. What do you hope to achieve from the challenge?

    ****Keep maintenance low.
    ****Grow the mini braids to my hips by the end of the challeng
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    5. How often will you restyle your hair?

    I take the mini braids down one by one (and re-install immediately thereafter) as needed. I usually feel around my head and evaluate the new growth around the 6 week mark. My right side usually needs to be re-done at that time since the growth there is faster, and the left side...every 7-8 weeks.


    6. Include Starting Pic.

    I decided to do length checks every 3 months....so I'll post one next month at my 3 month mark of having them in.

    Here a few pictures though of how I usually style them.
    The cold weather shows no mercy in my neck of the woods; so until it warms up, I'm wearing them in one big braid (with the tail rolled and tucked under) or a high ballerina bun.


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    Extra:
    ***I do eat a diet that is very rich in green veggies and lean protein.
    ***I only drink water and herbal tea.
    ***I take a HSN vitamin, iron and silica supplements. All by Vitacost. Once I'm out of the Silica, I would like to switch it with a bamboo extract supplement to see how I like that.
    ***I used the Netwurks spray all of the month of November. I'm taking December off because I used hair color and didn't want to aggravate my scalp. I don't like having to do something to my hair every day, so when I pick back up with it next month; I'll probably only use it on days when I take my hair out of the bun/french braid to do my normal moisturizing routine. I just can't be bothered with using it everyday again. I'm super low maintenance with my hair and it made me feel like I had to do something everyday. I more of "a moisturize it, set it and forget it" for a week or 2 kinda gal.
     
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    I'm gonna braid my hair in some ugly cornrows and rock a wig for awhile. It's too cold out and my hair can't take the abuse right now.
     
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    That's cool but you can't hide your hair in this challenge. We're not going to be able to hang out together in here.

    It definitely is cold
     
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    lol I gotta find somebody to braid my hair then! Don't kick me out yet! Give me a few weeks!
     
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    That wig you have is so cute, I think you should join the wig challenge instead of this one. If I find a cute wig shoot I may join the wig challenge and just stay hosting this one.
     
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    Ok I will see how that goes. I will be back in here once I get my touch up!
     
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    *pouts because some of ya'll know how to flat twist*

    I think I want to try wearing mini-buns to sleep (if its comfortable) during the new year, but ONLY to bed. Does that count towards this challenge?
     
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    YvetteWithJoy Thankful for God, health, love, work, & this hair

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    Holding my potential spot.

    Participating in this challenge would be a great step for me on my healthy hair journey. First, though, I have to learn how to do my intended protective style: African threading --> an African thread-out.

    Particularly helpful YouTube tutorials are here (SUPER clear, "explain-it-to-my-like-I'm-in-kindergarten" demo using easily seen green and black yarn as teaching tools), here (nice results!), and here (using two threads per section for easy knot-tying at the ends).

    The next two weeks is an opportune time for me to try to get the process down. I'll practice and if successful, I hope to participate.

    Thanks for hosting this, @faithVA! :smile:
     
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    No. How would you wear your hair during the day?
     
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    So you would wear it threaded for 5 days? Is that the plan?
     
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