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Twist/Braid/Bun for Growth Challenge (7/1/2012 - 9/30/2012)

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NappyNelle

Kinky Coily 4A, Fine Strands, WSL
NappyNelle. Hey I see those style and I think of you and other long hair ladies in the thread bajandoc86, Leslie_C, jprayze, MsDee14. I'm probably missing a few, so please forgive.

Thanks to all for all the good vibes with this challenge.

I have a long hair? Really? *hairnorexic* I read that compliment and got so giddy. Thank you Meow boo! :grin:

antisocial Thanks for sharing your methods. Your twists look great to me! I wouldn't think they were not 'fresh' at all. You have great hair.

How do you mix your Bentonite clay for shampoo? I've only tried it once and I made such a mess that I vowed to never use it on my hair again. :lol:

nickmack Of course you can still post although you left us to get a weave! :cry2: How was your vacation? I hope you had a fabulous and relaxing time.

Are you lovely ladies going to be doing this challenge again if so I'm reserving my spot I plan to bun 7 days a week!

lamaria211 Yes, we will be back and would love for you to join us!
 

Leslie_C

Well-Known Member
Awww that made me smile to be considered a long hair lady...thanks @MeowMix!!!

@jprayze ITA Im not gonna lie I was like me?? long hair???? sweeeeeeeet! lol. Thanks @MeowMix! Compliment of the year! Bahaha! Its gonna be a long time before I ever have long hair again since Im slowly cutting my relaxed ends as I go. But after my major chop thanks to this challenge my hair is reallllllly growing! Im thinking Im gonna try to get my longest layer to APL and then maintain that as I continue to transition to natural. My 1st goal is APL natural hair. That plan may change if I get too much breakage...but I at least want shoulder length natural hair when stretched when I cut off all my ends.

Still bunning it! Used so much dang gel that I have flakes and need to clarify my hair tonight... which I am so not looking forward to.
Back in twists tomorrow! Can't wait :)

Happy Friday!!!

@MsDee14 Im still bunning too...wearing a puff today though. My hair is feeling kind of hard and dry no matter what I do to moisturize. Im gonna have to clarify too and Ill baggy tonight.

I'm taking this picture to the braid shop! :love:

@AtlantaJJ What pic???? :)

@NappyNelle thanks for those style inspirations you posted, they look great!

@Bajandoc you looked fierce for your GNO!

@lamaria211 please do join us!

@antisocial thanks for the twisting suggestions...Im gonna have to try bentonite clay.....do you think it replaces clarifying shampoo????

@nickmack I totally understand life getting in the way! When I had my son I vanished from the boards for the most part til about a year ago, then I changed jobs to be an OB nurse and the stress of learning all the roles Im expected to serve and the lengthy orientation stressed me out and thats when I started neglecting my hair totally again. I was overwhelmed big time. It would have been smart to get braids or a sew in so it would have at least been somewhat protected vs just letting it get dry and brittle and break off. Braids and weaves arent really my thing....but I was on youtube last night and Im really liking the way kinky twists look and also crochet braids with kinky/curly hair :yep:.....I may end up trying one or both of those styles for a break from my hair at some point.

Here are a few simple buns/updo's Ive done in the past week or so.
 

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antisocial

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@antisocial Thanks for sharing your methods. Your twists look great to me! I wouldn't think they were not 'fresh' at all. You have great hair.

How do you mix your Bentonite clay for shampoo? I've only tried it once and I made such a mess that I vowed to never use it on my hair again. :lol:

Thanks NappyNelle, you're gonna make me leave these in another two weeks :blush:


That Bentonite clay can definitely be messy :lol:. It's alot easier to apply though when your hair is in twists. I usually mix it with enough ACV so that its kind of runny so it's easier to spread. You don't need a lot. I usually focus on my scalp and don't worry about trying to cover all of my hair because its going to run down to the ends when you rinse it out anyway. I can definitely feel the difference in my hair even though I don't apply it all the way to the ends.



antisocial thanks for the twisting suggestions...Im gonna have to try bentonite clay.....do you think it replaces clarifying shampoo????

Leslie_C I use the clay as a clarifyer. :yep:
 

BraunSugar

New Member
I guess I kinda joined this challenge without realizing it. A couple weeks ago I started bunning. Now my hair is in twists styled into a bun. I've been trying these styles more for variety than anything else, but I guess the added bonus is that I'm protecting my hair.

Since this challenge is nearing an end, I'll be officially joining the next one. There will be another one right? :)
 

nickmack

New Member
I have a long hair? Really? *hairnorexic* I read that compliment and got so giddy. Thank you Meow boo! :grin:

nickmack Of course you can still post although you left us to get a weave! :cry2: How was your vacation? I hope you had a fabulous and relaxing time.

:blush: Heehee, this weave and I...NappyNelle, I tell you - I'm counting down til I take it out! I'd have pulled it out sooner but man, to go spend a bunch of money and then snip out the tracks? Didn't sit well with me!

I had a fantastic vacation! Thanks for asking :yay: For the first time in a couple years, I actually got to vacation WITHOUT working!!!!!!!! Normally I pack my work and go - this year, forget about it :)

How's your hair doing and how did the summer treat you?


Leslie_C I love your hair! It looks so thick and soft! Life really does have a way of coming at you without warning. Thankfully, I was still thinking about my hair and went ahead and made the judgement call to put it away instead of leaving it out! Hoping I'll retain some growth and will have even more hair to experiment with for the NEXT challenge!
 

NappyNelle

Kinky Coily 4A, Fine Strands, WSL
Woooo, sorry that I am so late ladies! I promise I will respond to everyone, but for some reason I can't concentrate right now. :perplexed

I just came from the hospital; I was there for 5 agonizing hours to have an MRI with and without contrast. Now I feel woozy and :drunk: I'll be back when I can read and type more normally.

Annnnd I saw beautiful hair at the hospital. :lol: (Priorities, right?) I REALLY wanted to ask the Haitian phlebotomist if I could take a picture of her thick, relaxed, jet black, full length MBL hair. :drool: Perfect ends, no frizz, and swang. This is the second or third time I've seen her, and I always stare at her hair. :lol:
 

MeowMix

New Member
Hey NappyNelle. You just have such STRENGTH. How is it that you can take a situation where I would be like this :babyg:, :sad: to say hi and encourage us?

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sometimes, it's just not easy. :bighug:
 

NappyNelle

Kinky Coily 4A, Fine Strands, WSL
MeowMix Awww thank you so much MeowMama! :kiss:

I'd rather be on LHCF giggling than in my bed crying about my health. Like I've said before, some days are more challenging than others, but I try not to let the unhappy feelings linger anymore. If I did... it wouldn't be pretty! I don't like carrying that burden, so I (thankfully I am able to) choose to be as happy as I can, one moment at a time. :wacky:

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AtlantaJJ

Well-Known Member
@jprayze ITA Im not gonna lie I was like me?? long hair???? sweeeeeeeet! lol. Thanks @MeowMix! Compliment of the year! Bahaha! Its gonna be a long time before I ever have long hair again since Im slowly cutting my relaxed ends as I go. But after my major chop thanks to this challenge my hair is reallllllly growing! Im thinking Im gonna try to get my longest layer to APL and then maintain that as I continue to transition to natural. My 1st goal is APL natural hair. That plan may change if I get too much breakage...but I at least want shoulder length natural hair when stretched when I cut off all my ends.



@MsDee14 Im still bunning too...wearing a puff today though. My hair is feeling kind of hard and dry no matter what I do to moisturize. Im gonna have to clarify too and Ill baggy tonight.



@AtlantaJJ What pic???? :)

@NappyNelle thanks for those style inspirations you posted, they look great!

@Bajandoc you looked fierce for your GNO!

@lamaria211 please do join us!

@antisocial thanks for the twisting suggestions...Im gonna have to try bentonite clay.....do you think it replaces clarifying shampoo????

@nickmack I totally understand life getting in the way! When I had my son I vanished from the boards for the most part til about a year ago, then I changed jobs to be an OB nurse and the stress of learning all the roles Im expected to serve and the lengthy orientation stressed me out and thats when I started neglecting my hair totally again. I was overwhelmed big time. It would have been smart to get braids or a sew in so it would have at least been somewhat protected vs just letting it get dry and brittle and break off. Braids and weaves arent really my thing....but I was on youtube last night and Im really liking the way kinky twists look and also crochet braids with kinky/curly hair :yep:.....I may end up trying one or both of those styles for a break from my hair at some point.

Here are a few simple buns/updo's Ive done in the past week or so.
I'm taking this style to the braid shop to see if they can duplicate!
 

LilMissRed

Well-Known Member
Ive been MIA :nono: I had a job interview last week and I didnt know how to get a 'cute, but professional-like' (yes I'm style challenged) style in twists so I took them out and wore a low bun.... cant wait to put my twists back in today!!!
 

MsDee14

New Member
Threw in some "chunky" twists which may only last until Wednesday. I have another interview later in the week and plan on wearing a bun like LilMissRed (good luck by the way)
 

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Leslie_C

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MsDee14 thanks for the compliment, Im a big fan of your styles too! Im all about mostly quick styles bc Im lazy lol. I hope the same styles work when Im natural bc I need to be able to wake up to a crazy head of hair and be able to make it look presentable in under 15 minutes, preferrably under 10!

nickmack awwwww thanks so much chica! My hair is actually fine...but fluffy if that makes sense? I cross my fingers that when my transition is over that I can rock twists,etc without looking too scalpy. I also think my hair is really porous and swells/poofs making it look a little thicker too lol. Works in my favor at times!

NappyNelly I love your positive attitude and you are beautiful inside and out! Hope your MRI results come back clear. Im not sure what type of health issues you are battling (Im sorry if you mentioned it before and I overlooked it), but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. You are pretty young so I hate that you are having health issues at all...but glad to see you are taking it in stride.

AtlantaJJ did you post a pic somewhere of the style you are talking about? I wanna see! :)

LilMissRed and MissDee14 good luck on your job prospects!
 

jprayze

Well-Known Member
So I did this little updo this morning, only to take it down when I went out lol...but this may be one of my new work styles. Btw--my hair is so straight I can't believe I'm natural...and it's been almost 2 wks since I've got it done!


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Victoria44

Well-Known Member
Yesterday I just realized how much longer my twists look since January. It was a pleasant surprise :D should I wait til the end of the challenge to show the comparison?
 

NappyNelle

Kinky Coily 4A, Fine Strands, WSL
That Bentonite clay can definitely be messy :lol:. It's alot easier to apply though when your hair is in twists. I usually mix it with enough ACV so that its kind of runny so it's easier to spread. You don't need a lot. I usually focus on my scalp and don't worry about trying to cover all of my hair because its going to run down to the ends when you rinse it out anyway. I can definitely feel the difference in my hair even though I don't apply it all the way to the ends.

antisocial Thanks for the rundown. I see that I was wrong from the get-go! No wonder if I couldn't get the clay out of my hair (or out of the tub!) :lol: I made a thick, yogurt-textured paste with water and smeared it all over my hair in sections. It took forever to apply and rinse out.

BraunSugar You posted a beautiful twisted bun in the Everyday Hair thread; please post it here too. Share the wealth! kthanxbye :drunk:

LAMARia11 I think this is the first time I've seen your hair and the bun looks lovely! I don't see any need for you to be in the edges challenge, but I'm glad you're there to keep me accountable.

:blush: Heehee, this weave and I...NappyNelle, I tell you - I'm counting down til I take it out! I'd have pulled it out sooner but man, to go spend a bunch of money and then snip out the tracks? Didn't sit well with me!

I had a fantastic vacation! Thanks for asking :yay: For the first time in a couple years, I actually got to vacation WITHOUT working!!!!!!!! Normally I pack my work and go - this year, forget about it :)

How's your hair doing and how did the summer treat you?

nickmack Yes, you have to get your money's worth and as long as it's not causing any damage to your hair, I'm not really mad at you. :) Your vacation must've been awesome if you've done work on other vacays! I'm glad you to got to fully enjoy it. :beach:

I'm hair seems to be doing well, but I'm still waiting for MBL! It's taking forever. :lol: However, my hair seems to be thicker and my ends are doing pretty well, so I can't complain too much.

Ive been MIA :nono: I had a job interview last week and I didnt know how to get a 'cute, but professional-like' (yes I'm style challenged) style in twists so I took them out and wore a low bun.... cant wait to put my twists back in today!!!

Threw in some "chunky" twists which may only last until Wednesday. I have another interview later in the week and plan on wearing a bun like LilMissRed (good luck by the way)

LilMissRed and MsDee14 Good luck on your interviews! Knock 'em dead ladies! :boxing

NappyNelly I love your positive attitude and you are beautiful inside and out! Hope your MRI results come back clear. Im not sure what type of health issues you are battling (Im sorry if you mentioned it before and I overlooked it), but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. You are pretty young so I hate that you are having health issues at all...but glad to see you are taking it in stride.

Leslie_C Thank you! I really appreciate the prayers and kind words. I try not to talk about my illnesses in this thread, but sometimes I can't help but to add the disclaimer. I was typing like this: adsjfh hduqy8 2dhboiw ascidscn between real words. :brainfog:

Yesterday I just realized how much longer my twists look since January. It was a pleasant surprise :D should I wait til the end of the challenge to show the comparison?

Victoria44 :wow: We would love to see your :update:!
 

BraunSugar

New Member
@NappyNelle My bad!!!

Twisted bun:



And here is my regular bun that I was wearing almost a couple weeks:


 
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