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Luscious Healthy Ends Challenge 2022

Chicoro

From Shea Butter Hater to Shea Butter Caker!
Hello Everyone,
I will try to continue the legacy that the lovely @faithVA has nurtured over the last 10 years: Luscious Healthy Ends Challenge.


Do you have future Luscious Healthy Ends that are currently thin and raggedy? Well, if you do or don't, come on in so we can support one another in making Luscious Healthy Ends are part of your current reality!

There are no rules. All I ask is that we continue to be kind and courteous to one another, and to ourselves. Let's get ready to do this!
 

Chicoro

From Shea Butter Hater to Shea Butter Caker!
2022 Lucious Healthy Ends Starting Photos (1 whole month early! :giggle:)

Left Side Bantu Knot Length Measurements for the Record
(edited Sunday, January 16th, 2022)
Back bottom nape bantu knot length = 22 inches (shortest part of hair is in the back nape.)
Back top of head bantu knot length = 26 inches (this is the longest hair on my head, at the crown.)
Front bottom near ear bantu knot length =23 inches (literally measured 3 strands!)
Front top of head near hairline bantu knot length =24 inches


Here are my 'Official' Ends Photos for the start of 2022. I know I am about a month early, but I may forget or not have time. This happened in the bathroom yesterday. I just decided to roll with it and take the photos and use them for this challenge.

My hair is in the thickening stage. It dropped to this length around 2018, a few countable hairs at a time. Now, the bulk is getting to that length. This particular bantu knot is about 22 inches long. The bantu knot just above it is about 26.5 inches long.


Picture 1: My back, right bantu knot. I un-did my braid and put my hair in bantus to prepare to wash and condition my hair.
Picture 2: My length and ends pulled out to the side. Ends are kind of thin but they are filling out. Very few split ends or knots.
Picture 3: My length from the back. This is only 1 of 8 bantu knots. I am touching my tailbone if not going a little passed it.
Picture 4: My length from the side. That little gray shirt, is hitting my waist. My hair is down to my hips.
Picture 5: My length from the front. My hair is about 2.5 inches passed my belly button.
 

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Chicoro

From Shea Butter Hater to Shea Butter Caker!
Well, I am going to have to move away from my beloved Aphogee 2 Step. I still love the product. But, to activate it you have to sit under the dryer or use a blowdryer. I have severe melasma on my face and even heat exacerbates my melasma problem. So I investigated Olaplex.

I selected 3, 5, 6. Olaplex 3 seems to be the perennial favorite. The 100 ml size is about $28 dollars. Sephora in Lyon had the 250 ml size for $28 (Euros) instead of the standard $55. It was specially priced. So, I got a big one of the Olaplex No. 3.

It was this video that made me decide to bite the bullet and buy it:


Olaplex Really Works Miracles! Must Watch!

By Ashely Artis
 

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Chicoro

From Shea Butter Hater to Shea Butter Caker!
How I plan to incorporate Olaplex 3, 5 and 6 in my routine, as it relates to my ends;

  1. Do my pre-poo treatment using my Tofu+ methionine powder+Cysteine powder (this fuses into the hair shaft and fortifies the hair with protein from the inside out).
  2. Put in Olaplex No. 3 on rinsed but still dirty hair.
  3. Wash hair with KeraCare moisturizing shampoo.
  4. Conditioner hair with KeraCare mask or conditioner (Detangle at this point.)
  5. Put in Olaplex No. 5
  6. Put in Olaplex No. 6
  7. Put in Scurl/Gel/Shea butter and braid.
  8. Ends Routine at Night (Wet last half of braids, coat with castor oil, coat with Shea butter blend, put in loose bun and cover with plastic baggie).
 

Chicoro

From Shea Butter Hater to Shea Butter Caker!
Why?
My hair is at around 22 inches at the nape and around 26 at the top. I am going for 30 inches of healthy length. Mind you, I've been pursuing this goal for at least 2 years if not 3 years. I want to see if I nurture, save and retain every, single, inch of growth I get in 2022 can I reach that 30 inch hair length summit! I just need 4 solid inches to have 30 inches SOMEWHERE on my head. I know that when I am consistent with my protein treatments, I have less breakage. I'm still taking MSM for my melasma. I know MSM is directly and partly responsible for these longer lengths I am reaching.


I'm am looking forward to some fresh cut, think, luscious, full can rival any magazine hair adverts ENDS! How about you?
 

awhyley

Well-Known Member
@Chicoro, your thread called out to me because these ends are getting on my nerves! :angry2:

Since the big chop a year ago, I've been sporting an afro, but as it grew out, the ends kept/keep getting matted and tangled, and wash days have become increasingly stressful. I trimmed in October and got comb twists last month, but the amount of ends that came out had me discouraged. (I think that the stylist handled my hair too roughly also). I'm considering about a 'mini' chop to get everything back on track.

I'll be lurking in here for a bit :curtain:
 

Chicoro

From Shea Butter Hater to Shea Butter Caker!
@Chicoro, your thread called out to me because these ends are getting on my nerves! :angry2:

Since the big chop a year ago, I've been sporting an afro, but as it grew out, the ends kept/keep getting matted and tangled, and wash days have become increasingly stressful. I trimmed in October and got comb twists last month, but the amount of ends that came out had me discouraged. (I think that the stylist handled my hair too roughly also). I'm considering about a 'mini' chop to get everything back on track.

I'll be lurking in here for a bit :curtain:
You don't have to lurk. Sorry, your'e already IN this challenge. You can't be posting up in a thread and then try to leave. :abducted:devil:
 

frizzy

Well-Known Member
I plan to start DCing and steaming again on a regular basis.

I did a 2-step ApHogee tx a few days ago and plan to stay consistent with protein, also.

Styling will be flat twist on the top and single twists around the perimeter until it's long enough to join the top. :sad:

I bought a wig from the "Zon" last month that I'll try to force myself to wear. I have 2 wigs now and I've only worn a wig one day in my entire life.
 

Chicoro

From Shea Butter Hater to Shea Butter Caker!
I am in. Got a good cut this October and have been managing my hair well. Trying not to get lazy.
Uh oh, @PagingSunshine, I see you are new here. My threads are like the Hotel California from that Eagles’s song: Welcome to the Hotel California… You can check out, but you can never leave! So come in on with the rest of the thread prisoners, I mean ahm participants.:p:eyebrows2::evillaugh::giggle:

By the way, your hair is magnificent!
 
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Mapleoats

Well-Known Member
Can’t wait to get started! I’ll post a starting pic of my ends after I straighten my hair next week.

My plan for my ends this year is to introduce olaplex, and use it monthly. Ill be using 1& 2, and I also would like to try 6,7, and 8. I will be blow drying at least monthly if not biweekly so my hair will be in a stretched state most of the time. On wash days when I’m not blow drying I will do braids or twists. I’m going to experiment with perm rods on my ends in an effort to keep the ends smoothed and stretched when in curly styles.

Ill trim every 10-12 weeks with the goal being to eliminate SSKs and splits. If I can see a drastic (90%) reduction in those while still retaining 4-5 inches and making it to WL next year I’ll be very happy.
 

Chicoro

From Shea Butter Hater to Shea Butter Caker!
Can’t wait to get started! I’ll post a starting pic of my ends after I straighten my hair next week.

My plan for my ends this year is to introduce olaplex, and use it monthly. Ill be using 1& 2, and I also would like to try 6,7, and 8. I will be blow drying at least monthly if not biweekly so my hair will be in a stretched state most of the time. On wash days when I’m not blow drying I will do braids or twists. I’m going to experiment with perm rods on my ends in an effort to keep the ends smoothed and stretched when in curly styles.

Ill trim every 10-12 weeks with the goal being to eliminate SSKs and splits. If I can see a drastic (90%) reduction in those while still retaining 4-5 inches and making it to WL next year I’ll be very happy.

Waiting for those promised pictures!
 
Uh oh, @PagingSunshine, I see you are new here. My threads are like the Hotel California from that Eagles’s song: Welcome to the Hotel California… You can check out, but you can never leave! So come in on with the rest of the thread prisoners, I mean ahm participants.:p:eyebrows2::evillaugh::giggle:

By the way, your hair is magnificent!
Thank you and hold me hostage my hair is begging for someone to make me responsible. I’ve been natural 7 years with two major BCs and I am only stumbling onto maybe BSB.
I wish this was my hair. More so my goal for shoulder length juicy twist.

I’m attaching my pictures ( be kind I’m 6 months postpartum and I think my shedding is done. God save my edges )
 

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Chicoro

From Shea Butter Hater to Shea Butter Caker!
Thank you and hold me hostage my hair is begging for someone to make me responsible. I’ve been natural 7 years with two major BCs and I am only stumbling onto maybe BSB.
I wish this was my hair. More so my goal for shoulder length juicy twist.

I’m attaching my pictures ( be kind I’m 6 months postpartum and I think my shedding is done. God save my edges )
Congratulations on that new baby! Your hair looks full in thick. Be gentle and patient with YOU. You’ve brought a whole human through to this Earth.
Stick with us in 2022 and your hair may not only manifest into that picture, your hair just may surpass it in beauty and length, too. Hold on for the ride. We’re about to start rolling!
 
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