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4b/ 4c Naturals Growth Thread

Aggie

Well-Known Member
My Wash Routine Tomorrow:

-Prepoo - @Chicoro's prepoo
-Shampoo - Nairobi Detox Shampoo
-Shampoo 2 - Keracare Moisturizing and Detangling Shampoo
-Protein Treatment - Affirm 5 in 1 Reconstructor with heat
-Moisture treatment - Nairobi Humecta-Sil also with heat
-Leave-in/Moisturize - Dudley's PCA Moisture Retainer

Wig for styling - not sure which one yet
 
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Maracujá

November 2020 --> 14 years natural!!!
Think I've mastered the art of achieving straight hair, without using heat. Barely even notice the difference between having relaxed or natural hair. I no longer see washing + DCing my hair as a chore either, it's just part of my beauty ritual, that provides me with great ease.

Ease to feel and look my best, without harming my health in the process. Now I still have A LOT to learn, but overall, me happy lol. But as per usual, another setback is announcing itself: my disappearing edges + flaky scalp. LeSigh.
 

Maracujá

November 2020 --> 14 years natural!!!
The verdict is in:

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As mentioned upthread, another setbackville is presenting itself, but...I will cope :yep: :lol:. Have eased down on the brewer's yeast and am just going strong with @Chicoro 's method of using shea butter. Usually mix it with condi's. My protective style of choice is African threading

My latest acquisition:

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Can't wait to try it, feeling all kinds of giddy about it :D.
 
I have not posted in a while...

I have been keeping my hair in two braids under my grace eleyae cap (if you want one in small or medium, I definitely recommend get it now since they are $12 each instead of $24) for the week and I realized that I actually really like doing that. I may try to integrate it more often over the winter months since I can get away with wearing a hat.

Regarding my current hair goal, I will definitely be at full hip length. I doubt that the back half will reach tailbone as I had previously thought. I shall see later on.
 

Maracujá

November 2020 --> 14 years natural!!!
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Used the Mane & Tail shampoo + conditioner and am pleased with the result. Like the fact that both combos are of a creamy texture. Was also able to retain length just by changing my mindset: I no longer view hairs on my comb as ‘normal’, but try to figure out what is going on ( inside + outside ).

Currently dealing with two setbacks: disappearing edges and dandruff. Will order JBCO for my edges. Will have to consult a specialist for my dandruff.
 

Miss_Luna

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I don't want to be a straight-haired natural, but my hair is too thick and dense to handle after washing and trying to twist.

I thought I was frustrated with it because it was a lot to deal with with work but after being home, I've realized it's just a challenge.

Maybe I can just blow-dry and twist, don't have to do a hard press, since I don't want to make my hair straight, just more manageable.

How are the rest of you naturals working with your hair after washing? Immediate twist or blow-drying? I'm so frustrated with my hair right now.
 

nyeredzi

Well-Known Member
I don't want to be a straight-haired natural, but my hair is too thick and dense to handle after washing and trying to twist.

I thought I was frustrated with it because it was a lot to deal with with work but after being home, I've realized it's just a challenge.

Maybe I can just blow-dry and twist, don't have to do a hard press, since I don't want to make my hair straight, just more manageable.

How are the rest of you naturals working with your hair after washing? Immediate twist or blow-drying? I'm so frustrated with my hair right now.
Wash in sections and seal with it in sections. And yes , I immediately bow dry and twist, or retwist after washing.
 

oneastrocurlie

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Have any of you ladies ever imposed a no flat iron ban on yourself...for a very long time? Say more than 1 year? Maybe like 5 years or so? If so, please share details.
I'm going on 2.5 years and no flat ironing (I don't even own one or it's lost in my house lol). I'm in wash and gos 90% of the time. My hair gets boring fast when it's straight. After 2-3 days I'm over it. And while I've never had heat damage it's always a concern.
 

Maracujá

November 2020 --> 14 years natural!!!
Do you ladies wash your hair while showering or in the sink? I feel like washing it while showering, may cause one to use warm-hot water, which dries out the hair. Whereas when you wash it over the sink / tub, you have more control over the temperature of the water. Correct me if I'm wrong.
 

snoop

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Do you ladies wash your hair while showering or in the sink? I feel like washing it while showering, may cause one to use warm-hot water, which dries out the hair. Whereas when you wash it over the sink / tub, you have more control over the temperature of the water. Correct me if I'm wrong.
I wash in the shower. it's more comfortable for me there -- i.e. more space. I love warm water for my hair. When I use cold water my hair feels rough.
 

LavenderMint

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Am I the only person feeling like twists or braids are chewing up your ends? It feels like too much manipulation.
I almost want to cut my hair beyond the damaged ends and spend a year without those styles just to see if I retain length better. But no idea what styles I would do instead.
 

snoop

Well-Known Member
Am I the only person feeling like twists or braids are chewing up your ends? It feels like too much manipulation.
I almost want to cut my hair beyond the damaged ends and spend a year without those styles just to see if I retain length better. But no idea what styles I would do instead.
Are you talking about twists and braids with your own hair? If you wear medium to large twists/braids, you could try bantu knotting the ends.
 

LavenderMint

Well-Known Member
Are you talking about twists and braids with your own hair? If you wear medium to large twists/braids, you could try bantu knotting the ends.
Yes, on my own hair. It’s something I noticed a while ago after I stopped wearing wng and started wearing twists/braids more.
I’m not sure what you mean by Bantu knotting the ends. Is it like wrapping the end back up around the length of the twist/braid?
 

LavenderMint

Well-Known Member
Yes.


I tend to wear more twists than braids and for years it was mostly mini twists. I'd keep my hair in a bun. I haven't noticed any ill effects on my ends.
Thank you, I’ll try this
I hope it gives me some results because I’m so frustrated at this point that I’ll either be shaved bald or locing again by the time we can get back into salons safely
 

Sheabutterboy

Active Member
Been looking to switch up my routine, anyone here tried soap nuts? I want to use it as a DIY dry-ish shampoo with a scalp applicator bottle, spray a bit of aloe vera juice, and dab dry with a white cloth. Same thing with the hair itself. I leave my hair in twists and comb once a month, but wash them in braids every two weeks. is it okay to leave a bit of soap nut on your scalp?

similar to this video but just with soap nuts
 
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