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SmilingElephant

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SmilingElephant I was not able to log on for a few days. The site was having some updates or something. I am so glad to see you posting. How are you feeling? Better I hope. 3-4 inches to waist length. I think I was 3-4 inches to APL. Well, Rome was not built in a day. Neither is waist length hair!!
2 years later and i'm JUST now seeing this! :nono: Im sorry @felic1 ! :(

I'm okay, i trimmed off 2 inches back in June due to heat damage and I am just now back at WL when stretched...im right. there. I am now going for Hip Length...maybe even an inch past it.

I am currently taking Mielle Organics vitamins, i just started on them about 4 days ago. I have a 3 months supply of them (a 3rd bottle on the way within a bundle of products I ordered from them). I can't wait to see my progress in the next couple of months, i just need 4 inches to get to where i want.

Ive been back to cowashing daily, using oils and doing a lot more bunning :)
 

ScorpioBeauty09

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My first post in this thread!

I'm about to straighten my hair for the first time in 9 months after wearing boxed braids full time and I can tell my hair is much longer than it was last year. In my avatar my hair is APL, now it's close to full MBL. I used to alternate between braids and wearing it straight but I got so busy it became easier to put it in braids and leave it alone, which did wonders for my hair.

It also helped that I had a great braider who unfortunately recently fell out with one of my family members (we all used the same braider).

Anyway, deep conditioning, laying off the heat and making sure my scalp is oiled before braiding is what's been helpful for me.

I'm going to wear my hair straight for a week before going back to braids, I might post pics of my hair once I straighten it.
 
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nathansgirl1908

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Don't know if I posted this, but I did a consult with Komaza Care. She gave me some good advice. I had dryness and breakage. Some excessive moisture issues. She said I need more protein. she also recommended a hair vitamin and taking L-Cysteine. I started taking both. The vitamin is driving me crazy because it's making me so hungry.

Lately though my hair has been extremely dry with a LOT of shedding.

My hair has just taken a beating between my hysterectomy last year and my blood pressure meds.
 

CodeRed

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Don't know if I posted this, but I did a consult with Komaza Care. She gave me some good advice. I had dryness and breakage. Some excessive moisture issues. She said I need more protein. she also recommended a hair vitamin and taking L-Cysteine. I started taking both. The vitamin is driving me crazy because it's making me so hungry.

Lately though my hair has been extremely dry with a LOT of shedding.

My hair has just taken a beating between my hysterectomy last year and my blood pressure meds.
You know, I've never been in this thread before and this is the first post I saw.

I hope everything is going ok. Your body sounds like it's been through a lot. High blood pressure and a hysterectomy is no joke.
 

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felic1

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I wore braids and wigs last year. The intervention was not as successful as I wanted. This year I moved into the weaved look with the circular crown, It has done well so far. I am pleased . I hope it continues to prosper. I hope everyone's leap year was great!!
 
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LilMissSunshine5

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Hey ladies! So it has been a while since I've been on the site (over 2 yrs :look:) I have not been taking care of my hair at all and it hasn't progressed past BSL :( I have been in a holding pattern with low retention for 2.5 yrs :cry3:I am back on here and ready to get serious about growing long hair again...which means hard core PS'ing again. I'm excited to get back into the LHCF community!
 

sweet_silvia88

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Hey ladies! So it has been a while since I've been on the site (over 2 yrs :look:) I have not been taking care of my hair at all and it hasn't progressed past BSL :( I have been in a holding pattern with low retention for 2.5 yrs :cry3:I am back on here and ready to get serious about growing long hair again...which means hard core PS'ing again. I'm excited to get back into the LHCF community!
Hey dear!!! welcome back!!! i also was away for way too long but lets grow some hair!!!!
 

larry3344

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Hey ladies! So it has been a while since I've been on the site (over 2 yrs :look:) I have not been taking care of my hair at all and it hasn't progressed past BSL :( I have been in a holding pattern with low retention for 2.5 yrs :cry3:I am back on here and ready to get serious about growing long hair again...which means hard core PS'ing again. I'm excited to get back into the LHCF community!
Welcome back:toocool::alcoholics:
 

Aggie

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I very mildly texlax at the most, twice a year now, instead of 4-5 times. Last year I think I gave myself only one texlaxer.

I rarely if ever, use heat, that's maybe one to two times a year for length checks only

I trim no more than twice a year

I only protective style using wigs 90% of the year and bunning the remaining 10% of the time

When I'm not very busy, I deep condition my hair once a week but when I'm pretty busy, that might happen every 3-5 weeks.

I do keep my ends moisturized and sealed with mostly heavy natural butters as much as possible. Avocado butter is growing to be one of my favorites. I can't afford to lose the progress I've gotten.

I invert and massage my scalp often but lately I've been a little lazy in that area. I need to get back to those asap!

I do still henna my hair every couple of months but I really want to do them once a month instead. These really do keep my hair nice and strong.

My detangler is aloe vera juice or gel mixed with some type of oil. This combination really melts all the knots away, making detangling a breeze and very little hair is left in the comb even after a henna treatment. By the way, this is also my 30 minute prepoo mixed with conditioner.

I mostly clarify my hair every 3-4 weeks
 

ParagonTresses

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Since returning to the forum a few weeks back I have been very diligent with my weekly deep conditions and minimal direct heat and my hair is definitely changing for the better. I'm currently wearing wigs because it's too hot to keep much of a style, plus I need a rest from manipulating my hair on a daily basis.
 

Lei-Lyn

Recovering PJ...
I very mildly texlax at the most, twice a year now, instead of 4-5 times. Last year I think I gave myself only one texlaxer.

I rarely if ever, use heat, that's maybe one to two times a year for length checks only

I trim no more than twice a year

I only protective style using wigs 90% of the year and bunning the remaining 10% of the time

When I'm not very busy, I deep condition my hair once a week but when I'm pretty busy, that might happen every 3-5 weeks.

I do keep my ends moisturized and sealed with mostly heavy natural butters as much as possible. Avocado butter is growing to be one of my favorites. I can't afford to lose the progress I've gotten.

I invert and massage my scalp often but lately I've been a little lazy in that area. I need to get back to those asap!

I do still henna my hair every couple of months but I really want to do them once a month instead. These really do keep my hair nice and strong.

My detangler is aloe vera juice or gel mixed with some type of oil. This combination really melts all the knots away, making detangling a breeze and very little hair is left in the comb even after a henna treatment. By the way, this is also my 30 minute prepoo mixed with conditioner.

I mostly clarify my hair every 3-4 weeks
That's so funny, our regimen is practically identical.... I texlax 2 a year, January and June, and wear wigs all the time. To me wigs are the easiest and one of the safest PS's to do. I have not tried henna yet though and I still need to do some research on the benefits besides tinting your hair. I need to get back to inverting too LOL. So glad I found a regimen twin lol :)
 

Lei-Lyn

Recovering PJ...
Is there anyone else on here paranoid about using heat? Maybe I'm thinking about it too much but I haven't used heat on my hair in 14 mths and I want to do a length check. I purchased one of those ceramic straightening brushes because from the reviews it's supposed to be safer than combining blow drying and flat ironing. I was supposed to use it last night and got scared lol so I'm still wavering in the wind with this LOL. I'm sorry if that sounds punk-ish but I'm nervous about jackin' up my hair and my progress....
 

Aggie

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Is there anyone else on here paranoid about using heat? Maybe I'm thinking about it too much but I haven't used heat on my hair in 14 mths and I want to do a length check. I purchased one of those ceramic straightening brushes because from the reviews it's supposed to be safer than combining blow drying and flat ironing. I was supposed to use it last night and got scared lol so I'm still wavering in the wind with this LOL. I'm sorry if that sounds punk-ish but I'm nervous about jackin' up my hair and my progress....
I know how you feel about the heat:yep:. I have a flat iron but I can adjust the heat to whatever safe temperature I want to use. I was looking into getting one of those brushes as well, but chickened out. I talked myself right out of it.

I reasoned well with myself too:blush:. Firstly, I told myself, I rarely use heat on my hair and secondly, when I do, the iron is never very hot anyway. So yeah, I don't really need it. It was a quite battle but my hair won:giggle:.
 

Lei-Lyn

Recovering PJ...
I know how you feel about the heat:yep:. I have a flat iron but I can adjust the heat to whatever safe temperature I want to use. I was looking into getting one of those brushes as well, but chickened out. I talked myself right out of it.

I reasoned well with myself too:blush:. Firstly, I told myself, I rarely use heat on my hair and secondly, when I do, the iron is never very hot anyway. So yeah, I don't really need it. It was a quite battle but my hair won:giggle:.
Yes it is such a battle!!! It's so weird, before I started my hair regimen almost 3 yrs ago I would flat iron all day all night on the highest setting on my already bone straight hair without a single thought. Then, I wanted to grow my hair the right way so I stopped using heat cold turkey and now if I even think about using heat (direct heat) I cringe lol it's so funny, I laugh at myself all the time lol :giggle: but I'm sure my hair and my curiosity will win this one too... it's just a matter of time :)
 

Aggie

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Yes it is such a battle!!! It's so weird, before I started my hair regimen almost 3 yrs ago I would flat iron all day all night on the highest setting on my already bone straight hair without a single thought. Then, I wanted to grow my hair the right way so I stopped using heat cold turkey and now if I even think about using heat (direct heat) I cringe lol it's so funny, I laugh at myself all the time lol :giggle: but I'm sure my hair and my curiosity will win this one too... it's just a matter of time :)

Yeah but that was only to do a quick length check. I still don't use heat when I don't need to. I would mostly just pull a few strands and use that as my length check most of the time. I had gone almost a year (10 months to be exact) before my last flat ironed length check.

Have you BCed as yet?
 

trclemons

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Is there anyone else on here paranoid about using heat? Maybe I'm thinking about it too much but I haven't used heat on my hair in 14 mths and I want to do a length check. I purchased one of those ceramic straightening brushes because from the reviews it's supposed to be safer than combining blow drying and flat ironing. I was supposed to use it last night and got scared lol so I'm still wavering in the wind with this LOL. I'm sorry if that sounds punk-ish but I'm nervous about jackin' up my hair and my progress....
You are not alone. I haven't used heat on my hair since I started my natural hair journey 3 1/2 years ago. I bought a straightening brush this year too and I planned to use it for my December length check if I made my waist length goal with a pull test. But this year is going by so fast and I get nervous just thinking about it, so I changed the date to August 2017 (when I graduate). And if I chicken out again, I will try to get enough nerves to do it when I turn 50 in September 2018.

But honestly every time I see a heat damage video, it drives me further and further away from the idea of straightening my hair.
 

Aggie

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You are not alone. I haven't used heat on my hair since I started my natural hair journey 3 1/2 years ago. I bought a straightening brush this year too and I planned to use it for my December length check if I made my waist length goal with a pull test. But this year is going by so fast and I get nervous just thinking about it, so I changed the date to August 2017 (when I graduate). And if I chicken out again, I will try to get enough nerves to do it when I turn 50 in September 2018.

But honestly every time I see a heat damage video, it drives me further and further away from the idea of straightening my hair.
:lol: This was funny and I heard myself saying words like yours.
 

Lei-Lyn

Recovering PJ...
Yeah but that was only to do a quick length check. I still don't use heat when I don't need to. I would mostly just pull a few strands and use that as my length check most of the time. I had gone almost a year (10 months to be exact) before my last flat ironed length check.

Have you BCed as yet?
No I never BCed, I just started stretching to every 6 mths and texlaxing then I slowly trimmed my bone straight ends. My largest trim/cut was one that I did a few months ago which got the rest of my bone straight ends so now I am fully texlaxed.
 

Lei-Lyn

Recovering PJ...
You are not alone. I haven't used heat on my hair since I started my natural hair journey 3 1/2 years ago. I bought a straightening brush this year too and I planned to use it for my December length check if I made my waist length goal with a pull test. But this year is going by so fast and I get nervous just thinking about it, so I changed the date to August 2017 (when I graduate). And if I chicken out again, I will try to get enough nerves to do it when I turn 50 in September 2018.

But honestly every time I see a heat damage video, it drives me further and further away from the idea of straightening my hair.
OMG! I would love to be remotely close to waist length... but I'm pushin along with my BSL length :). And yes! that is exactly why I got nervous... I got on youtube to see how people used the brush and it looked like a great idea (which is why I bought it lol) and of course I'm curious to see if all of my PS-ing and DC-ing is paying off. I wear wigs 90% of the time so the only time I see my hair is on my wash days... but I saw this video where this young lady practically burned her hair smooth off her head... I saw this video as my straightening brush was heating up... I saw a slit of smoke and was like "NOPE!" and I chickened out! LOL. But we'll see...
 

trclemons

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OMG! I would love to be remotely close to waist length... but I'm pushin along with my BSL length :). And yes! that is exactly why I got nervous... I got on youtube to see how people used the brush and it looked like a great idea (which is why I bought it lol) and of course I'm curious to see if all of my PS-ing and DC-ing is paying off. I wear wigs 90% of the time so the only time I see my hair is on my wash days... but I saw this video where this young lady practically burned her hair smooth off her head... I saw this video as my straightening brush was heating up... I saw a slit of smoke and was like "NOPE!" and I chickened out! LOL. But we'll see...
:D That is too funny. I am BSL too, but it is about 3 inches away from waist length on me.
 
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