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Apl\bsb 2019 Challenge

faithVA

Well-Known Member
Welcome to APL 2019. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to join us even if you don't think you will make APL in 2019. :welcome::welcome4:


Post the following to join

What length are you now?

What's your regimen?

What do you need to do/change to reach APL?

What month do you expect to reach your goal?

Post your starting pic.
***Post a pick of the areas NOT APL***


The challenge will officially start on January 1st, 2019 and end December 31st, 2019.

Check in at least 1x a month to let us know you are on track and to support everyone else. Let's do what we can to keep this thread lively.

Pictures
Starting Pic:
Post by 12/31/2019 of the area that is NOT APL.
Grand Reveal: Post by 12/22/2019. Earlier if you reach APL during the year.
During the Year: Post pics of your goal areas so we can follow your progress.

Length Updates
April 2019
August 2019
December 2019 : Grand Reveal


Post as many hair pics as you like because you know we love pics :yep:
 

sunflora

Flowah Powah
What length are you now?: Collarbone

What's your regimen?:
Wash 1x a week (co-wash or low poo in between if needed)
Pre-poo with hot oil, follow shampoo with DC every wash, then detangle with a slippery conditioner.
Using LCO, moisturize hair, use whipped shea butter on the end, and braid in 8 - 10 loose braids.
After braids dry, style resulting hair in dutch braids or buns.
S&D aggressively.


What do you need to do/change to reach APL?
Continue to stay away from heat, don't cut out of frustration or any other reason, continue to keep hair 'up'.

What month do you expect to reach your goal?
June.

Post your starting pic.
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ETA:
After all this time I just realized that APL is clearly at the bottom of the elephant's feet. Hur durr. At least now I have a good marker (because armpits shift when I'm holding my phone to take a picture).
 
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metro_qt

Well-Known Member
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What length are you now?
I'm collarbone length in back, about 2 inches to APL.
Chin length bangs and sides.

What's your regimen?
I do wash n gos for about 2 weeks and then I wear wigs for another 2 weeks as a protective style. While wigging, I do the LOC method at night every 2 to 3 days.
I am always looking for different, more moisturizing products and techniques, so this year, I would like to find some staple products to make my regimen simple.
Just a favorite oil and a favorite butter.


What do you need to do/change to reach APL?
I need to keep doing what I'm doing, because I'll reach it eventually....but I'm impatient, and would love to reach it sooner than later.

What month do you expect to reach your goal?
Long estimate will be that my back and nape will reach APL by April/May.

Short estimate is hopefully February.
 
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Bette Davis Eyes

The "OG" Product Junkie
I’ll have to take pictures of my bangs and sides before the end of this month.

I will be the protective queen of 2019. Kinky twists and braids. No more than 6 weeks at a time.

I will be using Xcel revitalizer. JBCO pimento oil and trimming every quarter or as needed.


Holding my spot.
 

Kells

Well-Known Member
What length are you now?
-CBL on sides and back.
-Bangs are at top of my lip & top reaches bottom of my earlobes.

What's your regimen?
-Wash once a week.
-FRW spritz and DC as needed.
-Warm Castor oil once weekly.
-Rosemary Jojoba to edges nightly.
-Whipped Shea butter 2-3x/week.
-Trim as needed.
-Primary style: Bun.

What do you need to do/change to reach APL?
-Continue current regimen.
-Gain 4 inches.


What month do you expect to reach your goal?
-Around Aug-Sept. 2019
 

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B_Phlyy

Pineapple Eating Unicorn
I'm in.

What length are you now?
Full collarbone length

What is your regimen?
Cowash 4-5 times a week
Shampoo and DC
LOC daily
Redo mini braid or cornrows every 4-6 weeks.

What do you need to do/change to reach APL?
Protecting and smoothing my ends better. My hair looked it's absolute best last year in April/May likely do to the fact that I was using all the grease and oil. I was wearing a lace front wig through the winter that was drying out my edges and ends so I was using that grease and oil to combat that. My hair was much softer and less tangled now that I think of it. I stopped wearing wigs in the summer and therefore cut back on the grease in favor of curling creams and gel. I still retained but I lost some of the softness and sheen.

What month do you expect to reach APL?

September 2019

Post a starting pic
This is my hair in the various stages of a blow out for the length check. All of this was done on 12/29/18
 

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Aggie

Well-Known Member
I'm in as well.

What length are you now?
Just below collar bone

What's your regimen?
Wash and DC twice a month alternating moisture with protein treatments to keep my hair strong and healthy. Heavy moisturize and seal one to two times per week. Massage scalp 3-5 times per week using my scalp drops - sometimes I use Follicle Care Bambu for strengthening and sometimes Follicle Care Castor Argan Drops for growth.

What do you need to do/change to reach APL?
Take my vitamins and drink water more regularly. I fell down in these areas and need to pick it up a bit.

What month do you expect to reach your goal?
It looks like it could be around September or October 2019. As long as I hit it anytime during next year, I'll be happy.

Post your starting pic.
 

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TamaraShaniece

Ayurvedic Life
What length are you now?
Two Strand Twists - neck length
Wash N Go - just above shoulder
Stretched - collarbone

What's your regimen?
Maintain a balance between moisture & strength using conditioners enhanced w/ Ayurvedic herbs.
Drink more water and consistently take my iron, zinc, and chlorella daily.
Weekly fermented rice water usage.
More frequent scalp or inversion massages.

What do you need to do/change to reach APL?
More protective styles + adding moisture to my twists and sealing it in to prevent dryness and breakage.

What month do you expect to reach your goal?
September 2019 (that should be at least 4 inches)...however, if scalp massages, rice water, iron, msm infused oils can increase my hair growth, then maybe I can squeeze in a trim or 2.

Starting Pic:
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metro_qt

Well-Known Member
quick question!
I'm looking at everyone else's estimates which place them at APL by end of summer 2019/fall 2019, and
in general, we are all around the same length in here. (yes, I know we all have different growth rates and torso lengths)

I'm wondering if you are aiming to claim full APL by that point, or just when 2 or 3 twists can be pulled and touch APL.... i'm team "if the back of my head touches APL, stretched, then I hit my goal"

lol... I just want to manage my expectations and also see what the general consensus is.
 

Bette Davis Eyes

The "OG" Product Junkie
quick question!
I'm looking at everyone else's estimates which place them at APL by end of summer 2019/fall 2019, and
in general, we are all around the same length in here. (yes, I know we all have different growth rates and torso lengths)

I'm wondering if you are aiming to claim full APL by that point, or just when 2 or 3 twists can be pulled and touch APL.... i'm team "if the back of my head touches APL, stretched, then I hit my goal"

lol... I just want to manage my expectations and also see what the general consensus is.


I'm APL in the front and back. My sides and bang aren't so I'm in APL/BSL challenges for 2019.

If youre aiming for APL in back you can just put that and then graduate to the BSL thread @metro_qt
 

Bette Davis Eyes

The "OG" Product Junkie
I’ll have to take pictures of my bangs and sides before the end of this month.

I will be the protective queen of 2019. Kinky twists and braids. No more than 6 weeks at a time.

I will be using Xcel revitalizer. JBCO pimento oil and trimming every quarter or as needed.


Holding my spot.


I didnt get pictures of my sides prior to getting my box braids. I do have my bangs though. This picture was Oct 13
 

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faithVA

Well-Known Member
quick question!
I'm looking at everyone else's estimates which place them at APL by end of summer 2019/fall 2019, and
in general, we are all around the same length in here. (yes, I know we all have different growth rates and torso lengths)

I'm wondering if you are aiming to claim full APL by that point, or just when 2 or 3 twists can be pulled and touch APL.... i'm team "if the back of my head touches APL, stretched, then I hit my goal"

lol... I just want to manage my expectations and also see what the general consensus is.
There really isn't a consensus which is why the original post says Post a picture of the area not APL. In the last challenge quite a few people were APL in the back and working on the sides and front.

I will claim APL when the lower section of the hair in the back reaches APL. But I won't be moving on to another challenge until the majority of the back is APL. I won't be waiting for my front or sides to reach APL. I just focus on the back.
 

SunkissedLife

basking in the sun

readyyyyyyy to reach new lengths in the new year

:bounceline:

What length are you now?
My hair grows (and gets cut) in deep layers - chin/collarbone length in the front to shoulder length in the back. I am hoping to grow my shortest layers to APL and it'd be great if my longest layers were APL curly

What's your regimen?
  • pre-poo more consistently, preferably with @Chicoro pre-poo
  • cleanse x2
  • deep condition WITH HEAT (new holy grail: Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner)
  • LOCO method with shea butter - usually to twist or braid

What do you need to do/change to reach APL?
  • regular scalp massages with oil
  • be consistent with my regimen
  • more natural, ayurvedic products
  • experiment with different styles, especially ones where my hair is more protected
What month do you expect to reach your goal?
I am giving myself until April to reach APL in the back and December to see complete progress

Post your starting pic.
see attached - blow out and flat iron
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faithVA

Well-Known Member
Are you ladies interested in making this an APL/BSB (below shoulder blade) challenge? There is a BSL/MBL challenge. I know for me there is quite a distance from APL to BSL for me and not feasible for 2019 but maybe if I make APL I can at least graze BSB.

If you aren't interested I can just keep it APL because I know sometimes it is nice to keep it simple.

Let me know.
 

Aggie

Well-Known Member
Are you ladies interested in making this an APL/BSB (below shoulder blade) challenge? There is a BSL/MBL challenge. I know for me there is quite a distance from APL to BSL for me and not feasible for 2019 but maybe if I make APL I can at least graze BSB.

If you aren't interested I can just keep it APL because I know sometimes it is nice to keep it simple.

Let me know.
Yes and yes please. I will be very okay with that :yep:.
 

neika j

Active Member
Hello:afro::p

What length are you now?
Im at collar bone length toward the front and about little past collar bone in the back.

What's your regimen?
Pre-poo- with pure aloe vera from the leaf and some avocado oil
I wash- with the mane choice line for right now (purple one) in regards to shampoo and conditioner.
I deep condition- with the mane choice deep conditioner , silicon mix or texture ID masque
(i alternate between them)
Leave in - i use the texture ID leave in spray or Giovanni leave in w/glycerin and coconut oil
Hot oil -(optional depending on wash day)- alma oil, neem or avocado oil


What do you need to do/change to reach APL? Keep my hair more moisturize , lighten up on the harsh proteins and keep it in a protective style.

What month do you expect to reach your goal? I'm just gonna say December so i can have the whole year to grow a flourish .

Post your starting pic.
( this is more collar bone i need about 4-5 more inches to be full apl stretched . It would be nice to be apl un stretch but my hair is so curly :D




Will post more pics soon! of other areas :)!
 
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AmethystLily

Cynic on the outside; Dreamer on the inside
What length are you now?
SL/CBL

What's your regimen?
Wash/condition 1x-2x/wk
Deep condition every other wash time
Dust/micro-trim ends once per month, sometimes every two months


What do you need to do/change to reach APL?
Keep a more consistent regimen focusing on moisture
Untangle more gently to minimize mechanical damage
Stick with protective/low manip styles
Wear a scarf/bonnet at night
Try to avoid unnecessary trims


What month do you expect to reach your goal?
April-May 2019

Post your starting pic.
***Post a pic of the areas NOT APL***
Note: My hair is in mini-braids right now, which may appear slightly shorter than full length
 

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faithVA

Well-Known Member
What length are you now? SL

What's your regimen?
--Use Redken Conditioning Cleanser 1x a week
-- Deep Condition with TGIN
-- Seal ends with Crisco or pomade
-- Use TGIN as a leave-in
-- Seal with Mane Magic
-- Still looking for the "C" step in LOC
-- Style in either 2 strands or flat twists

What do you need to do/change to reach APL?
--I have no clue. I thought I was making progress but my hair hasn't budged since April. I will keep doing what I'm doing and re-evaluate in March.

What month do you expect to reach your goal? December.

Post your starting pic.
 

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Meritamen

Mermaiden
What length are you now? SL

What's your regimen?
My routine right now is not the best.
Wash, detangle and condition 1x
Blowdry hair and wear in a braid thoughout the week
Sleep with a top bun
Apply light oil to hair throughout week

What do you need to do/change to reach APL? Need to take better care of my health. Develop a better hair care routine.

What month do you expect to reach your goal? At the end of the year, Dec 2019, if I make it this year.

Post your starting pic.
 

mzteaze

Pilates and Yoga Kinda Gal
I might already be at APL (haven't straightened in awhile) but my goal is more about being at FULL APL/BSB since I've had issues with thinning in 2018.

I guess I need to take some pictures to get an idea of length. I may try to flat iron my hair for a length check.
 

faithVA

Well-Known Member
I started JJ Smith's 10 Day Smoothie Cleanse today. I'm hoping it helps me get my health in line and helps me grow a little more this year than last year. We shall see if I make it 10 days. I've made it 1 so I won't look too far ahead.
 

Aggie

Well-Known Member
Currently have some raspberry, nettle, black tea and hibiscus leaves on the stove for a herbal tea rinse to use this week on my hair. I should get about 3 full rinses out of it.
 

Aggie

Well-Known Member
I started JJ Smith's 10 Day Smoothie Cleanse today. I'm hoping it helps me get my health in line and helps me grow a little more this year than last year. We shall see if I make it 10 days. I've made it 1 so I won't look too far ahead.
I'm starting this cleanse on January 2nd @faithVA also for 10 days because my body needs it so badly.
 
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