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Old 12-20-2011, 10:22 AM   #1
 
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Lightbulb your hair HIGHS and LOWS of 2011

hey ladies, i started a similar thread on the non-hair board but let's share one hair HIGH and one hair LOW from this year.

i'll start...

HIGH: i got sisterlocks!!! can't express how happy this makes me!!
LOW: i went to a reputable and popular natural hair salon, the stylist didn't say a word to me the whole time, my hair was blow dried from being wet, it was cut while my back was to the mirror and i left feeling pretty unhappy with my experience and the handling of my hair. i didn't speak up for myself (my bad) but i had such high hopes of getting my hair on track. at least i decided to not go back.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:28 AM   #2
 
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High: I colored my hair a few times and I loved it everytime except one (tried to go red, but came out burgundy, luckily it's only in the tested spot)

Low: My hair has not been as moisturized as when I was using Shea Moisture products back when I first went natural earlier this year...I know what I buying for the new year!!! =D
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:47 AM   #3
 
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*Starting the year off with un-damaged hair. It felt good to let all of that unrepairable damage go.

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*Wasting my money on sucky products
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:35 AM   #4
 
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High- Freeing my locs!!! 💆 I loved my locs, but they'd run their course.

Low- giving up on the LAST NINE LOCS and CUTTING THEM!! 💇 I was just exhausted and didn't see myself spending another 9 hours picking them out. So, I had to end up shaping my hair up and cutting it when I could have had a BAA from jump. SMH. Oh well. What's done is done. 💋

I'm still ending the year happy.

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Old 12-20-2011, 11:41 AM   #5
 
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HIGH: My big chop of course!

LOW: When I was still transitioning, I did mini-twists that started loc'ing at the roots. I took them out and detangled over THREE DAYS. This is kinda a high too though, as it was the fear/dread of having to detangle two textures again that led me to pick up the scissors. Woop woop!
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:01 PM   #6
 
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High: Appreciating my natural hair
Low: Spending a lot of money on products that didn't work for me

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Old 12-20-2011, 12:46 PM   #7
 
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High: My styling is improving where my bad hair days are becoming less frequent.

Low: Not retaining as much length as I'd have liked. I had kinky twist extensions for two months last winter and upon takedown, my ends were so ragged that I had to cut off 1 1/2 inches of hair, which was about the amount that had grown while the extensions were in. I've had to dust my ends twich since then but they still look a little off. I've always been bad at sealing my ends consistently so I have to make it a new year's resolution.
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:52 PM   #8
 
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High: Finding a routine that works with my hectic and very unpredictable day to day schedule. I no longer dread "hair day."
Finding the products that don't work with my hair or skin and products that I know my hair will love.
Finally, finding my version of PS and overall time saver. Keep a cute hat on!

Low: Co-Washing, it is not my friend.
Still not being and to flat twist or conrow

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Old 12-20-2011, 01:13 PM   #9
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High: I finally learned how to style my hair and I know how to keep it moisturized. Taking iron supplements helped my hair growth get back on track.

Low: T his is really a low that happened at the end of 2010. I decided to cut my hair into a tapered TWA. I took off about 3ish inches after I'd already grown my hair out some from my BC in May. I basically cut off all my progress. My hair growth slowed to a snail's pace and I discovered after months of frustration that I was anemic and that was contributing to my slow growth.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:33 PM   #10
 
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*Starting the year off with un-damaged hair. It felt good to let all of that unrepairable damage go.

Low
*Wasting my money on sucky products
+1 at the bolded. Every product that doesn't work is a huge low for me. I just hate that 'I wasted my money' feeling.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:04 PM   #11
 
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High: My hair being noticeably longer both when straight and curly, finally getting past a length that its been stuck at for SO long.
Also, perfecting my regimen and figuring out the proper way to apply my leave in and seal so that I get consistent results and longer lasting moisture (the struggle last year)

LOW: Realizing how healthy my hair was before I dyed it and how much it set me back. It not only broke off but straightened my ends like heat damage.. The undyed portion is pretty much fully transitioned. Now as the damaged dyed part grows out I have to cut off some of the healthy hair to make it uniform, weak. sauce.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:12 PM   #12
 
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High: Chopping off the last of my relaxed hair in April. I'm so glad I did.

Low: Realizing I am allergic to hair pins--as if styling wasn't already difficult enough.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:03 PM   #13
 
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High: I discovered that my hair loves Henna. 

Low: It took me 2 years to start wearing protective styles and to take my time detangling my hair. I probably pulled several inches of hair out because of this. I know better now! 


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Old 12-21-2011, 05:59 PM   #14
 
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High: I finally learned how to style my hair and I know how to keep it moisturized. Taking iron supplements helped my hair growth get back on track.

Low: T his is really a low that happened at the end of 2010. I decided to cut my hair into a tapered TWA. I took off about 3ish inches after I'd already grown my hair out some from my BC in May. I basically cut off all my progress. My hair growth slowed to a snail's pace and I discovered after months of frustration that I was anemic and that was contributing to my slow growth.
This would have to be one of my lows too. I really need to go back to the Dr and get more iron pills. I'm sure my body and hair would appreciate it.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:01 PM   #15
 
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Low: left my rinse out conditioner in my hair too long. was busy doing other stuff. my hair became tangled and stiff even after rinsing. now let it stay in my hair 3 mins only.

High: got very shiny hair from doing an overnight curlaway treatment, rinsed it out, then using pure jojoba oil and olive oil as leave in. quickly banded and air dried my hair. did not flat iron my hair, yet my hair was very shiny.
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:54 PM   #16
 
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High: I got to mid back length stretched; found two products that work really well for me (Curl Junkie Coffee Coco Curl Cream and the forbidden Afroveda Curl Define; prefer the Curl Junkie); the heat damage on that one lock of hair in the front is almost grown out.

Low: never got the ovaries to get my hair trimmed and styled in a salon.

Getting my hair heat damaged in the front (at a mall kiosk no less) last year really taught me how I take my otherwise healthy, super curly, kinky hair for granted.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:04 AM   #17
 
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Ending 2011 with only an inch or two to go until APL. After hacking off a good bit of hair (calling myself trying to trim my own hair) I still made it pretty close to my year in goal.

Really discovering the nature of my hair. That it has fine to medium strands, normal porosity, and possibly protein sensitive. Didn't figure this out until close to the end of the year and it will help immensely when trying new products in the future.

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Doing protein treatments when my hair obviously didn't need them. *sigh* It took me forever to figure out why protein treatments like Aphogee 2 Minute and protein leave-ins would leave my hair feeling worse off after doing them. I'm in recorvey mood now and OD on moisture by moisturizing everyday and DCing with every wash until my hair goes back to normal.

Buying a bunch of stuff that didn't work, doesn't really fit into my regimen, or expired before I could finish using it.

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Old 12-28-2011, 06:25 AM   #18
 
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high: discovering Taliah Waajid Mist Bodifier

Low: happened just yesterday. I was googling Mizani relaxers. #don'tjudgeme

*seriously considering texlaxing. my hair is just too damn resistant*
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Old 12-28-2011, 01:16 PM   #19
 
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high: taking iron and vitamin supplements after blood work revealed how anemic i was

low: losing a bunch of hair due to said iron/anemia issues
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:45 PM   #20
 
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High: Finally able to wear my hair out daily
My hair being mid-back(straight) again

Low: I was so frustrated with detangling in the shower in January , the water ran cold and I burst into tears . ( don't laugh )

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