i'm a bun challenge drop out. i stuck to the bun for about a month but there were complications i couldn't get my hair into a bun while it was dry so i had to put it in wet. unfortunately, my hair would not dry in the pony and the result would be smelly hair. i also feel like a nc dropout. i've been so busy running around the past couple of months that i haven't had time to lurk on my favorite board
happy to be nappy (on most days until that humidity kicks in or its time to detangle- lol)
4a or 4b (or some mix of the 2) seriously in need of moisture!!!!
Sooo... its a little late to join considering there are like 2 1/2 weeks left. lol... I am interested in this... I know this seems like a silly question, but how exactly do you bun and what do you do to keep your hair healthy while doing it? Do you put it up wet or dry? Is there a routine? and for the other 2 days do you just do what you want to it... Fill me in... Im excited to try this... ALONE... but excited none the less. lol
So I finally took a progress pic! My best friend called me at the butt crack of dawn this morning so I decided to straighten my hair today:
I was pleasantly surprised.There's a pic in my fotki showing the back. You can really see the difference there. I retained about 2 inches in 3 months. I plan on keeping it up 'til november so hopefully I'll get another inch by then....
mostly coarse texture, normal porosity... I think?
HG: Generic Matrix Biolage, KCCC, KCKT, CBSS WSHP
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I'm getting a rollerset today, so I'll get to see what it looks like. I did wear my hair down all week this week because I liked it too much to put up. I'm enjoying the nice weather!
I usually measure in the shower, and I've gained an inch. That isn't much, but, it is still the longest my hair has ever been. Considering that I've had three hits of color during the challenge, I think I did ok. At least I know that the breakage I get now is color related. I don't mind it enough to change coloring though. I probably wouldn't have gained that inch without bunning, so I am very grateful for that. It helped me get through that wall I always hit.
i finally took some pictures and posted my final progress for this challenge. i didn't have a good system of measuring my hair in the beginning, but since july 23, my hair has grown 1.5 inches. the back is currently BSL and the rest of my hair falls past APL (except the very front which is collarbone length...CBL??? haha)
thanks for all the information about different accessories and bunning techniques. you guys really kept me motivated to keep up with the challenge. we'll see where i am in three more months!
natural since 1998. trying to adapt to this midwest weather while still keeping it simple. current length: MBL (stretched) www.fotki.com/curlymami
I updated my Fotki with my 'end' pix. My hair grew almost two inches in the section I took my initial picture in. I think it has grown more than that on my crown and towards the front.
I'm going to continue to twist/bun until the end of the year. Not only because of the health of my hair, but the time it saves me in washing/styling. I've also started to baggy my ends at night. Hopefully that will help retain growth.
Weekly Cleansers: Co-Wash - Suave Coconut or Yes to Cucumbers and Trader Joe's Nourish Spa. Giovanni 50-50 poo on scalp only.
Moisturizers: Mix of Giovanni Direct with AO Honey Suckle; KCKT; Jamaican Castor Oil, water.
Sealers: My whipped raw shea butter/oil blend.
Scalp Oil: Jojoba, Rosemary, Horsetail, Burdock Root, Aloe Vera Gel
Hairstyle: Protective. Henndigo occasionally.
It seems I have discovered anther benefit to bunning beside protection and less tangles. I did my hair this morning, went to my family's for dinner early, spent the whole day there, put it in a bun with two sticks. Anyway I took it out just now when I got home cause I won't sleep in sticks. I planned on putting it in a scrunchi, anyway a few mishapen curls that I think can be fluffed, maybe a little aloe and water spritz or reshape a few curls with conditioner, but ultimately it hangs longer, less shrinkage, it stretches my ends. I'm gonna see where I can go with this.
Back on Cones,so now my routine is,wash with Deva No-Poo every other day or so. Occasionally use 365 sulfate free,maybe use low sulfate shampoo mixed with conditioner once every two weeks are longer. I condition with Aussie Moist or HEHH. I style with a little GF TN,and finish up with tons of GN Pure Clean Smoothing Cream. No frizz...slippy, happy hair.
I just went in my bathroom and tried to put my hair in a makeshift bun and i think i made one that looks okay. I'll post some pics of it later and you guys can tell me if it looks alright.
I know it looks kinda funky now but hopefully it'll look better the more i do it. And i've only got a few ends sticking out.
I grew my hair with a puff until I was able to bun it!! AND SHE SAID BUNS OR OTHER PROTECTIVE STYLES(PS)!! My buns were too small and looked awkward on my head!! Moisturized ends are a must!! When you do have a good enough length another suggestion instead of coiling would be to stuff your bun. Visit my fotki for a tutorial (I TRIED!! LOL!! A protective style is any style that does not have your ends exposed. Also known as no contact styles - styles where your hair is not rubbing against clothing and sticking onto objects (this is what makes the afro and afro puffs great PS)
I am doing a modified version of this. I only wear my hair out once a month...and I am trying not to do it at all for the month of Feb. I am bunning most of the week and wearing a puff here and there. I wonder how much growth I will get if I keep this up for 3 or 4 months. I am currently a little past shoulder in the back and collarlength in the front