Growth Challenge...reloaded

I haven't posted in a while, but I am definitely interested in doing the hair challenge.
Fleurzty, you have absolutely beautiful hair! I really enjoyed looking through your album. Your curls are perfect and the color is gorgeous
The Blog: www.curlynikki.com

made a fotki yesterday - yay!

Yay! When are you going to post it?!
2 check ins per month (minimum) sounds great! I'll post pics 2x per month and I'll check in probably more than that. Good luck ladies!
Originally Posted by curlynikki
when i have pics in it.....

btw can someone help w- a system to do the length pics

my hair looks the same when it grows because of shrinkage and i can't see myself learning to measure - i think i would require someone to help me for that and it's too complex

i'm thinking i could pull hair from different sections and take photos to compare..... hoping i get the same sections each time..... perhaps i should do it with wet hair..... trying to be consistent

also i could take hairline photos of the spots i'm hoping to fill in

any thoughts?
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
i am - i had posted in the 3c column by accident - i'm definitely not 3c.... i'm 4a/b..... or 4b with a definite curl pattern

i think for christmas i would like it mostly to be chin-shoulder length streched...... and mostly bra strap length by next summer, if not earlier

my hair curls/shrinks so much (90%) i'm not sure there's any point to saying how long i would like it to be unstretched...... ideally it would be around my shoulders or just above

it is currently growing quite a bit and i'm happy with that

more on techniques later
Originally Posted by mariposa
Would like to clarify my hair goals
1) Hair to be healthy and happy
2) have a good system with plenty of different products on hand to use - with some set ideas on how to use them
3) no more allergy-related scalp problems - which actually have gone away since i overhauled the routine at beginning august
4) breakage/bald spots at temples to be filled in and have strong growth so that it can be protectively braided by march/feb... ideally at least 1 inch shrunk
5)short bits of hairline to be at least 1-2" shrunken
6) 80% of the top and front to be at least chin length stretched by feb
7) 85% of total head to be at least shoulder length stretched by beginning august of next year (of course challenge is not running that long)
my main concern is the front.... if the back stayed the way it looks right now it wouldn't be a terrible thing...... it's the unevennness that i want to get rid of and especially the front is just at a funny uneven stage that limits how i can wear my hair

ROUTINE / METHODS

This will probably have to change as the weather gets colder
1) washing hair 5-7 days week, using different cleansing methods
2) massaging & oiling hairline and front/top of head w- special mixtures - ideally every day but realistically will shoot for no fewer than 5 days a week including the oil times below where i oil the hair shaft
3) heat cap treatments at least 4 times a week as follows:
-- 2 nights with egg yolk mixtures...... w- a different one for scalp (see above)
-- 2 nights with just plain oil in hair on at least the last 2/3 of the hair shaft.....
-- i seem to get best results if i rinse/wet hair before adding DT and then leave on for hours, using microhaircap with other additions (e.g.) woollen hat over plastic cap (keeps heat in).... then i rinse out in the shower and this seems to cleanse hair.... will only use something else if there is hairline buildup
(btw i know people will think all this heat this sounds crazy but my hair loves it and it seems to be keeping it clean.... i don't think that the yolk will cause protein problems.... or if it did i should have noticed by now)
4) putting a little bit of oil or some conditioner on ends at night time if not doing a treatment....... when i say little i mean lightly spritzing and or rubbing some coconut oil in palms and then brushing lightly on ends (i would ideally do this every night but probably won't happen)
5) shampoo only when necessary - ideally not more than every 1-2 weeks but may be necessary more often if there is buildup in hairline
6) protective styling when possible
7) sleeping w- satin bonnet and satin pillowcases
find a good winter routine.... when i'm done experimenting and have more $ perhaps can get cornrows or something done.... definitely plan on extensions for when it's really cold b/c i plan on wearing lots hats etc and don't want hair to be damaged.... and also want to have a good protective style for growth
9) perhaps i should line my winter hats that have snagging fibers?
10) Vitamins - have not started this yet

Any suggestions/ critique?
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
Thanks a lot curlynikki. I love your albums too. Your curls are so defined. It's very pretty. I had to change the setting on the other albums, including the Challenge.
Hey everyone! Happy Friday the 13th. I hope everyone got their albums up, I can't wait to check them out today.

I like that idea of checking in twice a month, I too think it will keep everyone more motivated. I can't wait to see everyone's progress.

I just put my length shots up in my fotki in the Naturally Curly Challenge folder. I think I'm at about 6 inches or so, I didn't measure. I hope I can make it to arm pit length by the end of the challenge. *crosses fingers*
4A spiral, coily mass of ginger fluff and candy bobble mushroom
2nd Quite;First Quit ended after 5 months; 3 days nicotine free
Thanks for the support!
100% natural, 75% Vegetarian
http://public.fotki.com/semperfemme/
password: nappy
semper great photos
i have similar ones taken earlier in the week - just need to put

our lengths are not that different but mine is a lot more uneven so i think i have more work to do..... i would like to be able to wear my hair like that and not have it look funny

yours looks very even to me - did you have it cut/shaped?
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
semper great photos
i have similar ones taken earlier in the week - just need to put

our lengths are not that different but mine is a lot more uneven so i think i have more work to do..... i would like to be able to wear my hair like that and not have it look funny

yours looks very even to me - did you have it cut/shaped?
Originally Posted by mariposa
Thanks Mariposa! I can't wait to see your pics. I hope you get your album up real soon. To answer your question a few posts ago, I just body part measure in general areas; side, nape, and bang. These give me a pretty good glimpse into my progress. I'm a bit past shoulder now.

In regards to uneven hair, you may have sections that grow a bit slower than others. I think everyone does, so no matter what the only way you'll have even hair through a blunt cut. From your routine, it sounds like you treat your hair very well, so I'm sure your hair is thriving. It looks healthy in your avatar too so I have a visual.

I honestly don't know why my hair looks even that in the picture LOL! I just gave myself a trim recently so that may explain it.

Now hurry with those pictures! :P

BTW: Fleurtzy your hair is beautiful! I'm sure your progress is going to be spectacular and I look forward to seeing it. Definitely agree with CurlyNikki about the color.
4A spiral, coily mass of ginger fluff and candy bobble mushroom
2nd Quite;First Quit ended after 5 months; 3 days nicotine free
Thanks for the support!
100% natural, 75% Vegetarian
http://public.fotki.com/semperfemme/
password: nappy
I've posted my pics ladies!

I think instead of actually measuring ( i have no tape measure), I'll just always wear my Duke shirt so I can compare the length over the capital D on the shirt. I made a new album...check it out
The Blog: www.curlynikki.com

KIDS!!!! I bought some Biotin today. I think it's 1000mg. 5'm straightening my hair sometime this week, probably thursday night and trimming my terrible ends, God they look bad. After that I'll post some pics so you can see my beautiful self. lol. Kidding! I think I'm going to straighten and trim every 2 or 3 months so track progress. Hopefully this will mark the beginning of a new leaf.

Oh yeah, I'm thinking of trying Giovanni products the 50.50 shampoo and recondish, and the leave in. They all sound so good, and I'm happy about the price. Let me know if you've ladies tried any of them.
Thick coarse 3c/4a prone to dryness.
Staples
Aphogee 2 Step treatment
Generic Biolage Conditioning Balm
Tigi MM Conditioner
Creme of Nature Shampoo for dry hair
KCCC
Denman D3
Giovanni Direct Leave-in
SheaMoisture Leave-in
http://public.fotki.com/MsHeatherNicole/

"Make it work!"- Tim Gunn
Just the Giovanni direct leave-in. It's really light but extremely moisturizing. I read on another thread that you should use it after wringing your hair dry twice. A little goes a long way

I straightened my hair and snipped the ends this weekend. It's in pin curls now, I'll take pics tomorrow or Monday
The Blog: www.curlynikki.com

semper great photos
i have similar ones taken earlier in the week - just need to put

our lengths are not that different but mine is a lot more uneven so i think i have more work to do..... i would like to be able to wear my hair like that and not have it look funny

yours looks very even to me - did you have it cut/shaped?
Originally Posted by mariposa
Thanks Mariposa! I can't wait to see your pics. I hope you get your album up real soon. To answer your question a few posts ago, I just body part measure in general areas; side, nape, and bang. These give me a pretty good glimpse into my progress. I'm a bit past shoulder now.

In regards to uneven hair, you may have sections that grow a bit slower than others. I think everyone does, so no matter what the only way you'll have even hair through a blunt cut. From your routine, it sounds like you treat your hair very well, so I'm sure your hair is thriving. It looks healthy in your avatar too so I have a visual.

I honestly don't know why my hair looks even that in the picture LOL! I just gave myself a trim recently so that may explain it.

Now hurry with those pictures! :P
Originally Posted by semperfemme
i'm hurrying
i actually labeled all and took the last few pics (hairline) yesterday
should be able to upload them later tonight

got a lot of stuff done concerning the supplements i.e. placed first order, found out some interesting additional information
started taking biotin friday etc
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
wow it's finally done....
i have the length photos as well as some sample wash and gos so you can see how my hair might look on any given day..... obviously i'm still experimenting..... also included at least one closeup texture shot
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
go to the ncchallenge folder
album midoctober start
password(for both) mariposa
some of the length photos are really not that clear bc had jumped out of the shower quickly but i guess it doesn't matter
i wish i'd used nikki's idea of a shirt with writing (or even stripes or something distinctive on front and back).... i realised a few days too late that if my hair gets anywhere near the length i want - body markers will not be in good taste.... and a towel won't tell much at all


to anyone looking at the photos..... do you see what i mean about my hair looking like a 4b but with a definite curl pattern
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
I couldn't leave a comment on your Fotki, but your texture is unique and very beautiful, Mariposa!
Loving my natural 4a curls, coils and squiggles!
Mariposa, after seeing your pics, I'm convinced! You and my FH have the exact same head of hair! It's gorgeous! I'll definitely be in touch for more tips and advice
The Blog: www.curlynikki.com

Mariposa, after seeing your pics, I'm convinced! You and my FH have the exact same head of hair! It's gorgeous! I'll definitely be in touch for more tips and advice
Originally Posted by curlynikki
thanks! do you have any closeups of his hair?
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
I couldn't leave a comment on your Fotki, but your texture is unique and very beautiful, Mariposa!
Originally Posted by elliemay72
thx ellie
and i fixed the comments
at some pt i'll probably expand the albums to show my hairstyles rather than just the experiments...... but that was enuff for now
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
KIDS!!!! I bought some Biotin today. I think it's 1000mg. 5'm straightening my hair sometime this week, probably thursday night and trimming my terrible ends, God they look bad. After that I'll post some pics so you can see my beautiful self. lol. Kidding! I think I'm going to straighten and trim every 2 or 3 months so track progress. Hopefully this will mark the beginning of a new leaf.
Originally Posted by HeatherNicole
wanted to add that my biotin breakout started today ..... pretty sure that's what it is..... since they're all over..... rather than in the usual places i get acne
this is from ramping up to 2000mcg so quickly........ anyhow i can live with it

i did do some research and i can go up to at least 4/5mg/daily w-out any fear of overdosing (there really isn't a set maximum) - so i'm not worried about serious health effects..... also started flaxseed meal this weekend

i hope to start the msm soon as well but don't want to add too many things at once

i think it will take until december, perhaps, to see any effects of the biotin and other supplements that i'm beginning now?
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
I posted another pic of his hair (closer view) right next to the other in the Natural Hair Album: Summer 05-06...
The Blog: www.curlynikki.com

Just checking in -- no spectacular pictures, a little growth; my hair is defintely getting healthier and that pleases me. I'm still transitioning and learning to take care of my hair. I did my first attempt at coils this past weekend, it didn't take me too long maybe about 1 1/2 hours. I'm really inspired by all the beautiful photos and good advice you all are posting. I'll be checking in.


4A&B -- Henna and the entire Essential Balms product line; lately Carol's Daughter honey mimosa & black vanilla leave-in. Staple products are SheaMoisture, Aubrey Organics and Trader Joes Norish Spa conditioner, ACV and IC Fantasia Gel. I'm also Mixtress (I love making my own hair concoctions )

Be encouraged -- Cuzz Fuzz is what it Duzz!!

http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w184/dsg373839/
I posted another pic of his hair (closer view) right next to the other in the Natural Hair Album: Summer 05-06...
Originally Posted by curlynikki
WOW!

he is a hair twin.... what's in his hair in the pictures?

my brother's hair is dreaded right now but i wonder what it would look like loose.... he never wore it long until he started the dreads

thx so much for posting those
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/

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