Growth Challenge...reloaded

Alright, got the hair finally trimmed up. I think I'm gonna go back through certain areas of particular neglect to do some close examination though. I'm in serious need of narrowing down a good routine though.

Here's what I have in mind.

Co wash maybe every few days with Nikki's Suave juicy apple (Homie I hope this is as good as you say it is) and some baking soda to clarify. I heard this works and I need to do it cause my hair will get limp and definitionless in a minute.

Condition with... i dunno, someone help me out.

Deep conditioning. I want to try for at least once a week. I'm seriously eyeballing the anita grant deep rhassoul condish.

styling: Using my KCCC or Fantasia IC for special occasions and maybe using the flaxseed mixture gel or the styler nikki's been repping for a while. I'm stickin with pony except for when I'm trying to be cute and I'd like to be cute more lol. But i'll rock a cute low pony too with a headband and call it a day in a minute. lol.

Clarifying: Once every 2 weeks with something simple like HE or Suave. No biggie.

Protein treatment: Fredric Fekkai's is lookin sweet. Might do that followed directly by a moisturizing one.

Trim: Every 3 months. Flat iron, trim, do a DT. go on about my business. Take pics for updates.

I've been drinking water but not enough, exercising more than I used to but still not enough and I have been taking my vitamins, so I'm gonna keep on it. One multi and one biotin. Let me know if I should add another.
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
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"Make it work!"- Tim Gunn
Add flaxseed! I went to an alternatives medicene talk at a conference last month and the doctor (who is a 'research debunker') said that flaxseed (either supplements, the seeds or the oil) could stand alone without a multi. The benefits are vast and help with everything from processing protein to glowing skin. He said if you take a multi and flaxseed, then you're set.

I'd been taking flax before I met him, but after listening to him bash other supplements and diets, I was worried about what he'd say about the flaxseed oil...well, he takes it too!

I take 1000mg every day. I buy mine from Whole Foods, but I'm sure most stores have them. Be sure to keep them in the fridge to extend shelf life. I started taking it for hair, skin and nails and heard about the other health benefits later.
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the flaxseed is one wagon i fell off and still not back on - hate the taste - too bitter - maybe mine is rancid but i kept it in the freezer...... i wouldn't mind taking the capsules but it seems that the "affordable" ones are junk - it does need refrigeration

i do agree w- CN though - from the research i did it is REALLY good for you....

other notes supplement-wise i can say if biotin is causing breakouts, ride it out at least a month,5-6 weeks before you quit - my body seems to be used to it now..... no pimples..... and actually my skin may be looking better than when i started...... i may go up to 5mg which was my goal

i think i'm just starting to feel the supplements kick in - i feel healthier...... more energy etc for now i'm not going to add anything new for a bit because i would like to see if what i'm taking now is impacting growth, although not all the things i am taking are for hair growth, quite a few are

i think that growth from end of this month through december should show any effect of the supplements
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
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The biotin broke me out a little at first. But I stuck with it and kept drinking water. Now I take 5mg with no problems. My skin is break-out free and radiant! No foundation here I use Witch Hazel as a cleanser every night (no alcohol and organic from Whole Foods) and seal in the moisture with my trusty coconut oil. I wake up every morn with flawless, glowing skin.
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Oh, as far as growth progress, I think I'm finally retaining length. My hair has always grown pretty fast, but the fine strands would split just as fast as they grew

I'm not sure if its due to the vitamins, the cone-free products, the no-heat routine, the deep treatments or the moisturizing products I now use, but when I did my 2 week sweep through for splits, I had considerably fewer. Maybe 15 total. I was very suprised and very excited! I guess to stay on the safe side, I'll just continue doing everything.

I can say that my hair feels more elastic since I've been airdrying and sticking to my new routine.

I co-wash once or twice a week and shampoo once every 2 weeks with Creme of Nature. I use the Elucence as a leave-in (the best one I've ever tried...even better than Giovanni), seal that in with coconut oil and top it off with the curly pudding mix. I let it air dry (5-6 hours) and the results are soft, bouncy, healthy curls

Instead of using heat to stretch it out (like I use to do faithfully), I pull at it while its drying and put in a low pony tail when its 80% dry. This gives me a longer, fluffier look.

I'll keep you ladies posted on my battle with 'the splits', but I think I'm winning...knock on wood
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My water intake has not been good. I'm working on it. I'm trying to remember to take my vitamins. When you ladies first started taking the vitamins/supplements, did you notice any changes?
3c/4a
trying to find my staples
Any suggestions on staples and getting my hair to grow longer are greatly appreciated
hmmmm....not immediately, except for my skin was a little irritated from the biotin and my eyebrows and leg hair seemed to grow at uncanny rates! I literally have to shave everyday, and thats definitely new.

My hair is stronger, like I mentioned earlier, but that could be due to a plethora of things.

The biotin, should make you drink your water misssuperdiva. At least it did for me. I knew that if I didn't drink at least 18 ounces with it, my face would not be happy come morn.

As far as energy, I feel like I'm just as lazy as ever. No changes there

hth
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Hey Ladies and Gents, I've been taking biotin for about 2 weeks now and my face is a mess. it is so dry and there are so many little bumps. What is going on? I drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Is that not enough or could it be something else?
3b/c Relaxer Free since 12/04. Goal: Long healthy curls. Favs: Jason Naturals Sea Kelp Cond. and Sesame Oil
If you check out some of my pics from late August, and September, you'll notice a million little light colored bumps on my cheeks. They came up on my cheekbones, near my nose and forehead. Just push through and after a little time and a lot of water, you'll skin will be clear and radiant. My skin looks great now and I even upped my dosage.
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Hey Ladies and Gents, I've been taking biotin for about 2 weeks now and my face is a mess. it is so dry and there are so many little bumps. What is going on? I drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Is that not enough or could it be something else?
Originally Posted by keeta18
check the thread - you need to try for at at least a month-6weeks for your skin to adjust.....

how much are you taking...... probably if you start low and increase ultra-gradually you might not break out..... i would rather just suffer the bad skin for a bit and see increased benefits sooner
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
If you check out some of my pics from late August, and September, you'll notice a million little light colored bumps on my cheeks. They came up on my cheekbones, near my nose and forehead. Just push through and after a little time and a lot of water, you'll skin will be clear and radiant. My skin looks great now and I even upped my dosage.
Originally Posted by curlynikki
Thanx!!!
3b/c Relaxer Free since 12/04. Goal: Long healthy curls. Favs: Jason Naturals Sea Kelp Cond. and Sesame Oil
Hey Ladies and Gents, I've been taking biotin for about 2 weeks now and my face is a mess. it is so dry and there are so many little bumps. What is going on? I drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Is that not enough or could it be something else?
Originally Posted by keeta18
check the thread - you need to try for at at least a month-6weeks for your skin to adjust.....

how much are you taking...... probably if you start low and increase ultra-gradually you might not break out..... i would rather just suffer the bad skin for a bit and see increased benefits sooner
Originally Posted by mariposa
I only take 1 pill a day and one pill contains 1000mcg. Thanx for the information.
3b/c Relaxer Free since 12/04. Goal: Long healthy curls. Favs: Jason Naturals Sea Kelp Cond. and Sesame Oil
hi keeta - you could start at 500 i.e. break it in half...... or just wait it out i guess
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

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

what dryer do you use

and what do you think of these conairs?


http://www.shop.com/op/~CONAIR_1875W...-prod-11852763

http://www.shop.com/op/~Conair_Conai...-prod-28730275

compiling my xmas etc list

also did you decide on a shower water filter? that's one thing i really wanted to get as well
was looking at the aquasana
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
So, today I read in an article that NC has some of the hardest water in all of the US!!! So, being the product junkie I am and highly impulsive, I ran out and bought a water filtration system for the kitchen sink. The one for the shower was to expensive right now (don't get paid till next week), but the one for the kitchen was just right It looks like I'll only be washing and co-washing in the kitchen...I know...but you gotta do what you gotta do.

The water tastes a little different, but I'll see if I find any results in the health of my hair
Originally Posted by curlynikki
now i see it was a kitchen system - did you purchase faucet mount or under counter? what manufacturer, if you don't mind my asking?

i used to use a PUR ultra, which is a faucet mount system - liked it a lot
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
I bought the Brita faucet mount for 20 dollars. I love it! I haven't been faithfully washing my hair with it (I need one for the shower), but its good to drink
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I bought the Brita faucet mount for 20 dollars. I love it! I haven't been faithfully washing my hair with it (I need one for the shower), but its good to drink
Originally Posted by curlynikki
thanks lady
did you see my post asking about the dryers? what dryer do you use?

btw do you ever get flack on np.com for using a dryer

do you ever use the heat settings or just the cold ones

as much info as possible would be great - i've gotta figure something out for winter!
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

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

I loooove my Ionic Hooded Dryer from Sally's. Its a table top unit, but I sit it on my couch and sit on the floor, so I can watch tv It was 40 dollars but sometimes you can catch it on sell...if you have a Sallys membership card its like 30 or so. It has ionic technology for better heat distribution.

I use it on the cool and low heat settings. 15-20 minutes on low heat and the last 5-10 on cool. I dry until 80%. I've seen several women on NP refer to using hooded dryers and hand-held ones on the cool setting. IF they're discussing this, they're probably using a little heat too. Plus, there are plenty of albums on that site where the ladies have blown out fros and straight do's. So, I dont' feel bad...I'm not napptural, but I do like some of the aspects of it.

I'd def. recommend the hooded dryer. The heat is much less severe and it makes for quick and even drying. Check 'em out And stay off of that crazy thread because its only going to breed more hostility. It's really REALLY not worth it.
The Blog: www.curlynikki.com

Mariposa,

I loooove my Ionic Hooded Dryer from Sally's. Its a table top unit, but I sit it on my couch and sit on the floor, so I can watch tv It was 40 dollars but sometimes you can catch it on sell...if you have a Sallys membership card its like 30 or so. It has ionic technology for better heat distribution.
Originally Posted by curlynikki
i do have a sally's card but haven't purchased at the store in a long while because of poor treatment
but now i know to look for ions - i guess the conair is out then
i've been wanting a hooded since summer (in anticipation of winter)
btw who makes your sally's dryer? do you have the model #, is it vidal?
a soft bonnet would be convenient but i'm concerned that it would mess up my hair when used for styling purposes

I use it on the cool and low heat settings. 15-20 minutes on low heat and the last 5-10 on cool. I dry until 80%. I've seen several women on NP refer to using hooded dryers and hand-held ones on the cool setting. IF they're discussing this, they're probably using a little heat too. Plus, there are plenty of albums on that site where the ladies have blown out fros and straight do's. So, I dont' feel bad...I'm not napptural, but I do like some of the aspects of it.
Originally Posted by curlynikki
cool
how do you/they define napptural, by the way? i guess it's not being simply natural, then?

I'd def. recommend the hooded dryer. The heat is much less severe and it makes for quick and even drying. Check 'em out And stay off of that crazy thread because its only going to breed more hostility. It's really REALLY not worth it.
Originally Posted by curlynikki
too late - already one last post - hopefully the last
4a/4b tiny penspring curls
Lifelong natural i.e. never relaxed

hair growth journey
http://public.fotki.com/boboleta/
Hi All!

I'm still in the challenge. I've been co-washing, detangling and deep conditioning on a weekly basis. I've had some growth, not phenomenal but none-the-less a little; I'm agressively trimming my ends as it grows. I recently experienced significant shedding which left me with two very thin spots on the back of my head.

Now I have micro box braids (no added hair) and I love them however I know they'll take forever to take down.

I haven't been able to update my album because my (very ancient) camera is not functioning. So I'm planning to get a new one in the next few days, I'm currently shopping around.........any digital camera recommendations?


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!!

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