2010 12 week Deep Conditioning Challenge - WE'RE DONE!!!!!

WOW EllePixie! That is loads of growth in 6 weeks!! Congrats! I have not length checked my hair in a while, maybe i'll do that this weekend!
hair type - definately 4a

wash - any baby shampoo

conditioning styler - homemade blend with shea, coconut, avocado mango, plam, castor, almond and essential oils

Hair pics http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ad.php?t=84285
I DC twice a week now...maybe 3 times. That's how I got my hair out of shock from my BC in a week.

Ooops! I wanted to seriously follow this challenge but I keep co washing and putting my hair up! cool this smiley is cute! anyway so now i need to step up the game and take this seriously but I am wearing a braid out today so may DC tonight if I am up to it! See the whole if I am up to it attitude!:! I need someone to handcuff and spank me with whips for me to do this... hmmm... thinking... that would not lead to a DC probably something else!! ROFL! Ok I'll do it today!

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Last Chemical Straightener - April 2007
100% Natural as of - Feb 2008
WOW EllePixie! That is loads of growth in 6 weeks!! Congrats! I have not length checked my hair in a while, maybe i'll do that this weekend!
Originally Posted by chenaj
Thanks, Chenaj! I think Izzy (my fro) is doing pretty good. Can't wait until the weather warms up, I have a feeling she is going to like summer!
BC'ed: 26 Dec 09
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I am into the challenge, but glad it's almost over. I have missed DCing twice a week at least once but generally the Sunday and Thursday night routine is good for my hair. I also apply moisture regularly when i style.
"We Live From the Head Down and Not the Feet Up" ~Donnie
WOW EllePixie! That is loads of growth in 6 weeks!! Congrats! I have not length checked my hair in a while, maybe i'll do that this weekend!
Originally Posted by chenaj
+1 I honestly didn't track my growth that much early on b/c I was so uncomfortable with my hair, but I doubt if it grew *that* much! You'll have hair down your back in no time!!
WOW EllePixie! That is loads of growth in 6 weeks!! Congrats! I have not length checked my hair in a while, maybe i'll do that this weekend!
Originally Posted by chenaj
+1 I honestly didn't track my growth that much early on b/c I was so uncomfortable with my hair, but I doubt if it grew *that* much! You'll have hair down your back in no time!!
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
Thanks, MUCC!

Also...I did a DC with AOHSR and some EVOO...I didn't really like it. I think the AO condishes are better as cowashes for me...Izzy just didn't seem moisturized.
BC'ed: 26 Dec 09
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Havent updated in a while. I have been dcing more often until my vacation last week when I managed to get 1 dc, and it was overnight. I am Back on my DCing today. I usually detangle with my fingers but I decided to try half my hair with my fingers and half with a faux denman brush. Already I see the denman is a good smoother. I dont know about the curl definer yet. My fingers definitely define my curls but dont detangle as good as denman, But they detangle good enough for me.
Fotki:http://public.fotki.com/shaqjak/ (Work in Progress)

Most Used Products: Trader Joes Nourish Spa Conditioner,
Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner,
EVCO,
EVOO,
Castor Oil,
Dr. Bronners Sweet Almond Castille Soap,
and Water.
WOW EllePixie! That is loads of growth in 6 weeks!! Congrats! I have not length checked my hair in a while, maybe i'll do that this weekend!
Originally Posted by chenaj
+1 I honestly didn't track my growth that much early on b/c I was so uncomfortable with my hair, but I doubt if it grew *that* much! You'll have hair down your back in no time!!
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
Thanks, MUCC!

Also...I did a DC with AOHSR and some EVOO...I didn't really like it. I think the AO condishes are better as cowashes for me...Izzy just didn't seem moisturized.
Originally Posted by ellepixie
Oh I hear you! I mean, it seems moisturizing enough but I can't even joke about using it alone, which makes it kind of costly. The other condish I was using was fine. It detangled really well. But I'd have to order that one online to get a good price and I really think i want something now that does more than just detangle. I really want something that will help with the knots. I'm itching to try the afro detangler once again!
For those in the deep conditioning challenge Im giving away a deep conditioning cap via my blog.


Actually I'm giving away two deep conditioning caps.

http://cerendipitystheone.blogspot.c...-giveaway.html
Hello Ladies,
I'm back. I fell off the wagon for a while, lost my motivation due to excessive shedding and what not - I did continue to DC, but that was it, no additional moisture or anything - have not even detangled or combed my hair for about a month!!

Anyway, I've got my groove back. I just bought a whole bunch of ingredients and I'm going to do some mixing and blending. I'm hoping to make something that can help a friend of mine with alopecia + do some general experimenting!

So, we have one week left of this challenge. What would be the best way to wrap it up? Should we post recipies, post end pics, give DC awards?? All suggestions welcome!!
hair type - definately 4a

wash - any baby shampoo

conditioning styler - homemade blend with shea, coconut, avocado mango, plam, castor, almond and essential oils

Hair pics http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ad.php?t=84285
I have enjoyed this challenge. I think we can give testimonials, pictures, to dc awards and whatever for the end. Sharing recipes is also not a bad idea.
"We Live From the Head Down and Not the Feet Up" ~Donnie
Wow, I can't believe its almost over! I def think we should post pics, as well as what we've learned that might be useful to others. My camera is working again so I will go back and edit my post to show my pics from before I started this challenge. The ones I posted were from right after it started.
Ladies!!!
The challenge is over! It was officially over on Monday, but i did not have a chance to post.

Thanks to all of you for participating and making this sooooooo much fun!

Let's end by posting the DT's that worked the best for you (please say why it did and how you did it) and some result pics!

I still have to post the challengers list, but i will get to it!
hair type - definately 4a

wash - any baby shampoo

conditioning styler - homemade blend with shea, coconut, avocado mango, plam, castor, almond and essential oils

Hair pics http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ad.php?t=84285
Wow, that was quick! I think I will try to keep up my DTs at least 1x to 2x a week. The 2x a week was a little hard, but my hair loved me for it. The best condish I tried was Say Yes to Cucumbers+ layered with a DT mix (a whole host of stuff), which I put in last weekend, but it left my hair amazingly soft! I also liked the TJ Nourish+EVOO, but I couldn't stand the smell! It made me want to gag with the heavy perfumes, lol! The great part about it was I think I got about a 1/2 inch in growth since my BC about 6 weeks ago! Yay! And that was even after cutting some more hair off after the BC (those darn resistant relaxed ends). So thanks for the motivation, chenaj!
Totally slacked the end of the last week due to vacay, but otherwise I think I did pretty good! My front bangs are now to the tip of my nose! I'm not even sure what they were to begin with, but I know it wasn't even to my eyebrows initially.
BC'ed: 26 Dec 09
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I ended this challenge by getting braids. I loved what the conditioning did for my hair, but what i realized was that I needed to put my hair away because that's really what will allow it to grow...so i did just that. I got tree braids, which allow my hair to be fully cornrowed back. I noticed so much that i love my coils! they are small tight littl coils that separate a bit on the top of my head and they are too cute, i can't wait for them to get longer!

I'll also admit, i was so over having short hair. It's just not me and i don't like the way i look with it. It's why i never had short hair with my perm...just wasn't me. So now...i am looking forward to the next time i see my hair which won't be until maybe the middle of June and i am going to get new braids even then...so i think the summer will be braided up!
"We Live From the Head Down and Not the Feet Up" ~Donnie
It did go fast!!! I think I need to charge my camera so I will back after I do that!
I DC every 2 weeks. I always use natural things to DC.
My hair loves palm oil and brown sugar.
For the brown sugar, all I did was add a bit of oil and water to it then mix it up into a paste.
For the palm oil, I just used it straight on my hair.

*Oh! I used them on 2 different days!

My hair likes mayonnaise whipped with and egg, shea butter and some other things I can't remember too (I've used too many things to remember on my hair lol)


I'm DCing on Friday. I'm using a mixture of shea butter, palm oil, basil oil, rosemary oil and honey (everything whipped together...so...like it's whipped shea butter with all those in it. I think my hair just might like it, but who can tell? well...but my hair.
By the way, I'm going to use rice water on my hair before I DC (I did it 2 weeks ago and it was quite good).
Things I use: Olive Oil, Canola oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel, shea butter, mayonnaise, eggs, milk, bananas

Everything I use is 100% natural. I make most of them myself because then I'm sure what's in it and I'm sure nothing's added, it's pure, it's natural.

Things I avoid: Mineral oil (codename: Baby oil), heat (I'm a total, no hair driers, no straighteners, no curling irons, no flat irons, no hot combs...nada), sodium chloride

Growing plan: At least 6 inches longer in a year.
I've mentioned on here that I DC every 2 weeks (because my hair's usually in braids (sometimes, just my hair and other times with extensions) and I take them out every 2 weeks. Anyways, last week, I DCed with braids in. Unfortunately, when I rinsed out my hair, what has always happened when water touches my braids happened....the braids came out, loosened, were no more...(you get what I'm trying to say). I have twists in now. I'm taking them out on Wednesday and DCing overnight.
It was a tiny bit annoying that the braids came out, but it was most definitely not shocking and I still intended on taking out the braids, but just not then.
I love my hair, even though it pushes off ponytail holders, hides whatever goes on it, loosens once water gets on it, gets HUGE and frizzy when it's humid...but I still love my hair (even though people think it's a wig lol).

*I have noticed that my hair is healthier now. Thanks to better care and DCing.
Things I use: Olive Oil, Canola oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel, shea butter, mayonnaise, eggs, milk, bananas

Everything I use is 100% natural. I make most of them myself because then I'm sure what's in it and I'm sure nothing's added, it's pure, it's natural.

Things I avoid: Mineral oil (codename: Baby oil), heat (I'm a total, no hair driers, no straighteners, no curling irons, no flat irons, no hot combs...nada), sodium chloride

Growing plan: At least 6 inches longer in a year.

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