2014 One Inch Per Month Challenge

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Ultimately I want to go for hip-length when curly (though that won't be achieved just in this year lol).

PT (what with? How often?): Going to try the gelatin treatment and see how my hair responds.
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
Botticelli, we have the same goal. Me too I doubt if it's possible in just one year specially that we aim for it curly. We will see what happens

Please let me know the results of your gelatin treatments because I'm interested in trying them me too.



6. Current lenth: 40 inches (tailbone length when straight) (measured from hair line at forehead!)
7. The length I aim for: 50 (mid-thigh length when straight)
Originally Posted by Aqua_Lily
OMG that length is just AMAZING



Fun!! Quick question... Does diffusing count?
Originally Posted by kaykre
Hehehe, I guess it does dear. I have heard people say it's much healthier than the regular blowdryer, and yet other people said it caused them some heat damage. I haven't used it before. But maybe if anybody in this challenge has used it before they can tell us what results they got.



2. Not using heat at all. (why start now, don't you dare use the diffuser)
Originally Posted by bringingcurliesback?
Girl, I LOOVE the way you talk to yourself in the replies hehehe
So you do find that the diffuser is able to cause heat damage?



PT: Don't have one yet. Any suggestions?
Originally Posted by asagi
I'm not decided me neither but I hear people say a lot of positive things about ORS hair mayonnaise and their Olive Oil Replenishing Pak

Botticelli, we have the same goal. Me too I doubt if it's possible in just one year specially that we aim for it curly. We will see what happens

Please let me know the results of your gelatin treatments because I'm interested in trying them me too.
Originally Posted by MaraHanna
Oooh cool! We can inspire each other then It's taken me two years (not really caring for my hair at all) to get it this length, so hopefully it'll grow quicker now I'm taking care of it. I think to get it to hip-length when curly will probably take about four years though lol.

I'm going to do a gelatine treatment next weekend. I'll keep you posted!
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner:
ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner
D/C: Giovanni 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra Moist Deep Moisture Mask

Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I used to get my hair trimmed once every 4-6 weeks, I always seemed to have split ends too. Luckily my hair has always grown fast - maybe this is why. I don't have any anymore since I quit straightening. Got a Deva cut and they scheduled me three months out, cuz I'm still trying to grow out my butchered hair cut from 2 months ago. It's all I can do to not call her up and get an emergency trim. My hair gets so thick and loses shape. Right now my hair is longer and thicker on the side that was butchered the most and lays weird, so I can't wait to get this fixed!!! My first cut may change my initial length, if it does I'll update my pic. Luckily its Jan 4 so at the beginning of this.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Conditioner/ YTCucs
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
@MaraHanna Thank you haha! And bless my heart I ordered a whole stash of curl junkie yesterday. I mean A LOT. I put the products in my siggy but haven't gotten them yet lol.

Yeah I believe the diffuser can become a cruch. It happened to me before. But like you had mentioned no more than once a month. However, as I spoke to myself its like a smoker saying one cigarette is okay lol. NO NO NO!!! I do cheat in the sense that when I apply products for example a butter and I go to school. I turn on the heater in my car because I'm cold but it kind of helps the butter penetrate too. So I don't know if you would count taking advantage of your car as using heat lol. Its pretty far away and not directly on the hair and my hair does feel warm but that's about it. I probably sound like a hypocrite hehe. But I thought I'd share.
I'm loving the cornrows. My hair is at a dangerous length... Its just grazing my shoulders so it is hard to protect. Sometimes I just want it up and away and I have simply been using regular clips to clip the top section and then the second section up. But I do try to suck it up and just let it be. My last hair cut was when I chopped my waist length to about a Bob about two months ago. Even the stylist kept asking if I was sure. Here I am now two months later and I am loving this. The journey back to waist will be so much fun. When I got my hair to waist it had always been longish around boob length for the years I used to heat because I can also agree that heat won't let your hair grow. It was a cycle. Every time I would get split ends I would go for a trim and what grew got trimmed off.

Anyways yes at the moment I'm eager for curl junkie to come in as everything I ordered was glycerin free! I love mybshea moisture as it is so natural and cost effective for when my hair was longer. However, now that my hair is shorter I thought I'd finally try curl junkie and see what the fuss was about. I will be sure to let anyone interested know. My gosh I am writing so much I should seriously make a hair channel on youtube lol. And a note to you ladies please promise me you won't let me hoard anymore curl junkie or any products that contain polyquats, sulfates, cones, glycerin (for now), and not so natural ingredients.

I have looked into the ingredients in the curl junkie products and I'm not a fan of the preservatives but thought it was still way better than what is in my other cheapie products. Shea moisture and kinky curly are still my faves. However if I hadn't ordered I would kill myself with what if thoughts about curl junkie.
Enough of the ranting what are your favorite products?

Oh and now I want corn rows. I've wanted to try them for awhile actually.

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Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
Beast's Favorite Things:
Shea Moisture
Kinky Curly
Curl Junkie
Natural Stuff
BC #2: 10/2/13
2c/3a/3b w/ loose botticellis, whirls and curls,
Coarse, High Porosity;CG since 2007
I washed my hair with shea moisture coconut and hibiscus cowash and followed with the smoothie and moisture mist. I know there's glycerin but its all I got right now.

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Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
Beast's Favorite Things:
Shea Moisture
Kinky Curly
Curl Junkie
Natural Stuff
BC #2: 10/2/13
2c/3a/3b w/ loose botticellis, whirls and curls,
Coarse, High Porosity;CG since 2007
3b, fine and medium thickness, low to medium porosity, and medium density. My roots grow 1/2 to an inch to depending what season.
When hair is stretched its mid back length, when not its a few inches shorter I guess BTL
The length I wanna achieve is waist length
I'm colored treated been almost 3 months since last color but I'm growing out my natural hair color. No more coloring.
I get a trim every 2 months since I still have breakage and split ends. Mandatory or I'll end up with inches of hair breaking(done this before without a trim in 6 months)
I diffuse every once in a while if I go out and about. At home I'll let it air dry.
I use satin pillow case
Finger detangle/seamless comb
Protective styling: braids, bunning and pineapple
low poo and co wash
ACV for dry scalp

DC: Either Suave naturals tropical coconut or everlasting sunshine conditioner as a base with avocado oil, almond oil, coconut milk, honey, jojoba oil, and once a week
PT: Nubian heritage growth and strength mask once every other week
LOC method

That's all I do.
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3B fine & medium, medium density,low/medium porosity, semi protein sensitive
NP: ACV
COWASH: Suave Naturals green apple and coconut
RO/LI: Tresseme Naturals, Oyin hair dew
PT/DT: Ion repair solutions, my own concoction
OIL: Coconut, grapeseed & jojoba
STYLER: LA Looks nutra curl & AVJ spritz


My disabilities don't change who I am.

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Just a few mugshots for reference.

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Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
Beast's Favorite Things:
Shea Moisture
Kinky Curly
Curl Junkie
Natural Stuff
BC #2: 10/2/13
2c/3a/3b w/ loose botticellis, whirls and curls,
Coarse, High Porosity;CG since 2007
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 26
I'm somewhat hesitant to join, but I think this will help me reach my hair length goals (and take better care of my hair) so I will!

Curl type: 4b. I think I have 3c on the top of my head, but the majority is 4b.

Strand thickness: Medium
Porosity: Medium
Current length: Bra-strap
The length I aim for: Short term: Mid-Back
Long Term: Waist Length


The challenge rules that I commit to:

No or minimal heat styling
No harsh chemical treatments
No excessive hair trimming
No fine-toothed combs or brushes


Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention:

Keeping the same hairstyle until I wash my hair again, or only changing my hairstyle at most once in-between washes

Sleeping with a satin scarf (I do that every night anyway :P)

Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized:

1. Shea-Moisture Hold n' Shine Moisture Mist
2. Doing a twist-out or braid-out after washing hair whenever possible in order to lock in curls

Quick question, is it fine if I don't post pics and instead just give details about the progress?
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Hair type: 4b with 3c on top
High density, medium porosity, thick with medium width strands, back grows faster than front

Length: APL | BSL | MBL | WL
@GotitorDont what kind of scarf do you use if you don't mind me asking? I want to get back into that again. My hair is in a satin bonnet/black satin cap thing at the moment. My hair is pineappled in the top half bit what didn't fit into the pineapple is tucked into my cap. This is the first night I got back into this since I cut my hair short. My hair does fine when I just leave the loose ends there and sleep on a satin pillow case. But I thought I'd go the extra mile. I just hate how it feels on my forehead sometimes and my hair gets flat too.

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Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
Beast's Favorite Things:
Shea Moisture
Kinky Curly
Curl Junkie
Natural Stuff
BC #2: 10/2/13
2c/3a/3b w/ loose botticellis, whirls and curls,
Coarse, High Porosity;CG since 2007
Botticellibrit- that is what frustrates me the most about my recent damage discovery. I use a lot of cg friendly products, but this hasn't been on purpose. I did find out that my favorite DC ORS replenishing pac had two surprises- it's not CG friendly, but probably has does so well for my hair in all stages (I used it when I had relaxed hair too) b/c it has protein. My leave-in is also not CG friendly, but has protein.

Then on the other side, I cut all my relaxed ends out December 24, 2012 and haven't been using a lot of heat. Diffused maybe 5 times this year so far, used the hair dryer for a couple of deep conditioning sessions for 10 mins. under a plastic bonnet, and hadn't straightened with heat at all until recently.

I have to admit that not cutting as often was because of my misconception that no heat + having natural hair meant my hair wouldn't need as many trims. I talked to many individuals who said that my former schedule would be overkill, and unfortunately started to doubt myself. I mean I really did think my stylist who talked me into trimming that tiny little bit off every 4-8 weeks was crazy at first until she explained the reason why she had to take so much off every time I went to see her and how little she would take off with more frequent appointments. I seem to always have to learn things the hard way though to really get it, lols. Now that I've done things the present way though, I can now see if I had been right all along and hopefully reap the benefits during this challenge. I did try a braid-out in anticipation of the challenge. Not the most impressive results, but I was able to keep it for almost 2 days before I worked out, sweated enough to destroy my style, and had to wash/restyle.
3C/4A Fine texture, low porosity, low/medium density? Trying CG since Dec. 2013
Shampoo: Curl's Creamy Curl Cleanser or clarifying shampoo when needed.
Co-wash: Curl's coconut curlada
Deep Condition: Experimenting in the kitchen
oil: flaxseed and coconut for treatments
Styler: Tresemme conditioner, alone or mixed together with aloe vera gel
Sealer: aloe vera juice
I'd like to join. My information is as follows:

1. Curl type: 3C
2. Strand thickness: Fine and very dense
3. Porosity: Medium
4. Current length (including a photo if possible): About 10", just shy of APL in the back
5. The length I aim for: WL
6. The challenge rules that I commit to:
No excessive hair trimming (at most 3 times per year)
No fine-toothed combs or brushes
Low manipulation as much as possible
Minimal heat styling
No harsh chemical treatments

7. Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention. For example:
Low manipulation - mostly twists and braids
Nature's Bounty - Hair, Skin, & Nails vitamins
Healthy diet, regular exercise, and drinking more water

8. Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized. For example:
Rosemary water spritz mornings and evenings
Satin/Silk bonnet
DC whenever braids/twists are removed
Oil prepoo
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Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 9
Curl type: 3b/3c/4a
Strand Thickness: Fine
Porosity: High / Medium Mixture
Current length: 15-16 in. Longest / 12 in. Shortest Armpit Length
Length Goal: Bra Strap Length or Mid-Back Length

The challenge rules that I commit to:

To Drink Lots of Water
Minimal Heat Styling Limit: Once a Month
No Chemical Treatments Relaxer, Coloring Treatments
No Excessive Hair Trimming Limit: 3 Trims of 1 in+ a Year
No Fine-toothed Combs or Brushes
Low Manipulation Hands Out of Hair

Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention:

Protective Styling: Braids & Buns
Co-washing: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
Regular scalp massage: Coconut Oil & Olive Oil

Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized. For example:

Deep Conditioner: DIY Conditioner Every Week
Protein Treatment: ORS Hair Mayonnaise Once a Month
Hot Oil Treatment: DIY Oil Treatment
Leave In: AG Fast Food Leave-In
LOC Method: Still works
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Last edited by CurlTalk; 12-01-2013 at 12:58 PM.
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 26
@bringingcurliesback? I just wear a regular satin cap from Walmart or a local beauty supply. I've only replaced it once since being natural, you can wash it whenever it gets dirty. I also wear a hair wrap (the kind that just goes around your hairline, doesn't cover the whole head) underneath the satin cap to keep my hairline neat (or at least, neater than what it would be without a wrap on it :P)

However, my mother, depending on the hairstyle, will usually just wear a hair wrap (the kind that just goes around your hairline, not covers your whole head).

The main reason why I wear a full satin cap is because my hair gets messed up very easily when I'm lying down or sleeping. Without one, my curls would be frizz and my hair would be a mess! My mother, on the other hand, doesn't need to do that. She just wakes up with generally neat hair and will simply fluff it back out or moisturize it in in the morning.

And pineappling doesn't work for everyone. It doesn't work for my mother, either. Flattens her hair and stretches it out too much. My hair tends to have too much volume though and shrinks up a lot so that's why pineappling works for me.
Hair type: 4b with 3c on top
High density, medium porosity, thick with medium width strands, back grows faster than front

Length: APL | BSL | MBL | WL
Ok I figure its never too early to update. After getting over my original frustration/devastation with my damage discovery, I said bye bye bye to those bad ends with my moms help. I heat straightened to do this (1st time in 11 months!!!) and saw how much shape loss my curls hid. Now I have a bob and I hope its as cute curly as it is straight. Apologies for hair messiness I had just gotten in from helping my dad split firewood.

I've also decided that when I finally start back to working in January to see a stylist to make sure I'm starting the challenge on the best (belated) foot possible, and possibly continue seeing a stylist until my hair is long enough to see all of my ends.


Ok, more from my whirling twirling brain: I was thinking of my post about my original frustration and realized that I had also been spending a lot of time this fall attempting (and re-attempting) so many different protective styles that had to be re-done in some way more often than I re-do my wash and go's. Now that my hair is shorter, I'm going to go back to wash and go's; reassess as the challenge proceeds, and change only if needed.
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3C/4A Fine texture, low porosity, low/medium density? Trying CG since Dec. 2013
Shampoo: Curl's Creamy Curl Cleanser or clarifying shampoo when needed.
Co-wash: Curl's coconut curlada
Deep Condition: Experimenting in the kitchen
oil: flaxseed and coconut for treatments
Styler: Tresemme conditioner, alone or mixed together with aloe vera gel
Sealer: aloe vera juice

Last edited by lori.mattox; 12-04-2013 at 09:30 AM. Reason: new thoughts
PT: Don't have one yet. Any suggestions?
Originally Posted by asagi
I'm not decided me neither but I hear people say a lot of positive things about ORS hair mayonnaise and their Olive Oil Replenishing Pak
Originally Posted by MaraHanna
Hi Ladies!!! I've used for years, currently use, and love the replenishing pac. It's not too expensive but not cg friendly if you are a cg curly girl. I love that it includes heat and no heat directions for use while doubling as a deep conditioner. It leaves my hair super soft and moisturized.
The last time I tried the hair mayo I was not a fan at all; however it was when I was in high school so 10+ years ago.

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3C/4A Fine texture, low porosity, low/medium density? Trying CG since Dec. 2013
Shampoo: Curl's Creamy Curl Cleanser or clarifying shampoo when needed.
Co-wash: Curl's coconut curlada
Deep Condition: Experimenting in the kitchen
oil: flaxseed and coconut for treatments
Styler: Tresemme conditioner, alone or mixed together with aloe vera gel
Sealer: aloe vera juice
Curl type:3b
Strand thickness:Thin
Porosity:
Current length (including a photo if possible):SL when curly
The length I aim for:WL (hopefully)
The challenge rules that I commit to: ALL OF THEM - I NEED to cut down on ironing my hair every week.

Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention. For example:
Protective styling: braiding, bunning, etc Cholesterol hair treatment atleast once a week
No poo/low poo/co-washing
Regular scalp massage (what with?)
Vitamins and supplements (plz specify) Biotin,Collagen
Other techniques (plz specify)
Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized. For example:
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Im definitely in! Growing my hair out is gona be on of my 2014 resolutions

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@MaraHanna:

ok so I tried the Olive Oil Replenishing Pak last weekend to see how it works with my hair. When I first used it my hair was just fine. I followed up with Sauve Natural Conditioner which I use as a leave-in sometimes. As my hair started to dry though it felt rough and looked dry and dull. I'm not sure what to do. Yesterday I put in Paul Mitchel The Conditioner, castor oil and jojoba oil and shea butter. It feels and looks fine for a little while but after it goes back to looking and feeling the same way. Today's Monday and I'm lost at what to do. I used more leave-in, olive oil and the Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Jelly today. It looks better but it still feels rough. Any idea why my hair is reacting like this? And how can I get it back to itself?

Last edited by asagi; 12-02-2013 at 01:33 PM.
@Asagi- I'd check all my products for proteins since the replenishing pac already has it to make sure protein overload isn't the problem. In that case I'd think another deep condition session is necessary.
I also saw on another site when I googled for it's ingedients that it has an ingredient or two that can be very drying, along with polyquats. I've been learning that there are sone people who experience build-up with polyquats which could also explain your hair situation. If polyquats are to explain you may need a clarifying shampoo.
Good luck and hth

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3C/4A Fine texture, low porosity, low/medium density? Trying CG since Dec. 2013
Shampoo: Curl's Creamy Curl Cleanser or clarifying shampoo when needed.
Co-wash: Curl's coconut curlada
Deep Condition: Experimenting in the kitchen
oil: flaxseed and coconut for treatments
Styler: Tresemme conditioner, alone or mixed together with aloe vera gel
Sealer: aloe vera juice
@Asagi- I'd check all my products for proteins since the replenishing pac already has it to make sure protein overload isn't the problem. In that case I'd think another deep condition session is necessary.
I also saw on another site when I googled for it's ingedients that it has an ingredient or two that can be very drying, along with polyquats. I've been learning that there are sone people who experience build-up with polyquats which could also explain your hair situation. If polyquats are to explain you may need a clarifying shampoo.
Good luck and hth

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Originally Posted by lori.mattox
Hey thanks for answering! So I did a deep condition last night with Creme of Nature Jojoba & Olive Oil Moisture-Active Deep Conditioning Treatment and left it on overnight. My hair feels much much MUCH better this morning I'll check my other products for protein though I could have sworn they didn't have any. Are there other names for protein that might appear in an ingredients list?

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