2014 One Inch Per Month Challenge

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No other problems. I will go out this week and purchase shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner. Oh what else do I need to post to enter the challenge?
Originally Posted by Imjsme
Hi Imjsme, I was on and saw your post so here it is, and it's also on the first page of the thread:
Everybody who joins the challenge should state the following: (just answer as many as you can )

Curl type:
Strand thickness:
Porosity:
Current length (including a photo if possible):
The length I aim for:
The challenge rules that I commit to: (plz pick from the blue list above)

Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention. For example:
Protective styling: braiding, bunning, etc
No poo/low poo/co-washing
Regular scalp massage (what with?)
Vitamins and supplements (plz specify)
Other techniques (plz specify)

Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized. For example:
DC (what with? How often?)
PT (what with? How often?)
Leave in product
LOC method?
Others (plz specify)
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
Why not go all out shea moisture?

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Originally Posted by bringingcurliesback?
You people keep mentioning Shea Moisture...Must. Resist. Will. Not. Become. Product junkie
Curl type: 3b/4A
Strand thickness: idk
Porosity: Low
Current length (including a photo if possible): 11 1/2 inches
The length I aim for: 18 inches
The challenge rules that I commit (1-5)

Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention. For example:
Protective styling: braiding, twist out
Poo once a week
Regular scalp massage (No)
Vitamins and supplements (Nutri-ox)
Other techniques (plz specify)

Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized. For example:
DC (shea moisture deep treatment masque once a week)
PT (what with? How often?)
Leave in product shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie
LOC method? None
Others (plz specify)
funny, I just looked in the mirror today and decided I wanted to grow it again so this came at the right time.


I will commit to the following rules:
1. Healthy diet lots of water (also has great benefit for my nails!)
2. less heat styling - I may have to diffuse in these cold winter months in PA
3. color only to cover the grays- may go back to henna for this.
4. No trimming (besides the bangs, if I cant figure out how to live with my big forehead and hair to the side)
5. No fine-toothed combs or brushes
6. No manipulation

Sub challenges I'm taking:

1 Silk pillowcase
2 Finger detangling (Already do that most of the times)
6 Castor oil scalp stimulation -never tried this- must look up how to do this or anyone tell me?

My hair & growth:

1. Curl type: 3a-
2. Strand thickness: medium
3. Porosity: Mostly medium,
4. Density: medium
5. Elasticity: medium
6. Current length: bottom of my ear
7. The length I aim for: chin length



Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized.
DC (shea moisture deep treatment masque once a week)
PT (GVP)
Leave in product shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie
- Low-poo and co-washing- Edens co-clean
- Daily scalp massage
- Multi vitamins & minerals (many different kinds), and protein.

sorry about the picture-- was putting up Christmas decorations all day - no makeup or nothing!!
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CG since the book came out!!

Products
-Shampoo: - Edens co-wash
Conditioner: Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks curl renew, CJ Argan oil, Mop Top daily conditioner
Leave-in's: above
DT: GVC
Curl Cream: SMS
Stylers: Curly Kinks Coil Jam, Mop Top

Last edited by hockeyrules; 12-07-2013 at 03:17 PM.
I'd like to join.
Hair type: 3c spirally/coily .
Hair type: Fine strands.
As for my other properties I don't know them. I haven't really tried to figure them out.
Little to no heat styling maybe once every three to six months.
DC twice a month. (Alternating between the two)
PT twice a month.
I usually Wash n Go
But i will try low manipulation, and styling only once a week. (Since I can Pineapple now)
Moisturizing ends every other day.
Applying castor oil 3 times a week.
Not sleeping with my hair out and loose without anything on it. (Like i usually do)
Bunning on weekends.
I also plan on repurchasing hairfinity for the whole year of 2014 instead of two months.
Increasing water intake.
Current Length Pictures
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Last edited by Always@night; 12-06-2013 at 05:36 PM.
@Imjsme You just have to answer the questions that she had asked everyone to answer etc. and you shall be good to go

@lori.mattox yes it is very possible to have the cg effect rub off on you even without that sulfate shampoo. However, I do not think the occasional sulfate rinse is necessarily bad. I know many that use it to clarify and one of those lovely ladies is sixelamy. Since you accidently discovered cg maybe you should stick with it if its giving you such stellar results.
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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
@asagi pjism is a terrible thing... DO NOT give in. Ideally I feel that it began as a search for the best products but honestly I have no excuses of being a pj at the moment. I honestly an shamefully saying that I allow it and fully aware of my madness.

Its a terrible disease and your wallet will not thank you. However, my hair has always done well when I switch up products so I have a lot of stuff that you could say I now "rotate". I have some curl junkie shizz coming in the mail and I will shamelessly admit that I have a shelf of products in my room lol and that I open up my little drawer and stare at it with a microfiber towel thinking about what to whip up for this "wash sesh".

However, stuff also lasts me awhile since I'm a dirty hippie who only washes like once a week now since its freezing. My hair is also shorter now stuff lasts AGES.

What's your routine like right now?
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
@lori.mattox yes it is very possible to have the cg effect rub off on you even without that sulfate shampoo. However, I do not think the occasional sulfate rinse is necessarily bad. I know many that use it to clarify and one of those lovely ladies is sixelamy. Since you accidently discovered cg maybe you should stick with it if its giving you such stellar results.
Originally Posted by bringingcurliesback?
That is exactly what I plan on doing! I also want to purchase the book as soon as I'm able to, so I can have that reference handy. I am super excited that at least right now, I will have so little to do in my hair routine.

I didn't mean to make a sulfate rinse seem bad- I had seen that info from sixelamy also. I had also seen info about doing a last sulfate shampoo before starting,so I really wasn't sure since I don't have the book.

Funny enough, I also just mentioned somewhere else about polyquat buildup as a possible reason for someone's problem b/c of info I'd seen from sixelamy (and in my never ending curiosity, also checked to see if I had polyquat products for reference, lols). I'm thoroughly enjoying this learning experience, even in it's most frustrating moments and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's journey's this next year. =)
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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
@lori.mattox My book is on the way as well. I wish I could fast forward my hair down to my waist again right now just to see lol.
I'm looking forward your journey more than anything. It warms my heart when things work well for people. It makes me quite tingly and I love knowing I've helped along the way so do keep the questions coming if there are any.

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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
@lori.mattox So last night was one of those nights when I don't use any stylers. I just used Conditioner as a leave in and sealed with an oil. Its soft and touchable but almost a little to soft. It also feels really light. There are some clear s shaped chunks but its mainly soft and fuzzy/flyaway like. Which I don't mind. My hair is fairly coarse so when I pray for fine hair I do my hair like this to get a taste of how soft some people's hair is naturally. I used all out shea moisture retention to get my hair like this: shampoo, masque, a pump of conditioner as leave in, and elixir to seal. (Just to make note; I'm thinking we should make hair "diary entries") Sort of like this for reference to how our hair turned out etc. This will be a convenient way to remember what exactly we used or did etc. And I love seeing what people do in terms of techniques and how their hair turns out. That way you can go back and recall this as your gets longer. Can you tell I'm excited about this idea?

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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
@lori.mattox So last night was one of those nights when I don't use any stylers. I just used Conditioner as a leave in and sealed with an oil. Its soft and touchable but almost a little to soft. It also feels really light. There are some clear s shaped chunks but its mainly soft and fuzzy/flyaway like. Which I don't mind. My hair is fairly coarse so when I pray for fine hair I do my hair like this to get a taste of how soft some people's hair is naturally. I used all out shea moisture retention to get my hair like this: shampoo, masque, a pump of conditioner as leave in, and elixir to seal. (Just to make note; I'm thinking we should make hair "diary entries") Sort of like this for reference to how our hair turned out etc. This will be a convenient way to remember what exactly we used or did etc. And I love seeing what people do in terms of techniques and how their hair turns out. That way you can go back and recall this as your gets longer. Can you tell I'm excited about this idea?

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Originally Posted by bringingcurliesback?
I definitely don't see the fuzzy flyaways that you see. Your curls just look gorgeous to me, however I realize I do the same thing. I wore my picked out hair the first time in October- I had been fully natural for 10 months shamefully. I was self-conscious of big hair.
I can tell you are excited. I am too.
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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
@lori.mattox I wish I could froify my hair lol! I may make a blog one day... I kbow its random but I just deleted all my social media but Facebook. I feel quite free... I'm reevaluating a lot of things. I want to redo my entire room after finals are out of the way and just be FREEEE. I think the state of hair reflects it too lol. I can't wait for it to get long and beasty!! But short and beasty is fun too. This is gonna be great. And curl junkie is coming tomorrow!!!! My curl mart hasn't arrived with the book yet though...

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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
HI everyone!! I'm definitely in! I'm so excited to see how far we'll get and the lengths we will reach.

Curl type: I'd say 3C, very frizzy, mainly corkscrew curls of various sizes. There are random boticelli curls located mainly in the canopy of my hair.

Strand thickness: fine.

Porosity: I would say my edges and the very front section are high porosity and always look so dry and crispy.The rest of my curls are soft to the touch and take forever to dry.
Current length (including a photo if possible): Shoulder-length when dry, and bra-strap length when wet.

The length I aim for: bra-strap length when dry!
The challenge rules that I commit to: drink lots of water, no heat styling (haven't straightened my hair in over 2 years. I'm not planning to break that rule!), no harsh chemicals, no excessive trimmings, no fine-tooth combs or brushes (I usually finger-detangle, but sometimes it is really necessary to use a comb)

subchallenges: satin pillow case and a scarf because my hair is super frizzy

Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention. For example:
Protective styling: I bun everyday and pineapple when I get home. I need to bun to keep my hair out of my face at work, but I want to try other protective styles, such as twist-outs and braids.

I will be low pooing with Kinky Kurly Come Clean


Other techniques (plz specify)
Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized. For example:
DC (what with? How often?): Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Mask +Coconut Oil + Olive Oil biweekly. I'll try to do it weekly, but I'll say biweekly for now.
PT (what with? How often?): My hair is not a big fan of protein, but I'm trying to work on a new protein treatment that I will apply at most once a month
Leave in product: Tressemme Naturals Moisture one
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Just saw this thread….I'm so in…excited much…


1. Curl type: 4A/4B.
2. Strand thickness:
Medium
3. Porosity:
low porosity
4. Current length (including a photo if possible):
TWA
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5. The length I aim for:
Shoulder length and more if possible…(Fingers crossed)
6. The challenge rules that I commit to:

A healthy diet with lots of water
No or minimal heat styling (at most once a month)
I intend to omit heat altogether
No harsh chemical treatments (relaxer overlap, overlapping color treatments or color with perm, etc)

No excessive hair trimming (at most 3 times per year)

No fine-toothed combs or brushes
Low manipulation as much as possible

7. Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention:
Protective styling: This is almost one month after my BC and I intend to introduce braids midway when I want to take a break from styling my hair; would wear the braids for a period of 2-3weeks only.
Co-washing once every week
Regular scalp massage using a mixture of rosemary oil, castor oil, and olive oil; about 2 times/week.
Vitamins and Supplements: biotin and Alive multivitamin; would however observe the results I get from this and decide whether to discontinue or not.
8. Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized.

DC: with coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, all mixed with honey and ORS hair mayonnaise, twice a month.
PT: none for now: still experimenting.
Leave in product: herbal essences hello hydration with coconut extract or the boots coconut and almond conditioner
LOC method with coconut oil, olive oil and raw shea butter and African pride shea butter miracle buttery crème.
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I know there are a lot of Shea Moisture fans here so heads up: on my instagram ashkinscurls posted a screenshot from Walgreens with $4.99 products. [Quote]asagi[quote] it may be a perfect time to try the line. I wish I wasn't so broke right now, lols. However it keeps me from being a PJ more often than not. . .

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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 pjism is a terrible thing... DO NOT give in. Ideally I feel that it began as a search for the best products but honestly I have no excuses of being a pj at the moment. I honestly an shamefully saying that I allow it and fully aware of my madness.

Its a terrible disease and your wallet will not thank you. However, my hair has always done well when I switch up products so I have a lot of stuff that you could say I now "rotate". I have some curl junkie shizz coming in the mail and I will shamelessly admit that I have a shelf of products in my room lol and that I open up my little drawer and stare at it with a microfiber towel thinking about what to whip up for this "wash sesh".

However, stuff also lasts me awhile since I'm a dirty hippie who only washes like once a week now since its freezing. My hair is also shorter now stuff lasts AGES.

What's your routine like right now?
Originally Posted by bringingcurliesback?
Hmmm well I live in the Caribbean so moi routine isn't based on cold weather though with all the heat mixed with wind and rain and ultra high a/c offices I have to apply maximum moisture and sealing is a must.Otherwise my hair will frizz to high heavens. I'm actually still using my former routine back from my processed hair days with a few additions:

Sunday: wash day (moved from Saturday). Shampoo/Cowash (lol didn't know what I was doing had a name just didn't like how my hair felt after shampooing. Knew nothing about sulfrate-free shampoos then).

Thursday night: apply deep condition to dry hair for over night. Detangle. (Detangling part added. Thought to just give this it's own day even though I don't have much hair right now I wanted to make a schedule that I could continue into longer hair with.).

Friday morning (added): rinse out and add leave-in conditioner (Yes I use to just leave the deep conditioner in my hair before. I'd just brush it in or smooth it in a little by wetting my hands. I'd then rinse it out Saturday morning).

Sunday: repeat routine

Don't know if my routine will change later on. Any suggestions on things you think I should add or change? By the way I'm loving the CG method though 2 of my products have water soluble cones in them. Did check my conditioners to make sure it had the ingredients to remove them but still washing with shampoo once a month in case.
Good evening beauties!

I'm very glad to welcome our new challengers:

Curly Sara
Imjsme
hockeyrules
Always@night
jenjenny
&
giffyz

Here are a few comments that popped into my mind while reading your entries...


I am in! I have waist lengt curly hair. My goal is hip-lenght
Originally Posted by Curly Sara
Welcome Curly Sara! Could you plz tell us a little bit about your hair and how you plan to go through the challenge? Maybe with the help of the list of questions in the first post of the thread


Current length (including a photo if possible): 11 1/2 inches
The length I aim for: 18 inches
Originally Posted by Imjsme
I'm wondering how do these lengths translate into the usual terms we use such as shoulder length, BSL, WL, etc


4. No trimming (besides the bangs, if I cant figure out how to live with my big forehead and hair to the side)
Sub challenges I'm taking:
6 Castor oil scalp stimulation -never tried this- must look up how to do this or anyone tell me?

sorry about the picture-- was putting up Christmas decorations all day - no makeup or nothing!!
Originally Posted by hockeyrules
Hi Hockeyrules!

I'm sure that if you would like to keep the bangs and not grow them out then you are allowed to trim them as much as you want

About the sub-challenges, the original idea was that we should choose one of them for all of us to try and stick with for the duration of two or three months and see what effects it may have on our growth and retention
But it seems that many people are already doing them anyway. So I don't know...

Castor oil is claimed to encourage hair growth. It's popular, specially that brand called the jamaical black castor oil. People massage their scalp with it regularly to make hair grow faster. Also some with thinning hair use it to fill in their edges. And some even use it to increase the length of their eyelashes Massaging the scalp in itself increases blood flow to the scalp and is thus expected to enhance hair growth. So some people wash the oil out after the massage. Others just leave it to be.

Nice picture btw! I like your hair a lot

As for my other properties I don't know them. I haven't really tried to figure them out.

I also plan on repurchasing hairfinity for the whole year of 2014 instead of two months.
Originally Posted by Always@night
I found that porosity is among the properties that may play a big role in our hairs liking and disliking of products and the way it responds to them. So those who haven't yet completed their hair care regimens might benefit a lot from learning about their porosity level. But those who have already figured out what makes their hair look fabulous may not need to learn about all these numerous and sometimes confusing properties.

How did your hair respond to hairfinity previously? Is it a product that you would recommend?

My hair is not a big fan of protein, but I'm trying to work on a new protein treatment that I will apply at most once a month
Originally Posted by jenjenny
I'm curious about the PT you are preparing now. Is it something homemade?


DC: with coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, all mixed with honey and ORS hair mayonnaise, twice a month.
PT: none for now: still experimenting.

LOC method with coconut oil, olive oil and raw shea butter and African pride shea butter miracle buttery crème.
Originally Posted by giffyz
The hair mayonnaise I believe is considered to be a form of protein treatment. Many people swear by it.
And I realized that you use 4 layers to LOC. How do you keep that from making your hair feel oily to the touch? My hair gets oily when I apply enough product to trap the water in. And when I apply a small amount of product, my hair becomes dry almost instantaneously
A more flexible goal of 1/4 to 1 inch will result in a lot less (predictable) disappointment. Better yet, why shouldn't it just be left up to each individual to measure her personal growth each month and report back here w/that number? Otherwise, you may find lots of people drop out of this challenge early because they're falling far short of that unrealistic 1 inch per month goal.
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
Thank you Korkscrew for bringing this point up! Since this is the second time someone has pointed this out, I'm starting to think about it even more seriously.

I wasn't really disappointed when I discovered that the front of my head isn't going to grow one whole inch this month. Indeed what gives me satisfaction is knowing that I've done my best so far, and what keeps me excited is the knowledge that I might someday find new ways to encourage this part of hair to grow as quickly as the rest of it.

But I don't know about the rest of the challengers. Is everybody already aware that this challenge is about doing the best we can for our hair rather than being a strict and harsh requirement for growing one inch every month? Or do we need to go back and edit the first post to make it very clear that the inch per se isn't the utmost goal?

I actually chose an inch rather than such figures as 1/4th of an inch so as to make it feel like a REAL challenge. I mean most of the people get 1/4th of an inch so I didn't expect them to be excited by a 0.25"/month challenge. But maybe what the girls have said is true.

What do the rest of the challengers think about this?
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I'm fine leaving it as it is - I think it's made clear one inch isn't 'the goal' per say and the goal is just trying to grow your hair as much as you can. We're all grow-ups, I doubt people are going to start getting depressed if their hair hasn't grown a whole inch lol
Allie

3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. High density. Low-medium thickness.


Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: Faith in Nature or
Shea Moisture Raw Restorative
D/C: Giovanni 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra Moist Deep Moisture Mask

Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity or
Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly

UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I agree, although I will say I don't measure my hair with an actual tape measure just because I don't want to be inch obsessed lol. I use my body. My goal for 2014 is from SL to BSL/ MBL from which is about the same thing on my 4'11 height and short torso.
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