2014 One Inch Per Month Challenge

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Hello curlies!

We've come up with a new challenge for those interested in growing their hair out in 2014

The goal is simple: to grow and retain one inch of healthy hair every month through TLC and various growth-enhancing techniques, and with the encouragement and support of each other.

You are all welcome to join ladies. Just hit "reply" and tell us about your commitment to the challenge with the help of the included list below.

Let's first start by the RULES of the challenge:

  1. Make sure you take a healthy diet with lots of water
  2. No or minimal heat styling (at most once a month)
  3. No harsh chemical treatments (relaxer overlap, overlapping color treatments or color with perm, etc)
  4. No excessive hair trimming (at most 3 times per year)
  5. No fine-toothed combs or brushes
  6. Low manipulation as much as possible
Those who join the challenge can choose to commit to some or to ALL of the rules as suits them best.


And here are some suggested sub-challenges that we can choose from every 2 months:

  1. Satin or silk scarf or pillowcase for night time
  2. Finger detangling. No popping/tearing hair with combs and brushes
  3. Baggying
  4. Greenhouse effect
  5. Inversion
  6. Castor oil scalp stimulation
  7. Henna
  8. Got anything else in mind?


Everybody who joins the challenge should state the following: (just answer as many as you can )

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

  7. 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)
  8. 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)


We officially start by the first of January. But those who would like to cheat can start right away and enjoy the benefit of being one month/one inch ahead of themselves and their goals

We should report our progress at least once every 2 months (a photo of the achieved progress, the growth rate, the retained length in inches, compliance with all our commitments, any problems, setbacks, success stories, etc)

There is no need to straighten for measurements, you can measure the hair curly or just manually stretch it to make a measurement.

Last edited by MaraHanna; 11-25-2013 at 12:22 PM.
I will go first

Hello, my name is Mara

  1. Curl type:
    I should think 3b-3c. I've always stretched my hair, all my life. Always brushed the curls out after shampooing and then stretched them out by using bantu-knots and bunning.
    Recently I've been relaxing my hair. And even though I am not sure if this is it's exact true nature or if the curls have been loosened, but it still curls when I soak it in water. Anyway the last relaxer application has caused me a lot of damage. So I'm hoping to transition back to natural while I grow my hair out.
  2. Strand thickness:
    Fine.
  3. Porosity:
    Highly porous. Even more so now, after my relaxer damage. Can't keep moisture into my hair even after re-sealing twice with the LOC method. But I'm experimenting to find ways to keep my hair moisturized for longer periods of time
  4. Current length (including a photo if possible):
    Bra strap length when straightened with a relaxer. Here is my starting photo. As you can see, the ends are damaged. But I'm not giving up on them yet.




  5. The length I aim for:
    Hip length, while curly I wonder if my genes will allow it
  6. The challenge rules that I commit to.
    Basically all of them:
    1. A healthy diet with lots of water
    2. No or minimal heat styling (at most once a month)
      I will omit heat altogether except for using a final rinse with warm water (because it prevents my hair from becoming hard and crunchy when it air dries) and occasionally using a blow dryer when my hair is contained in a plastic bag and I am doing a deep treatment. So no direct blow drying and no flat ironing or curl ironing.
    3. No harsh chemical treatments (relaxer overlap, overlapping color treatments or color with perm, etc)
      I plan to transition to natural hair but I might opt to texlax my new growth if i fail to manage it. I hope that I won't be forced to do that so as to avoid re-damaging my new growth.
    4. No excessive hair trimming (at most 3 times per year)
      I am inclined to trim the final few inches of my hair before I start the challenge because they are badly damaged. But I will defer this until all the methods I intend to try to fix them have failed. But otherwise I will not trim my hair for no good/pressing reason.
    5. No fine-toothed combs or brushes
    6. Low manipulation as much as possible

  7. Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention:
    • Protective styling: I will flat-braid my hair and keep it in braids for at least 2 weeks. Then take it out for at most 3 days before I return to the braids.
    • Co-washing mainly, but I might need to clarify about once every 2 month or so, depending on the buildup I get.
    • Regular scalp massage with a mixture of rosemary oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil and castor oil. About 4 times/week.
    • Supplements: biotin. I have just started it 2 days ago. If it does not cause my face to break out, I will continue to use it and see what results I will get.
  8. Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized.
    I am still experimenting but here is what I do currently:
    • DC: with coconut oil mainly, mixed with any moisturizing treatment, once weekly
    • PT: I will try to pick up from: Organics hair mayonnaise, Vitale hair mayonnaise, and home-made gelatin treatments.
    • Leave in product: Oriflame nature secrets conditioner for dry and damaged Hair
    • LOC method with Dabur Vatika enriched coconut hair oil and raw shea butter
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Last edited by MaraHanna; 12-04-2013 at 02:22 PM.
Curl type: 3C/4A; Strand thickness: Fine; Porosity: Low to medium (I think)
Current length (including a photo if possible): layered- longest almost reach collarbone, shortest in front reach tip of nose
The length I aim for: long enough for a curly pony or MBL, whichever comes first
The challenge rules that I commit to:
Healthy diet with lots of water (already doing)
No or minimal heat styling (at most once a month)
Low manipulation as much as possible
No fine tooth combs/brushes

Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention.
Protective styling: will be experimenting with different styles and start stretching my normal wash and go’s past 3 days (accept bigger, less defined hair). Most likely protective styles: roller/perm rod sets, finger coils, braid outs (will see how today’s first attempt goes), mini twists, and bunning as hair gets longer.
No poo/low poo/co-washing
Wrap hair in a scarf or secure hair in some way at night instead of leaving it loose; already use a satin pillowcase
An opposite of one of the main rules: trimming (i.e.1/8-1/4’ off) my ends more often. My relaxed hair needed trims every 4-8 weeks for maximal growth/health; I’ve been on a schedule of 16 week intervals since last December. I noticed today that the 7 inches I had at the beginning of October was only 6.25 after not touching/redoing my hair as often in an attempt to retain length, and no trim due ‘til December. =(

Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized.
DC (what with? How often?) ORS replenishing pac/conditioner or possible homemades
Leave in product Cantu Shea Butter Leave in conditioning repair cream
LOC method? Leave-in, styler, oil (flaxseed unless I try something new that I like)
Others:continued use of aloe vera juice in regimen, and pre-poo’s with coconut oil and/or hot oils overnight at least 2 times a month.
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
So ready for this!!

Curl type: 3A, with a bit of 3B hanging around on there too

Strand thickness: Medium

Porosity:
Low porosity (will do the Goosefootprints test soon just to be sure of this!). Buut based on how my hair behaves I'm going with low for now.

Current length (including a photo if possible):
Shoulder-length when curly


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

The challenge rules that I commit to:
Healthy diet with lots of water - do this anyway).
No or minimal heat styling - don't use heat really. Except a diffuser once in a blue moon.
No harsh chemical treatments - don't use these any more anyway
No excessive hair trimming (at most 3 times per year) - this suits me fine.
No fine-toothed combs or brushes - only ever finger detangle anyway.
Low manipulation as much as possible - don't tend to manipulate my hair at all.

Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention:
DC (what with? How often?): Nothing But Intense Healing Mask, once per week.
PT (what with? How often?): Going to try the gelatin treatment and see how my hair responds.
Leave in product: Hairveda Red Tea Moisturiser / Darcy's Botanicals Daily Leave-In Conditioner.
LOC method?: Because of my low porosity this doesn't tend to work too well for me. May have to experiment a bit!
Others: Scalp massages! I low-poo as it is, but may give co-washing a go too at some point.
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Allie

Curly type: 3A Botticelli curls. Medium porosity / density.
Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: FiN Raspberry and Cranberry, or FiN Chocolate
D/C: For now it's Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative, mixed with honey & other goodies
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)
This thread is perfect for me!

I'm in!

I will commit to the following rules:
1. Healthy diet lots of water (also has great benefit for my nails!)
2. No heat styling (I never heat style)
3. No chemical treatment (never done before)
4. No trimming (I haven't been to stylist in more than a year... I sporadically cut my own hair with a trimming scissor, and then I only cut the split ends)
5. No fine-toothed combs or brushes (I occasionally use a brush, but will quit this)
6. No manipulation (I don't do that)

Sub challenges I'm taking:

1 Silk pillowcase (been using that for a while now!)
2 Finger detangling (Already do that most of the times)
6 Castor oil scalp stimulation (did that for a long while with Jamaican Black castor oil and really sped up my growth!!)


My hair & growth:

1. Curl type: 3a/2c/2b/3b (in order of prevalance)
2. Strand thickness: medium
3. Porosity: Mostly medium, also have some low and high porosity strands.
4. Density: Very high
5. Elasticity: High or medium
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)
8. Challenge rules I commit to: 1, 2, 6.

9. Other techniques:
- Protective styling (my hair is getting so long, it will be more convenient anyway).
- Low-poo and co-washing.
- Daily scalp massage (with Jamaican Black Castor oil)
- Multi vitamins & minerals (many different kinds), and protein.
- Wear elastics without metal part to avoid damage

10. How I keep my hair strong and moisturized:
- PT: EO Keratin conditioner (as it is, at least twice a month)
- DT: Mostly The Body Shop Rainforest moisture conditioner or other moisturizing conditioner (with some added penetrating oils, at least twice a month)
- Leave in: Mostly a light product.
- LOC: Leave in spray (see next), grapeseed oil, styling mousse (Jane Carter)
- Spray leave in (Desert Essence Red Raspberry conditioner made into spray conditioner)
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At hip length, going for mid-thigh!
3A/2C M iii med porosity, high elasticity

HGs:
Clarify: Nivea IR
Lo-poo: Nature's Gate CR
CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
RO: TBS Rainforest Moisture, etc

LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
Seal: Grapeseed oil
Gel: Studioline

PT: EO Keratin co
DT: RO+oils
Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO


www.iherb.com 5-10$ discount code:
VHT541 Many natural hair products!

Last edited by Aqua_Lily; 11-27-2013 at 10:41 AM.
Not joining in (my hair is the length I want it now, and I just trimmed aout 3 inches in October, cause it was TOO long), but a question:

I know hair growth rates vary, from person to person, health status, etc, but if the average human hair growth rate is 1/2 inch per month, how is 1 inch per month feasible? (Barring any sort of hormonal manipulation of prescription drugs?)
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3a3b dry, dyed --newly "banged"
Natural since 11/25/09 (Miami)

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~S&C; SMasters Method; Pixie-curling
Dumping clumps for VOLUME!
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Marchioness Mir, Magister of Moisturization & Mystic of the Lofty Crown in the Order of the Curly Crusaders
Curl type: 2c/3a (with 2b in places my hair is too short)
Strand thickness: medium
Porosity: low
Density: high
Current length:

The length I aim for: arm pit length

The challenge rules that I commit to:
I already do all of these, maybe except the lots of water part - which I know I need to work on.
1. Healthy diet with lots of water
2. No or minimal heat styling
3. No harsh chemical treatments
4. No excessive hair trimming
5. No fine-toothed combs or brushes
6. Low manipulation as much as possible

Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention:
1. Low poo w/ occasional co-wash
3. Regular scalp massage w/ low poo and/or conditioner, or maybe some oil on wash days
4. Multivitamin & calcium

Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized:
1. DC: don't need these very often. SS Caitlin's Conditioner
2. PT: gelatin w/ RO, honey & oils
3. Leave in: it varies - SM C&H products (milk, smoothie), TN, Komaza Aloe My Hair Leave In or Coconut Hair Milk
4. Henna
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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

Last edited by sixelamy; 11-26-2013 at 01:24 PM.
Not joining in (my hair is the length I want it now, and I just trimmed aout 3 inches in October, cause it was TOO long), but a question:

I know hair growth rates vary, from person to person, health status, etc, but if the average human hair growth rate is 1/2 inch per month, how is 1 inch per month feasible? (Barring any sort of hormonal manipulation of prescription drugs?)
Originally Posted by MirCurls
Mine grows at about an inch per month already. Honestly, IMO it's not about exactly one inch a month, it's about taking care of your hair properly and doing everything in your power not to damage it so we can grow it out. If we get to an inch in a month, great! If not, who cares. It's about the process, in my eyes.
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
Fun!! Quick question... Does diffusing count?


Curl type: 2a/b
Strand thickness: medium fine
Porosity: med to high... probably just medium since my last cut
Current length (including a photo if possible): just above shoulders (pic at the end)
The length I aim for: BSL... dunno if it's possible in a year
The challenge rules that I commit to:
1. Make sure you take a healthy diet with lots of water
2. No or minimal heat styling (at most once a month)
3. No harsh chemical treatments (relaxer overlap, overlapping color treatments or color with perm, etc)
4. No excessive hair trimming (at most 3 times per year)
5. No fine-toothed combs or brushes
6. Low manipulation as much as possible


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 (Jessicurl oil)
Vitamins and supplements (already take GNC Ultra Nourish Hair)
Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized. For example:
DC (CJ Rehab--as needed)
PT (CJ repair me-- at least weekly)
Leave in product


Current length:
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


Sorry the picture is so large.. IDK how to resize it.
2A/B. Mix of fine, medium, and coarse (mostly medium). Dense. Mix of normal and high porosity.
Dry climate.


Everybody who joins the challenge should state the following: (just answer as many as you can )

Curl type: 2c, 3a, 3b
Strand thickness: Coarse
Porosity: High
Current length (including a photo if possible): just kissing shoulders
The length I aim for: as long as possible whether it APL or BSL etc.
The challenge rules that I commit to:
1. Clean Eating
2. Not using heat at all. (why start now, don't you dare use the diffuser)
3.No chemical treatments etc.
4.No crazy hair cutting (twice a year max; as you notice your hair needs it)
5.No combs or brushes!! (Amber Brown status; your only comb=hand)
6.Little manipulating (need to work on this I love to touch it )



Other techniques I intend to use for hair growth and retention. For example:
Protective styling: braiding, bunning, etc
Technique:Low-poo once a week max; w/ CO or WO methods otherwise
Regular scalp massage (in shower and when DT)
Vitamins and supplements (multi and hair supplement but may quit the fakeness altogether in swap for an awesome diet)
Other techniques:
The original no poo
Ignorance method (your a kid)
Techniques and products you will use to keep your hair strong and moisturized. For example:
DC (SM, or homemade once a week is preferred but once or twice a month atleast)
PT (Hair doesn't do well with too much so use a gel with protein once in a while or Mane and Tail CO caution as my hair is quite coarse in some parts)
Leave in product: I'm never faithful but will list in siggy
LOC method? The moisture is awesome but it doesn't make up for the lack of definition maybe as it gets long I could go back?
Others (plz specify):
Leave it alone; don't restyle over and over and over and over; if you put it in a rubberband it ain't comin' down whether its ugly or not. Leaving it down in its natural state=ideal.

Try to resist the urge to always get it out of your face; use clips to secure loosely and omit the rubberbanding if you can.

DO NOT TOUCH during drying process (you always do though)

A watched pot never boils.

Let's start the journey.
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
you are my exact length right now!! how cool we'll be length twinsies as we grow!!!

sixelamy your my length about a month or so ago too!!

Aqua_Lily I AM A HUGE FAN
you are amazing and I love that your hair/goals/existence is so similiar and different from my hair at the same time. I know I probably seem crazy right now but it makes perfect sense to me.
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
Curl type: 3C/4A (I think...lol)

Strand thickness: Medium/Coarse
Porosity: low
Current length: Twa
The length I aim for: Short term: Shoulder length, Long Term: Waist Length


The challenge rules that I commit to:

Healthy diet with lots of water
No heat styling (at most once a month)
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

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

Protective styling: braiding maybe after 8 months into the challenge
Low poo once a month and co-washing once a week.
Regular scalp massage with coconut oil or olive oil
Vitamins and supplements:MSM and Biotin. Might add a women's multivitamin

Other techniques:
Bagging during week of doing inversion method

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

DC: either Luster YOU Repair Treatment or Creme of Nature Jojoba & Olive Oil Moisture-Active Deep Conditioning Treatment. DC once a week.
PT: Don't have one yet. Any suggestions?
Leave in product: Paul Mitchell The Conditioner or Sauve Naturals Conditioners
LOC method with mixture of Jamaican Black Castor oil, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Oilve oil and Raw Shea butter

Picture of current length:
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So excited to get started! Is it January yet?
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Allie

Curly type: 3A Botticelli curls. Medium porosity / density.
Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: FiN Raspberry and Cranberry, or FiN Chocolate
D/C: For now it's Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative, mixed with honey & other goodies
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)
Amazing!

Welcome to all girls who've joined the challenge


lori.mattox
BotticelliBrit
Aqua_Lily
sixelamy
kaykre
bringingcurliesback?
asagi

How is it going so far?


@MirCurls

Not joining in (my hair is the length I want it now, and I just trimmed aout 3 inches in October, cause it was TOO long), but a question:

I know hair growth rates vary, from person to person, health status, etc, but if the average human hair growth rate is 1/2 inch per month, how is 1 inch per month feasible? (Barring any sort of hormonal manipulation of prescription drugs?)

I'm glad that you are currently at a length that gives you satisfaction..

This challenge is designed to help girls achieve their hair goals, but not to make them feel sad if they do not achieve one complete inch per month. The majority will, I expect, experience an added increase in the length of their hair. And this should be great even if it isn't one whole inch by the end of the month.

And 1 inch/month is indeed not impossible. In addition to the fact that many people normally grow 1 inch or more/month, there are ways that are supposed to help increase someone's usual growth rate, as mentioned above in the challenge rules, these include improving one's diet to eliminate any vitamin or trace element deficiency, plus multivitamin supplements are known to help with growth rates.

There are studies that showed an increase in growth rate with scalp massage (increasing scalp blood flow) specially with the use of certain oils that seem to have a stimulatory effect of their own (e.g. castor oil and rosemary oil)

You must have also heard of the inversion method that has recently been claimed to add one inch of growth per one week for certain individuals.

Other treatments that enhance growth include biotin, msm, etc. These are safe, usually approved by physicians and dieticians and usually have minimal side-effects, if any.

The other half of the challenge is about retaining the new growth. This is a very important aspect as well. Hair grows all the time no doubt but many people experience no noticeable growth because their ends are always splitting and breaking off. We aim to help with this too by emphasizing moisture and gentle treatment of the hair.

The challenge, as Sixelamy stated above, is mainly about encouraging people to take perfect care of their hair so as to achieve the maximum they can. So when we say "1 inch" we are raising the bar so as to make it a real CHALLENGE that pushes people to do their BEST.

I hope that this explanation encourages those who are still hesitant to join us
So excited to get started! Is it January yet?
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
Hehehe not yet! But I'm cheating. I'm starting already

I put my hair in cornrows yesterday for my 1st protective style of the challenge. I would like to show you the photos. How do I add photos in the middle of the text, rather than put them in a thumbnail attachment?
Just click the little image button (in between the globe and the mini text thing) and input the URL of your image. It'll mean having to upload it to imageshack or something similar first
Allie

Curly type: 3A Botticelli curls. Medium porosity / density.
Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: FiN Raspberry and Cranberry, or FiN Chocolate
D/C: For now it's Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative, mixed with honey & other goodies
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)
Oh yeah! Thank you dear BotticelliBrit

Here are my new cornrows





An opposite of one of the main rules: trimming (i.e.1/8-1/4’ off) my ends more often. My relaxed hair needed trims every 4-8 weeks for maximal growth/health; I’ve been on a schedule of 16 week intervals since last December. I noticed today that the 7 inches I had at the beginning of October was only 6.25 after not touching/redoing my hair as often in an attempt to retain length, and no trim due ‘til December. =(
Originally Posted by lori.mattox
I think that this actually makes sense. They say that the split ends that some people get can climb up the hair if they are not cut off immediately and then they cause a good length of the ends of the hair to break off. This could be avoided by cutting the damaged ends as soon as possible.
Definitely agree - people with split ends need regular trims and I say this from experience. Back when I was straightening my hair I only cut it once a year in an effort to grow it and it NEVER seemed to grow ... only later did I realise it's because my hair was just breaking off. I always had SUCH bad split ends (even right after a cut).

That's one of my favourite things about being CG and no-heat - I have no split ends now (granted my last cut was only a couple of months ago, but for me this is still a huge deal). Plus I have basically no breakage either.

That's why I'm so excited for this challenge - I can't wait to see how my hair grows now I'm actually taking care of it!
Allie

Curly type: 3A Botticelli curls. Medium porosity / density.
Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: FiN Raspberry and Cranberry, or FiN Chocolate
D/C: For now it's Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative, mixed with honey & other goodies
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)

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