One Year Twist and Braid Challenge

I have an issue with dry scalp , and would love to have a great product to used during the Twist & Braid Challenge. I've read that Qhemet's Nourish Pomade and Hairveda's CoCasta Shikakai Oil are the way to go. What products have worked for you?
Here are my yarn braids!
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"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." - Confucius
I would love to do this challenge. I'm going to the stylist tomorrow for a consultation (someone recommended) and I will ask about her doing twists with extra hair. I do not want my scalp showing if I'm going to be wearing for a year. I will let come back and let you know what she says. I'm really wanting to grow it out so I can donate to Locks of Love. The minimum donation is 10" and I want to end up with at least shoulder length hair. Which means I need to retain all of my 6" this year. Shouldn't be a problem, but this would definitely be a step in the right direction.
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Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
I forgot to ask you, how did you secure the ends -- just tied them in a knot?? Also how do you think they would look if I made yarn-cornrows (for lack of a better term)?

And NCE good luck on your appointment!
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I have an issue with dry scalp , and would love to have a great product to used during the Twist & Braid Challenge. I've read that Qhemet's Nourish Pomade and Hairveda's CoCasta Shikakai Oil are the way to go. What products have worked for you?
Originally Posted by lizzieonthespot
I'd recommend an oil.. but try making a decision on how you know your hair to react to things best.. before you go spending unnecessary $$..

Whenever I used to have my hair braided up.. I would use tea tree oil and cotton balls... but that has been like 5 years ago. hope everything works out for you.
Reyna

"Don't look back and ask why, look forward and ask why not!?" - Unk.
I'm in. I've been wearing twists most of the winter anyway, so I'm sure I can keep it going. My only problem is DH, who says he's getting tired of seeing my hair up all the time. Oh well, he'll get over it. Besides, just think of how happy he will be next year when my hair is so much longer and healthier - right? Right.
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I'm in. I've been wearing twists most of the winter anyway, so I'm sure I can keep it going. My only problem is DH, who says he's getting tired of seeing my hair up all the time. Oh well, he'll get over it. Besides, just think of how happy he will be next year when my hair is so much longer and healthier - right? Right.
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo
Tell him "good things come to those who wait"..
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
Here are my yarn braids!
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
I forgot to ask you, how did you secure the ends -- just tied them in a knot?? Also how do you think they would look if I made yarn-cornrows (for lack of a better term)?

And NCE good luck on your appointment!
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
I tied two knots and burned the ends (I can't afford to take any chances ). Hm... yarn cornrows. I have no idea lol. You should try them and share how they come out (yes, I'm suggesting that you be the guinea pig lol)
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"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." - Confucius
I'm in. I've been wearing twists most of the winter anyway, so I'm sure I can keep it going. My only problem is DH, who says he's getting tired of seeing my hair up all the time. Oh well, he'll get over it. Besides, just think of how happy he will be next year when my hair is so much longer and healthier - right? Right.
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo
Tell him "good things come to those who wait"..
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
Amen!!
Currently:Alaffia Shea & Coconut Enriching Shampoo, Alaffia Virgin Coconut & Shea Enriching Hair Lotion, Qhemet Amla Olive Heavy Cream, Qhemet Honeybush Tea Gel.

Last Texturizer: March 12, 2008
BC: July 21, 2008
Hair: Coarse, low porosity, iii.

Certified Denirophile

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different outcome". ~ Albert Einstein
Here are my yarn braids!
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
I forgot to ask you, how did you secure the ends -- just tied them in a knot?? Also how do you think they would look if I made yarn-cornrows (for lack of a better term)?

And NCE good luck on your appointment!
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
I tied two knots and burned the ends (I can't afford to take any chances ). Hm... yarn cornrows. I have no idea lol. You should try them and share how they come out (yes, I'm suggesting that you be the guinea pig lol)
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
Lol.. gee thanks..

Okay, well what kind of yarn did you use..is worsted weight okay? Michael's is having a sale this weekend (although I really have NO excuse for buying more yarn).
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
pulchri2dinous - your yarn braids are sooo nice!! And thanks for the youtube. I wanna try! I too would love to know what kind of yarn you used.

I have my mid semester / easter break coming up so what better time to procrastinate when i should be studying. Will be a nice 'break'

bekka - thanks for the inspirations! I can see some of them working for me. Just wish my hair would grow already (it is growing just over it being so short and are envious of long flowing locks!)
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@bekka:

Hahahaha! I don't know what worsted weight means. I hear it mentioned ALL the time in the crochet videos, but I never know what kind of yarn it is.

@curlywurly:
Thank you!

I used Red Heart acryllic yarn. Make sure you use ACRYLLIC YARN! Some people use Vanna's Choice acryllic yarn. Next time I will try Vanna's, only because I like this brown they have.
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Last edited by pulchri2dinous; 03-26-2010 at 06:52 PM.
Not sure what brands we have here but I will check it out. So excited!
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Here are my yarn braids!
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
These are super cute!! I'd like to try these too. How long did it take you?

I have to admit, I had a bad experience with braids - I did synthetic jumbo braids on myself years ago and I ended up with a lot of breakage. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but the after was pretty bad. Any tips on preventing breakage?
Currently:Alaffia Shea & Coconut Enriching Shampoo, Alaffia Virgin Coconut & Shea Enriching Hair Lotion, Qhemet Amla Olive Heavy Cream, Qhemet Honeybush Tea Gel.

Last Texturizer: March 12, 2008
BC: July 21, 2008
Hair: Coarse, low porosity, iii.

Certified Denirophile

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different outcome". ~ Albert Einstein
Here are my yarn braids!
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
These are super cute!! I'd like to try these too. How long did it take you?

I have to admit, I had a bad experience with braids - I did synthetic jumbo braids on myself years ago and I ended up with a lot of breakage. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but the after was pretty bad. Any tips on preventing breakage?
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo

moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!!

whenever you have synthetic hair you have to moisturize because that hair sucks up the moisture in your hair. So to combat this, I usually do a deep moisturizing conditioner before I put my braids/twists in (I also do a henna paste before the deep conditioner for strength). Then throughout the life of my braids, I spritz everyday homemade spritz (which I add some protein for strength). But there are other braid strays that you can use as well

HTH
I will join this too. I am putting in a set of kinky twists tomorrow and will post a pic of them when I'm done
Here are my yarn braids!
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
These are super cute!! I'd like to try these too. How long did it take you?

I have to admit, I had a bad experience with braids - I did synthetic jumbo braids on myself years ago and I ended up with a lot of breakage. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but the after was pretty bad. Any tips on preventing breakage?
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo

moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!!

whenever you have synthetic hair you have to moisturize because that hair sucks up the moisture in your hair. So to combat this, I usually do a deep moisturizing conditioner before I put my braids/twists in (I also do a henna paste before the deep conditioner for strength). Then throughout the life of my braids, I spritz everyday homemade spritz (which I add some protein for strength). But there are other braid strays that you can use as well

HTH
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Thank you! They took me 15 hours. Keep in mind I braided them all the way to my armpit and the parts were not that smal. I agree with the moisturizing! I also tried synthetic braids and was left with extremtely dry hair. I was so mad, because I called myself doing protective styling, but my hair was worse than when I put them in! I have not experienced taking them down, but we shall see what happens.
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"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." - Confucius
I would love to join this challenge! I am doing a personal bunning challenge but I can bun my twists! I will post pics in my fotki. Right now my hair is 20" long( I measure from front hairline on back. This is how i will measure my progress). All I need is 6 more inches to reach this year's goal of BSL stretched. Hopefully that will put me at full neck to shoulder lenght curly. Good luck to all of you ladies!
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These are super cute!! I'd like to try these too. How long did it take you?

I have to admit, I had a bad experience with braids - I did synthetic jumbo braids on myself years ago and I ended up with a lot of breakage. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but the after was pretty bad. Any tips on preventing breakage?
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo

moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!!

whenever you have synthetic hair you have to moisturize because that hair sucks up the moisture in your hair. So to combat this, I usually do a deep moisturizing conditioner before I put my braids/twists in (I also do a henna paste before the deep conditioner for strength). Then throughout the life of my braids, I spritz everyday homemade spritz (which I add some protein for strength). But there are other braid strays that you can use as well

HTH
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Thank you! They took me 15 hours. Keep in mind I braided them all the way to my armpit and the parts were not that smal. I agree with the moisturizing! I also tried synthetic braids and was left with extremtely dry hair. I was so mad, because I called myself doing protective styling, but my hair was worse than when I put them in! I have not experienced taking them down, but we shall see what happens.
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
I see you use TW mist bodifier. That's a great braid spray. Will keep you hair soft and moisturized. I thin it out with distilled water to make it spritzable. I've never had a problem with dry hair because I keep it moisturized. I also used to use oyin juices
Here are my yarn braids!
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
These are super cute!! I'd like to try these too. How long did it take you?

I have to admit, I had a bad experience with braids - I did synthetic jumbo braids on myself years ago and I ended up with a lot of breakage. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but the after was pretty bad. Any tips on preventing breakage?
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo

moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!!

whenever you have synthetic hair you have to moisturize because that hair sucks up the moisture in your hair. So to combat this, I usually do a deep moisturizing conditioner before I put my braids/twists in (I also do a henna paste before the deep conditioner for strength). Then throughout the life of my braids, I spritz everyday homemade spritz (which I add some protein for strength). But there are other braid strays that you can use as well

HTH
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Thank you for the advice!! I particularly like the henna treatment before hand and protein in the daily spritz. I will have to remember this if I decide to do them.
Currently:Alaffia Shea & Coconut Enriching Shampoo, Alaffia Virgin Coconut & Shea Enriching Hair Lotion, Qhemet Amla Olive Heavy Cream, Qhemet Honeybush Tea Gel.

Last Texturizer: March 12, 2008
BC: July 21, 2008
Hair: Coarse, low porosity, iii.

Certified Denirophile

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different outcome". ~ Albert Einstein

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