One Year Twist and Braid Challenge


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
Wow, 15 hours!! They do look cute though. I also saw someone added a deep red to theirs and it looked really cute too. Hmmm, but 15 hours...maybe if I only did it to my shoulders it would cut at least a few hours off.
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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
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Yes, I do the same. I actually put water in a bottle that was 1/4 full and could barely feel the weight difference between the full bottle. I love that stuff.

@onyx: I'm wondering the same lol I'll find out in June. I'm going to highlight mine with brown I think Henna is also a good idea, because I do a protein treatment before I put mine in.
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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
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Yes, I do the same. I actually put water in a bottle that was 1/4 full and could barely feel the weight difference between the full bottle. I love that stuff.

@onyx: I'm wondering the same lol I'll find out in June. I'm going to highlight mine with brown I think Henna is also a good idea, because I do a protein treatment before I put mine in.
Originally Posted by pulchri2dinous
Yeah, brown highlights should be really nice. Bright red would be too much for me...I wouldn't want folks to think I went too far over the edge, LOL. Keep us posted on your hair, like how it responded to the protein treatment and everything, because this seems like the perfect style for this challenge - I'm thinking I really, really want to try this.
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BC: July 21, 2008
Hair: Coarse, low porosity, iii.

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Last edited by OnyxCabelo; 03-28-2010 at 09:59 PM. Reason: eta
pulchri - out of interest did you use three strands in back and two in front like black onyx suggested?

also what do you suggest as the best braid care?
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Ok, by request, the One Year Twist/Braid Grow-Out Challenge. Ladies start your engines.



So to grow out as much healthy hair as possible anyone who wants to can join in this challenge. Keep your hair in twists or braids and of course post pictures of your styles and give updates on your regimens. I'll definitely be watching the thread to keep up on everyone's progress.

Start Date: 4/1/2010
End Date: 4/1/2011

There are no other "rules" but to keep your hair in a twisted or braided style.. other than that, frequency of conditioning, washing, detangling, etc. is strictly up to you.

Okay so who's in?
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo

i'd like to join!

i won't be getting my twists until april 15th though, the woman braiding my hair is booked up until then.
Hair Today.. Gone Tomorrow!
Ok, by request, the One Year Twist/Braid Grow-Out Challenge. Ladies start your engines.



So to grow out as much healthy hair as possible anyone who wants to can join in this challenge. Keep your hair in twists or braids and of course post pictures of your styles and give updates on your regimens. I'll definitely be watching the thread to keep up on everyone's progress.

Start Date: 4/1/2010
End Date: 4/1/2011

There are no other "rules" but to keep your hair in a twisted or braided style.. other than that, frequency of conditioning, washing, detangling, etc. is strictly up to you.

Okay so who's in?
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo

i'd like to join!

i won't be getting my twists until april 15th though, the woman braiding my hair is booked up until then.
Originally Posted by CurlyAfroCuban
No problem.. I'm sure as the year goes on people will join in later on too. You and they will be welcome too.
"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)
@onyx: I will definitely let you all know. I'm interested to see what the take down process is like, because people keep saying, "isn't it going to be hard to take those out?" haha.

@Curly: No, I did two strands on my whole head, I'm way to lazy to do what she suggested. I actually cut the yarn (with the chair, like she showed) and then put the two strands together when I finished, so that I wouldn't have to worry about doing it on the day I was going to do my hair. I'm not sure if that makes sense, so I will try to explain. Braiding hair comes in a huge pack and you have to separate the amount you want to use each time you are ready to do a single braid. To make it easier, I separated the pre-cut individual strands of yarn into two connected pieces, so that after I parted a section the amount of yarn for that part was already prepared.

I don't really know. Most people moisturize once or twice a day. I go for once a day, only because I don't want to create too much build up. People also DC with the braids in and I did do that when I washed it. Others also wash weekly or biweekly, I do not. These things take FOREVER and a day to dry. Seriously. I really don't want to subject my hair to so much blow drying. I washed my hair one afternoon (after 3 weeks, don't judge) ... blow dried the hair (the part that my hair was not braided into), put it into a bunch of plaits, went to bed, woke up and it was still wet! It was wet until the next evening. Not SOAKING wet, but just wet, you know?

ETA: I just took out and redid one of my braids. My hair is very soft and the take-down was just like regular extensions. I tried to do the Blackonyx way of taking them down, but it only worked 1/4 of the way. It's okay though, because when I'm really going to take them down I will cut just below my hair. So, no worries (for me at least).
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Last edited by pulchri2dinous; 03-29-2010 at 07:15 PM.
it's just that I've read that you shouldn't use creamy leave in's on your braids. However all the spray leave in I've found available over here have cones. Should I just water down some leave in and spray it on? I'm a little worried I'll get an itchy scalp - i'm prone to itches. And wondering whether I should just order some products etc online. Maybe stock up on supplies for this years challenge, i.e.; extensions, satin sleeping caps, moisture products, gel etc.

Does everyone stay cg when they have braids?
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Aiming to grow hair to waist from buzz cut - slowly but surely.
Curlywurly, the idea of stocking up on some supplies sounds good.. maybe you can get a light oil (like jojoba) to use as a 'cone-free moisturizer? Maybe you can make something out of aloe and oil? Just an idea.. my hair likes neither aloe nor jojoba oil, but it works well for a lot of other curlies.

As for me I think I will be in french braids and/or flat twists if anything because I am way too scalpy in box braids.
"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)
it's just that I've read that you shouldn't use creamy leave in's on your braids. However all the spray leave in I've found available over here have cones. Should I just water down some leave in and spray it on? I'm a little worried I'll get an itchy scalp - i'm prone to itches. And wondering whether I should just order some products etc online. Maybe stock up on supplies for this years challenge, i.e.; extensions, satin sleeping caps, moisture products, gel etc.

Does everyone stay cg when they have braids?
Originally Posted by curlywurlygurly
When I did my micros I cowashed my braids every other day on the ends and just rinsed my scalp with water. Then I would apply evoo or avocado oil on the ends. Im prone to the itchies as well but I did not have any using this method. Btw my micros were with just my hair. no extentions. HTH!
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Ok, by request, the One Year Twist/Braid Grow-Out Challenge. Ladies start your engines.



So to grow out as much healthy hair as possible anyone who wants to can join in this challenge. Keep your hair in twists or braids and of course post pictures of your styles and give updates on your regimens. I'll definitely be watching the thread to keep up on everyone's progress.

Start Date: 4/1/2010
End Date: 4/1/2011

There are no other "rules" but to keep your hair in a twisted or braided style.. other than that, frequency of conditioning, washing, detangling, etc. is strictly up to you.

Okay so who's in?
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo

i'd like to join!

i won't be getting my twists until april 15th though, the woman braiding my hair is booked up until then.
Originally Posted by CurlyAfroCuban
No problem.. I'm sure as the year goes on people will join in later on too. You and they will be welcome too.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
thanks bekka.

i have two weeks to come up with a braid/twist washing routine. whenever i try twisting my own hair, they just come unraveled (no matter what i use to twist them)..

i wonder if i can still wash my hair everyday with braids/twists in because i'm getting extensions.
Hair Today.. Gone Tomorrow!
Curlywurly, the idea of stocking up on some supplies sounds good.. maybe you can get a light oil (like jojoba) to use as a 'cone-free moisturizer? Maybe you can make something out of aloe and oil? Just an idea.. my hair likes neither aloe nor jojoba oil, but it works well for a lot of other curlies.

As for me I think I will be in french braids and/or flat twists if anything because I am way too scalpy in box braids.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
Thanks for the ideas bekka. I have coconut, sweet almond, castor oil and emu oil. And some EO's. Most I used to mix up into my 'growth'/ scalp oil (I LOVE scalp massages!) Perhaps I can make something with them.

Oh me too - with the aloe. It turns my hair hard, dry and straw like (think it's cos it's a humectant) but I adore it for my skin, so I can still use the massive bottle I have.

I read that apparently if you do the braids smaller you show less scalp. Of course it takes longer *sigh* but my hair is fine and tends to get flat unless it wavy. Right now I don't have a lot of options as my hairs so short, grrr!

I was fiddling with yarn braids last night - see how they work, look like etc. So I hit a few problems;
- I cannot for the life of me find yarn that is close to my hair colour. I bought dark brown (chocolate?). An I'm not sure how I feel about the colour and contrast
- I DT before hand and it made my hair silk and slippery, was having issues holding onto my hair as well as getting the yarn to stay close to scalp
- As i got to the end of where my hair was and kept braiding with the yarn my natural hair started sticking out all over the place. Couldn't get it to stay. Think perhaps I'll try it with a little gel or something in it.


When I did my micros I cowashed my braids every other day on the ends and just rinsed my scalp with water. Then I would apply evoo or avocado oil on the ends. Im prone to the itchies as well but I did not have any using this method. Btw my micros were with just my hair. no extentions. HTH!
Originally Posted by afrodominican1
thanks for the idea afro. I thought I might try; baking soda, apple cider vinegar and co-wash with a toothbrush (if that makes any sense)
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Aiming to grow hair to waist from buzz cut - slowly but surely.
I'm joining! I put in my own kinky twists March 20. I didn't do a length check beforehand - my hair has been uncharacteristically brittle the past few months, splitting midway down the hair shaft and at the ends (forming these gaps that look like this: ----0---< ). Also, I worry I may be developing the hair pulling OCD b/c I can't stop pulling out hairs or cutting them. I spend hours in the mirror, picking at individual hairs, only to find that hairs I cut/pulled the day before have only broken even higher. Depressing.

Anyway, if I had to guess, the edges were on average about 1.5" all around, except at the nape of my neck, where my hair grows faster or breaks less...that's about 3".

My crown is 5" and my bangs are about 3". I have brittle spots at the back of my head that are about 1" long (where it seems my relaxed hair has broken off).

I'm spraying my hair with a Biolage hydrotherapie leave-in. It has parabens, but honestly my hair seemed at it's healthiest when my stylist used all Biolage products on my head. I didn't notice my hair texture changing to brittle and broken until about a month after I switched to Aubrey Organics products. But they're organic so why would/how could they harm my hair?!

I'm also using a few oils over the moisturizer: unrefined coconut, jojoba, Boundless Tresses, and Wild Growth. If you can't tell, I'm a PJ (and a huge talker) but I'm trying to whittle my product list down for this challenge. I may stop early, but I don't plan to.
I am OFFICIALLY joining. I just chopped my hair again, from the heat damage so I'm in. I don't know how long it is, but I know that I cut off btwn 3.5-5 inches of hair. It's super uneven.

I don't know how I'm going to do this, one though, it's warm and I normally co-wash in the summer. I need to minimize manipulation as much as possible. I'm wondering...
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http://public.fotki.com/curlywurlygurly/
pw:aussie

Aiming to grow hair to waist from buzz cut - slowly but surely.
...are you excited? I know I am. My hair appointment is set and I'm setting up my blog this afternoon. Thank you @QueenofKinks for the advice and @Pulchri2dinous your yarn braids are beautiful.

Hope you all are having a fabulous day!
Hey All! I decided I would post a couple pics a bit early. Tomorrow is the official start date, but I've pretty much been wearing my hair like this anyway, so I took a couple pictures.

Here's a pic of my twists pinned up with small bobby pins:


And here's the same style with mini-claws:




My hair is still growing out from my last buzz cut last June, but it's at least long enough now so that I can pin it up. I'd say the very back is about 5" and the front is more like 10.5 to 11", the sides are maybe 7.5". I'm looking forward to this challenge, because I know keeping it tucked away is really going to help with growth.

@ curlywurlygurly - thanks for the link.
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Last Texturizer: March 12, 2008
BC: July 21, 2008
Hair: Coarse, low porosity, iii.

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onyx your hair looks beautiful pinned up like that.

I think I will officially join join once the weather gets cold. Hopefully the hair will have grown long enough for some serious twist action. Until then I will lurk in this challenge
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well the official start date is here (for me - yes we are ahead of you in time!) and well i'm not yet organised. I tend to keep my hair tied back atm to prevent the mullet-ness from showing! Think I'll still start with yarn braids still bit nervous about the yarn colour I got.
I've also been busily looking on the internet for stuff to help me get through this year; hair extensions, gels, braid sprays, satin wraps and bonnets to sleep in - nearly have them all ordered; finalizing and well trying to minimize my pj-ism!

I did come across this website - has a interesting way to wash and maintain braids as well as some over helpful stuff.

btw onyx your hair is sooo adorable! looks so thick and lush - jealous!
2 something Australian

http://public.fotki.com/curlywurlygurly/
pw:aussie

Aiming to grow hair to waist from buzz cut - slowly but surely.
onyx your hair looks beautiful pinned up like that.

I think I will officially join join once the weather gets cold. Hopefully the hair will have grown long enough for some serious twist action. Until then I will lurk in this challenge
Originally Posted by Wild Curls Raquelle
Hey WCR! Thanks so much, I really appreciate it.

How long is your hair now that you did your trim/cut?
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.

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

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