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Old 08-09-2012, 09:02 AM   #1
 
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Hi all! I'm new to the forums but I've been lurking around here for years, stealing tricks and tips to tame my mane. (I couldn't have gotten through high school without all of your wisdom! ) Anyways, I'm starting college in a couple of weeks and I'm going to make it my goal to go heatless and natural until I come back home next summer. No specific length goal, I just want to see how long I can get it by then. All are welcome to join me!
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My curls are happier when clean so instead of going completely poo-less I'm just going to wash every 3-4 days. (Shampoo yet to be determined. Ideas?)

Conditioner wash every two days (once again, brand to be determined) with a cold water rinse, and a daily application of Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter (mostly to my ends).

I don't really take supplements, just a multi-vitamin and a healthy diet! Do you think I should start taking something extra/what would you recommend?

Everybody is invited to give me advice/join me in my pursuit of longer hair!

(Here's a picture of my starting length. Ideally I would love to have hair down to my waist at some point but any sort of growth would make me happy!)
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
 
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I'm growing my hair out to donate, and I take multivitamins/prenatal vitamins and biotin daily. Both have helped with the length of my hair (though it appears that the longer my hair gets, the tighter the curls, so not a big difference when curly). Also, I reccomend getting your locks trimmed every other month and putting a little bit of olive oil on the ends to keep them healthy. If you have dead ends, your hair won't grow very fast at all. And of course, treating your hair well and doing modified CG will help quite a bit. Best of luck!
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:36 PM   #3
 
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Thanks for your suggestions! My ends are actually in pretty good shape (my older sister is a hairdresser and she checked me for split ends), and my moisture butter seems to help my ends. Olive oil, on the other hand, will be useful if I'm ever in a pinch! I'll have to give that a try!

As far as biotin/prenatals go, what brands do you use? I've heard good things about GNC NourishHair but I wanted to see if there's anything that might be better?
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:13 AM   #4
 
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Hi all! I'm new to the forums but I've been lurking around here for years, stealing tricks and tips to tame my mane. (I couldn't have gotten through high school without all of your wisdom! ) Anyways, I'm starting college in a couple of weeks and I'm going to make it my goal to go heatless and natural until I come back home next summer. No specific length goal, I just want to see how long I can get it by then. All are welcome to join me!
Method:
My curls are happier when clean so instead of going completely poo-less I'm just going to wash every 3-4 days. (Shampoo yet to be determined. Ideas?)

Conditioner wash every two days (once again, brand to be determined) with a cold water rinse, and a daily application of Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter (mostly to my ends).

I don't really take supplements, just a multi-vitamin and a healthy diet! Do you think I should start taking something extra/what would you recommend?

Everybody is invited to give me advice/join me in my pursuit of longer hair!

(Here's a picture of my starting length. Ideally I would love to have hair down to my waist at some point but any sort of growth would make me happy!)
i love the idea of your challenge! im on a growth challenge of my own at the moment, my first goal is bsl when curly, right now im just starting to creep down my back. i just use any cheap no poo that i can find, im in germany so all my products and stuff are alot different to yours.
i too seal my ends with an oil, after washing i think that really helps in keeping them healthy as well. though i do alot of stuff with my large collection of oils.
i take daily biotin and evening primrose oil, ( the oil mostly to help with those monthly cramps and for the omega 3 n 9 but also great for hair and skin)
i use a rosemary oil mixture that i message on my scalp every night before i go to bed, this helps stimulates my scalp and helps with hair growth. rosemary alsohelps with any scalp problems you might be having or any root dryness, head aches, or when you just need to relax!
dont forget to take pics of your growth progress
good luck and happy growing!!
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:15 PM   #5
 
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I honestly don't think prenatals helped at all I had better luck with a b-complex,flaxseed oil,or a multivitamin.

And if you decide on a brand for shampoo/conditioner I suggest getting a big bottle from Costco.They'll last a long time and you don't have to worry about running out for a while.And you can use smaller bottles like the regular size if you think the bottle is too big/heavy from costco.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:01 PM   #6
 
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What no poos do you use? I'll be moving to Germany in a couple of months and it would be nice to know what products to look out for, since I'm also starting a growth and healthy hair challenge
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What no poos do you use? I'll be moving to Germany in a couple of months and it would be nice to know what products to look out for, since I'm also starting a growth and healthy hair challenge
ooh im living in germany! i have tried the rainforest moisture low poo, that was good but im trying a new one, thats a bit cheaper and is also very good. you can get my brand online though i got it at a health food shop. its called: logona naturkosmetik and im using pflege shampoo brennessel.
n thats with stinging nettle.
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my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

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Old 09-27-2012, 01:06 PM   #8
 
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I started my 10 year grow challenge almost 3 years ago starting with a skin bald head. This upcoming march will be 3 years.

I used to see and watch people in videos talking bout long hair and that was before I started. Now my hair length has surpassed theirs and I used to think I would never even have it as long as theirs was.

One difference is those videos are about styling so I learned that you can't have a successful growth phase if your trying to have successful styling phases.

I thought as a guy it would save me money to let it grow. Boy was I ever so wrong. But I'm sticking to the challenge cause its discipline.

LOL at the good old college try.
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I'd be willing to do this challenge with you. Since this semester of college started for me, I haven't used heat on my hair. So I'll just keep going!
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