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curlynikki 06-10-2008 11:47 AM

I'm Bunnin' It...a grow-out challenge of sorts :)
Hola Chicas :)

So, after going through a phase of extreme euphoria (completely elated by my new found growth after 3 months of buns), then denial and frustration (it couldn't be the buns), and finally acceptance (after looking at the facts), I'm ready to embark on another 3 months of protective styles. But, I don't want to do it alone. As always, I need the support of my fellow curly ladies :D

I bunned faithfully for 3 months and when I finally let it down, I was shocked to see thicker, shinier, longer hair. My ends have never looked this good..not in all the years I've been natural. I've worn my hair out since 2006 and never was able to retain length- I was stuck between SL and APL for an eternity. My hair grows really fast, but was splitting and snapping off just as quickly. Bunning must be the answer, as it is now grazing BSL. I spoke with a few long haired naturals, and most agreed that bunning (and other protective styles) is the way to go, and aided in the growing out of their waist-length hair. Ladies who hair isn't long enough to bun can join too...twists, braids and any other updos are allowed.

These are the guidelines (feel free to tweak them to meet your needs):

-Start Date- ASAP
-End Date- September 30
-Take a 'stretched' pic to show current length
-Bun or PS 5 days out of the week
-DT at least once per week (with or without heat)
-Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
-Check in for moral support periodically
-Take pics of cute earrings, headbands and other accessories to jazz things up a bit and inspire others :)

I'm going to do low and high buns and do my best to avoid putting undue strain on my hair. I'm going to wear my hair in a twist-out on the weekends (if I feel like it) to give my hair a break from being up. I'll use satin scrunchies (purchased from Ulta) and bobby pins that have the protective covering on the ends. I will re-moisturize every other day, and I plan to only use my fingers to manipulate the hair into the bun.

Anyone interested? We'll do the reveal at the end of September :D

mariag002 06-10-2008 11:56 AM

Nikki, how many inches did you end up retaining? I might join! I do alot of ponytails and my stylist told me that I didn't have any split ends, mind you I haven't cut my hair in 8 1/2 months :iconbiggrin: I don't wear my hair down too much anyway.

curlynikki 06-10-2008 12:03 PM in point, lol. Wearing it up is the key. I even emailed the beautiful Terry at biracial hair and she said the same thing.

I'm not really sure how many inches...I never really measure. I can say that my hair was barely APL in the back and collar length in the front prior to Feburary and now it's grazing BSL in the back and is shoulder length in the front. That is some hellified growth. I figure, if I keep this up, I'll be at MBL in the back by the end of the year and BSL up front...hopefully. Pony-tails are PS's to me-anything where the ends aren't coming into contact with your clothes, and other things. I need to bun because my ends dry out.

Let me know what you decide to do!!!

curlynikki 06-10-2008 12:06 PM

Here's my starting point:

I took this on 5/30/2008 and wore it out after that...up until today. I'm DTing now and will bun it in a few minutes.

BekkaPoo 06-10-2008 12:22 PM

I've been resisting the bun forever, but it seems I have no choice. My good friend who has natural 3c hair (waist length when dry!) swears by the bun. She said that helped her get started with the mad crazy length she now has.

As for my hair, the parts at the front aren't long enough to reach all the way to the back for a pony or bun, but I'll do my best. Do you think I should pin back the front part in some way, or maybe lay it down with a scarf to encourage growth? Also I don't want my sides to get too thin by pulling them back hard.. is there any way to avoid that happening?

forensic_curlychick 06-10-2008 12:35 PM

Were you reading my mind...I was gonna start a grow out challenge bcuz all the others seem to have started already or you have to pay (yeah ok)
So I am in.:blob7: I have not measure my hair in a year but I had major growth from just bunning. I went from barely able to fit in a scrunchie to a big poof after big chop.

I have not tried the twist and am excited to try that so I am definately in :toothy4:

curlynikki 06-10-2008 12:39 PM


Bekka- I just put my hair up two seconds ago, and after putting the lengths back into a satin scrunchy, I smooth AOHC on the edges and immediately put on a scarf to make everything smooth. When almost dry, I use an ouchless headband to hold back the frizzies that may develop.

BekkaPoo 06-10-2008 12:57 PM


Originally Posted by curlynikki (Post 607978)

Bekka- I just put my hair up two seconds ago, and after putting the lengths back into a satin scrunchy, I smooth AOHC on the edges and immediately put on a scarf to make everything smooth. When almost dry, I use an ouchless headband to hold back the frizzies that may develop.

Yes it does.. and gives me an excuse to go hair accessory shopping. :iconbiggrin:

LeeLee182 06-10-2008 01:54 PM

I wanna get in on this, even though most of my hair time is spent in a puff anyway, but does that count? I'd like for my ends to be protected but my hair is not able to go in a bun while dry and i'm afraid to bun wet and cause damage.

Any suggestions?

LeeLee182 06-10-2008 01:55 PM


nocomanlasflores 06-10-2008 01:59 PM

If this "bun" is kosher
then I'm totally for it. I had been planning a mini grow-out challenge for myself anyway. I just need to find a good DT. Any recommendations?

forensic_curlychick 06-10-2008 02:04 PM

Leelee...I have been bunning wet for years...I really haven't had any damage (as a permie) and I am still doing as a natural. Someone else might be able to shed light if it has done damage their hair.

nocomanlasflores....I posted a DT suggestion a few days ago...take a look, I had a few recommendations that I am gonna try....let me know how it works for you


LeeLee182 06-10-2008 02:10 PM

Thanks forensic,

I just went in my bathroom and tried to put my hair in a makeshift bun and i think i made one that looks okay. I'll post some pics of it later and you guys can tell me if it looks alright.

ETA: Pics

I know it looks kinda funky now but hopefully it'll look better the more i do it. And i've only got a few ends sticking out.

CurlyFashionista 06-10-2008 02:31 PM

Nikki, i know that u mentioned wearing twists as a protective style; do u have any other style ideas? I had to get a "big chop" this winter because of color damage so my hair's longest layer is barely shoulder length when stretched out. My hair usually grows pretty fast when I don't do anything to it but I was thinking that if maybe, just maybe I wear protective styles for a few months I may be able to retain even more length than usual. Any thought on this or better yet, any styling ideas?

mariag002 06-10-2008 02:41 PM

Nikki, I'm in :pottytrain1:
It'll force me to not obsess over my hair so much. I guess that means no more Fotki updates till September!

curlynikki 06-10-2008 03:10 PM

Leelee, I love your bun! It looks like mine. Now all you need is some dope azz earrings and/or a headband. Glam :D

Curlyfashionista, I like your name :) Let me think about that one...

Maria, YAY!!! I'll hold out on updates as well...except for wedding pics 8/2/2008!!!! I'm wearing the Twist-n-Curl for the wedding and probably a bun during most of the honeymoon.

nocomanlasflores, I use Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose + Aubrey White Camellia. I'm also liking Jessicurl's Weekly Deep Treatment (as a DT and leave-in).

Forensic, let's do this girl!

Ajidahk 06-10-2008 03:12 PM

My hair is always in a bun. Over the last year, my hair has definitely grown. Last year this time, my hair was just past my sholders, now stretched, it's to the middle of my boob. I have a question though, what kind of buns are you guys planning on doing? Can you post pictures up? I never mastered the Princess Leia bun, so I just put my hair in a ponytail holders and bring my ends to the ponytail holder. When I do this though, my ends always stick out, so I guess I'm not really protecting them. I would like to wear a bun where my ends aren't exposed.

GeminiLeslie 06-10-2008 03:18 PM

I am in too! I just twisted my hair last night, so i'll try the method of keeping it in a protective style for about 5 days a week, using as many natural products as possible, and doing the deep conditioning treatments as well. I want my hair to grow as much as possible this summer. Hopefully I'll be able to do a bun by then because right now my hair isn't long enough.

Do any of you find that when your hair grows faster your scalp is really itchy? Mine itches like crazy whether my scalp is clean or dirty. Any suggestions? Or do I just have to live with an extra itchy scalp?

subbrock 06-10-2008 03:21 PM

i must have lost my mind because (a) i hate challenges and (b) i love wearing my hair out. but ive been super lazy so this gives me an excuse to wear my hair in a bun!

im in!

curlynikki 06-10-2008 03:44 PM

Ladies, after bunning my damp hair a minute ago, I came to the realization that posture is EVERYTHING, lol. With all of our mane pulled up and away from our face and neck, posture comes into play especially when you're considering that side profile. I'm a sloucher...I know, tisk, tisk...but looking at the diff from my normal posture and then straightening up by elongating my neck- it's like night and day. So, remember...shoulders back and head up :D

I'm going to wear this bun until the weekend, henna, and then bun it back up. I don't have any outstanding plans (or anyone to impress, lol) so I won't wear a twist-out this weekend.

Subbrock, welcome to the Challenge! Your Southern Tease/no stress bun is HOT!

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