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The End &The Beginning

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The last two weeks of the protective style challenge were a bust. My brother came into town for his birthday with his three children and I spent all my free time with them while they were here. I washed and coditioned but neglected my L.O.C. and did not protect my ends.
I must admit that I got sick of keeping up with the routine and I started getting lazy. I.still enjoyed taking a nice hot shower and taking the time to “make love” to my hair but protecting my ends became a chore and like a bratty kid I didn’t want to do it. However, these last two months did teach me alot.

I enjoyed doing research about all the different products I used and passing along my research to others. I always felt that moms should always pamper themselves and taking care of my hair is going to be one of the ways I pamper myself. I have become more in tune with my hair and have learned to not resent it. I thank God for giving it to me. The challenge did deliver results,though. I didn’t expect to become Rapunzel in 2 months but I expected to learn how to get my hair on a healthier track. Here is where my hair is now:

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It did get thicker and a little bit longer and my “rough patch” is not as rough as it used to be.It’s softer and I’ve even gotten the courage to.”dust” it myself. No big chop for me!
I’m jumping into another challenge. I got it from the Good Hair Diaries and it will only last a month.It will concentrate on my breakage probem. I’ve already prepped my hair for it by prepooing it with Profectiv Anti Breakage Detangling Conditioner and tomorrow is wash day. The updates will come weekly and here are the products I will be using:
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From Left:Curl Care by Dr.Miracles Rehydrating Shampoo,ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner,coconut oil, ORS Hair Mayo, Goya Olive Oil,ORS HAIRepair Anti-Breakage Strengthener Creme, Aphogee Keratin 2 minute Reconstructor, and ORS Aloe Shampoo

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8 Week Protective Style Challenge:Weeks 4-6

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Last week was my one month anniversary of the 8 week protective style challenge. The day before I decided to prepoo my hair with ORS Hair Mayo, which is a protein conditioner. I left it in overnight, which I don’t think was the  best idea because the directions didn’t say I should do that. But I am still new to this natural hair journey and I was bound to make a mistake…or two.

Although I left the mayo in overnight, I was really paranoid about my hair falling out in clumps so I washed it out first thing in the morning on wash day. Every month, the care of your hair is a little extra. You have to wash it with either a clarifying or chelating shampoo,deep condition, hot oil treat, and L.O.C. I did all of the above. I used ORS Clarifying shampoo and deep conditioned with ORS HAIRepair Nourishing Conditioner. I did a hot oil treatment, washed it out after 30 minutes, then shampooed again.

I put my hair in 4 bantu knots and let it air dry overnight. The next morning, the ends were a little damp and the rest was dry. Once the hair was completely dry, I put the bantus back in because I was feeling them. A few days later, I put my sock bun back in. I’ve completely abandoned my phony ponytail. I pulled the bun low and off to the side.
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My hair in bantu knots, not the most elegant but it will do!

Week 5’s hair day was pushed back two days because I had to have work done in my bathroom. I prepoo’d with ORS Hair Masque and the following day it was business as usual. I mentioned before that I was concerned about breakage and I found a regimen that I’ll be starting after this challenge is over.

If the new regimen fails, I will book a hair consultation at Miss Jessie’s Hair Salon.I’ve seen Miss Jessie’s hair products advertised in beauty supplies stores all over my neighborhood but I never knew there was a salon. I found it at the forums at CurlyNikki.com. It’s a $75 non refundable fee for the consultation and you get advice on what will be best for your hair. If you want them to do your hair right then and there, they will or you can come another time to get it done. If that doesn’t work for me, the big chop will still be in the back of my mind.

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Products used during challenge
From left:ORS HAIRepair Intense Moisture Creme,ORS Hair Mayonnaise,ORS Olive Oil Hair Masque, Curl Care by Dr.Miracles Rehydrating Shampoo, ORS Olive Oil Smooth ‘n’ Hold Pudding

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More products used for challenge
From Left: Curls Unleashed sulfate free shampoo, ORS HAIRepair Anti-breakage creme, ORS Uplifting Shampoo(chelating shampoo), ORS Olive Oil Aloe Shampoo(clarifying shampoo)

Week 6, I used a different deep conditioner. It was ORS Replenishing Conditioner and I’v ejust fallen in love with ORS products but alas, I’ve realized I’m a product junkie, lol. But since I’ve been doing the challenge, I wanted to have an array of products to choose from and Im done buying products..at least until what I have runs out.The thing I”ve learned is that because I have breakage issues I’ve only been L.O.C.ing with my anti-breakage creme and nothing else. I received my copy of Better Than Good Hair by Nikki Walton and finished it in three days. It gave a wealth of advice and it pushed me to instead of doing a big chop, I’ve decided to trim my split ends. I know it seems a little counterintuitive to do that after doing all the work for 2 months to gain more length only to cut it off. But the main goal here is always the same: healthy hair!

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My products! Don’t judge me!

Hair Challenge: 1 month later

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I started my hair challenge with an hot oil treatment using castor oil. I wrapped my hair in a conditioning cap and wrapped the cap in a hot towel. After half an hour I washed it out and shampooed using a sulfate free shampoo. Sulfate can be hard on hair so I don’t use shampoos that contain sulfate as my weekly choice. I applied the faux ponytail which protects the ends of my hair. After a week, I got tired of the ponytail  so I took it out , greased my scalp with castor oil (which is also a requirement of the challenge. I have to do it  every week.) I washed and conditioned, L.O.C’d and put in a sock bun. The castor oil feels heavy on my hair so all the other products I use I try to make sure they are light.

I managed to stay away from hair gel for the last four months or so and have substituted it for ORS Smooth N Hold pudding. It’s ideal for ponytails but doesn’t do much for my stupid puffy new growth. I try to smooth it out as much as possible but to no avail. I have fallen in love with Organic Root Stimulator products and I just found out they have a line for little girls (yay,Amani!).I miss my Profectiv products and as soon as I figure out which ones suit me the best, I’ll incorporate it into my regimen.

In my third week, I found a new wash routine thanks to Aisha of myfroandi.com. I followed the routine pretty much to the letter but changed it a little so that it still fell in line with the guidelines for the challenge. I like washing and applying products to my hair in sections. I usually do it in 4 sections and I can give each section the attention it deserves.

Two things that are still bugging me are the rough patch in the middle of my hair and breakage. The patch is a coarser texture than the rest of my hair and it seems to constantly stay dry. Within the last few weeks it’s become a little more manageable and moisturized. I’ve had breakage problems for as long as I can remember. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve clogged my tub drain with my hair. But since I’ve been detangling properly (tip to root) it’s been less of a problem.

I’m really excited about what the result will be like once the challenge is over. I’ve had fun using different products and experimenting with how to treat her my hair. It’s very much like me:sensitive, stubborn, but needs to be handled gently. I even tried something new with Amani’s hair. I did a bantu knot twist out. The result were nice mini like curls and her hair in the bantu knots was beautiful. After next month, I’m still debating on whether or not to relax my hair or cut it all off. I’d relax it because of the new growth and I’d cut it all off because of the split ends Either way, I’m going to have to make a decision soon. I want to be natural and I’ve learned so much about it that relaxing it would just undo all of that. Check back in with me next month as I deal with the next and last month of the 8 week protective style challenge. BTW, the way I listed the products I was going to be use every week for the challenge have changed a bit and I.ll redo it in a month.

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Amani and her lovely locs!

8 Week Style Challenge: Week One

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As you know Im trying the 8 week style challenge hosted by Kavuli of Good Hair Diaries. Ive chosen my protective style, which is the faux ponytail.

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My challenge will last until March 20th and requires that I use castor oil(yes that kind) as a main ingredient. I’ve come up with an outline for how I’m going to take care of my hair for the next 8 weeks. Here it is:
Week 1- 1/23/13-1/30/13
wash hair with Curls Unleashed Lavish in Lather sulfate free shampoo;deep condition with ORS Hair Masque;L.O.C. with castor oil and ORS Incredibly Rich Hair Lotion

Week 2-1/30/13-2/6/13
wash hair with Curl Care by Dr.Miracle’s Rehydrating Shampoo;deep condition with ORS HAIRepair Intense Moisture Creme;L.O.C. with castor oil and ORS HAIRepair Anti Breakage Strengthener Creme

Week 3-2/6/13-2/13/13
wash hair with Lavish in Lather sulfate free shampoo; deep condition with ORS Hair Masque; L.O.C. with castor oil and ORS Hair Fertilizer

Week 4-2/13/13-2/20/13
wash hair with ORS Clarifying Shampoo;deep condition with ORS Hair Mayo;hot oil treatment with castor oil; L.O.C. with castor oil and ORS Incredibly Rich Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion

Week 5-2/20/13-2/27/13
wash hair with Rehydrating Shampoo;deep condition with Creme of Nature Intense Treatment with Argan Oil; L.O.C. with castor oil and ORS HAIRepair Intense Moisture Creme

Week 6-2/27/13-3/6/13
wash hair with sulfate free shampoo;deep condition with ORS Hair Masque;L.O.C. with castor oil and HAIRepair AntiBreakage Creme

Week 7-3/6/13-3/13/13
waah hair with rehydrating shampoo;deep condition with Curls Unleashed No Restrictions Moisturizing Conditioner;L.O.C. with castor oil and ORS Hair Fertilizer

Week 8-3/13/13-3/20/13
wash hair with ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo;deep condition with ORS Hair Mayo;hot oil treatment with castor oil;L.O.C. with castor oil and ORS Olive Oil Incredibly Rich Moisturizing Hair Lotion

*L.O.C.-  a process that I do usually right after Ive washed my hair and it is still wet. I then cover hair with a natural oil and then cover the oil with a water based creme or conditioner
*ORS-Organic Root Stimulator is a brand of hair products that I use most on my hair.

Once I’ve gotten to the one month mark of the hair challenge, I’ll update you on how my hair is doing.