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admin
09-21-2014, 04:33 PM
Ok, here it is! We've been doing some housekeeping. This is the permanent location for NJoy's annual Long & Healthy Hair Growth Challenge.

Unfortunately, in moving the thread, all previous posts have been accidentally deleted. Oops!! :nerves: 2017 posts and over 40K views. :wallbash: Not at all what I wanted but, I don't believe in lamenting over the past or what can't be undone. Let's just move forward with positive expectations and a renewed motivation to succeed, shall we? :reddancer:

If you haven't officially signed up for NJoy's Hair Growth Challenge, I'll need you to do a few things.

1. Please head over and sign up for the Hair Growth Challenge (http://mydivaspot.com) to be included. By signing up, you will receive occasional motivational emails, information to maximize your growth results, special members-only product discount codes and periodic updates from NJoy. Also, you'll also be eligible to participate in any of the contests with prizes offered throughout this Challenge.

2. Make sure that you sign up in this forum. If you try to reply to this post and are not signed up for the forum, you'll be prompted to do so. Or, you can look at the upper right corner of this forum for the sign up link. There you'll choose a Username for yourself and you'll have full access to posting as well as setting up a blog for yourself here. PLEASE do that because we want to hear from you. Your participation will help you to stay on track and reach your goals. And,

3. After you've officially signed up for The Challenge and the forum, please head over to the Member's Progress thread (http://mydivaspot.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?55-Members-Progress) to post your starting picture and any updates. You'll start your own thread with your starting pic and your current regimen. As you check in with your monthly growth updates, simply post to your thread so that we'll have a place to see your actual progress easily.

We'll use THIS thread to discuss our day-to-day journey, questions, suggestions and links to your updated pictures. You're welcome to post pictures of styles or whatever you'd like to share. This is YOUR spot. We're all on this journey together.

Remember, this challenge will remain open so, feel free to join at any time. And don't be a secret agent. Invite others to join us. The more the merrier.

We've been having some EXCELLENT progress so far and I look forward to seeing YOUR results as well.

That said, LET'S GROW SOME HAIR!!! :yay::yahoo::reddancer:

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***Important Note***

It's important to mention that you should stop using NJoy's Long & Healthy Hair Growth Oil for at least one week before and one week after a relaxer (or any chemical processing, for that matter).

And remember that you can always order your Hair Growth products at NJoyEssentials.com (http://njoyessentials.com). Don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list by officially joining the Challenge (http://mydivaspot.com) to receive your special discount codes.

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NJoy
10-06-2014, 01:39 PM
Ok, we've officially started the "supercharge Your Hair Growth" series. This will be the thread that we use for discussions and support during this challenge. We have just under 3 months remaining but that's PLENTY of time to get a good amount of growth! It doesn't matter whether you're relaxed, natural or transitioning. You can get your hair to grow with the right care. I've been all three so, I know that's true. I'm fully natural now but am not a natural nazi. And I don't expect anyone else here to force their views on anyone else. You can have an opinion but, let's stay respectful and remember that we all have a choice on how we each chooses to grow and wear our hair. That said, I'd like for you to drop a few lines and introduce yourselves.

Let us know your current length, the length you'd like to be by the end of this year, whether you're relaxed, natural or transitioning and your hair type, if you know it.

I'm excited and I'll go first.

I'm 2 years natural. I transitioned for 17 months prior and had been previously relaxed for as far back as I can remember. My hair type is 4a/4b. I'm currently just past waistlength and plan to be full hip length by the end of the year.

For me, since I've been natural, I've been growing my hair off and on so that I could learn to manage my natural hair at different lengths. I started with armpit length and was nervous about growing too quickly. I thought that I'd get the tangling that I got while transitioning. It wasn't that bad and got easier the longer I grew.

I keep my hair bunned or braided up (no extensions) as much as possible. I think I'm going to change my ultimate goal to tbl or bcl.

I'll post an updated length check pic later today while moisturizing and sealing my hair.

Blessed1
10-07-2014, 10:51 AM
Wow. I haven't been here in awhile and looks like I'm back right on time.

Njoy, i signed up for the challenge and sent you a message.

My hair is relaxed. I had my last touch up 4 weeks ago. I'm stretching my relaxers for 16 weeks at a time. I can't handle much more than that. My starting length is neck length. I hope to reach full shoulder length by the end of the year. I'm using my njoy oil daily. Just started back about a 2 months ago. I BC'd back in February but couldn't handle being natural so I relaxed in July. I had some damage to my ends and got that trimmed. I wasnt about that twa life either. I didn't know what to do with it. I'm lookkn forward to eventually growing my hair to armpit length.

Serenity
10-07-2014, 10:58 AM
Delurking to save my place.

Lakieeshaa
10-14-2014, 01:40 AM
My last relaxer was in beginning of 2008. I transitioned with buns, braids, twist. I am grazing bra strap or in between a 4 or 5 in my hair length shirt from N joy of course. My goal length for the year is waist length but really shooting for tailbone length. I wash every two to three weeks. I am known to go four weeks. I don't have heavy buildup so it works for me. I am still up in the air as to my winter hair care regimen.

NJoy
10-22-2014, 01:02 PM
Planning a thorough detangling session for tonight. I've been trying the Tightly Curly Method of leaving condish in my hair. I've been putting my hair in buns, which looks nice but causes knots, if I don't keep the tangles in check. Detoxing my hair before detangling to make it easier.

NJoy
10-22-2014, 01:35 PM
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RebeccaAlana
11-05-2014, 06:30 PM
Hi , I'm Rebecca ! I'm new to the whole hair journey and forum thing. I just want to introduce myself ! Im 20 and at the end of Sept. i decided to embark on a hair journey ! I'm fully relaxed, i cut off about 3in of hair last month to have a fresh start and to get rid of any dead-ends that would hold me back. I use my Njoy's hair oil daily with a thorough scalp massage :high5: . I have a lot of results ! New growth is coming out of my protective style (box braids). I took a pic after i cut my hair and i will take another after removing my box braids. Can't wait to see the results !! I will post before and after pics :great:

NJoy
11-07-2014, 12:39 PM
Hi , I'm Rebecca ! I'm new to the whole hair journey and forum thing. I just want to introduce myself ! Im 20 and at the end of Sept. i decided to embark on a hair journey ! I'm fully relaxed, i cut off about 3in of hair last month to have a fresh start and to get rid of any dead-ends that would hold me back. I use my Njoy's hair oil daily with a thorough scalp massage :high5: . I have a lot of results ! New growth is coming out of my protective style (box braids). I took a pic after i cut my hair and i will take another after removing my box braids. Can't wait to see the results !! I will post before and after pics :great:

Woohoo! Welcome Rebecca. I'm looking forward to your results too. I was fully relaxed when I started my growth journey and my hair FLEW down my back. The best part about being relaxed was that I could see my growth easily and I could feel the full length of my hair in the shower. Looking forward to you having the same sort of results. :yahoo:

Grohairgro
11-08-2014, 10:25 AM
Hi

I am just joining too.

I am based in the UK and have just done a homemade version of sulfur and essential oils which I'm not sure I'm getting on with it. Feels like breathing in chemicals while I'm sleeping:(

Anyway my hair is just in between neck and shoulder length. My short term goal is to get it to collarbone length.

I have just started to keep my hair in large plaits for 3 wks of the month. I have been natural for 18 mths now but I am always getting tangles so this might help me to grow my hair.

Anyway I'm pleased to finally joined a forum. LHCF seemed a bit too intimidating for now.

I am hoping I can retain 6 inches between now and next Xmas 2015.

I know it is possible. 😃

NJoy
11-09-2014, 04:19 PM
Hi

I am just joining too.

I am based in the UK and have just done a homemade version of sulfur and essential oils which I'm not sure I'm getting on with it. Feels like breathing in chemicals while I'm sleeping:(

Anyway my hair is just in between neck and shoulder length. My short term goal is to get it to collarbone length.

I have just started to keep my hair in large plaits for 3 wks of the month. I have been natural for 18 mths now but I am always getting tangles so this might help me to grow my hair.

Anyway I'm pleased to finally joined a forum. LHCF seemed a bit too intimidating for now.

I am hoping I can retain 6 inches between now and next Xmas 2015.

I know it is possible. 😃

Welcome Grohairgro! I'm looking forward to growing with you. 6 inches by Christmas 2015 sounds like a very doable goal. So, let's do it! :yahoo:

NJoy
11-09-2014, 04:40 PM
Hola, ladies. I cowashed my hair last night. Trying to stick to my schedule of washing (or cowashing) at least 2x a week. My intention was to do a rod set but, it was late and my hair laziness got the best of me. :giggling:

I must say, I do love wash days. I look forward to the water on my scalp, the underwater massage while cleansing my scalp and the feel of my hair growing down my back. When I was relaxed, this was something that I could count on to help me to visualize longer hair. The water extended the feeling of the length of my hair so, feeling the water at the longer length would make me feel as tho my hair was at that length. I'd move my head around so that I could feel the new length and my hair grew like crazy. So, I'm njoying the same process now that I'm natural.

Sure, when it was shorter, I didn't get the full advantage of the hangtime but, full of conditioner, the hair is extra heavy and I'd imagine that extra weight was longer hair...just shrunken. But if I stretched it out... woohoo! So any hang because of the weight would only mean that my hair was longer, thicker and healthier. And so it was.

So now, I put up a small fog-free mirror in my shower. I have it positioned so that I can see my hair going down my back but, never the ends. That way, I can visualize that my hair continues on. I'm tippy-toeing now and still not seeing the ends. I LOVE that! Because while I'm doing that, I'm reminding myself that my hair is shrunken an waaaaaay longer than what I see or even feel in the shower.

I admire my hair and remind myself that my hair is growing long, thick and healthy because I'm taking good care of it. And cleansing and conditioning it certainly is caring for it.

Just thought I'd share that. Stay positive. What you see today is part of the journey of getting where you expect to be later. Love and bless your hair. And most importantly, be thankful and expect only the best.

What do you LOVE about wash day?

Cheyjuan
11-10-2014, 08:05 PM
Hi! I'm new here. My name is Chey-Juan. I just purchased a few products from the Essentials line. My hair has always been a little dry but I'm suffering from breakage so much that I've lost about 4 inches in overall length not to mention a great deal in volume. Since deciding to go natural after my last keratin treatment in July, I've seen an increase in growth! I easily have my 4 inches but you can't even tell because of breakage it remains around the same length as before starting my journey. Although I've gained that in such little time, I see very little length gain. I am used to my hair being 2-3 inches past the bottom of my bra strap, my hair now comes about 1 1/2 in above bsl. So you see, I have a problem with breakage...a big one. Every time I rub product in I have short hairs sticking to my fingers from the breakage. Tons of them. I'm here to grow my hair long and strong!!! I'm on such a journey in every area of my life and I want everything to be its best as I wish for myself to be my best..self. I'm a student again yay! My hair goal is to be healthy! My hair is a mix of black at the roots and new growth of course and blonde. I've been dying my hair forever and I've been blonde since 2010. I'm not going to dye it although, in my opinion it wasn't the best job, for at least a year. July was my last time. My ultimate goal is tbl for the full head. You see, in all of my breakage I have a 50/50 hair length. My top and front varies between chin to shoulder while the rest falls down my back. I wish to reach bbsl (lol I made that acronym up to be below bottom of bra strap length aka where it usually is by January) after that, I'd like to grow four more inches to wl by April and hl by July (4 more inches on me) and finally in a year I intend to have STRONG, beautiful tbl hair. I gave myself the extra time in the fall so that hopefully when I even it out, it would have grown from below wl to hl/tbl by November from July. Tbl is an ultimate goal but wl is a big nod and was my initial goal until about 2 weeks ago. Hl is an even larger one.

I'm here to learn about hair care. I depended on others to take care of my hair (although I only went to the salon 4 times a year then twice a year, I thought "how hard could it be?" But I was doing things all wrong. I research everyday and it nearly seems to be an obsession. I love my hair, my body and spirit. I can do this and so can you!!! I appreciate any advice given and of course motivation. It gets hard sometimes, especially when you're used to a wrap-it's like a brush and go lol! I am thankful for what I have and that's why I have to learn to take care of it. I will post photos as soon as I can. My twist and braid outs never work out lol and my wash and gos only last a day and I have a 50/59 chance of them looking decent.

My hair type is 3c/4a and in the middle and over the ears is about a 4b and THICK! In fact, it suffered the most breakage because until now, I didn't even comb it correctly. It would just tangle right back up and I would fry it away and I didn't even know it. I didn't know I was burning my hair I thought it was the product causing my hair to fall out everywhere. I haven't gotten rid of all of my breakage, obviously but believe it or not, it's a lot better. I lost obviously 3-4 in and now I lose an inch. It's heartbreaking but at least I'm not worst off. I know to be thankful always. My hair seems stringy sometimes and doesn't hold its curls for long especially in the front, the back is awesome and soft and beautifully curled. I intend to try curlformers in the future (when I can afford it). I can't even readily put my hair in a ponytail because it looks so small and thin when left naturally curly and my buns are so small (and my new growth is thick so I look like I have a big head and no hair, especially since I try not to brush or even touch the curls so they stay in). I always look crazy but that's ok I'll get there again ;).

I use:
Big wide tooth comb with a handle
NJoy hair growth oil (daily) pre poo/seal (at least 2 per week or whenever I seal), and detox (1 per week). I think I use too much and although I read everything I'm not sure I use them correctly. I never know if I'm evenly applying anything and my scalp and hair still feels dry but when I wait a bit then it runs so...I don't know. The detox is amazing though! One wash and there was my volume! (The keratin takes that look away)
Evoo-always
Acv
Palmers coconut oil protein pack 1/mo
Diy protein 2/mo (1 egg, evoo, acv, conditioner, mayo, yogurt, honey, lemon juice)
Natural shae butter to seal
Eco styling gel when braiding etc
Shae moisture purifying masque (1 per mo) and weekly repair conditioner (1 per week)
Cantu leave in repair conditioner
Theorie Argan ultimate repair conditioner (not sure if it's a deep conditioner)
When I straighten only once a mo for length checks I use keratin perfect silk conditioner

I also invert 1/mo for 7 days

I'm currently sitting sideways in front of the personal heater w my conditioning cap on (no dryer or steamer) and my detox in, protein, evoo, light conditioner, and light acv on scalp. This is my second time using the detox and my hair was so dry I needed to try something. I don't know what I'm doing but I'm trying!

Good luck to everyone! Tbl here I come!

NJoy
11-11-2014, 12:08 AM
Welcome Cheyjuan. :hiya: Sounds like you have a lot going on and a lot planned ahead of you. But the best part is that you have positive expectations for your journey. That's awesome.

I'm seeing this post pretty late but I do have some suggestions I'd like to share. But, I have to get some sleep for now. I'll be back to share tomorrow. In the meantime, welcome and I look forward to growing with you. :yay:

Cheyjuan
11-11-2014, 12:21 PM
Welcome Cheyjuan. :hiya: Sounds like you have a lot going on and a lot planned ahead of you. But the best part is that you have positive expectations for your journey. That's awesome.

I'm seeing this post pretty late but I do have some suggestions I'd like to share. But, I have to get some sleep for now. I'll be back to share tomorrow. In the meantime, welcome and I look forward to growing with you. :yay:



THANK YOU! I'm trying not to have any expectations but I set so many benchmark goals to keep me motivated and accountable (I don't want this to be like a New Years resolution that is dropped in a matter of minutes lol). I really appreciate your response and positivity instead of saying "you can't do that. It's crazy that you're wasting all of that time. And my favorite: *look* you're brave to say that out loud *chuckles*". I haven't said it aloud but one time but these are the things I see and hear when I talk about naturalness even in my family. Natural isn't cute unless you have 3a or less curlier hair. I mean it's perfect as long as you straighten it or know what you're doing with the curls. I get crazy looks for my hair, even my husband with all of his love and support told me I just needed to get my hair done and that's why I have "different hair than when we met bc when we met, it was better" he doesn't know or mean harm but it makes me feel...not so comfortable but that's ok I'm growing! Thank you. I'd appreciate any help I can get. :)!

NJoy
11-11-2014, 10:28 PM
THANK YOU! I'm trying not to have any expectations but I set so many benchmark goals to keep me motivated and accountable (I don't want this to be like a New Years resolution that is dropped in a matter of minutes lol). I really appreciate your response and positivity instead of saying "you can't do that. It's crazy that you're wasting all of that time. And my favorite: *look* you're brave to say that out loud *chuckles*". I haven't said it aloud but one time but these are the things I see and hear when I talk about naturalness even in my family. Natural isn't cute unless you have 3a or less curlier hair. I mean it's perfect as long as you straighten it or know what you're doing with the curls. I get crazy looks for my hair, even my husband with all of his love and support told me I just needed to get my hair done and that's why I have "different hair than when we met bc when we met, it was better" he doesn't know or mean harm but it makes me feel...not so comfortable but that's ok I'm growing! Thank you. I'd appreciate any help I can get. :)!

100 yrs later... :giggling:

I definitely think that you can turn your hair around, get it in its best condition and grow it long. Honey, if you had seen the condition of my hair before I started my healthy hair growth journey. :nerves: And I didn't know anything about taking good care of it. If I needed it done, I'd go have it done. Otherwise, I'd use heat like crazy trying to get it looking decent. My hair was breaking so much that I kept a dust buster in my bathroom to vacuum up all the broken hairs. But hey, my hair was thick and that hid a lot of damage so, those broken hairs didn't bother me. But, enough about me...

So, I was looking over your regimen last night and am wondering if you are using too much protein. Maybe protein overload is greatly contributing to your breakage. I suggest you do a wet assessment to check your hair's protein-moisture balance. And, while you're at it, check your porosity.

To check porosity, take a strand of clean shed hair and place it in a glass of water. If the strand floats and stays on top or slowly sinks after a long period of time, you may have low porosity. This means that your cuticles are tightly closed and your hair has a hard time absorbing moisture. If it sinks pretty quickly, then you have high porosity. This means that your cuticles are not laying flat, are open or damaged from abuse. This prevents the hair from retaining moisture. If it's somewhere in between, then you have normal porosity.

With low porosity, you'll have to lift your cuticles to get moisture inside. If you have high porosity, you'll need to use heavy sealing to seal moisture in. Also, when wet, it absorbs too much water, which can also cause damage. Find out which you have and we'll talk how to modify your regimen.

To check you protein moisture balance, take a wet strand of shed hair. Gently pull it to stretch it. You're not trying to use hard pressure to break it. Any hair will break under strong pressure. You're checking to see how much give your hair has. If it stretches a lot, sort of like a rubber band, before breaking, then your hair needs more protein for structure. If you don't pull it enough to break but it remains stretched out, you also need more protein. If it doesn't have much give and breaks quickly, then you need moisture. Protein overload makes your hair stronger but inflexible so, any pull or pressure causes it to snap off, like a twig. If it stretches a bit and returns to it's normal size when you release it. Or, if it stretches a reasonable amount before breaking, then your hair is in balance. Keep doing what you're doing.

It's easy to get protein overload because we think that if our hair is breaking, we need to strengthen it. But really, we need to stop and figure out WHY it's breaking. Protein overload takes more time to correct than moisture overload but, it will make a huge difference.

That said, please check your porosity and protein/moisture balance and let's review your regimen to see if any changes need to be made. You still reading?! Get to checking! You have some hair to grow, honey! :great:

Cheyjuan
11-13-2014, 07:12 PM
100 yrs later... :giggling:

I definitely think that you can turn your hair around, get it in its best condition and grow it long. Honey, if you had seen the condition of my hair before I started my healthy hair growth journey. :nerves: And I didn't know anything about taking good care of it. If I needed it done, I'd go have it done. Otherwise, I'd use heat like crazy trying to get it looking decent. My hair was breaking so much that I kept a dust buster in my bathroom to vacuum up all the broken hairs. But hey, my hair was thick and that hid a lot of damage so, those broken hairs didn't bother me. But, enough about me...

So, I was looking over your regimen last night and am wondering if you are using too much protein. Maybe protein overload is greatly contributing to your breakage. I suggest you do a wet assessment to check your hair's protein-moisture balance. And, while you're at it, check your porosity.

To check porosity, take a strand of clean shed hair and place it in a glass of water. If the strand floats and stays on top or slowly sinks after a long period of time, you may have low porosity. This means that your cuticles are tightly closed and your hair has a hard time absorbing moisture. If it sinks pretty quickly, then you have high porosity. This means that your cuticles are not laying flat, are open or damaged from abuse. This prevents the hair from retaining moisture. If it's somewhere in between, then you have normal porosity.

With low porosity, you'll have to lift your cuticles to get moisture inside. If you have high porosity, you'll need to use heavy sealing to seal moisture in. Also, when wet, it absorbs too much water, which can also cause damage. Find out which you have and we'll talk how to modify your regimen.

To check you protein moisture balance, take a wet strand of shed hair. Gently pull it to stretch it. You're not trying to use hard pressure to break it. Any hair will break under strong pressure. You're checking to see how much give your hair has. If it stretches a lot, sort of like a rubber band, before breaking, then your hair needs more protein for structure. If you don't pull it enough to break but it remains stretched out, you also need more protein. If it doesn't have much give and breaks quickly, then you need moisture. Protein overload makes your hair stronger but inflexible so, any pull or pressure causes it to snap off, like a twig. If it stretches a bit and returns to it's normal size when you release it. Or, if it stretches a reasonable amount before breaking, then your hair is in balance. Keep doing what you're doing.

It's easy to get protein overload because we think that if our hair is breaking, we need to strengthen it. But really, we need to stop and figure out WHY it's breaking. Protein overload takes more time to correct than moisture overload but, it will make a huge difference.

That said, please check your porosity and protein/moisture balance and let's review your regimen to see if any changes need to be made. You still reading?! Get to checking! You have some hair to grow, honey! :great:


HI! Okay, it's so uncanny some of the things you say. I was checking my porosity probably while you were writing that and I found that my hair has low porosity (it is STILL floating since the other day so needless to say low). But my hair only takes a short time to dry actually. On the opposite end, it took me forever out of all of those strands that have come out to find a single shed hair with the bulb. After there was just one, I wet and stretched it. It felt like a rubber band but I didn't pull it too too tightly, where it would break but just enough to stretch it like I was doing a length check. The curl relaxed a bit and with each of the 4 pulls got straighter and straighter but it never went back to its original shrunken size so maybe it needs protuen I don't know.... Maybe it's balanced...? I also had a broom nearby any time I even straightened my hair (everyday). My hairs were everywhere, they still kind of are. They come out even while moisturizing it I have a hand full of short hairs each time and it gets all in the product (woof). I too wonder how you styled your hair while transitioning. The line of demarcation is daunting slightly because where the keratin is mostly it looks so thin and the top is so thick. My ponytails look ridiculous, I look almost like I have no real hair when it's left free....I don't know, but my most important issue is what we were talking about. Believe me when I say I understand where you were because for so long I knew my hair was breaking but I looked like Simba anyway so I didn't pay any mind plus I didn't know the difference between shed and broken. I feel that different sections of my hair need different things, I even feel as though there are different types of hair in there. Perhaps my hair is more damaged in some places, again just guessing. My front never curls where my bangs are, the top center is super dry and short and on the sides I can see really short hairs from breakage and burning (boo!). It just keeps snapping and I'm combing it delicately. I don't know! ��������

Thank you so much for reading and responding. I talk so much.

mz_robyn
11-13-2014, 11:55 PM
I'm not usually one to post to threads but here goes...:nerves:

Hello, everyone!

My name is Robyn and I'm a 27 year old southern girl that has been relaxed for as long as I can remember (about 6 or 7) though I DID try to transition twice in my mid 20's. My natural texture and my comb got into too many fights :down: so I returned to relaxers.

I had thick hair as a young girl and teenager but then I made the mistake of letting my cousin glue some tracks into my scalp senior year in high school. TO THIS DAY my crown hasn't been the same. I then had THE MOST devastating hair setback in my life when I was 19 in 2007. My former stylist had just done my hair as usual when my mama noticed that my hair looked really thin. I was crushed when I saw my hair literally blow away in the January wind. I lost my hair all the way to the new growth. I sobbed for days after that. :sosad: My stylist tried to blame it on me (Poor eating habits, re-pierced earrings, new tattoo, stress, weight gain) EVERYTHING BUT HERSELF! Then I had to endure smelly treatments that smelled like burgers and fries to regrow my hair, which took 18 months ONLY to have her cut my length off again!


Finally after awhile (2009-2011) I had gotten my hair somewhat on even keel when I had both my father and uncle die seven months apart in 2012 and was dismayed to find that my crown had thinned and fallen out to the point of new growth. It has grown back and is thicker but is a tad bit shorter than the rest of my hair naturally. I also thought my hair loss was due to possible hypothyroidism but blood tests were always normal.

My hair always hovers between shoulder length and collarbone length but I would LOVE for it to be APL. I don't have a set deadline just as long as I realize the goal. My regimen is as follows:

I relax between every 3-6 months.
I don't DC that much and I used to wash my hair every week but the hard water and laziness pushed it back to seldom. I DO use dry shampoo though. I also don't get many protein treatments.
I trim sparingly but will cut off bad ends if need be.
My hair LOVES heat but I don't use it that often.
I use low manipulation styles like curls and fully protective styles like cornrows & wigs. I recently had crochet braids (I know, SO old school right?! :giggling:) and had 2" of NG all over, especially my crown!:yay: The next thing I want to try is box braids and maybe a sew in down the line but IDK as I never had a sew in before.
I don't wrap or moisturize & seal my hair as it hates being wrapped and it also seems to break when I M&S (IDK why that happens maybe I did something wrong? :question:)
I used to drink Mineral Rich and take Hairfinity and prenatals or Feosol (NOT PREGNANT!) but now I am going to take S.S.S Tonic for a while then maybe some hair supplements again when the money goes from funny to honey lol.
I bought Hair Trigger Growth Elixir & Liquid Gold but have yet to use them. I have yet to buy and try NJoy's Long & Healthy Hair Growth Oil but I will maybe in December or January.

I hope to go to a holistic trichologist soon and will update what results came from it in a later post.

Whew! That's my hair journey laid bare. I hope to grow not only my hair but a band of sisters around me as well.

NJoy
11-14-2014, 07:38 PM
HI! Okay, it's so uncanny some of the things you say. I was checking my porosity probably while you were writing that and I found that my hair has low porosity (it is STILL floating since the other day so needless to say low). But my hair only takes a short time to dry actually. On the opposite end, it took me forever out of all of those strands that have come out to find a single shed hair with the bulb. After there was just one, I wet and stretched it. It felt like a rubber band but I didn't pull it too too tightly, where it would break but just enough to stretch it like I was doing a length check. The curl relaxed a bit and with each of the 4 pulls got straighter and straighter but it never went back to its original shrunken size so maybe it needs protuen I don't know.... Maybe it's balanced...? I also had a broom nearby any time I even straightened my hair (everyday). My hairs were everywhere, they still kind of are. They come out even while moisturizing it I have a hand full of short hairs each time and it gets all in the product (woof). I too wonder how you styled your hair while transitioning. The line of demarcation is daunting slightly because where the keratin is mostly it looks so thin and the top is so thick. My ponytails look ridiculous, I look almost like I have no real hair when it's left free....I don't know, but my most important issue is what we were talking about. Believe me when I say I understand where you were because for so long I knew my hair was breaking but I looked like Simba anyway so I didn't pay any mind plus I didn't know the difference between shed and broken. I feel that different sections of my hair need different things, I even feel as though there are different types of hair in there. Perhaps my hair is more damaged in some places, again just guessing. My front never curls where my bangs are, the top center is super dry and short and on the sides I can see really short hairs from breakage and burning (boo!). It just keeps snapping and I'm combing it delicately. I don't know! ��������

Thank you so much for reading and responding. I talk so much.

Well, it doesn't sound like protein overload. I was expecting your hair to be brittle but, you said no. When your hair is wet, does it feel mushy or super soft? And can you post pics? Let me reread what you originally said, in the meantime. Also, did you do the porosity test with clean hair. Having any product on the hair will often seal it shut. Just making sure we get the right details to figure this thing out. *where's my egghead icon*

NJoy
11-14-2014, 07:51 PM
I'm not usually one to post to threads but here goes...

Hello, everyone!

My name is Robyn and I'm a 27 year old southern girl that has been relaxed for as long as I can remember (about 6 or 7) though I DID try to transition twice in my mid 20's. My natural texture and my comb got into too many fights :down: so I returned to relaxers.

I had thick hair as a young girl and teenager but then I made the mistake of letting my cousin glue some tracks into my scalp senior year in high school. TO THIS DAY my crown hasn't been the same. I then had THE MOST devastating hair setback in my life when I was 19 in 2007. My former stylist had just done my hair as usual when my mama noticed that my hair looked really thin. I was crushed when I saw my hair literally blow away in the January wind. I lost my hair all the way to the new growth. I sobbed for days after that. :sosad: My stylist tried to blame it on me (Poor eating habits, re-pierced earrings, new tattoo, stress, weight gain) EVERYTHING BUT HERSELF! Then I had to endure smelly treatments that smelled like burgers and fries to regrow my hair, which took 18 months ONLY to have her cut my length off again!


Finally after awhile (2009-2011) I had gotten my hair somewhat on even keel when I had both my father and uncle die seven months apart in 2012 and was dismayed to find that my crown had thinned and fallen out to the point of new growth. It has grown back and is thicker but is a tad bit shorter than the rest of my hair naturally. I also thought my hair loss was due to possible hypothyroidism but blood tests were always normal.

My hair always hovers between shoulder length and collarbone length but I would LOVE for it to be APL. I don't have a set deadline just as long as I realize the goal. My regimen is as follows:

I relax between every 3-6 months.
I don't DC that much and I used to wash my hair every week but the hard water and laziness pushed it back to seldom. I DO use dry shampoo though. I also don't get many protein treatments.
I trim sparingly but will cut off bad ends if need be.
My hair LOVES heat but I don't use it that often.
I use low manipulation styles like curls and fully protective styles like cornrows & wigs. I recently had crochet braids (I know, SO old school right?! :giggling:) and had 2" of NG all over, especially my crown!:yay: The next thing I want to try is box braids and maybe a sew in down the line but IDK as I never had a sew in before.
I don't wrap or moisturize & seal my hair as it hates being wrapped and it also seems to break when I M&S (IDK why that happens maybe I did something wrong?
I used to drink Mineral Rich and take Hairfinity and prenatals or Feosol (NOT PREGNANT!) but now I am going to take S.S.S Tonic for a while then maybe some hair supplements again when the money goes from funny to honey lol.
I bought Hair Trigger Growth Elixir & Liquid Gold but have yet to use them. I have yet to buy and try NJoy's Long & Healthy Hair Growth Oil but I will maybe in December or January.

I hope to go to a holistic trichologist soon and will update what results came from it in a later post.

Whew! That's my hair journey laid bare. I hope to grow not only my hair but a band of sisters around me as well.

Welcome aboard, Robyn! :hug2: Thanks for sharing your hairstory. It definitely sounds like you're on a mission to grow your hair and I'm looking forward to watching you exceed your goals. The one thing that I loved about being relaxed was that I could see my new growth and my length easily. And when I was in the shower, I could feel the hair growing down my back.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the holistic trichologist says. Keep us posted and don't be a stranger. We need a few more brave souls to speak up around here. I'm glad you did.

Where are you in the south, btw? I'm in the Atlanta area.

NJoy
11-14-2014, 08:20 PM
Just washed my hair today. I was hoping to do a rod set but, lately I've just been so tired. Some nights I'd stay up late so I'd be extra sleepy the following night. Today, I'm just feeling wiped out. I know this is because hubby has been out of town this week and that leaves me to take care of everything. All that to say, no rod set, even tho I just bought six packs. I also have curlformers that I have yet to use too so, maybe I'm just hair lazy when it comes to styling. IDK. :giggling:

Robyn, I think a lot of ladies are doing crochet braids lately. At least, that's what I'm seeing. But if it got you 2 inches, it sounds like a great protective style. I'm still trying to decide what I'm going to do with my hair for the winter. I usually just do a lot of beanies and occasional wigs. I like to have access to my hair.

Cheyjuan How are you wearing your hair during your transition? That line of demarcation is finicky. It definitely needs to stay moisturized and you need low manipulation styles - especially if it's breaking every time you touch it. Rereading your original post, you mentioned that your new growth is doing fine but the rest of the hair has suffered damage from heat and bleaching AND you've been doing BKT's. So, I can understand the added protein in your regimen. I think you just subjected your hair to a lot of abuse but, you're well on your way to recovery. Since you're transitioning, there's no need to be crazy obsessed about the damaged hair. That's going to go eventually anyway. And with transitioning, it's inevitable that you lose hair. The new growth is absolutely going to have your ends looking crazy BUT, that's a good thing. Your real focus should be on that healthy, delicious new growth AND low manipulation hair styles.

Since your hair seems to be low porosity, if you can deep condition with steam, that might get moisture on the inside better. If you don't have a steamer, you can always put on a plastic cap and then sit under a hooded dryer to get a greenhouse steam effect.

I'm looking forward to your hair flourishing too. Please take lots of pictures because as your hair gets longer, there will be a drastic change that will make awesome comparison pics. :yay: Keep growing, girl. I can't wait!!

mz_robyn
11-14-2014, 08:36 PM
I love that feeling of new length in the shower. But after the hair is dry it reverts leaving me looking like Don King's long lost daughter and HIGHLY upset. Shrinkage is REAL, even for us relaxed sistas. (SIGH!)

I plan to go see her in the new year. She also is a wig maker and makes prosthetic wigs for alopecia and cancer patients.

I'm a Texas girl born and raised, home of the brisket and cheese enchiladas on the same plate sometimes :giggling:. San Antonio is my hometown.

I also have Curlformers and I LOVE them! They give me such soft curls and I get compliments each time I wear the curls. They are pricey and they can make you feel real lazy about putting them in but they are the business. I myself am about to put them in due to an upcoming job fair & to give my curly sue wigs a break. Any more wig wearing and my real hair's gonna send out a search party.

NJoy
11-16-2014, 02:00 PM
I love that feeling of new length in the shower. But after the hair is dry it reverts leaving me looking like Don King's long lost daughter and HIGHLY upset. Shrinkage is REAL, even for us relaxed sistas. (SIGH!)

I plan to go see her in the new year. She also is a wig maker and makes prosthetic wigs for alopecia and cancer patients.

I'm a Texas girl born and raised, home of the brisket and cheese enchiladas on the same plate sometimes :giggling:. San Antonio is my hometown.

I also have Curlformers and I LOVE them! They give me such soft curls and I get compliments each time I wear the curls. They are pricey and they can make you feel real lazy about putting them in but they are the business. I myself am about to put them in due to an upcoming job fair & to give my curly sue wigs a break. Any more wig wearing and my real hair's gonna send out a search party.

:giggling: You are too funny. :lmao: @Don King. Exactly!!! hahaha

I've used curlformers (borrowed from a friend before investing in my own) while I was transitioning. I LOVED the curls that it gave. But, uh...it took me forever to put them in and I tried to sleep in them overnight. :tuttut: THAT was a hot mess. So, yeah. That laziness is real. I hope you post a pic. That may motivate me to give it a go too.

Cheyjuan
11-16-2014, 07:25 PM
Just washed my hair today. I was hoping to do a rod set but, lately I've just been so tired. Some nights I'd stay up late so I'd be extra sleepy the following night. Today, I'm just feeling wiped out. I know this is because hubby has been out of town this week and that leaves me to take care of everything. All that to say, no rod set, even tho I just bought six packs. I also have curlformers that I have yet to use too so, maybe I'm just hair lazy when it comes to styling. IDK. :giggling:

Robyn, I think a lot of ladies are doing crochet braids lately. At least, that's what I'm seeing. But if it got you 2 inches, it sounds like a great protective style. I'm still trying to decide what I'm going to do with my hair for the winter. I usually just do a lot of beanies and occasional wigs. I like to have access to my hair.

Cheyjuan How are you wearing your hair during your transition? That line of demarcation is finicky. It definitely needs to stay moisturized and you need low manipulation styles - especially if it's breaking every time you touch it. Rereading your original post, you mentioned that your new growth is doing fine but the rest of the hair has suffered damage from heat and bleaching AND you've been doing BKT's. So, I can understand the added protein in your regimen. I think you just subjected your hair to a lot of abuse but, you're well on your way to recovery. Since you're transitioning, there's no need to be crazy obsessed about the damaged hair. That's going to go eventually anyway. And with transitioning, it's inevitable that you lose hair. The new growth is absolutely going to have your ends looking crazy BUT, that's a good thing. Your real focus should be on that healthy, delicious new growth AND low manipulation hair styles.

Since your hair seems to be low porosity, if you can deep condition with steam, that might get moisture on the inside better. If you don't have a steamer, you can always put on a plastic cap and then sit under a hooded dryer to get a greenhouse steam effect.

I'm looking forward to your hair flourishing too. Please take lots of pictures because as your hair gets longer, there will be a drastic change that will make awesome comparison pics. :yay: Keep growing, girl. I can't wait!!


THANK YOU! Sorry I literally just turned in a project for school. I don't know what BKTs are. Keratin treatments are supposed to fade and wash out over time so hopefully that holds true and with grace. I will post some photos today. I also was wondering if that is because (the low porosity) the keratin sits on top of your hair like polyurethane and it may not be able to receive moisture in the same way for now. There also may be some oil on it because I try to do an oil rinse when I can, I just did one now and I don't wash it out completely. My hair feels much better when I do that so i will try that test again day after tomorrow if I can help it. I did the strand rub, when you run your fingers up the strand and i felt bumps along the way and curlynikki (where I got directions from before you posted it, I ran into a long on pinterest that said to try those, she was saying that if you feel bumps your porosity is high because your little shingles are up. I'm going to do it again. I never had problems like this before and I've been bleaching for years but who knows. I don;t have a steamer but I do wear the cap in the shower. I'm trying rollers today and my hair isn't dry just yet on the blonde areas (so that's why I think it may be the keratin because the new growth is). I just don't know hahaha. I want to try the Curlformers. Everyone loves them and I appreciate the posts. I feel better when I see them, this is a great forum. My hair looks dry and brittle and I thought when I did the strand test that it would break right away, especially with how frizzy it is now. It doesn't feel gummy, it feels stringy when I don't do an oil rinse and DRY. That's me in the gray dress on the end (in the photo with 3 people a few years ago. My hair is usually this length but has been getting thinner. 2 of the photos are failed Bantu Knot outs, the one with the fish is a wash and go 3 hours later because it always looks horrible. The one in the white shirt is me on my last length check, the one in the white tank and leopard bow is me after a fresh wash. Shrinkage is real and my top part just doesn't curl and they barely stay everywhere else. Any time I even touch my curls they fall (even to do a loc or gel after a wash to maintain moisture). *sigh* :/. 791792788789790

RebeccaAlana
11-18-2014, 06:50 AM
HI NJoy and everyone ! I'm just updating on my growth. Its been about a month and a half using the oil and massaging daily with my box braids. It looks like I have grown about an inch or more. I'm about to take my box braids out this week ,, so excited to see the growth,, I may, or may not relax this week ... not sure yet but I have attached pics on my newgrowth , which is crazyyyy !!

mz_robyn
11-18-2014, 10:35 PM
@ RebeccaAlana,

WOW that is some awesome growth! :clap2: What is your hair length goal?

RebeccaAlana
11-19-2014, 03:52 PM
@ RebeccaAlana,

WOW that is some awesome growth! :clap2: What is your hair length goal?

Well I'm currently almost shoulder lenghth,, im hopping to be armpit or mid back by my 1 year anniversarry (Sept 2015!) That's plenty of time to reach that. Hope I get there !

Cheyjuan
11-21-2014, 03:39 PM
hi njoy and everyone ! I'm just updating on my growth. Its been about a month and a half using the oil and massaging daily with my box braids. It looks like i have grown about an inch or more. I'm about to take my box braids out this week ,, so excited to see the growth,, i may, or may not relax this week ... Not sure yet but i have attached pics on my newgrowth , which is crazyyyy !!

beautiful!!!!

mz_robyn
11-22-2014, 12:10 AM
Mz. NJoy...

I saw in one of the testimonials that there might be a pomade in development. I was wondering whatever came of it? I would love a pomade!

From the site...
"I've definitely seen growth from using your product. I only wish that it was more of a hair grease than oil. I hate the feeling of oil dripping on my head.

For that reason, I'm rating it a 4 because there's room for improvement.

NJoy's Response:

Thank you for your feedback. First, if you're feeling oil dripping, you're using too much and/or not massaging it in well enough. Remember, a little goes a long way.

Also, I do plan to release a growth pomade soon. It has been requested and developed. I'm working on packaging now. Keep you eye out for the announcement! It's coming soon!"

Grohairgro
11-24-2014, 04:52 PM
Hi RebeccaAlana

Fancy being my hair length twin?

We have about the same length hair. I am almost shoulder length although my hair is in layers.

We have about the same goals for next year too!

A bit of healthy competition and encouragement but spur me on a bit because I get very lazy about doing much to my hair!

Grohairgro
11-27-2014, 03:00 PM
Starting length.

My hair isn't even. The sides are shorter but I've picked the longer length at the back.

PS Njoy how do you photograph the back of your head? (I couldn't see where to rotate it either)

My hair is almost equal to the longest it's ever been so it's going to be a challenge breaking through that barrier!

NJoy
11-29-2014, 07:22 PM
Aaaack!!! Sorry I've been MIA for a bit. The flu has been tearing through our house. Started with my daughter, moved on to my son and now I'm on day 3 dealing with this. Thought my fever broke today but, it's sneaking back up. Hubby has been taking care of me and guess what? Now HE'S sick. And tomorrow is our Anniversary.

To make this all hair related, I have been doing NOTHING to my hair. Now, for me, with natural hair, I MUST detangle to remove shed hairs at least every 2-3 days. I haven't been. So now I have sections of my hair that seems to be dredding. *le sigh* So, as I'm able, I'm carefully breaking up the dreddding to remove sheds and detangle my hair. Half my head is crudely detangled and put into twists. The other half is in one ponytail. I don't have the energy to even start on it.

Welcome RebeccaAlana and GroHairGro! :hug2: I'm excited to have you ladies joining us.

Please excuse me one more day. I'm trying to respond but my head is pounding. Other than sinus headaches, I never get sick. I can't even deal right now. Y'all pray for me. Be back tomorrow. Keep chatting amongst yourselves. :clap3:

mz_robyn
12-01-2014, 04:20 PM
Hi Ms. NJoy...

Are y'all feeling any better today? If not get well soon! :hug2:

Cheyjuan
12-02-2014, 07:54 PM
Aaaack!!! Sorry I've been MIA for a bit. The flu has been tearing through our house. Started with my daughter, moved on to my son and now I'm on day 3 dealing with this. Thought my fever broke today but, it's sneaking back up. Hubby has been taking care of me and guess what? Now HE'S sick. And tomorrow is our Anniversary.

To make this all hair related, I have been doing NOTHING to my hair. Now, for me, with natural hair, I MUST detangle to remove shed hairs at least every 2-3 days. I haven't been. So now I have sections of my hair that seems to be dredding. *le sigh* So, as I'm able, I'm carefully breaking up the dreddding to remove sheds and detangle my hair. Half my head is crudely detangled and put into twists. The other half is in one ponytail. I don't have the energy to even start on it.

Welcome RebeccaAlana and GroHairGro! :hug2: I'm excited to have you ladies joining us.

Please excuse me one more day. I'm trying to respond but my head is pounding. Other than sinus headaches, I never get sick. I can't even deal right now. Y'all pray for me. Be back tomorrow. Keep chatting amongst yourselves. :clap3:


I've been sick too! Hope you're feeling better!

NJoy
12-03-2014, 03:35 AM
Feeling much better. All I have is this rusty ol' cough. I hope lemon and honey tea will get rid of that.

It's 2AM and I'm just getting out of the shower. I couldn't wait to do SOMEthing to my hair. So I washed tonight and am overnight deep conditioning. I'll finger detangle in the morning.


Njoy how do you photograph the back of your head? (I couldn't see where to rotate it either)

My hair is almost equal to the longest it's ever been so it's going to be a challenge breaking through that barrier!

I use my cellphone and take pictures in the bathroom and use a hand mirror, when needed. Nothing fancy. And it took me lots of times before I started taking decent pictures.


Hi Ms. NJoy...

Are y'all feeling any better today? If not get well soon! :hug2:



I've been sick too! Hope you're feeling better!

Thanks Ladies. I hope you're feeling better too, Cheyjuan.


HI NJoy and everyone ! I'm just updating on my growth. Its been about a month and a half using the oil and massaging daily with my box braids. It looks like I have grown about an inch or more. I'm about to take my box braids out this week ,, so excited to see the growth,, I may, or may not relax this week ... not sure yet but I have attached pics on my newgrowth , which is crazyyyy !!

That's awesome progress! You'll be at your goal waaaaay before you expect. :clap3::clap3:

Mz. NJoy...

I saw in one of the testimonials that there might be a pomade in development. I was wondering whatever came of it? I would love a pomade!

From the site...
"I've definitely seen growth from using your product. I only wish that it was more of a hair grease than oil. I hate the feeling of oil dripping on my head.

For that reason, I'm rating it a 4 because there's room for improvement.

NJoy's Response:

Thank you for your feedback. First, if you're feeling oil dripping, you're using too much and/or not massaging it in well enough. Remember, a little goes a long way.

Also, I do plan to release a growth pomade soon. It has been requested and developed. I'm working on packaging now. Keep you eye out for the announcement! It's coming soon!"

I just never got around to finding packaging. I've been so busy. And I keep saying that I'll check into it. Thanks for the reminder. That would be great to offer in time for Christmas sales. I'm on it....:blowkiss:

NJoy
12-03-2014, 11:00 AM
I see an aweful lot of lurking and no posting going on. Don't be shy. Let's get some more conversations going. How's everyone coming along? Are you upping your water intake? Are you staying consistent with massaging your scalp with the growth oil. I'm hearing of results in my private inbox and via email. Let's share here, please. We can pump each other up.

Keep an eye out for another emailed update. We have many who have recently joined. I invite you to head over to the "Weekly Instructions/Directives" Thread (http://mydivaspot.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?56-Weekly-Instruction-and-Directives) to catch up on what you've missed already. There are some foundational things shared and productive assignments that will help to get your moving quickly towards your hair goal.

Are you still on track? I know I've been offtrack while sick and am having to get myself back ontrack. It doesn't matter if you fall off. Just get back on it.

Woooo! Let's have a productive day today. :reddancer:

NJoy
12-03-2014, 12:30 PM
Yes, it's me again. I also wanted to let you ladies know that you are able to set up a blog for yourself by clicking the blog link at the top of the page. You will be able to create blog posts for your blog, if you'd rather track your progress there, or search and check out other member blogs.

I'm watching. Let's get it! :yay:

NJoy
12-06-2014, 12:17 PM
Good morning, Divas. We continue to have new Challengers joining us. To those new members, I remind you to Register to post (top right corner of forum pages) and introduce yourself.

I also want to give you heads up that I've resent the official Welcome email to all Challenge Members. Some hadn't received it and that got me to wondering how many more. So, to be on the safe side, I've resent it to everyone. The next Let's Get Growing will be sent out as normally scheduled. I did skip 2 while sickness ran through my household but, you won't miss out on any information. I'll send those out and post in the Instructions and Directives thread, as well.

Remember, this thread is not just for me to share info but a place for us to talk hair and support each other in our Healthy Hair Growth Journeys. I appreciate those who are stepping out and participating and I encourage those who are lurking to speak up. We want to hear from you too.

How's it going out there?

mz_robyn
12-11-2014, 01:32 AM
Heller Y'all....

In my first post I mentioned that my crown was so short it was to the new growth and was unable to do too many styles involving it. It really made me sad, how there were all these cute styles but I couldn't do a stinkin thang with them!

It seemed like my crown was the slowest part of my hair to grow and felt remanded to wearing my hair in a bob to camouflage it, in tight curls, cornrows or wigs. It would grow so much then break off only to do it all again. I was half tempted to shave ALL my hair and start over. I battled that feeling for almost a year. I decided to hold on and wait it out. I cut my sad straggly relaxed ends from my crown before I put the braids in.

Recently I washed and blow-dried my hair after wearing crochet braids and felt a puff of hair that wasn't there two months ago. I was happy... my crown was BACK! :reddancer: :yay: :clap2: (kinda) lol. It was enough hair to put into a ponytail! :yay: A teeny weeny ponytail but a ponytail nonetheless. At that time I didn't do anything to it; no topical things anyway. All I did was take prenatals with folic acid from Wal-Mart while the braids were installed.

I took pictures of the TWP and will post them along with my starting point pictures when I begin using the hair growth oil (January). If my hair grew with just vitamins, braids and time, I can just IMAGINE the growth I might get with the oil and vitamins together!

NJoy
12-18-2014, 09:18 AM
Heller Y'all....

In my first post I mentioned that my crown was so short it was to the new growth and was unable to do too many styles involving it. It really made me sad, how there were all these cute styles but I couldn't do a stinkin thang with them!

It seemed like my crown was the slowest part of my hair to grow and felt remanded to wearing my hair in a bob to camouflage it, in tight curls, cornrows or wigs. It would grow so much then break off only to do it all again. I was half tempted to shave ALL my hair and start over. I battled that feeling for almost a year. I decided to hold on and wait it out. I cut my sad straggly relaxed ends from my crown before I put the braids in.

Recently I washed and blow-dried my hair after wearing crochet braids and felt a puff of hair that wasn't there two months ago. I was happy... my crown was BACK! (kinda) lol. It was enough hair to put into a ponytail! :yay: A teeny weeny ponytail but a ponytail nonetheless. At that time I didn't do anything to it; no topical things anyway. All I did was take prenatals with folic acid from Wal-Mart while the braids were installed.

I took pictures of the TWP and will post them along with my starting point pictures when I begin using the hair growth oil (January). If my hair grew with just vitamins, braids and time, I can just IMAGINE the growth I might get with the oil and vitamins together!

Woohoo! :yay: How exciting! We celebrate all victories. Looking forward to your results with the oil. It will thicken as well as increase length. Who doesn't want luscious thickness? :infatuated: Keep up the good work Mz Robyn. 2015 is going to be an exciting year! :clap3:

NJoy
12-18-2014, 09:53 AM
Good morning, Ladies. Last night was wash day for me. I finger detangled and retwisted some of my twists. My natural thickness is definitely showing out these days. I've been 2 yrs natural and every new length is still a new experience to me. I catch myself still trying to treat my hair like it should behave like relaxed hair but am quickly reminded that my natural hair is feisty and will do what it wants to do. She wants to spread out and then hang. That's ok with me.

I've started back using the my hair growth oil (you know I have to take a break from time to time to get used to new lengths as a natural) but, I think I may be at my goal length. I was judging by stretched/straightened hair standards but have decided that since I'm not planning to wear my hair straight much, the standards I'll have to go by are how big my natural hair gets, factoring in shrinkage and how much I can handle. :giggling: I think I'm really njoying the fullness of my hair at this length. I'm going a little longer but may cut back or shape it for styling.

Also, I'm on the 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse (day 4) and am looking forward to seeing how cleaning up my diet impacts my hair. Of course, I'm adding protein to my smoothies because lean protein helps with hair growth. I discuss that more in the latest Supercharge Your Hair Growth installment. I also point out which kind of protein to avoid, as its said to cause hair loss. I'm using hemp protein for this detox/cleanse but, I usually use whey protein concentrate (WPC).

I'm trying to psyche myself up for flat ironing my hair at the end of the year. I just ordered a flat iron last night. (I have a few that get no use now. :sosad:) But, I saw a video on facebook and read reviews that convinced me to at least give it a try. I'll see if I can grab the video and see what you think.

How are you ladies doing in your HHJ today? :hug2:

Cheyjuan
12-19-2014, 01:52 PM
Heller Y'all....

In my first post I mentioned that my crown was so short it was to the new growth and was unable to do too many styles involving it. It really made me sad, how there were all these cute styles but I couldn't do a stinkin thang with them!

It seemed like my crown was the slowest part of my hair to grow and felt remanded to wearing my hair in a bob to camouflage it, in tight curls, cornrows or wigs. It would grow so much then break off only to do it all again. I was half tempted to shave ALL my hair and start over. I battled that feeling for almost a year. I decided to hold on and wait it out. I cut my sad straggly relaxed ends from my crown before I put the braids in.

Recently I washed and blow-dried my hair after wearing crochet braids and felt a puff of hair that wasn't there two months ago. I was happy... my crown was BACK! :reddancer: :yay: :clap2: (kinda) lol. It was enough hair to put into a ponytail! :yay: A teeny weeny ponytail but a ponytail nonetheless. At that time I didn't do anything to it; no topical things anyway. All I did was take prenatals with folic acid from Wal-Mart while the braids were installed.

I took pictures of the TWP and will post them along with my starting point pictures when I begin using the hair growth oil (January). If my hair grew with just vitamins, braids and time, I can just IMAGINE the growth I might get with the oil and vitamins together!

THAT IS AWESOME!!!! I'm so happy for you and proud that you never gave up! Beautiful job!!!! :)!
You can also GHE! My crown is always so wet when I come out of that and just keep going w the daily stimulation as well.

GHE (Green House Effect), if you don't already know, is where you (can do this with a spray bottle and mist your hair or NJoy's Growth Oil or whichever type you currently use). Place your hair under a plastic cap. Then, cover it again with either a satin scarf/bonnet. Some people do another layer on top of that like, a hat...something that will create heat/trap all of the moisture in. People do this to grow unhealthy or baby plants to get them [back] to form...I've learned that we have a lot of things in common with nature and I had no idea! (not a freak, promise)...Anyway...Your body's natural oils will begin to rise, as the natural body heat gets trapped inside the cap. There isn't a time limit. If you do the cap with the bonnet and the other cap, I'd say leave it overnight or when you're cleaning the house, do it, or embarrassing your husband like I do, visiting the store lol but not too too long, your scalp needs to breathe. You may find Youtubing it to be helpful. I would part the hair down the center and focus on that area. It, along with the growth oil, has helped my hair get a lot thicker at the crown. I lost a lot of hair there from burning and ripping it out with paddle brushes. I've noticed a big difference. Since it isn't something you purchase or anything that would hurt you, I'd say give it a try.

P.S. Her hair oil is great. You will love it. There is also an amazing detox she offers that really turns my hair around every week I use it...now all I need is a great dc and some patience...I think ;).

GOOD LUCK!

Cheyjuan
12-19-2014, 02:20 PM
Good morning, Ladies. Last night was wash day for me. I finger detangled and retwisted some of my twists. My natural thickness is definitely showing out these days. I've been 2 yrs natural and every new length is still a new experience to me. I catch myself still trying to treat my hair like it should behave like relaxed hair but am quickly reminded that my natural hair is feisty and will do what it wants to do. She wants to spread out and then hang. That's ok with me.

I've started back using the my hair growth oil (you know I have to take a break from time to time to get used to new lengths as a natural) but, I think I may be at my goal length. I was judging by stretched/straightened hair standards but have decided that since I'm not planning to wear my hair straight much, the standards I'll have to go by are how big my natural hair gets, factoring in shrinkage and how much I can handle. :giggling: I think I'm really njoying the fullness of my hair at this length. I'm going a little longer but may cut back or shape it for styling.

Also, I'm on the 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse (day 4) and am looking forward to seeing how cleaning up my diet impacts my hair. Of course, I'm adding protein to my smoothies because lean protein helps with hair growth. I discuss that more in the latest Supercharge Your Hair Growth installment. I also point out which kind of protein to avoid, as its said to cause hair loss. I'm using hemp protein for this detox/cleanse but, I usually use whey protein concentrate (WPC).

I'm trying to psyche myself up for flat ironing my hair at the end of the year. I just ordered a flat iron last night. (I have a few that get no use now. :sosad:) But, I saw a video on facebook and read reviews that convinced me to at least give it a try. I'll see if I can grab the video and see what you think.

How are you ladies doing in your HHJ today? :hug2:

I'm doing really great!
I've been keeping my hair in a bonnet or plastic cap every day so that I don't have the urge to touch it. I try to also keep it covered when I'm out and about with my bonnet underneath a beanie or pulling a Rosie the Riveter. Last month I did some roller sets but I didn't love them so I'm just going to focus on keeping it healthy and safe for now, rather than stress out over attempting to style it...it seems impossible lol. I was thinking about getting some braids, however with the transitioning hair and the easy breakage, I'm nervous about it. I used to keep my hair in braids as a child through middle school and they would be so tight and my mom said my ends would suffer (back then) and I'm not sure if it would stay because it's so straight for the treated hair...I can't get it to for PS'ing. My husband hates it covered...I'm asking for curl formers for Christmas. In the meantime, I've started using the daily mender from the Pro-Mend line by NeXXus so I'll update in January for that. I also only detangle with a comb on wash days so I finger detangle every day and moisturize and seal with the pre poo moisture/seal of yours and shea butter....and then stimulation with the growth oil every night.

As I've mentioned in another post, I've begun to GHE which seems to go well...and for any ladies using the growth oil, COVER WITH A PLASTIC CAP AT NIGHT (it made a huge difference for me, thank you for that tip in the video, NJoy). I don't think I will length check until January. I don't want heat in my hair right now and I didn't want it until April or so but, I want to see what works and doesn't and track progress. With my natural roots having SOOO much shrinkage and Keratin'ed hair being so thin, it's hard to tell. I'm thinking about a wig to wear so I won't look like my husband's grandma as he says...any recommendations? I feel so much new growth (I think...it feels different, maybe rougher, even than the new growth I've had previously)! It's hard to detangle at times but I am so super thankful. Keeping it moisturized and covered (mostly)!

I forgot to say...
Last month I made BSL, right on track. I'm not going to LC this month to give my hair a break. For all of you that use heat to LC or for occasional styling, what tools do you use? I used to have the original CHI, nothing has worked better. I went to the CHI Air with the dial for temperature and then to HerStyler (which I think is doing a lot of damage). My blow dryer went out as well so I'm in the market and need your help (*picture I NEED YOU poster)

THANKS AS ALWAYS and good luck!!!!

NJoy
12-20-2014, 05:28 PM
I'm doing really great!
I've been keeping my hair in a bonnet or plastic cap every day so that I don't have the urge to touch it. I try to also keep it covered when I'm out and about with my bonnet underneath a beanie or pulling a Rosie the Riveter. Last month I did some roller sets but I didn't love them so I'm just going to focus on keeping it healthy and safe for now, rather than stress out over attempting to style it...it seems impossible lol. I was thinking about getting some braids, however with the transitioning hair and the easy breakage, I'm nervous about it. I used to keep my hair in braids as a child through middle school and they would be so tight and my mom said my ends would suffer (back then) and I'm not sure if it would stay because it's so straight for the treated hair...I can't get it to for PS'ing. My husband hates it covered...I'm asking for curl formers for Christmas. In the meantime, I've started using the daily mender from the Pro-Mend line by NeXXus so I'll update in January for that. I also only detangle with a comb on wash days so I finger detangle every day and moisturize and seal with the pre poo moisture/seal of yours and shea butter....and then stimulation with the growth oil every night.

As I've mentioned in another post, I've begun to GHE which seems to go well...and for any ladies using the growth oil, COVER WITH A PLASTIC CAP AT NIGHT (it made a huge difference for me, thank you for that tip in the video, NJoy). I don't think I will length check until January. I don't want heat in my hair right now and I didn't want it until April or so but, I want to see what works and doesn't and track progress. With my natural roots having SOOO much shrinkage and Keratin'ed hair being so thin, it's hard to tell. I'm thinking about a wig to wear so I won't look like my husband's grandma as he says...any recommendations? I feel so much new growth (I think...it feels different, maybe rougher, even than the new growth I've had previously)! It's hard to detangle at times but I am so super thankful. Keeping it moisturized and covered (mostly)!

I forgot to say...
Last month I made BSL, right on track. I'm not going to LC this month to give my hair a break. For all of you that use heat to LC or for occasional styling, what tools do you use? I used to have the original CHI, nothing has worked better. I went to the CHI Air with the dial for temperature and then to HerStyler (which I think is doing a lot of damage). My blow dryer went out as well so I'm in the market and need your help (*picture I NEED YOU poster)

THANKS AS ALWAYS and good luck!!!!

:clap2: Yay! Glad to hear all's going well. I keep my hair in low manipulations styles and wear lots of beanies too. I don't usually use heat for LC but, I will be using my new flat iron to straighten my hair for New Year's Eve. I got it in but ended up putting it under the tree. So, I'm not help with suggestions.

Oh, and I'm unable to link that video because I can't find a share link. Ah well. I'll probably do my own review video. We'll see. :giggling:

NJoy
12-28-2014, 03:23 PM
Well, I did finally get around to flat ironing my hair with the Cortex Professional Argan Vapor Iron. It did not give me the brilliant shine or super silky hair that was in the video. It did get my hair straight in one pass at 375 degrees. I have to realize that my natural hair is not going to flat iron the same way that my relaxed hair would. It was still pretty thick. And, because I worry about heat damage, I won't do more than 1 pass and I don't hit my roots or ends hard, if at all. I used Chi Iron Guard heat protectant. Here are my results:

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You can click the pics to see larger size.

So THIS is what long natural hair looks and feels like, huh? Even tho I've been hip length before, this long natural thing is all new territory for me. I love it! :reddancer: I'm going longer. Help me, Lord! :giggling:

mz_robyn
12-29-2014, 12:34 AM
I can't BELIEVE this setback! And trust me y'all.... it's a BIG one!

I was accidentally transitioning ( I think I was 6-7 months post) and wanted to relax my locks to see my progress three weeks ago Monday 12*15*14.

How bout my scissor happy stylist cut off ALL my relaxed hair, applied the relaxer then took me to her friend's house cuz her stinkin water was SHUT OFF and she didn't tell me until AFTER the relaxer was in my hair?! But wait it gets better!

After ALL that progress my NG was the EXACT SAME LENGTH it was BEFORE she cut off my HEALTHY relaxed ends! It was grazing collarbone length at the time. :wallbash:

But wait...! It gets BETTER! :mad2:

I was noticing that my hair seemed to be shedding quite a bit but thought maybe it was some kinda of scalp stress itch. Then tonight 12*28-14 I was getting ready to put my Curlformers in when I saw that a TWO INCH PLUG OF MY HAIR WAS GONE! Two inches on the right front side...GONE! It looks like I have a fade while the rest of my hair looks fine. It can be camouflaged by the rest of my hair but I'm so distraught and (excuse my language) PISSED THE HELLO OFF! I had plans for my hair for 2015- to do a sew in for the first time, cornrow styles, crochet braids. All of that has been shot to pieces! I guess wigs and camo hairstyles are in my immediate future.

I JUST got my crown back now THIS! It seems like I am not meant to grow my hair. IDK if I wanna cry or scream out loud. :Cry:

I also don't know what to do about the stylist-if i should tell her so she can rectify it or just NEVER EVER GO BACK TO HER AGAIN! Holla at me bout it ladies.

I took pictures of it and will share after I have gotten over the shock of this. When I get the money together I will buy the hair oil and GOD knows what other potions/vitamins/etc. to regrow that part of my hair and grow out the rest.

I'ma try to put a positive spin on this here: I guess I can enter 2015 with this plug in my head as a new beginning/avenue of my ever evolving hair journey. It WILL grow back AND be thicker, stronger and longer than ever!

Just needed to get that off my chest. Preciate y'all for reading!

@Cheyjuan- Thank you for the encouragement and the GHE tip! I may have to try that. Do you know if it works on missing plugs of hair?

@NJoy- Do you know if the hair oil works on missing plugs of hair? Please advise.

NJoy
12-29-2014, 02:46 AM
I can't BELIEVE this setback! And trust me y'all.... it's a BIG one!

I was accidentally transitioning ( I think I was 6-7 months post) and wanted to relax my locks to see my progress three weeks ago Monday 12*15*14.

How bout my scissor happy stylist cut off ALL my relaxed hair, applied the relaxer then took me to her friend's house cuz her stinkin water was SHUT OFF and she didn't tell me until AFTER the relaxer was in my hair?! But wait it gets better!

After ALL that progress my NG was the EXACT SAME LENGTH it was BEFORE she cut off my HEALTHY relaxed ends! It was grazing collarbone length at the time. :wallbash:

But wait...! It gets BETTER! :mad2:

I was noticing that my hair seemed to be shedding quite a bit but thought maybe it was some kinda of scalp stress itch. Then tonight 12*28-14 I was getting ready to put my Curlformers in when I saw that a TWO INCH PLUG OF MY HAIR WAS GONE! Two inches on the right front side...GONE! It looks like I have a fade while the rest of my hair looks fine. It can be camouflaged by the rest of my hair but I'm so distraught and (excuse my language) PISSED THE HELLO OFF! I had plans for my hair for 2015- to do a sew in for the first time, cornrow styles, crochet braids. All of that has been shot to pieces! I guess wigs and camo hairstyles are in my immediate future.

I JUST got my crown back now THIS! It seems like I am not meant to grow my hair. IDK if I wanna cry or scream out loud. :Cry:

I also don't know what to do about the stylist-if i should tell her so she can rectify it or just NEVER EVER GO BACK TO HER AGAIN! Holla at me bout it ladies.

I took pictures of it and will share after I have gotten over the shock of this. When I get the money together I will buy the hair oil and GOD knows what other potions/vitamins/etc. to regrow that part of my hair and grow out the rest.

I'ma try to put a positive spin on this here: I guess I can enter 2015 with this plug in my head as a new beginning/avenue of my ever evolving hair journey. It WILL grow back AND be thicker, stronger and longer than ever!

Just needed to get that off my chest. Preciate y'all for reading!

@Cheyjuan- Thank you for the encouragement and the GHE tip! I may have to try that. Do you know if it works on missing plugs of hair?

@NJoy- Do you know if the hair oil works on missing plugs of hair? Please advise.

First of all, I read this post with my mouth hanging wide open the entire time! I. can't. even. imagine! I would NOT go back to that stylist for anything. First, if I did, I might have a flashback and start swinging. I'm so sorry you had that crazy experience. AND you had to go to her friend's because of no water?! She didn't know that there was no water already? Girl! I'm hot for you!!!:mad2:

*long drawn out woosaaaaahhhhhhh* Sorry that happened. But I love the positive spin you put on it.

Yes. Yes, it will grow back the patch. This I know for sure because when I went through the final stages of cancer with my mother, before she died, I was under SO much stress. A couple weeks afterwards, I found a bald spot in my hair. It came out of nowhere! I went to my doctor just to be sure I didn't have some sort of scalp fungus. It was because of the prolonged, extreme stress that I was under. It was smooth bald. Freaked me out. But, I used the oil and it filled back in fine. THANK. GOD! I couldn't stop touching it and was freaked out each time. So yeah. You'll be fine. :hug2:

mz_robyn
12-29-2014, 12:38 PM
First of all, I read this post with my mouth hanging wide open the entire time! I. can't. even. imagine! I would NOT go back to that stylist for anything. First, if I did, I might have a flashback and start swinging. I'm so sorry you had that crazy experience. AND you had to go to her friend's because of no water?! She didn't know that there was no water already? Girl! I'm hot for you!!!:mad2:

*long drawn out woosaaaaahhhhhhh* Sorry that happened. But I love the positive spin you put on it.

Yes. Yes, it will grow back the patch. This I know for sure because when I went through the final stages of cancer with my mother, before she died, I was under SO much stress. A couple weeks afterwards, I found a bald spot in my hair. It came out of nowhere! I went to my doctor just to be sure I didn't have some sort of scalp fungus. It was because of the prolonged, extreme stress that I was under. It was smooth bald. Freaked me out. But, I used the oil and it filled back in fine. THANK. GOD! I couldn't stop touching it and was freaked out each time. So yeah. You'll be fine. :hug2:

***UPDATE***

So I JUST got off the phone with the stylist @ 9:44AM 12*29*14 after telling her what happened.... Tell me why she IMMEDIATELY started to blame ME for WHAT SHE DID?! She actually said that she wasn't the problem, I WAS and that it was MY FAULT it fell out even though I did everything she asked of me to do!

She said that the relaxer would have gave me a plug while I was in her shop, not 3 weeks later. The plug doesn't lie people! A plug is a plug regardless how long it's been!

THEN she tells me that another client called her about the same issue and she said she didn't wanna hear it, not from me OR the other client!

Oh and to top it all off... she tells me to come by the shop to see what she can do! If it wasn't your fault/problem then why do you want me to come by?! OKAY...! :wallbash:

I will NEVER EVER step one foot off in that shop EVER AGAIN! She ain't nothing but a mile of bad news and hell naw as I like to say!

Cheyjuan
12-29-2014, 06:24 PM
***UPDATE***

So I JUST got off the phone with the stylist @ 9:44AM 12*29*14 after telling her what happened.... Tell me why she IMMEDIATELY started to blame ME for WHAT SHE DID?! She actually said that she wasn't the problem, I WAS and that it was MY FAULT it fell out even though I did everything she asked of me to do!

She said that the relaxer would have gave me a plug while I was in her shop, not 3 weeks later. The plug doesn't lie people! A plug is a plug regardless how long it's been!

THEN she tells me that another client called her about the same issue and she said she didn't wanna hear it, not from me OR the other client!

Oh and to top it all off... she tells me to come by the shop to see what she can do! If it wasn't your fault/problem then why do you want me to come by?! OKAY...! :wallbash:

I will NEVER EVER step one foot off in that shop EVER AGAIN! She ain't nothing but a mile of bad news and hell naw as I like to say!
:hug2::infatuated:

WHAT A HORRIBLE HORRIBLE STYLIST! HORRIBLE! I would tell everyone I know and on Facebook if you ever recommended her to anyone. She is-I mean, I don't even know and appropriate Christian way to say...NJoy said it best, you will be fine and prevail. You will be able to grow that hair back...I have seen where it has grown peoples hair back along with castor oil. If you were to Google, you'd be able to find it. You can GHE with NJoy's oil. The site for GHE says not to use oil on the scalp but I believe hers is so thin and since it doesn't seem to build up, you should be fine. If you'd like, you may be able to GHE without it, allowing for the embalming oil to come up for 30 mins to an hour before bed then, put the oil on, message it in, place the plastic cap on over it like she suggests, silk bonnet/scarf and or another bandana or something to hold it in place and GHE while you sleep with the bonnets on and the oil. I've read also about cayenne ppr oil working for men and balding areas (I believe, I'm so lazy I don't want to go grab the bottle, but her oil has both castor and cayenne ppr in it). I have used ground cayenne and it burns just a little but you can really feel the rush of blood to the area.

You can look at it like I'm trying to about my hair loss and I forgot to say I have a very small patch in the front on the left side that is a little bald as well but it's growing back so well, it's hardly noticeable anymore. (I measured slightly and I didn't gain any this month and had to cut more than a few fairy knots, long and short ones, long being about 4 inches out of my hair), this is what I say after every setback- you now know you can grow hair, what to expect and at what rate. We know you can grow hair. The crown has been a LONG HARD setback for you and you have conquered it. If some (insert insane punctuations here *$@!) ruins your hair in one area, you have now proved to not only everyone here, but most importantly to YOURSELF that you can grow seemingly impossible hair, YOU CAN DO IT AGAIN. You WILL do it again. Women are something else and we wonder why we are sometimes suppressed. Let me tell you, this may have been God saying BE CAREFUL because with your hair length goals and potential, you will become a target to some deceitful, mean, unbelievable creatures. Every black women has that story...I went to a salon, I was so happy to see how much my hair had grown when I went for that touch up, went for that length check, went for those braids or weave to be taken out and when I saw my length, I was so happy but then, it was bleached wrong and it fell out, was permed too harshly and fell out, she cut the last bit of weave out of my hair and got some of my actual hair and had to even it, making it so much shorter, she said my ends were ruined and she would only cut and inch now I'm back to BSL and I was WL...girl, we ALL have been there and I'm here to tell you, you and your hair will be okay, you will grow past this! Once it starts growing back, If you want to catch it up with the rest before you move forward, pay special attention to that area. If you massage your full head once a day, massage that area twice...so on and so forth. She will get hers. NJoy is right, stress will take your hair out...It has happened to me so I urge you, please take care of yourself and try not to stress. Majority of the battle occurs in the mind. Keep going with your hair goals and only say positive things about you hair. It will recover. As a MBL/WL girl up until now, I must tell you that when you are growing your hair and or reach that goal-LOOOOOOKK OUT! People can be very cruel and just like that snake in the garden of Eden, they say all of the right things so the best you can do is be careful, as soon as I stopped and just started following Groupon, my hair started to suffer and the more stressed I got, the more it fell out BUT, you will be ok because you are learning and you have a group here that cares and shares so, our mistakes don't have to be yours. God is preparing you for something and I will continue to cheer you on while you get there:clap2::hug2::infatuated:

NJoy
12-29-2014, 08:03 PM
***UPDATE***

So I JUST got off the phone with the stylist @ 9:44AM 12*29*14 after telling her what happened.... Tell me why she IMMEDIATELY started to blame ME for WHAT SHE DID?! She actually said that she wasn't the problem, I WAS and that it was MY FAULT it fell out even though I did everything she asked of me to do!

She said that the relaxer would have gave me a plug while I was in her shop, not 3 weeks later. The plug doesn't lie people! A plug is a plug regardless how long it's been!

THEN she tells me that another client called her about the same issue and she said she didn't wanna hear it, not from me OR the other client!

Oh and to top it all off... she tells me to come by the shop to see what she can do! If it wasn't your fault/problem then why do you want me to come by?! OKAY...! :wallbash:

I will NEVER EVER step one foot off in that shop EVER AGAIN! She ain't nothing but a mile of bad news and hell naw as I like to say!

:mad2: Yeah, she's trying to cover her butt. I can't believe her nerve! Never again. Neverrrrrrrr! :tuttut:

Sorry 'bout that, Sis. It'll grow back. :hug2:

Grohairgro
01-01-2015, 07:35 AM
:mad2: Yeah, she's trying to cover her butt. I can't believe her nerve! Never again. Neverrrrrrrr! :tuttut:

Sorry 'bout that, Sis. It'll grow back. :hug2:


Happy 2015 everyone.

I couldn't read all of what you wrote because I find the majority of stylists sickening in what they do with cutting and over processing. I am sorry to hear you had to go through that...

Try to let go of what she has done and start from today on your HHJ again. Perhaps reconsider whether you want to relax again and texturise instead? Also I personally find it difficult to look at my hair knowing it needs a proper regular sharp trim without being able to trust a stylist. My last now was man a few years ago who I thought would be ok but he cut my hair off and had a 'I know better attitude'. I am searching for someone I can trust.

My hair is chin length at the front and shoulder length at the back. My hair texture is fine ( although I have a lot of hair) and I think it is 4c which is always frizzy never curly unless wet. I am finding it hard to get past this length ( I am not sure if it is mental because I never have) and I have changed my goal to full collar bone length. Anything past this would be a bonus but I will be happy just to reach full CL.

mz_robyn
01-01-2015, 11:47 PM
Hello, Y'all!

Thank you all for the uplifting and encouraging words! It was really appreciated and humbly received!

Despite my setback I'm counting it as a lesson learned and moving on b/c this Texas girl is made of tough stock and will keep it moving regardless.

Posted below are my starting pictures, my TWP and the missing plug of hair. The pictures are not the best and from my camera phone so I apologize in advance.

809 That's my TWP from my crown area.

810 That's my plug of missing hair.

811 Starting Point 1*1*15 (I guess it's NL or barely grazing top of shoulder. Maybe y'all can tell me for sure?)

812 Starting Point 1*1*15 ( I can at least put it in a ponytail for now.)

My 2015 regimen will (HOPEFULLY) go as follows:

*Relax every 3-6 months
*DC twice a month
*Crochet braids (I think I can do it if the style, type of hair I use can cover the plug.)
*Cornrows will be delayed until I can grow at least 2" back
*Wigs with my real hair braided

==Vitamins==
*S.S.S Tonic every other month due to the strength of it followed by Feosol. I have a bottle of Hairfinity I need to finish before MAYBE trying Manetabolism or Wachters' Nutri-Hair Complex next. IDK yet.

*Mineral Rich with Aloe

++Growth Aids (Topical) ++ To be used in rotation depending on finances:
* NJoy's Long & Healthy Hair Growth Oil (Haven't bought it yet but will soon!)
*Hair Trigger Growth Elixir
*Liquid Gold Hair Growth Oil
*SULU Max
*Diva by Cindy Super-Gro Hairdress I won in a giveaway.

That's all I got for now. Take care and have a good night, ladies!

Aeisha
01-04-2015, 08:30 AM
Hello All! New here. 2015 is the year I want to see a good change in my hair. Will this thread be used for the 2015 hair growth challenge?

NJoy
01-05-2015, 11:29 PM
Hello All! New here. 2015 is the year I want to see a good change in my hair. Will this thread be used for the 2015 hair growth challenge?

Yes. We'll continue with this thread for 2015. Welcome aboard! What kind of changes are you expecting this year, Aeisha? :hug2:

NJoy
01-05-2015, 11:56 PM
Happy 2015 everyone.

I couldn't read all of what you wrote because I find the majority of stylists sickening in what they do with cutting and over processing. I am sorry to hear you had to go through that...

Try to let go of what she has done and start from today on your HHJ again. Perhaps reconsider whether you want to relax again and texturise instead? Also I personally find it difficult to look at my hair knowing it needs a proper regular sharp trim without being able to trust a stylist. My last now was man a few years ago who I thought would be ok but he cut my hair off and had a 'I know better attitude'. I am searching for someone I can trust.

My hair is chin length at the front and shoulder length at the back. My hair texture is fine ( although I have a lot of hair) and I think it is 4c which is always frizzy never curly unless wet. I am finding it hard to get past this length ( I am not sure if it is mental because I never have) and I have changed my goal to full collar bone length. Anything past this would be a bonus but I will be happy just to reach full CL.

Shoulder length is a tricky length to get past for many. This is usually the length at which your hair rubs on your clothing and cloth chairbacks. This causes friction that leads to dryness and split ends. So, even tho the hair is growing, you may not see growth because you're inadvertently allowing your hair to break off around the same rate that it's growing. I recommend protective styling to get your ends up and off your clothing until you get beyond shoulder length. I think that you'll find that your hair will fly past your normal length (I was also one who couldn't grow past shoulder length). Once you get around bsl, then your hair is at less risk because the length lays on your clothing instead of your ends rubbing directly (not to mention winter weather dries ends too). I suggest you make protective styling (especially during the winter) a part of your growth challenge.

When you get longer than you've ever been, your hair will feel long and it's a sweet feeling. Once you cross that threshhold, the sky's the limit. Your mind will believe and accept that you have "long hair" and you'll find that you'll want and will be able to get that extra. You have a whole year, Sis. Let's do it! :yay:



Hello, Y'all!

Thank you all for the uplifting and encouraging words! It was really appreciated and humbly received!

Despite my setback I'm counting it as a lesson learned and moving on b/c this Texas girl is made of tough stock and will keep it moving regardless.

Posted below are my starting pictures, my TWP and the missing plug of hair. The pictures are not the best and from my camera phone so I apologize in advance.

809 That's my TWP from my crown area.

810 That's my plug of missing hair.

811 Starting Point 1*1*15 (I guess it's NL or barely grazing top of shoulder. Maybe y'all can tell me for sure?)

812 Starting Point 1*1*15 ( I can at least put it in a ponytail for now.)

My 2015 regimen will (HOPEFULLY) go as follows:

*Relax every 3-6 months
*DC twice a month
*Crochet braids (I think I can do it if the style, type of hair I use can cover the plug.)
*Cornrows will be delayed until I can grow at least 2" back
*Wigs with my real hair braided

==Vitamins==
*S.S.S Tonic every other month due to the strength of it followed by Feosol. I have a bottle of Hairfinity I need to finish before MAYBE trying Manetabolism or Wachters' Nutri-Hair Complex next. IDK yet.

*Mineral Rich with Aloe

++Growth Aids (Topical) ++ To be used in rotation depending on finances:
* NJoy's Long & Healthy Hair Growth Oil (Haven't bought it yet but will soon!)
*Hair Trigger Growth Elixir
*Liquid Gold Hair Growth Oil
*SULU Max
*Diva by Cindy Super-Gro Hairdress I won in a giveaway.

That's all I got for now. Take care and have a good night, ladies!

Sounds like you're working on a plan. Don't try to do too many things at one time. Pick one or two things and ride them out for 90 days to judge whether you're getting the results that you want. If you use too many things at once and something's not working (or is), you won't have a clue which thing it is. Your journey has to include tracking what you're using and how it's working for you. Pay attention to how your hair and scalp responds to what you're doing so that you can create a solid A+ regimen for yourself. You especially don't want to have a reaction to something and have to stop everything because you don't know what it was.

There's a lady in a group on another site that, I swear, is tying too many things back to back, looking for SUPER growth. And now, at the end of the year, her hair is in worse condition than when she started and she has no idea what worked and what caused a problem. This month she'd used this super product that she read about. Mid-month, she'd add something else. Next month she'll hop onto the next bandwagon. Consistency and tracking your personal experience is key.

I'm looking forward to your journey, Sis. Especially since you're bouncing back from a setback. You got this. #winning :great:

NJoy
01-06-2015, 12:11 AM
So, my straightened hair didn't last long...thanks to all this rain we've been getting lately. I didn't get to wear it out at all really. I bunned and did updoos. My hair started poofing pretty quickly because of the moisture in the air and because I didn't press my hair hard to start with. 's ok tho. I was ready to get back to getting some moisture in my hair. I ended up putting my hair in braids in preparation for a braidout (or not).

I gotta say, my hair feels great. I tried Carefree Curl Gold as the "C" in my LOC moisture/seal process and I'm pretty please so far. I like that my hair is not sticky, goopy or greasy and feels soft pliant. We'll see how this works out before I commit to using this in my winter moisture/seal process. We'll see.

Anywho... Here are some of my pics of my hair poofing, heavily moisturizing to revert my hair and prepped for a braidout.

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NJoy
01-06-2015, 12:12 AM
And basically how I wore it while it rained for 4 days.

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mz_robyn
01-06-2015, 01:02 AM
Shoulder length is a tricky length to get past for many. This is usually the length at which your hair rubs on your clothing and cloth chairbacks. This causes friction that leads to dryness and split ends. So, even tho the hair is growing, you may not see growth because you're inadvertently allowing your hair to break off around the same rate that it's growing. I recommend protective styling to get your ends up and off your clothing until you get beyond shoulder length. I think that you'll find that your hair will fly past your normal length (I was also one who couldn't grow past shoulder length). Once you get around bsl, then your hair is at less risk because the length lays on your clothing instead of your ends rubbing directly (not to mention winter weather dries ends too). I suggest you make protective styling (especially during the winter) a part of your growth challenge.

When you get longer than you've ever been, your hair will feel long and it's a sweet feeling. Once you cross that threshhold, the sky's the limit. Your mind will believe and accept that you have "long hair" and you'll find that you'll want and will be able to get that extra. You have a whole year, Sis. Let's do it! :yay:




Sounds like you're working on a plan. Don't try to do too many things at one time. Pick one or two things and ride them out for 90 days to judge whether you're getting the results that you want. If you use too many things at once and something's not working (or is), you won't have a clue which thing it is. Your journey has to include tracking what you're using and how it's working for you. Pay attention to how your hair and scalp responds to what you're doing so that you can create a solid A+ regimen for yourself. You especially don't want to have a reaction to something and have to stop everything because you don't know what it was.

There's a lady in a group on another site that, I swear, is tying too many things back to back, looking for SUPER growth. And now, at the end of the year, her hair is in worse condition than when she started and she has no idea what worked and what caused a problem. This month she'd used this super product that she read about. Mid-month, she'd add something else. Next month she'll hop onto the next bandwagon. Consistency and tracking your personal experience is key.

I'm looking forward to your journey, Sis. Especially since you're bouncing back from a setback. You got this. #winning :great:

Thank you! I try to be methodical about my plans. I have made impulsive decisions with painful consequences so I do my best to plot things out now.

I dropped my jaw at the experience of that poor sista. I ain't THAT crazy/desperate/ to regrow my hair. I plan to do the journey one product at a time. Last thing I need is to be chrome doming cuz of too much stuff going on.:missing: Messing with me I might file a missing report on my lost hair.

I started with S.S.S. Tonic ( about $7- $8 at Wal-Mart or Target) and chile, let me tell y'all, that iron don't play! It has 100mg of iron ALONE! You can feel it going through you. Had to miss 3 days of taking it, it was so RAW! And they want you to take 3 tablespoons of the mess?! No ma'am.com for me. I'm tapering back to one per day for now.

As for the topical stuff, a lot of my HGO's might be outdated so I think I'll buy only one growth aid at a time and give it a reasonable period of time to work/not work as you suggested.

I also forgot to add in my last post a healthy diet and exercise since that helps with hair growth and overall good health.

I got this and so do y'all! Let's get it ladies! :yahoo:

NJoy
01-06-2015, 09:34 PM
Thank you! I try to be methodical about my plans. I have made impulsive decisions with painful consequences so I do my best to plot things out now.

I dropped my jaw at the experience of that poor sista. I ain't THAT crazy/desperate/ to regrow my hair. I plan to do the journey one product at a time. Last thing I need is to be chrome doming cuz of too much stuff going on.:missing: Messing with me I might file a missing report on my lost hair.

I started with S.S.S. Tonic ( about $7- $8 at Wal-Mart or Target) and chile, let me tell y'all, that iron don't play! It has 100mg of iron ALONE! You can feel it going through you. Had to miss 3 days of taking it, it was so RAW! And they want you to take 3 tablespoons of the mess?! No ma'am.com for me. I'm tapering back to one per day for now.

As for the topical stuff, a lot of my HGO's might be outdated so I think I'll buy only one growth aid at a time and give it a reasonable period of time to work/not work as you suggested.

I also forgot to add in my last post a healthy diet and exercise since that helps with hair growth and overall good health.

I got this and so do y'all! Let's get it ladies! :yahoo:

Girl! You had me tripping with feeling the iron going through you. :nerves: I can't even imagine how much iron does that. My iron is low from time to time and I tried supplementing myself but stopped when I found out that, not only does lack of iron promote hair loss but so does too much. So, I only supplement minimally when I start craving ice.

Makes me think of when some were saying that niacin helps with hair growth. I tried taking a niacin supplement and that flush feeling was no joke. You talking about someone in a panic? Woo! I started researching and found out that too much niacin supplementation can damage your liver so. Um...I gladly left that alone.

A healthy diet and exercise really do help with growth. Now if I can just get consistent with that exercise thing. :giggling:

mz_robyn
01-07-2015, 12:55 AM
Girl! You had me tripping with feeling the iron going through you. :nerves: I can't even imagine how much iron does that. My iron is low from time to time and I tried supplementing myself but stopped when I found out that, not only does lack of iron promote hair loss but so does too much. So, I only supplement minimally when I start craving ice.

Makes me think of when some were saying that niacin helps with hair growth. I tried taking a niacin supplement and that flush feeling was no joke. You talking about someone in a panic? Woo! I started researching and found out that too much niacin supplementation can damage your liver so. Um...I gladly left that alone.

A healthy diet and exercise really do help with growth. Now if I can just get consistent with that exercise thing. :giggling:

And the sad part is I was taking it with orange juice as Vitamin C helps absorb the iron faster. I didn't think it'd be THAT fast though. The next thing I will try that I forgot to mention was Diatomaceous Earth for internal cleansing/ hair stimulation. I've seen many YT videos and Amazon reviews and are mostly positive. I don't think I'll be trying Niacin anytime soon, as I kinda like/need my liver.

I have Focus T-25, Pilates DVD's, other fitness DVD's waiting to be used along with a jump rope, basketball, tennis rackets/ball at the ready and I'm making healthier foods but my butt is lazy and living in a city full of good southern/Tex-Mex food is BAD! But I gotta do it cuz this food baby ain't gonna lose itself! :giggling:

NJoy
01-07-2015, 01:45 AM
And the sad part is I was taking it with orange juice as Vitamin C helps absorb the iron faster. I didn't think it'd be THAT fast though. The next thing I will try that I forgot to mention was Diatomaceous Earth for internal cleansing/ hair stimulation. I've seen many YT videos and Amazon reviews and are mostly positive. I don't think I'll be trying Niacin anytime soon, as I kinda like/need my liver.

I have Focus T-25, Pilates DVD's, other fitness DVD's waiting to be used along with a jump rope, basketball, tennis rackets/ball at the ready and I'm making healthier foods but my butt is lazy and living in a city full of good southern/Tex-Mex food is BAD! But I gotta do it cuz this food baby ain't gonna lose itself! :giggling:

I've tried D.E. and still have a lot left. (It's pretty cheap so I bought like 5 pounds of it). I had to add it to hot tea to be able to drink it. I think I liked the idea of the internal cleansing and high level of silica. I planned to use it from time to time. I think one thing that made me stop taking it was that someone raised the point that since it's a detoxifier, it would void the benefits of any supplements being taken. There was a lot of discussion around that and at that time, I was taking individual supplements because the biotin in most hair vites broke me out. No way did I want to waste my money or time taking supplements that diatomaceous earth would detox out of my system.

I still think there are good benefits from using it but just never got back to it. I may still try it from time to time. That conversation about detoxifying the system is still in the back of my mind tho. The main person that was saying it was all into natural nutrition and made some good points. What do you think?

Oh, and one thing that's been said and I remember in my own experience is not to take it at night. You get crazy dreams and/or restless nights. It's said to take it in the morning for added energy. That's likely why you have trouble sleeping or your mind is racing and giving crazy dreams. :giggling:

The exercise that I really tried to stick to was hot yoga. I thought that would give an added benefit of increased blood circulation. But, as with any exercise program, I just started slacking and eventually stopped. Not to mention that I had to drive 20-25 minutes to get there. That got old quick. I have all sorts of aerobic videos, zumba for XBox One and exercise videos like P90X. Girl. There's something about exercise that just does not come naturally to me. I have great intentions tho. At the very least, I bought a stepper that I use to at least get my cardio up regularly. I'm trying. lol

Aeisha
01-07-2015, 03:23 AM
Yes. We'll continue with this thread for 2015. Welcome aboard! What kind of changes are you expecting this year, Aeisha? :hug2:

The main changes I'd like to see is length retention and possibly filling in this spot in my crown area. It's actually a pretty big spot where my hair is breaking or thinning I don't know. I recently trimmed my hair, about 2 weeks ago...all around, and I've even trimmed that section. It was already an inch or two now I've cut that section down bald to see if it'll grow in healthy. I've been natural 3 yrs and I still don't have it down pact smh or a solid regimen. I'm chopping my ends a few inches at a time so in a way it's like a mini big chop..since I'm not cutting my whole head in a tea...2015 is the yr I'm starting over.

mz_robyn
01-07-2015, 01:37 PM
Just this morning as I was starting up my car to warm it up I saw that I had a SECOND, BIGGER plug on the right side of my head! IDK what to do anymore! What do y'all think I should do? Shave my WHOLE head and start over, shave that part off and just regrow it or just keep wearing wigs? Any and all suggestions are welcome!

mz_robyn
01-07-2015, 03:08 PM
I've tried D.E. and still have a lot left. (It's pretty cheap so I bought like 5 pounds of it). I had to add it to hot tea to be able to drink it. I think I liked the idea of the internal cleansing and high level of silica. I planned to use it from time to time. I think one thing that made me stop taking it was that someone raised the point that since it's a detoxifier, it would void the benefits of any supplements being taken. There was a lot of discussion around that and at that time, I was taking individual supplements because the biotin in most hair vites broke me out. No way did I want to waste my money or time taking supplements that diatomaceous earth would detox out of my system.

I still think there are good benefits from using it but just never got back to it. I may still try it from time to time. That conversation about detoxifying the system is still in the back of my mind tho. The main person that was saying it was all into natural nutrition and made some good points. What do you think?

Oh, and one thing that's been said and I remember in my own experience is not to take it at night. You get crazy dreams and/or restless nights. It's said to take it in the morning for added energy. That's likely why you have trouble sleeping or your mind is racing and giving crazy dreams. :giggling:

The exercise that I really tried to stick to was hot yoga. I thought that would give an added benefit of increased blood circulation. But, as with any exercise program, I just started slacking and eventually stopped. Not to mention that I had to drive 20-25 minutes to get there. That got old quick. I have all sorts of aerobic videos, zumba for XBox One and exercise videos like P90X. Girl. There's something about exercise that just does not come naturally to me. I have great intentions tho. At the very least, I bought a stepper that I use to at least get my cardio up regularly. I'm trying. lol

I would be happy to try it cuz I could use a good detox of my body of any and all things, including some supplements as long as there is a bonafide fresh start. That way you KNOW for sure what worked for your hair and what didn't. If you have that much to spare hook a sista up! :giggling: J/K.

A lot of the videos came from naturalistic people. Then on the other hand I saw some videos from ordinary folks like you and me. Despite being a 27 year old, I've always been something of a hippie or tree hugger, so this is like second nature to me TBH. I've always liked to use natural things but never had the "natural money" lol.

If I were to take it I would take it in the morning like you suggested as to not have wild crazy dreams. I had that experience with Melatonin. I slept like a baby but the dreams were something out of Woodstock 69. So now it's Sleepytime tea for me when I go to sleep.

I know the feeling of exercise not coming natural to me. I used to play varsity tennis in high school and STILL wasn't feeling the running drills. lol

saucey
01-07-2015, 07:50 PM
I need all the help I can get ! Not sure where to start on my natural hair journey. I'm 3yrs natural and all I do is wear weaves because every time I try to style my hair it looks horrible unless I put some type of heat on it . HELP !

NJoy
01-08-2015, 03:28 PM
The main changes I'd like to see is length retention and possibly filling in this spot in my crown area. It's actually a pretty big spot where my hair is breaking or thinning I don't know. I recently trimmed my hair, about 2 weeks ago...all around, and I've even trimmed that section. It was already an inch or two now I've cut that section down bald to see if it'll grow in healthy. I've been natural 3 yrs and I still don't have it down pact smh or a solid regimen. I'm chopping my ends a few inches at a time so in a way it's like a mini big chop..since I'm not cutting my whole head in a tea...2015 is the yr I'm starting over.

I hope that you can get to the bottom of what's going on with that spot in your crown. Could it be from friction of some sort? Hats or direct contact wigging? Many of us have that ONE area that needs extra attention. Sounds like this is your spot.


Just this morning as I was starting up my car to warm it up I saw that I had a SECOND, BIGGER plug on the right side of my head! IDK what to do anymore! What do y'all think I should do? Shave my WHOLE head and start over, shave that part off and just regrow it or just keep wearing wigs? Any and all suggestions are welcome!

Ugh!!! A second spot? You may want to see a doctor to rule out any medical conditions. If it's not medical, then what you do really depends on what would work best for you. I know that I couldn't just shave my whole head because I'd have a Charlie Brown head. But, if you're wigging it anyway, that wouldn't be a problem. Or, if you want to just regrow that side, just know that you can even your hair out at any time and work around that. In any case, you're going to have to nurse your scalp. If you're using the Hair Growth Oil, it will definitely help with that.

Hopefully someone will have more suggestions on what to do.


I need all the help I can get ! Not sure where to start on my natural hair journey. I'm 3yrs natural and all I do is wear weaves because every time I try to style my hair it looks horrible unless I put some type of heat on it . HELP !

You're just not used to your natural hair. I was the same after being relaxed for as long as I could remember. I wanted my natural hair to act like my relaxed hair. Things turned around for me when I started accepting that my natural hair had its own beauty and I had to learn to know it and love it. First step for you is to spend more time getting to know your natural hair. Even if you're still wearing weaves and taking care of the hair beneath, spend some time appreciating your natural hair. Maybe you may want to switch to something like crochet braids to get used to dealing with natural hair and still already having a style.

3 yrs. You got some hair to work with. Do some stretched hairstyles like braid outs or twist outs and let your hair show you what it can do. But by all means, stop expecting it to be calm. Expect bold and DIVA!!! Take your time and be patient. I'm still learning and I've been fully natural for 2 yrs. It also helps to start looking at and admiring other naturals rocking their styles. You'll learn that there is beauty in being natural...and it's not always so neat and tame.

Practice your styles and post your pics here. We'll be happy to support you in your natural journey. #bighairdontcare #naturallydiva :yay:

Grohairgro
01-09-2015, 12:01 PM
I need all the help I can get ! Not sure where to start on my natural hair journey. I'm 3yrs natural and all I do is wear weaves because every time I try to style my hair it looks horrible unless I put some type of heat on it . HELP !

Hi Sauce

Perhaps start by saying what your hair is like? What you put in it etc. Is the problem just with styling?

NJoy
01-09-2015, 04:17 PM
Ok, I can't remember who put me on the spot and ask when I'd be releasing the Hair Growth Pomade but, here it is!

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I'm pretty excited! I've been working on it and testing for awhile. The delay came with trying to get packaging for it. And now it's done. Thank the Lord!

So, if you're interested, check out the details here (http://njoyessentials.com/njoys-long-healthy-hair-growth-pomade/). I'm offering a 20% Discount for pre-orders now.

mz_robyn
01-09-2015, 10:03 PM
Ok, I can't remember who put me on the spot and ask when I'd be releasing the Hair Growth Pomade but, here it is!

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I'm pretty excited! I've been working on it and testing for awhile. The delay came with trying to get packaging for it. And now it's done. Thank the Lord!

So, if you're interested, check out the details here (http://njoyessentials.com/njoys-long-healthy-hair-growth-pomade/). I'm offering a 20% Discount for pre-orders now.

THAT WAS ME! YES! Will pre order with the quickness! :clap2::yahoo:

Aeisha
01-10-2015, 10:22 AM
I'm putting my hair in a protective style. I'll be getting marley twists. I also took a few pics of my crown area that's struggling I can post that pic later

NJoy
01-10-2015, 04:10 PM
THAT WAS ME! YES! Will pre order with the quickness! :clap2::yahoo:

Thanks for the push, mz_robyn. I had the recipe a long time ago. Had some friends testing for me, a long time ago. But dropped the ball when it came to looking for packaging. So many things jumped ahead of it on my todo list. All that I'm waiting on now is the labels and leaflets to come in, which is why I'm doing pre-orders instead of shipping out right away. I'm excited and have been using it myself since the beginning of the year (when I finally got around to whipping up enough to start putting into the jars. I hope you Love it! :reddancer:


I'm putting my hair in a protective style. I'll be getting marley twists. I also took a few pics of my crown area that's struggling I can post that pic later

I love marley twists. I think they look awesome!

NJoy
01-10-2015, 04:25 PM
So, if you've been reading the info that I've sent out in the Supercharge Your Hair Growth series, you know that I really believe in having a vision for your goals. Especially if you've never been at a particular length and you're hoping to get there. You have to be able to see yourself at your goal length (or look).

Well, I have found my ultimate goal inspiration. Please check out this beauty right hyuh!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/tonia1c/tonia1c015/c5acc4a6-aa8d-4f23-9835-a296ce16bf65_zpse6c24e0e.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tonia1c/media/tonia1c015/c5acc4a6-aa8d-4f23-9835-a296ce16bf65_zpse6c24e0e.jpg.html)

Jeeeee-suuuuus!!!! :infatuated: This is my new hair inspiration and hair goal. I've printed her pic, pasted my face onto the picture and added it to my vision board as my hair goal. (yeah. I'm gonna have to learn photoshop one day. lol) That hair is every. good. thang!!!

Who's your hair crush? Post pics of your hair crush and/or hair goal. I'd love to see 'em. :yay:

mz_robyn
01-11-2015, 01:00 AM
WOW! Even though I am not natural, I can't deny that is some gorgeous hair!

The damage/ hairfall is now starting to creep over to the left side though not as bad as the right side is looking.

Late last night I was looking at YT videos of ladies shaving their heads for one reason or another ( Alopecia, cancer, bucket list fulfillment, etc.) I was inspired by how brave they were. I was actually even going to go to a local Fantastic Sam's or TGF Haircutters to do the thang.

My mama reminded me that I ALWAYS had hair even as a baby/child. She asked me, was I really ready to be bald? Then I realized that while I had resigned myself to shaving it off and was ready MENTALLY, I wasn't ready EMOTIONALLY. I asked my spiritual mama & sister (Both natural) and both say it could be treated BUT if need be to prepare myself to BC/BS (Big Shave) and that I might need that new start.

I also then thought of a compromise, that I will give my hair/scalp a chance to recover (maybe 3-6 months) and IF it didn't catch up or grow back evenly THEN I would either shave off the damaged part or shave it off altogether.

Do y'all think I am chicken or weak for not going through with it?

NJoy
01-12-2015, 01:07 AM
WOW! Even though I am not natural, I can't deny that is some gorgeous hair!

The damage/ hairfall is now starting to creep over to the left side though not as bad as the right side is looking.

Late last night I was looking at YT videos of ladies shaving their heads for one reason or another ( Alopecia, cancer, bucket list fulfillment, etc.) I was inspired by how brave they were. I was actually even going to go to a local Fantastic Sam's or TGF Haircutters to do the thang.

My mama reminded me that I ALWAYS had hair even as a baby/child. She asked me, was I really ready to be bald? Then I realized that while I had resigned myself to shaving it off and was ready MENTALLY, I wasn't ready EMOTIONALLY. I asked my spiritual mama & sister (Both natural) and both say it could be treated BUT if need be to prepare myself to BC/BS (Big Shave) and that I might need that new start.

I also then thought of a compromise, that I will give my hair/scalp a chance to recover (maybe 3-6 months) and IF it didn't catch up or grow back evenly THEN I would either shave off the damaged part or shave it off altogether.

Do y'all think I am chicken or weak for not going through with it?

No. I think it's a great decision. I don't think anyone should BC unless they are 100% certain. What's the rush? :great:

mz_robyn
01-12-2015, 01:27 AM
No. I think it's a great decision. I don't think anyone should BC unless they are 100% certain. What's the rush? :great:

Thank you. It was truly agonizing for me to decide. The other night I cried in my mama's arms about it, mainly because of all the hard work I did was essentially coming out in my hands and comb. I am happy to say that the crown I labored so long for and the back of my hair stayed intact though the ends are thinning slightly. I will probably braid that part down and nurture the front. The stylist told me she used TWO relaxers on me b/c "I let my hair get too nappy." Which was a lie b/c I took care of it til I saw her. So it wasn't medical or stress, just incompetence.

As for the pomade, how often should it be used? Is it as effective in pomade form as it is in oil form? And how long should it last me?

NJoy
01-12-2015, 10:07 AM
Thank you. It was truly agonizing for me to decide. The other night I cried in my mama's arms about it, mainly because of all the hard work I did was essentially coming out in my hands and comb. I am happy to say that the crown I labored so long for and the back of my hair stayed intact though the ends are thinning slightly. I will probably braid that part down and nurture the front. The stylist told me she used TWO relaxers on me b/c "I let my hair get too nappy." Which was a lie b/c I took care of it til I saw her. So it wasn't medical or stress, just incompetence.

As for the pomade, how often should it be used? Is it as effective in pomade form as it is in oil form? And how long should it last me?


Girl. TWO relaxers? :sosad: Did she even know what she was doing? Sorry you had that experience. Hopefully things will settle down. Just like the oil, that relaxer gets down into the follicles but... I'm not going to bash relaxers. It was your stylists fault and she needs to own it.

As for the pomade, you use it like the oil. Daily works best but, at least every other day. Point is, you want to stimulate the follicles consistently to get consistent growth activity. It also gives great growth because it contains all the same active ingredients. The jar should still last a good month, depending on how you use it. I'm thinking about offering a larger size, if there's a demand for it. I'm pretty excited and looking forward to everyone's growth results.

(I actually answered this last night. Forgot to hit "submit reply". D'oh!! :giggling:

CSDicey92
01-13-2015, 12:57 AM
Hey everyone! My name is Candice :hiya:

I am definitely a newbie to this whole hair journey and I've only been relaxed for about 4 years. I got a trim last month and I relaxed my in the first week of January after stretching my relaxer for about 3 months. I've been doing a whole lotta research and I even checked out some DIY articles and made myself a sulfur oil mix and moisturizing sprays. I also bought myself some organic oils to do some deep conditioning and hot oil treatments. Plus, I plan to buy myself a protein conditioner and get monthly check ups at the salon.

Currently, my hair is a little past my shoulders. My ultimate goal is to grow my hair to at least MBL, so hopefully I'll succeed in my journey. But right now, I just want to see if I can manage to grow it to BSL by the end of the year. I'll need all the help I can get :nerves:

Here's to a healthy hair journey in 2015! Long hair ftw! Let's do this! :giggling:

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NJoy
01-13-2015, 01:15 PM
Hey everyone! My name is Candice :hiya:

I am definitely a newbie to this whole hair journey and I've only been relaxed for about 4 years. I got a trim last month and I relaxed my in the first week of January after stretching my relaxer for about 3 months. I've been doing a whole lotta research and I even checked out some DIY articles and made myself a sulfur oil mix and moisturizing sprays. I also bought myself some organic oils to do some deep conditioning and hot oil treatments. Plus, I plan to buy myself a protein conditioner and get monthly check ups at the salon.

Currently, my hair is a little past my shoulders. My ultimate goal is to grow my hair to at least MBL, so hopefully I'll succeed in my journey. But right now, I just want to see if I can manage to grow it to BSL by the end of the year. I'll need all the help I can get :nerves:

Here's to a healthy hair journey in 2015! Long hair ftw! Let's do this! :giggling:

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Welcome, Candice! :hug2: I look forward to your journey to MBL! :yay: Please make yourself at home and post whatever you like.

NJoy
01-13-2015, 02:07 PM
ANNOUNCEMENT

well ladies, over the past year I've been working to develop an online hair journal and companion mobile app. The journal will allow you to record your activities, upload pictures, schedule activities, keep up with and rate products that you use, track your progress, water intake and more. I wanted to have it ready by the start of this year but, I kept throwing features at my developers, which caused some delays. :nerves: That said, there are even MORE features planned for the updated version.

Anywho, I'm opening it up to those in this challenge who would like to be beta testers. I will need you to use it daily for 30 days and provide me feedback on things like ease of use, features included and features you'd like to see added. For all who participate, I will send you a special thank you gift for your assistance.

If you are interested, let me know. Email njoy@mydivaspot.com

I'm excited and look forward to making it available to everyone. This hair journal will really help you in your healthy hair journey to get organized, stay on track, stay motivated and reach your goals. :yahoo: Brought to you buy the one who njoys helping you reach your goals. :reddancer:

NJoy
01-14-2015, 11:34 AM
My hair has been in these Celie braids since I washed on Friday. Planning to detox and then deep condition my hair...at some point today. Anywho, that's my intention. I slacked up on my water intake over the past couple days (which is bad because my allergies have me dry as a bone). That was because I was out of water. I can't drink Georgia's tap. But today! Woohoo!!!! Water has been delivered and I have been delivert from my thirst. That said, I'm also doing an internal cleanse using Diatomaceous Earth for a few days. It has high levels of silica which is beneficial to the hair and nails. Bonus!

Remember, do something every day that will have a positive impact on the health of your hair. What are you hair plans today?

CSDicey92
01-14-2015, 07:13 PM
Hey everyone,

I wanted to try the Sulfur Hair Growth Challenge. I made my sulfur mix with 6 oz EVOO, 2 oz Castor Oil, 2 oz Jojoba Oil, 5 drops Rosemary Oil, 5 drops Lavender Oil and 1 tsp of Sublimed Sulfur Powder. I've been seeing different methods of going about the challenge though. Some suggest doing it 2-3 times a week, others 3-5 times and another does it every day for the whole challenge. The challenges vary from 60 days to 90 days to 6 months. Also I've read about people co-washing out the mix every day and another article said that you don't have to rinse out the oil or co-wash. However, what I do seem to understand is that you should cover your hair after applying the oil with a plastic cap and a silk scarf and then massage your scalp. I'm wondering what's the best method to use because I'm kind of confused at the moment or rather, how do you go about this challenge properly? :nerves:

I read that not applying the mix correctly can damage your hair, especially if it makes contact with your ends. So I want to make sure that it's done right. I'm really eager to get started and see if this challenge will help me get the results that I want. Any help would be appreciated! :giggling:

I want to try the inversion method at the end of the month as well, I can maybe even use this sulfur mix as my oil if this challenge goes well. Until then, I'll be doing more research and continuing my HHJ :yahoo:

NJoy
01-14-2015, 09:18 PM
Hey everyone,

I wanted to try the Sulfur Hair Growth Challenge. I made my sulfur mix with 6 oz EVOO, 2 oz Castor Oil, 2 oz Jojoba Oil, 5 drops Rosemary Oil, 5 drops Lavender Oil and 1 tsp of Sublimed Sulfur Powder. I've been seeing different methods of going about the challenge though. Some suggest doing it 2-3 times a week, others 3-5 times and another does it every day for the whole challenge. The challenges vary from 60 days to 90 days to 6 months. Also I've read about people co-washing out the mix every day and another article said that you don't have to rinse out the oil or co-wash. However, what I do seem to understand is that you should cover your hair after applying the oil with a plastic cap and a silk scarf and then massage your scalp. I'm wondering what's the best method to use because I'm kind of confused at the moment or rather, how do you go about this challenge properly? :nerves:

I read that not applying the mix correctly can damage your hair, especially if it makes contact with your ends. So I want to make sure that it's done right. I'm really eager to get started and see if this challenge will help me get the results that I want. Any help would be appreciated! :giggling:

I want to try the inversion method at the end of the month as well, I can maybe even use this sulfur mix as my oil if this challenge goes well. Until then, I'll be doing more research and continuing my HHJ :yahoo:

So, that recipe looks like a variation of my original sulfur mix recipe that I posted online back in 2010 the popped off the sulfur growth oil craze and several copycat recipes. I've changed it since then because, sulfur is very drying and when I started transitioning to natural, I realized that I needed a more balanced recipe that is more stimulating, more more moisturizing and less drippy. But the original recipe did work for my relaxed hair. Here's my hairstory (http://mydivaspot.com/wp/?page_id=65)

I was originally cowashing my hair daily while using the mix and applying the plastic cap and scarf. The daily cowashing isn't necessary. I was doing so because I was fully relaxed (so it was easy) and I LOVE the feeling of shower water running across my scalp. I mean LOVE! :reddancer: Now that I'm fully natural, I cleanse my hair 1-2 times a week (depending on what I have time for).

The plastic cap does help to open the pores in the scalp for better penetration but is optional. I was mainly doing it because I'd apply the oil at night and didn't want my pillows to get oily. The scarf on to was to tie down the plastic cap to cut down on all that crunching noise while I was sleeping. :giggling: But again, though it is beneficial (and someone turned around and called it the greenhouse effect. It was whole head baggying back then) because it helps with penetration, it's optional. The oil will still penetrate the scalp as you massage it in. That said, I do recommend applying a plastic cap after massaging the oil on and leaving it on for at LEAST 30 minutes.

In using my growth mix, I've never experienced any hair damage. The oil should be applied to the scalp and not the ends anyway so, you really shouldn't have a problem. But even so, I've pinned my ends up at my scalp and have never experienced any damage. I wouldn't stress over that point.

The one caveat that I stressed (I stopped sharing the formula because I worried about people, in their zeal, disregarding this warning) is that when using sublimed sulfur to make the growth oil, you should never use more than 10% in the solution (which gets tricky when you're comparing powder weight against liquid weight). I recommend staying in a range above 5% and below 10%. Anything above that causes a reaction in MOST people. In my formula, I stay around 7-8% to be safe.

In my youtube video, where I'm explaining the "tingles", I talk about how I randomly massage my scalp over my plastic cap & scarf, like if I'm watching tv or something. But in applying the oil, I massage my scalp directly, making sure not to just scramble the hair around but by applying firm pressure and actually moving my scalp with the massage. Not only does this help to jumpstart blood circulation to the scalp but also loosens the scalp. It's more difficult for new growth to push through a tight scalp. This is one of the reasons people used to "grease their scalps" back in the day.

I recommend using the formula daily for best results or at LEAST every other day, and massaging the scalp daily, whether applied daily or every other day. On the off day, massaging reinvigorates the oil that was applied the previous day. You want your follicles stimulated daily for best growth results. Infrequent stimulation or using less than recommended will not give good results. Consistency is key.

So, part of the Challenge is to stay consistent, pay attention to keep your scalp happy and protect your ends.

This Challenge is on-going so, we'll support you through reaching your goal lengths. Check in with what you're doing, ask questions when you have 'em and post your results along the way.

This is my 2nd time growing my hair out. It's not difficult but, support does help. And, the online hair journal will also help to keep you on track to reaching your goals and ensuring that you stay consistent so, if you're interested in signing up to be a beta tester, send me an email at njoy@mydivaspot.com

I hope that helped. :great: Oh, and above all, don't worry. Stress slows growth. Relaaaaaaax and grow!

NJoy
01-14-2015, 09:34 PM
Welp! It's about that time for me. Time to deep condition with steam! :yahoo:

This winter weather is drying and takes a toll on the moisture level of hair. What better way to hydrate those tresses than a delicious moisturizing deep conditioning with a nice steam treatment? That's what's up around here.

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CSDicey92
01-14-2015, 11:52 PM
So, that recipe looks like a variation of my original sulfur mix recipe that I posted online back in 2010 the popped off the sulfur growth oil craze and several copycat recipes. I've changed it since then because, sulfur is very drying and when I started transitioning to natural, I realized that I needed a more balanced recipe that is more stimulating, more more moisturizing and less drippy. But the original recipe did work for my relaxed hair. Here's my hairstory (http://mydivaspot.com/wp/?page_id=65)

I was originally cowashing my hair daily while using the mix and applying the plastic cap and scarf. The daily cowashing isn't necessary. I was doing so because I was fully relaxed (so it was easy) and I LOVE the feeling of shower water running across my scalp. I mean LOVE! :reddancer: Now that I'm fully natural, I cleanse my hair 1-2 times a week (depending on what I have time for).

The plastic cap does help to open the pores in the scalp for better penetration but is optional. I was mainly doing it because I'd apply the oil at night and didn't want my pillows to get oily. The scarf on to was to tie down the plastic cap to cut down on all that crunching noise while I was sleeping. :giggling: But again, though it is beneficial (and someone turned around and called it the greenhouse effect. It was whole head baggying back then) because it helps with penetration, it's optional. The oil will still penetrate the scalp as you massage it in. That said, I do recommend applying a plastic cap after massaging the oil on and leaving it on for at LEAST 30 minutes.

In using my growth mix, I've never experienced any hair damage. The oil should be applied to the scalp and not the ends anyway so, you really shouldn't have a problem. But even so, I've pinned my ends up at my scalp and have never experienced any damage. I wouldn't stress over that point.

The one caveat that I stressed (I stopped sharing the formula because I worried about people, in their zeal, disregarding this warning) is that when using sublimed sulfur to make the growth oil, you should never use more than 10% in the solution (which gets tricky when you're comparing powder weight against liquid weight). I recommend staying in a range above 5% and below 10%. Anything above that causes a reaction in MOST people. In my formula, I stay around 7-8% to be safe.

In my youtube video, where I'm explaining the "tingles", I talk about how I randomly massage my scalp over my plastic cap & scarf, like if I'm watching tv or something. But in applying the oil, I massage my scalp directly, making sure not to just scramble the hair around but by applying firm pressure and actually moving my scalp with the massage. Not only does this help to jumpstart blood circulation to the scalp but also loosens the scalp. It's more difficult for new growth to push through a tight scalp. This is one of the reasons people used to "grease their scalps" back in the day.

I recommend using the formula daily for best results or at LEAST every other day, and massaging the scalp daily, whether applied daily or every other day. On the off day, massaging reinvigorates the oil that was applied the previous day. You want your follicles stimulated daily for best growth results. Infrequent stimulation or using less than recommended will not give good results. Consistency is key.

So, part of the Challenge is to stay consistent, pay attention to keep your scalp happy and protect your ends.

This Challenge is on-going so, we'll support you through reaching your goal lengths. Check in with what you're doing, ask questions when you have 'em and post your results along the way.

This is my 2nd time growing my hair out. It's not difficult but, support does help. And, the online hair journal will also help to keep you on track to reaching your goals and ensuring that you stay consistent so, if you're interested in signing up to be a beta tester, send me an email at njoy@mydivaspot.com

I hope that helped. :great: Oh, and above all, don't worry. Stress slows growth. Relaaaaaaax and grow!

Actually, come to think of it, I'm pretty sure it is a variation of your recipe. :nerves: Depending on how it works for me, I might just change it up some more. But I'm definitely gonna be paying more attention to my hair to see how this mix affects it. Hopefully it doesn't get too dry. I'm relaxed right now but I don't want to start co-washing my hair until my roots grow out a bit and are in need of moisture. I think what I'll do is make sure to put on the plastic cap for a few hours before bed and massage my scalp. Then I'll take off the cap and wrap my hair with the silk scarf. That should work as well I guess. Applying it every other day seems like a good option as well. I always massage my scalp, so that's not an issue for me :giggling: Consistency is key so I'll need to work hard to keep up this routine and ensure that it's done properly!

I've just gotta take it step by step and not stress. Everything will happen in due time and my hair will grow with the proper love and care.
Thank you soooooo much for your help! You are a life-saver! All this info has been most helpful! You are a blessing! Thank you again! :bighug:

NJoy
01-15-2015, 01:38 AM
^^^ You got this! It will grow and it will add up quickly! Expect it.

mz_robyn
01-15-2015, 10:23 AM
Welp! It's about that time for me. Time to deep condition with steam! :yahoo:

This winter weather is drying and takes a toll on the moisture level of hair. What better way to hydrate those tresses than a delicious moisturizing deep conditioning with a nice steam treatment? That's what's up around here.

826

I wanted to try that on my tresses, as Texas winters are nothing nice. Would a steam treatment work for relaxed hair as well? If so there's a steamer with my name on it on EBay.

Also, how is the Diatomaceous Earth cleanse going?

NJoy
01-15-2015, 09:30 PM
I wanted to try that on my tresses, as Texas winters are nothing nice. Would a steam treatment work for relaxed hair as well? If so there's a steamer with my name on it on EBay.

Also, how is the Diatomaceous Earth cleanse going?

Yes. Steam is great for relaxed hair too.

I've been sporadic with the DE. I did find that I can drink it with grape juice and grapefruit juice. but, I'm out. Back to drinking in my tea.

NJoy
01-17-2015, 03:56 PM
Holy smokes! I have the weekend to myself! My family is visiting hubby's family and I decided not to go so that I can have some ME-time. Best decision EVER!!!

Needless to say, there will be some pampering going on. I don't even know how to act. :reddancer: Just checking in.

mz_robyn
01-18-2015, 09:25 PM
Hey ladies,

Do any of y'all know of a natural detox (Be it homemade or pre-made) that can safely cleanse & detox relaxed hair? All the ones I've seen on YT are aimed toward natural hair.

Thanks!

Aeisha
01-19-2015, 10:14 AM
I've been trying to keep myself busy...but loving how I don't have to wake up earlier to do my hair. Loving this protective style. I've also been moisturizing and sealing my hair. Making sure to focus on this thinning/bald spot

Grohairgro
01-21-2015, 06:44 AM
Holy smokes! I have the weekend to myself! My family is visiting hubby's family and I decided not to go so that I can have some ME-time. Best decision EVER!!!

Needless to say, there will be some pampering going on. I don't even know how to act. :reddancer: Just checking in.

WOW I've just watched the video for beta testing. I am so impressed with your site. You are absolutely onto a winner with it. You must be SO EXCITED!!

I'm waiting for my hairdressing scissors to arrive so I can give my hair a good trim.

mz_robyn
01-21-2015, 09:47 AM
Hi.

Still waiting for a reply about a detox (Either homemade or manufactured) that can work on relaxed hair. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Cheyjuan
01-21-2015, 09:33 PM
Hi!! Happy 2015!! I love these positive and fun check in posts!

mz_robyn, I saw your post a day or two ago and while I'm not relaxed personally, I was doing some digging around for you. I went on relaxed hair's blogspot, which I've encountered more than a few good posts over there that have helped me, even without relaxed hair and found a post on product on Amazon. Her is the link: http://relaxedhairhealth.blogspot.com/2009/04/weary-of-relaxer-chemicals-zen-scalp_21.html
Also, I've read about an at home treatment consisting of 1/2 C of Benzonite clay powder, 1/2 cup of aloe vera and 1/4 of ACV.
Another post I found on relaxed hair health about detox can be found here: http://relaxedhairhealth.blogspot.com/2010/04/three-techniques-i-used-to-cleanse-and.html

A few ladies I follow that are relaxed are
Jen from justgrowalready.com (she just became natural this month I believe after her chop, so any posts before now are applicable)
Lade on rehairducation.com

And I'm quite sure the Shea Moisture black soap purification is good (I believe it says on the jar relaxed or natural). Most of their products will let you know, but I use it and it is wonderful and gives the hair strength and if you need a gentle cleanser to soften, try NJoy's. She used to have relaxed hair.

I didn't want you to be left hanging and I know how important a detox is, now that I've used them, to hair growth. I'm sure someone with actual experience with relaxed hair will be able to help you out. There are wonderful you tubers with long gorgeous relaxed hair you can peek in on and ask or perhaps scope out their regimens, where that will be included.

Hope this helps or at least gets the ball rolling! :)

NJoy
01-21-2015, 11:37 PM
WOW I've just watched the video for beta testing. I am so impressed with your site. You are absolutely onto a winner with it. You must be SO EXCITED!!

I'm waiting for my hairdressing scissors to arrive so I can give my hair a good trim.

Thanks so much! :reddancer: I AM excited! I've been working on it for awhile but, seeing it come together like it is has my SO hyped. And wait until you see the additional features that are coming online soon PLUS the mobile app. :yahoo: SO excited!



Hi.

Still waiting for a reply about a detox (Either homemade or manufactured) that can work on relaxed hair. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Well, you know that my first thought is NJoy's Platinum Purifying Hair & Scalp Detox, which uses the detoxing power of activated charcoal. I works wonders on all hair types. In fact, I've never heard of any detox being specific to naturals only. With something like henna, it makes a difference but, not for detoxes. I think any of the clay recipes should work for relaxed hair as well as natural. That said, the recipe that Cheyjuan gave should work fine. Also, I have heard good things about Shea Moisture's Purification Mask, as well. And finally, an ACV (apple cider vinegar rinse) can also serve as sort of a detox to remove buildup.


Welp! Speaking of detoxing, I've been too busy to do anything to my hair over the past few days so, I'm going to detox my hair with my Platinum Purifying Hair & Scalp Detox in the morning. I LOVE it. It completely detoxes and removes dirt, oil and product build up leaving my hair vibrant and super soft. Plus, I don't want any trouble out of my hair for ignoring it. And then I'll also do a delicious deep conditioning treatment with steam.

I'm very excited about my hair goals for this year. I updated my vision board to include my new hair goals. I'm ready! :clap2:

mz_robyn
01-22-2015, 02:14 AM
Hi!! Happy 2015!! I love these positive and fun check in posts!

mz_robyn, I saw your post a day or two ago and while I'm not relaxed personally, I was doing some digging around for you. I went on relaxed hair's blogspot, which I've encountered more than a few good posts over there that have helped me, even without relaxed hair and found a post on product on Amazon. Her is the link: http://relaxedhairhealth.blogspot.com/2009/04/weary-of-relaxer-chemicals-zen-scalp_21.html
Also, I've read about an at home treatment consisting of 1/2 C of Benzonite clay powder, 1/2 cup of aloe vera and 1/4 of ACV.
Another post I found on relaxed hair health about detox can be found here: http://relaxedhairhealth.blogspot.com/2010/04/three-techniques-i-used-to-cleanse-and.html

A few ladies I follow that are relaxed are
Jen from justgrowalready.com (she just became natural this month I believe after her chop, so any posts before now are applicable)
Lade on rehairducation.com

And I'm quite sure the Shea Moisture black soap purification is good (I believe it says on the jar relaxed or natural). Most of their products will let you know, but I use it and it is wonderful and gives the hair strength and if you need a gentle cleanser to soften, try NJoy's. She used to have relaxed hair.

I didn't want you to be left hanging and I know how important a detox is, now that I've used them, to hair growth. I'm sure someone with actual experience with relaxed hair will be able to help you out. There are wonderful you tubers with long gorgeous relaxed hair you can peek in on and ask or perhaps scope out their regimens, where that will be included.

Hope this helps or at least gets the ball rolling! :)

Thank you! I read through the article and was quite interested in her method. I myself never did a detox before and wanted to see if that aids my scalp. I might try that along with the bamboo tea the site also offers. But on the upside, my hair that fell out seems to be growing back already without ANY help! It feels soft and I'm able to grasp it in my fingers! :yay: Can't wait for that pomade to get to me!

Cheyjuan
01-22-2015, 08:00 PM
Thank you! I read through the article and was quite interested in her method. I myself never did a detox before and wanted to see if that aids my scalp. I might try that along with the bamboo tea the site also offers. But on the upside, my hair that fell out seems to be growing back already without ANY help! It feels soft and I'm able to grasp it in my fingers! :yay: Can't wait for that pomade to get to me!

I am SOOOO happy to hear that!!!! I have honestly been praying for you. That is so good!!! You can do it! Please let us know how you like the pomade and keep us posted, not only on that hair growth but the detox you are trying! There are probably others that are curious, but quiet :). Detox seems to help especially with co-washing because you can have more build up there on the scalp, making it harder for the new hair growth to come to the surface. I really honestly do love NJoy's detox. I add it to the African black soap and it seems to give a good moisture protein balance for me personally, of course no two strands are alike. The clay tends to make the hair stronger (on me) so be aware of that if you need more moisture. I concur with NJoy, as my first thought was when you have natural detoxing, they should be more than fine on processed hair but I understand your concern, as you never know what mixes with what. Keep researching before you decide. ACV works wonders on, again, me personally. Two more you tubers with relaxed that are my favorites and I totally forgot they were relaxed, otherwise they would've been first mentioned....

LongNhealthy (she will answer your emails, maybe give her a week since she's gotten so many subscribers she says)

and

Yanii Torres

and she isn't relaxed but she gives amazing reviews and is super honest so you may be able to email her as her sister is relaxed and ask her opinion modernmrshuxtable

But keep researching because you can find SOOOO many methods and great articles and videos. More knowledge never hurt anyone. ;).

Grohairgro
01-24-2015, 04:52 AM
Thank you! I read through the article and was quite interested in her method. I myself never did a detox before and wanted to see if that aids my scalp. I might try that along with the bamboo tea the site also offers. But on the upside, my hair that fell out seems to be growing back already without ANY help! It feels soft and I'm able to grasp it in my fingers! :yay: Can't wait for that pomade to get to me!

That's great news! Good luck with whichever method you choose.

NJoy
01-25-2015, 12:25 PM
So I finally got around to detoxing, conditioning, thoroughly detanging and trimming my hair. I put my hair into Celie braids to airdry. My braids felt so soft and moisturized after drying that I decided to attempt a braid out. I LOVE how soft and vibrant it turned out.

Check me out!

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NJoy
01-26-2015, 02:46 AM
And...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/tonia1c/4D64C726-C283-4817-A9AD-ABBBD4487F0B_zps1lpxanru.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tonia1c/media/4D64C726-C283-4817-A9AD-ABBBD4487F0B_zps1lpxanru.jpg.html)

Grohairgro
01-26-2015, 12:44 PM
And...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/tonia1c/4D64C726-C283-4817-A9AD-ABBBD4487F0B_zps1lpxanru.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tonia1c/media/4D64C726-C283-4817-A9AD-ABBBD4487F0B_zps1lpxanru.jpg.html)

Your hair is Beautiful.

Cheyjuan
01-26-2015, 04:01 PM
So I finally got around to detoxing, conditioning, thoroughly detanging and trimming my hair. I put my hair into Celie braids to airdry. My braids felt so soft and moisturized after drying that I decided to attempt a braid out. I LOVE how soft and vibrant it turned out.

Check me out!

827

BEAUTIFUL!!! WOW! Now that hair is such an amazing afro that it almost seems unattainable but you did it so it serves as an inspiration for me ;) Thank you so much for sharing :)

mamalicious
01-27-2015, 06:07 PM
Hey ladies,
I am back!!!!! Been gone for awhile to grow some hair.

Grohairgro
01-28-2015, 05:24 PM
Love trimming my hair. I should have taken off an inch all over but wasn't brave enough so will trim every 8 weeks until my ends are nice and blunt and even. Looked in the mirror and visualised my hair growing about 3-4 inches today which is good news because I'm usually just maintaining mentality.

mz_robyn
01-30-2015, 05:18 PM
Hello y'all!

I'm so happy cuz I got my pomade this morning! :yahoo: I Can NOT wait to use it!

As for my hair... The hair patches have now grown to over half my head. I look like a mix of Dr. Phil, Don King and Alfalfa cuz I have a small patch of hair dead center in my head that stands up. :wallbash: :mad2: BUT where it fell out the NG is rather thick and full. However it's still wig season for me.

So I'm left with no choice but to BC ALL my relaxed hair, something I've NEVER done and start over as a complete natural (Again something I've NEVER done) until I get long enough hair to relax it again. :nerves: I'll post a pic of my poor hair and one after my BC. I will miss my hair but not the damage.

So how's everybody doing?

DivineFavor
01-31-2015, 12:13 PM
I haven't been here in a while! I just ordered the new pomade and also the hair detox. I can't wait to get them in the mail and to start using them! Now, that I think about it, I should have added the vitamins to my order. Oh well, I'll purchase them next time!

DivineFavor
01-31-2015, 12:30 PM
I just turned 40 back in October. For my birthday I got my natural hair cut, colored, and straightened (seen in my avatar pic), so it was basically like I did a 2nd big chop. Since then my hair has grown pretty well, but not as well as I know it could with the help of Njoy's products. When my products arrive I'm going to start a more committed long healthy natural hair journey. I'm excited!

Cheyjuan
01-31-2015, 04:25 PM
Hello y'all!

I'm so happy cuz I got my pomade this morning! :yahoo: I Can NOT wait to use it!

As for my hair... The hair patches have now grown to over half my head. I look like a mix of Dr. Phil, Don King and Alfalfa cuz I have a small patch of hair dead center in my head that stands up. :wallbash: :mad2: BUT where it fell out the NG is rather thick and full. However it's still wig season for me.

So I'm left with no choice but to BC ALL my relaxed hair, something I've NEVER done and start over as a complete natural (Again something I've NEVER done) until I get long enough hair to relax it again. :nerves: I'll post a pic of my poor hair and one after my BC. I will miss my hair but not the damage.

So how's everybody doing?

I'm excited for you! Let us know how it works for you. Don't put yourself down! I'm sure at the rate it's growing, you'll feel more confident soon. But love who you are at every stage so that you can graduate to the next :). (In the meantime) YAY WIG SEASON!! Why do you have to BC? Aww. well plenty of hugs:hug2:

Cheyjuan
01-31-2015, 04:26 PM
I just turned 40 back in October. For my birthday I got my natural hair cut, colored, and straightened (seen in my avatar pic), so it was basically like I did a 2nd big chop. Since then my hair has grown pretty well, but not as well as I know it could with the help of Njoy's products. When my products arrive I'm going to start a more committed long healthy natural hair journey. I'm excited!

I'm excited for you and welcome back!!! What a great way to start back to your hair journey! :clap2:

DivineFavor
01-31-2015, 05:04 PM
Thanks so much!

mz_robyn
01-31-2015, 10:22 PM
I'm excited for you! Let us know how it works for you. Don't put yourself down! I'm sure at the rate it's growing, you'll feel more confident soon. But love who you are at every stage so that you can graduate to the next :). (In the meantime) YAY WIG SEASON!! Why do you have to BC? Aww. well plenty of hugs:hug2:

I try to love who I am, but it's a hard road for me. I just came out of a 2 1/2 year depression and I'm slowly but surely getting back into my element. The old me would try new things and look sexy doing it lol.

As for why I had to BC, the damage was too far gone for it to be saved or repaired. But it's ok! It's part of a new stage of my life and an experience I would NOT have had I kept the damaged hair. :giggling:

Thank you for the love! I appreciate it! :hug2:

mz_robyn
02-01-2015, 12:10 AM
Soooo.... Guess what I did today? lol 828 831

I went in the shop and told them to cut it all off to the NG.

I thought I was gonna be really emotional and crying but I just looked at her cutting it off with scissors. The whole time I was thinking, "Wow, I look like a dude, but I'm glad the damage is gone. Why didn't I do this sooner?!" I was mentally/emotionally prepared for it to go. I think it represented a real dark time in my life and now I feel light and happy. :yahoo:

At first it was a little discombobulating but it's starting to grow on me. :infatuated: I ain't brave enough to rock it in public yet though. It's a texture I ain't used to, which feels like soft cotton to me.

The NG was already 1/2 an inch everywhere but the right side due to the damage and even THAT was 1/4 an inch.

I texted a pic to my spiritual mama & sister who are natural and they loved it, was proud of me, thought it was cute, etc. My spiritual sister said you still look like you with short hair and anyone with eyes could see I had female curves, LOL.

One ex boyfriend liked it, thought I was cute enough to pull it off while another had nothing nice to say cuz he loved my hair long so he just said sorry lol.

So I ask you lovely ladies...What do you think? Do I look weird/ dude-like? :nerves:

829 830 The damage that left me a Dr. Phil/Don King/ Alfalfa hybrid.

832 Me in a wig a few days before the BC. That's how long I want my hair to be.

NJoy
02-01-2015, 04:59 PM
Hey ladies,
I am back!!!!! Been gone for awhile to grow some hair.

Welcome back, Mama! :hug2:

How'd the growth come along?


Love trimming my hair. I should have taken off an inch all over but wasn't brave enough so will trim every 8 weeks until my ends are nice and blunt and even. Looked in the mirror and visualised my hair growing about 3-4 inches today which is good news because I'm usually just maintaining mentality.

A good trim can breathe life into your hair. I love the feel and thought of fresh cut ends. I'm glad you can see that new length. :clap2:




I haven't been here in a while! I just ordered the new pomade and also the hair detox. I can't wait to get them in the mail and to start using them! Now, that I think about it, I should have added the vitamins to my order. Oh well, I'll purchase them next time!

I can't wait to hear how you like it! I've been getting great feedback already. :reddancer:



I just turned 40 back in October. For my birthday I got my natural hair cut, colored, and straightened (seen in my avatar pic), so it was basically like I did a 2nd big chop. Since then my hair has grown pretty well, but not as well as I know it could with the help of Njoy's products. When my products arrive I'm going to start a more committed long healthy natural hair journey. I'm excited!

Yes!! That's cool that you chopped for your birthday. Happy Belated 40th! Now, let's grow some hair! :yay:




Soooo.... Guess what I did today? lol 828 831

I went in the shop and told them to cut it all off to the NG.

I thought I was gonna be really emotional and crying but I just looked at her cutting it off with scissors. The whole time I was thinking, "Wow, I look like a dude, but I'm glad the damage is gone. Why didn't I do this sooner?!" I was mentally/emotionally prepared for it to go. I think it represented a real dark time in my life and now I feel light and happy.

At first it was a little discombobulating but it's starting to grow on me. :infatuated: I ain't brave enough to rock it in public yet though. It's a texture I ain't used to, which feels like soft cotton to me.

The NG was already 1/2 an inch everywhere but the right side due to the damage and even THAT was 1/4 an inch.





Girl, you are a ROCK STAR!!! After all that you've been through trying to preserve the damaged hair, you should feel SO free! Now, nothing but healthy growth and you look GREAT!!! And for sure, you'll start seeing your hair grow fast. I'm SO proud of you! :yahoo:

MyAngelEyez~C~U
02-01-2015, 10:34 PM
Hi!
Just popping in to say hello, and I can't wait to get my order so that I can begin participating in this challenge!

Grohairgro
02-02-2015, 12:30 PM
I try to love who I am, but it's a hard road for me. I just came out of a 2 1/2 year depression and I'm slowly but surely getting back into my element. The old me would try new things and look sexy doing it lol.

As for why I had to BC, the damage was too far gone for it to be saved or repaired. But it's ok! It's part of a new stage of my life and an experience I would NOT have had I kept the damaged hair. :giggling:

Thank you for the love! I appreciate it! :hug2:

I just want to say the BC will be a positive reset if needed. Perhaps consider going natural for 6 months? Do you really want to relax again so soon after what happened?

mz_robyn
02-02-2015, 08:14 PM
I just want to say the BC will be a positive reset if needed. Perhaps consider going natural for 6 months? Do you really want to relax again so soon after what happened?

Oh I plan to be natural for at least 6 months. It would be AFTER the 6 months has lapsed that I would re-evaluate relaxing my hair again. In the meantime I hope to get enough length and thickness to at least put cornrows or crochet braids back in my hair and go from there.

Grohairgro
02-03-2015, 07:35 AM
Oh I plan to be natural for at least 6 months. It would be AFTER the 6 months has lapsed that I would re-evaluate relaxing my hair again. In the meantime I hope to get enough length and thickness to at least put cornrows or crochet braids back in my hair and go from there.

That's good to hear.

I keep on finding strands of my hair on the carpet. More than usual. I haven't studied them but will do in future. I presume it's hair fall. I'm thinking I should do protein treatments more regularly as I am not frequently enough. Did another trim this morning. I couldn't help myself. I hate looking at my fine ends.

NJoy
02-03-2015, 01:45 PM
Oh I plan to be natural for at least 6 months. It would be AFTER the 6 months has lapsed that I would re-evaluate relaxing my hair again. In the meantime I hope to get enough length and thickness to at least put cornrows or crochet braids back in my hair and go from there.

I've seen some nice crochet looks. You'll be long enough to braid in no time.


That's good to hear.

I keep on finding strands of my hair on the carpet. More than usual. I haven't studied them but will do in future. I presume it's hair fall. I'm thinking I should do protein treatments more regularly as I am not frequently enough. Did another trim this morning. I couldn't help myself. I hate looking at my fine ends.

Thin ends will have you grab some scissors. I love having fresh ends.

hairpleezegrow
02-03-2015, 11:21 PM
Omg I haven't been on here in forever! Will be reading and catching up tomorrow.

Grohairgro
02-04-2015, 02:45 PM
Omg I haven't been on here in forever! Will be reading and catching up tomorrow.

Lol...your username is almost the same as mine!!

hairpleezegrow
02-04-2015, 03:45 PM
Lol...your username is almost the same as mine!!

Yeah it is lol. I use this name on all the hair forums I frequent except if it's not available.

NJoy
02-06-2015, 10:37 AM
**** 2nd Call for Beta Testers**** :yahoo:

As mentioned, I've been busy developing an online hair journal so that we can keep track of what we're doing, what works, what doesn't work, etc. I have a group of ladies who have volunteered to help me test the site. I need a few more volunteers who can use the journal and add daily entries. To all who can help, I'm offering a $50 credit at NJoyEssentials.com (I said something earlier but, I think this is better) as a Thank You. The credit will be available at the end of the 30-day testing period.

Also, please note that I'm also developing companion mobile apps that are based on the site. So, as we test the site, the mobile app developers are incorporating the functionality in the apps. Hoping to have the apps released by the Spring Hair Show, here in Atlanta. That's just fyi.

So! Who else wants to help test and share your opinions on my new online hair journal? If so, please email me at njoy@mydivaspot.com.

Thanks! :hug2:

MyAngelEyez~C~U
02-06-2015, 02:10 PM
@Njoy, I'll volunteer!

DivineFavor
02-06-2015, 04:48 PM
I will volunteer! What do I need to do?

DivineFavor
02-06-2015, 04:49 PM
So excited, I got my pomade and hair detox in the mail yesterday! I started using the pomade last night!

Grohairgro
02-07-2015, 09:17 AM
Went to hairdressers for colour yesterday. There is only 1 black hairdresser in my town who has a really bad rep so I went to a white lady who is mainly familiar with styling black hair as in extensions or styling hair with looser curl patterns. She is extremely confident and talks the talk but paid no attention to adding protein ( or conditioner) Thank goodness I took my aphogee 2 min NOR adding a leave in NOR using a heat protectant. It is so embarrassing to have to direct her considering she has 8 years experience. I got home and added a moisturiser. Once my hair loses it's straightness I will do a moisturising treatment. I will have to travel about 50 miles to a good hairdresser that I know who will steam and silk wrap my hair!

Ennoid43
02-07-2015, 11:46 AM
Hi Njoy

I'm joining the challenge!!!! I don't have a regimine but I normally wash weekly using the keracare dry itchy scalp line. I m&s using care free curl gold with evoo nightly. I also use the aphogee hard protein every six weeks. I plan to incorporate weeky cowashes as well when I pinpoint a good regimine for me. I started using the oil on Monday but I haven't been using the plastic cap because I work outside. As the weather warms up I plan to start using the cap. I remember reading to stop the oil one week prior and after any chemical process. Is that also true when using a rinse? I plan on washing tonight and I really need to cover these grays, but don't want to if it will cause damage.

MyAngelEyez~C~U
02-07-2015, 10:52 PM
I applied NJoy's Long & Healthy Hair Growth Pomade last night. Definitely gives a good tingling sensation, smells minty with a hint of sulfur upon application. Scent subsides after a while. Woke up this morning and can't smell it at all, does not leave a greasy feel at all, and my scalp/hair feels pretty nice. It soaks into the scalp really well. I had flat-ironed my hair a week ago, so I did notice slight reversion during application, but after I tied my hair up, that resolved as well. I used my vibrating scalp massager following application. I plan to use the pomade nightly.

NJoy
02-09-2015, 07:16 PM
I will volunteer! What do I need to do?

Yay! Send an email to njoy@mydivaspot.com and I'll send you a special invite and a link to the tutorial :yahoo:




Went to hairdressers for colour yesterday. There is only 1 black hairdresser in my town who has a really bad rep so I went to a white lady who is mainly familiar with styling black hair as in extensions or styling hair with looser curl patterns. She is extremely confident and talks the talk but paid no attention to adding protein ( or conditioner) Thank goodness I took my aphogee 2 min NOR adding a leave in NOR using a heat protectant. It is so embarrassing to have to direct her considering she has 8 years experience. I got home and added a moisturiser. Once my hair loses it's straightness I will do a moisturising treatment. I will have to travel about 50 miles to a good hairdresser that I know who will steam and silk wrap my hair!

Aww man. I hate that you have to travel so far to find a decent hair dresser. I guess you're just gonna have to learn how to do your own hair, huh? *runs away laughing hysterically*



Hi Njoy

I'm joining the challenge!!!! I don't have a regimine but I normally wash weekly using the keracare dry itchy scalp line. I m&s using care free curl gold with evoo nightly. I also use the aphogee hard protein every six weeks. I plan to incorporate weeky cowashes as well when I pinpoint a good regimine for me. I started using the oil on Monday but I haven't been using the plastic cap because I work outside. As the weather warms up I plan to start using the cap. I remember reading to stop the oil one week prior and after any chemical process. Is that also true when using a rinse? I plan on washing tonight and I really need to cover these grays, but don't want to if it will cause damage.

I'd suggest holding off on the oil prior to using any color mainly because you want the color to take. Oils will slow down any chemical processing so, if you have oil that go onto your strands, that may prevent you from getting good results. In fact, I'd stop and wash my hair a few days before just to make sure that you get a good take. And then let the color settle a few days before resuming the oil. Totally different reason for stopping that the chemicals in a relaxer but still.



I applied NJoy's Long & Healthy Hair Growth Pomade last night. Definitely gives a good tingling sensation, smells minty with a hint of sulfur upon application. Scent subsides after a while. Woke up this morning and can't smell it at all, does not leave a greasy feel at all, and my scalp/hair feels pretty nice. It soaks into the scalp really well. I had flat-ironed my hair a week ago, so I did notice slight reversion during application, but after I tied my hair up, that resolved as well. I used my vibrating scalp massager following application. I plan to use the pomade nightly.

Definitely a good choice for anyone who doesn't want to do the oily thing. How's that scalp massager working out for you? And which one do you have?

mz_robyn
02-09-2015, 07:41 PM
Hello, all you happy people!

I am loving the journal thus far. It keeps me honest with my water intake and other things.

I am planning to use the pomade maybe tomorrow (finally) but had a question regarding the application of it. Since my hair is so short (1/2 an inch everywhere but the right side which is 1/4 an inch) how do I apply it without it touching my hair? ( I recall reading somewhere being careful NOT to get sulfur on your hair.)

Or does that rule apply to the pomade?

In other news the back of my hair is already growing back, full, thick and HEALTHY! :yahoo: the front and right side is growing as well although a little bit slower/thinner which I expected due to the relaxer's damage. I'm just happy that it's even growing! I am glad I made the choice to BC. I'm surprised it's growing back so fast!

The one downside though is that I can't seem to get my hair moisturized enough.


Any pointers?

NJoy
02-09-2015, 10:26 PM
Hello, all you happy people!

I am loving the journal thus far. It keeps me honest with my water intake and other things.

I am planning to use the pomade maybe tomorrow (finally) but had a question regarding the application of it. Since my hair is so short (1/2 an inch everywhere but the right side which is 1/4 an inch) how do I apply it without it touching my hair? ( I recall reading somewhere being careful NOT to get sulfur on your hair.)

Or does that rule apply to the pomade?

In other news the back of my hair is already growing back, full, thick and HEALTHY! :yahoo: the front and right side is growing as well although a little bit slower/thinner which I expected due to the relaxer's damage. I'm just happy that it's even growing! I am glad I made the choice to BC. I'm surprised it's growing back so fast!

The one downside though is that I can't seem to get my hair moisturized enough.


Any pointers?

The good thing about cutting your hair short is that you can see the fast growth easily. I'm happy for you on that one. Woot! :yahoo:

The warning with sulfur is that it can be drying, in general. The oils that I chose to use fights that drying effect tho. That was the main change that I made when I reformulated. While transitioning, I couldn't afford dryness.

Now, the oil uses sublimed sulfur, which is the sulfur that is associated with dryness. The pomade uses MSM, which is also a sulfur, but does not have the same drying effect. I could afford to get away with the better, sublimed sulfur in the oil but, without the extra oils, MSM is a better choice. You'll do fine with the pomade.

It's no problem getting it on the hair. I mean, it's hard to avoid getting it on the new growth. As usual, just make sure you keep your hair moisturized and seal the moisture in. If you're able to baggy overnight, that really helps with moisture. Spraying your hair with something like water and aloe juice and then sealing that in helps too.

Some of the dryness in your hair may scab hair from chemical damage and it may start to resolve as it gets longer. Weekly moisturizing deep conditioning with steam really helps hydrate the hair (or even a plastic cap with warm towel around it to create a steamy environment).

mz_robyn
02-10-2015, 12:00 AM
The good thing about cutting your hair short is that you can see the fast growth easily. I'm happy for you on that one. Woot! :yahoo:

The warning with sulfur is that it can be drying, in general. The oils that I chose to use fights that drying effect tho. That was the main change that I made when I reformulated. While transitioning, I couldn't afford dryness.

Now, the oil uses sublimed sulfur, which is the sulfur that is associated with dryness. The pomade uses MSM, which is also a sulfur, but does not have the same drying effect. I could afford to get away with the better, sublimed sulfur in the oil but, without the extra oils, MSM is a better choice. You'll do fine with the pomade.

It's no problem getting it on the hair. I mean, it's hard to avoid getting it on the new growth. As usual, just make sure you keep your hair moisturized and seal the moisture in. If you're able to baggy overnight, that really helps with moisture. Spraying your hair with something like water and aloe juice and then sealing that in helps too.

Some of the dryness in your hair may scab hair from chemical damage and it may start to resolve as it gets longer. Weekly moisturizing deep conditioning with steam really helps hydrate the hair (or even a plastic cap with warm towel around it to create a steamy environment).

Thank you! This is ALL so new and unusual for me. It's a foreign foray I am endeavoring on. Like for example I have never heard of scab hair! Another thing I'm taken aback by is the cost of some natural hair products! I saw some kinda pomade that was almost $35! I was like wow, that's high as hades! Don't get me wrong, I bought some expensive relaxed hair products but GOLLY!

I'm overwhelmed by all the products and how to start a regimen. IDK what to do or where to start. Also when does protein play a role when I have a TWA? I can't seem to tell.

Grohairgro
02-11-2015, 09:12 AM
[QUOTE=NJoy;4694]Yay! Send an email to njoy@mydivaspot.com and I'll send you a special invite and a link to the tutorial :yahoo:





Aww man. I hate that you have to travel so far to find a decent hair dresser. I guess you're just gonna have to learn how to do your own hair, huh? *runs away laughing hysterically*


You are so right. I do everything but I have had no success with colouring the few greys that I have. I thought the hairdresser would have success but she didn't use heat and it was the same as when I do it ( without the hair colour in the tile grout or in my eyes) so I definitely felt ripped off!

Never mind. I would love to buy a table top steamer but we have no more room in our flat so I will just continue moisturising and will start doing some proper DIY treatments soon.

Njoy when do we get to test the site?

mamalicious
02-12-2015, 10:51 AM
Right now my hair is in cornrows wish I had taken pictures before I got it braided.

mz_robyn
02-12-2015, 11:21 PM
Hi.

Still waiting on a reply to my previous post regarding how does protein factor in when you have a TWA as I have no idea as well as how to start a natural hair care regimen? What sort of products do y'all recommend?


Thanks!

NJoy
02-14-2015, 10:02 PM
Hi.

Still waiting on a reply to my previous post regarding how does protein factor in when you have a TWA as I have no idea as well as how to start a natural hair care regimen? What sort of products do y'all recommend?


Thanks!

I know I'm not crazy. I posted a response but looks like I didn't submit. That was days ago. Let me go back and re-read and rewrite my response.

*it's the allergy meds, I tell ya*

mz_robyn
02-14-2015, 10:27 PM
I know I'm not crazy. I posted a response but looks like I didn't submit. That was days ago. Let me go back and re-read and rewrite my response.

*it's the allergy meds, I tell ya*

*Snickering in the corner*

Yeah, The allergy count in Texas is off the chain too. The Benadryl is a constant visitor in our house between mama and me. :giggling:

NJoy
02-14-2015, 10:30 PM
Njoy when do we get to test the site?

We're currently beta testing now. Anyone who wants to sign up to beta test, simply email me at njoy@mydivaspot.com and I'll send you the link to register and a link to the video tutorial.



Right now my hair is in cornrows wish I had taken pictures before I got it braided.

How long do you leave your hair cornrowed, mama?


Also when does protein play a role when I have a TWA? I can't seem to tell.

I don't think you'll need to worry about protein until you feel the need for it. Your natural hair won't need as much protein as relaxed hair, which has had its protein bonds broken by the relaxer. But, if you're using a lot of moisture, you could run the risk of moisture overload, for which protein will help get rid of the mushyness. Generally speaking, a light protein treatment every 4-6 weeks followed by a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment should be sufficient. But, let your hair tell you what it needs. As your hair grows, you should periodically do a protein-moisture balance test on shed strands to see whether protein is needed (wet hair will feel mushy and a wet shed hair pulled will stretch extra long before breaking. Or, when you release the pull, it does not go back to its original length, or at least it takes a long time) or whether moisture is needed (hair feels exceedingly dry and a wet shed hear pulled will break with little to no effort). You have a fresh start. Learn to listen to your hair. It will tell you what it needs.

Now, if you start flat ironing often or relax, then a light protein followed by a moisturizing conditioner should be added to your regular regimen.

Hope that helps.

NJoy
02-14-2015, 10:56 PM
Ok, now for my update.

So, I gave myself a good trim of 1-1.5" all the way around on January 23rd. After flat ironing, I could see that my ends really needed it. Well, tonight I stretched and my hair is back at hip length in 3 weeks! WT?! Why, oh why did I peek? I try not to stretch my hair because the ends are fragile. But, I was detangling in front of the mirror and just decided to stretch a section. I really wasn't expecting to see that much growth. It hasn't even been a full month. And now I'm all excited and wanting to pull on my hair again. :tuttut: And what's most exciting is that my hair usually spurts around March, April so, by my birthday in June, I'm tempted to get it flat ironed...professionally this time. :giggling: I'm pretty excited. When I was transitioning, I wondered how much hair I could handle fully natural. And now look at me. I started from the bottom, now I'm here. Doing the daggone thang! :reddancer:

mz_robyn
02-14-2015, 11:17 PM
Another thing I noticed thus far on this journey of mine is no matter WHAT product I use my hair always seems to be dry, especially at my crown area, which I expected cuz I've had difficulty with that area for the last 10 some odd years. It feels soft and moisturized now that I have a protein DC in my hair right now but as soon as I wash it out I will feel it drying out and hard to the touch. Not even using oil or conditioner in a spray bottle works. It even seems to itch when I do use the concoction.

Is that normal for scab hair or is it something I might need to consult a specialist about?

Grohairgro
02-15-2015, 06:21 AM
Ok, now for my update.

So, I gave myself a good trim of 1-1.5" all the way around on January 23rd. After flat ironing, I could see that my ends really needed it. Well, tonight I stretched and my hair is back at hip length in 3 weeks! WT?! Why, oh why did I peek? I try not to stretch my hair because the ends are fragile. But, I was detangling in front of the mirror and just decided to stretch a section. I really wasn't expecting to see that much growth. It hasn't even been a full month. And now I'm all excited and wanting to pull on my hair again. :tuttut: And what's most exciting is that my hair usually spurts around March, April so, by my birthday in June, I'm tempted to get it flat ironed...professionally this time. :giggling: I'm pretty excited. When I was transitioning, I wondered how much hair I could handle fully natural. And now look at me. I started from the bottom, now I'm here. Doing the daggone thang! :reddancer:

Wow. Way to go! You have reached your goal then? You mention stretching Are you natural or texlaxed or relaxed?

Grohairgro
02-15-2015, 06:23 AM
Wow. Way to go! You have reached your goal then? You mention stretching Are you natural or texlaxed or relaxed?

Whoops just read the end and you say that you are natural. Well that is really inspiring. Is it the sulfur that gave you the growth spurt or was it something else as well?

NJoy
02-15-2015, 12:33 PM
Another thing I noticed thus far on this journey of mine is no matter WHAT product I use my hair always seems to be dry, especially at my crown area, which I expected cuz I've had difficulty with that area for the last 10 some odd years. It feels soft and moisturized now that I have a protein DC in my hair right now but as soon as I wash it out I will feel it drying out and hard to the touch. Not even using oil or conditioner in a spray bottle works. It even seems to itch when I do use the concoction.

Is that normal for scab hair or is it something I might need to consult a specialist about?

Everybody has that one section that wants to act special. You pretty much have to treat that section differently since it will have its own needs. I call mine the brat section. Check your porosity for that area and let's see what you come up with.


Wow. Way to go! You have reached your goal then? You mention stretching Are you natural or texlaxed or relaxed?

I'm natural. Bu stretching I mean pulling it straight. I'm actually planning to grow to tailbone. I don't really plan to wear my hair straight so, when I wear my hair out, I want it to have length and volume. That means I'll need more hair (that's always the excuse I use for going longer, I notice). Actually, I'm pretty pleased with how my curly fro looks now but the back is a different texture with more serious shrinkage. For that reason, I want a bit more length. Otherwise, my ideal straight length on me is w'hip (between waist and hip length). And, when I lightly flat iron my hair or blow it out at tailbone, I think it will hang at w'hip.

Grohairgro
02-16-2015, 08:47 AM
Everybody has that one section that wants to act special. You pretty much have to treat that section differently since it will have its own needs. I call mine the brat section. Check your porosity for that area and let's see what you come up with.



I'm natural. Bu stretching I mean pulling it straight. I'm actually planning to grow to tailbone. I don't really plan to wear my hair straight so, when I wear my hair out, I want it to have length and volume. That means I'll need more hair (that's always the excuse I use for going longer, I notice). Actually, I'm pretty pleased with how my curly fro looks now but the back is a different texture with more serious shrinkage. For that reason, I want a bit more length. Otherwise, my ideal straight length on me is w'hip (between waist and hip length). And, when I lightly flat iron my hair or blow it out at tailbone, I think it will hang at w'hip.

Yes I get it. That sounds like a dream length but lacies like you are showing it can be done!

Grohairgro
02-16-2015, 08:58 AM
Yes I get it. That sounds like a dream length but lacies like you are showing it can be done!

Lacies? Don't know what they are I meant to say ladies

Fifi
02-16-2015, 10:49 AM
Hi Njoy, i live in Nigeria and currently using using your oil which i get from sizzelle. I would like to try your hair vitamins but i am rather worried as i tend to break out on biotin. I do recall reading about your vitamins and reading something about the time release. Can you confirm if your vitamins would lead to break outs still?

NJoy
02-17-2015, 07:23 PM
Hi Njoy, i live in Nigeria and currently using using your oil which i get from sizzelle. I would like to try your hair vitamins but i am rather worried as i tend to break out on biotin. I do recall reading about your vitamins and reading something about the time release. Can you confirm if your vitamins would lead to break outs still?

The reason that I offer the Long & Healthy Essentials is because the biotin in most hair vitamins break me out. These do not because of the time-released b and c vitamins. Here's what I wrote about them in comparison to another popular vitamin.
(http://mydivaspot.com/wp/?p=21719)

NJoy
02-17-2015, 07:25 PM
Lacies? Don't know what they are I meant to say ladies


:lmao: I got it.

Fifi
02-18-2015, 09:54 AM
The reason that I offer the Long & Healthy Essentials is because the biotin in most hair vitamins break me out. These do not because of the time-released b and c vitamins. Here's what I wrote about them in comparison to another popular vitamin.
(http://mydivaspot.com/wp/?p=21719)

Thanks so much for your response, i just needed some extra re assurance, Njoy....will see if i can lay my hands on them here...

NJoy
02-18-2015, 06:55 PM
Just detoxed my hair and scalp and am sitting with a deep conditioner. Trying to decide whether to do a thorough detangling or just finger detangle and my usual Celie braids.

mz_robyn
02-19-2015, 07:34 PM
Did a Co-wash for the first time last night, just for the experience. I used Pantene Truly Natural Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner. It felt nice and soft everywhere else but the bratty crown section, which dried and even felt like it tightened up! Overall I'd try it again once my hair gets longer.

NJoy
02-20-2015, 11:18 AM
Did a Co-wash for the first time last night, just for the experience. I used Pantene Truly Natural Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner. It felt nice and soft everywhere else but the bratty crown section, which dried and even felt like it tightened up! Overall I'd try it again once my hair gets longer.

Did you ever check the porosity of that area?

mz_robyn
02-20-2015, 07:23 PM
Did you ever check the porosity of that area?

No ma'am I didn't, just did the co-wash. It feels really dry, coarse and very tightly coiled until I stretch it out right now (scab hair, perhaps?). Would the porosity of my crown dictate the treatment plan for it?

NJoy
02-20-2015, 07:32 PM
No ma'am I didn't, just did the co-wash. It feels really dry, coarse and very tightly coiled until I stretch it out right now (scab hair, perhaps?). Would the porosity of my crown dictate the treatment plan for it?

Most of us have at least one bratty section that wants to be different. That area may have its own needs. I'm not saying that one area dictates the whole regimen but, you may have to treat it differently. It could be scab hair tho, and start acting differently as it grows out. In either case, you have a brat area on your hands. Gotta give it what it needs...or else! :giggling:

Grohairgro
02-21-2015, 10:03 AM
Hi Njoy

I don't know how to log in as a beta tester...is there supposed to be a link? If so can you send me it please?

NJoy
02-21-2015, 11:28 AM
Hi Njoy

I don't know how to log in as a beta tester...is there supposed to be a link? If so can you send me it please?

When you sign up, you're approved to register by your email address. We send a link out to that email addy. Check your spam filter to see if it was sent. Otherwise, send me an email at njoy@mydivaspot.com and I'll send an invite link to that email address.

Thanks. :hug2:

mz_robyn
02-21-2015, 12:32 PM
Got a question on the beta testing.

Is the 30 day beta testing period 30 calendar days or 30 days from when you signed up?

Also I'd like to suggest being able to edit the water intake from the day before i.e. I drank water but forgot to input it until the next day and can't go back to put it in.

Thanks!

NJoy
02-22-2015, 03:33 AM
Got a question on the beta testing.

Is the 30 day beta testing period 30 calendar days or 30 days from when you signed up?

Also I'd like to suggest being able to edit the water intake from the day before i.e. I drank water but forgot to input it until the next day and can't go back to put it in.

Thanks!

I really need 30 days from registration. The tech guys are watching for glitches and reported issues during the testing period.

If you need to change anything on a closed date, there will be an "edit journal" button the journal page for that date. When you click that, you can make any changes you'd like. I often end up doing my entries the next day because I do everything late and fall asleep.

And, fyi, I appreciate all change suggestions. For future reference, please use the "feedback" link on the site to submit issues AND change suggestions. Those go straight to tech with a copy coming to me. We discuss feedback during scheduled conference calls. That button was thrown up there for that convenience.

Cheyjuan
02-23-2015, 09:41 PM
Hi.

Still waiting on a reply to my previous post regarding how does protein factor in when you have a TWA as I have no idea as well as how to start a natural hair care regimen? What sort of products do y'all recommend?


Thanks!

I would respond but I'm not sure what TWA is, sorry!!

Cheyjuan
02-23-2015, 10:37 PM
I just wanted to stop by and say hello and catch up on the thread :hiya:. School has been kicking my bottom, but that's okay, I will graduate one day and have some freedom (I'm claiming it)!!! I, on the hairier side of things, still haven't straightened my hair and I know I explained before why I am not doing that but I am itching to because I miss my long straight hair SO SO much, it was so much easier to just get up, brush and go from that wrap and I felt more confident, even though I love me and I preach to love yourself in all of your forms, especially the way God made you, pardon me, because I really do mean all of those things :). I'm just a little tired of my bun, twist outs that don't work out and an overall oddness in seeing my reflection (it's that awkward stage where you're learning, I know)... I have been stretching to see how long it is curly and it appears that I am still at BSL (well now, I've been there since November and this isn't going with my goal lol), so after researching and researching, I ask if anyone, if you've ever experienced a hair stall and what you did to get out of that rut? I know your hair is always growing annndd you may have breakage that contributes to you not seeing its growth, but I have measured from the scalp and since I have keratined hair, it is a different texture. SB: This keratin can't wash out any slower hahahaha! I also don't think my hair is breaking as much anymore, but I do comb in the shower because it's easier for me and I have seen knots, but not a ton, just about 3 or 4 every wash. I have started my hair vitamins today and I will continue with my hair oil usage. Also, I've started using DM Earth and I've heard some really great things about it so that started Friday so all good things point in hopefully, favorable results. I am supposed to be (at least almost) WL by now :( but that's okay! I was looking at my old pictures and the way I look now from even 2 years ago, I don't recognize me but that's okay, I'm learning and growing and I will get my hair back and even longer and stronger this time. My routine is similar but not the exact same:

I co-wash every other day, if not every day
I'm running out of conditioner so I need to buy more

Daily
NJoy hair growth oil
Scalp massage (2xs)
Cantu leave in
Olive oil on my ends
Nexus split-end mender
DM Earth (1 tbsp)
Multi vitamin (2)
Joy's hair growth vitamin (2)
8 glasses of H2O
Envisioning my goal/visit to pinterest inspiration board


Weekly
Detox w/NJoys detox
ACV rinse 2xs
DC with Manuka Honey Shea Moisture (LOVE) 2-3xs
GHE using oil (every other day)
S-Curl activator on ends (every other day that I don't wash)

Monthly
Shea Moisture Purification Masque
Inversion method with ACV and warm EVOO

I HOPE EVERYONE'S STAYING WARM, HEALTHY AND POSITIVE! :reddancer: Sorry about the little snippets of complaints, I try not to pollute with negativity. I feel safe enough to be open though with my feelings here and maybe even answers, ideas or encouragement.:bighug:

mz_robyn
02-24-2015, 02:26 AM
I would respond but I'm not sure what TWA is, sorry!!

TWA stands for Teeny Weeny Afro. My hair is quite short now and that's the word for hair like mine. :)

mz_robyn
02-24-2015, 02:33 AM
This is completely OT but I wanna ask y'all ladies to keep me in your prayers. :pray: I'm facing surgery later on this morning (2/24/15) at 11:45. I woulda mentioned it before but I was in a deep sleep, Thanks and take care!

Grohairgro
02-24-2015, 07:25 AM
I just wanted to stop by and say hello and catch up on the thread :hiya:. School has been kicking my bottom, but that's okay, I will graduate one day and have some freedom (I'm claiming it)!!! I, on the hairier side of things, still haven't straightened my hair and I know I explained before why I am not doing that but I am itching to because I miss my long straight hair SO SO much, it was so much easier to just get up, brush and go from that wrap and I felt more confident, even though I love me and I preach to love yourself in all of your forms, especially the way God made you, pardon me, because I really do mean all of those things :). I'm just a little tired of my bun, twist outs that don't work out and an overall oddness in seeing my reflection (it's that awkward stage where you're learning, I know)... I have been stretching to see how long it is curly and it appears that I am still at BSL (well now, I've been there since November and this isn't going with my goal lol), so after researching and researching, I ask if anyone, if you've ever experienced a hair stall and what you did to get out of that rut? I know your hair is always growing annndd you may have breakage that contributes to you not seeing its growth, but I have measured from the scalp and since I have keratined hair, it is a different texture. SB: This keratin can't wash out any slower hahahaha! I also don't think my hair is breaking as much anymore, but I do comb in the shower because it's easier for me and I have seen knots, but not a ton, just about 3 or 4 every wash. I have started my hair vitamins today and I will continue with my hair oil usage. Also, I've started using DM Earth and I've heard some really great things about it so that started Friday so all good things point in hopefully, favorable results. I am supposed to be (at least almost) WL by now :( but that's okay! I was looking at my old pictures and the way I look now from even 2 years ago, I don't recognize me but that's okay, I'm learning and growing and I will get my hair back and even longer and stronger this time. My routine is similar but not the exact same:

I co-wash every other day, if not every day
I'm running out of conditioner so I need to buy more

Daily
NJoy hair growth oil
Scalp massage (2xs)
Cantu leave in
Olive oil on my ends
Nexus split-end mender
DM Earth (1 tbsp)
Multi vitamin (2)
Joy's hair growth vitamin (2)
8 glasses of H2O
Envisioning my goal/visit to pinterest inspiration board


Weekly
Detox w/NJoys detox
ACV rinse 2xs
DC with Manuka Honey Shea Moisture (LOVE) 2-3xs
GHE using oil (every other day)
S-Curl activator on ends (every other day that I don't wash)

Monthly
Shea Moisture Purification Masque
Inversion method with ACV and warm EVOO

I HOPE EVERYONE'S STAYING WARM, HEALTHY AND POSITIVE! :reddancer: Sorry about the little snippets of complaints, I try not to pollute with negativity. I feel safe enough to be open though with my feelings here and maybe even answers, ideas or encouragement.:bighug:

I think your regimen looks really impressive. You are doing a lot - even drinking a lot of water! I'm more inclined to ask what do you think worked the most for you? I think once you can answer that keep doing more of the same!!

NJoy
02-24-2015, 07:06 PM
This is completely OT but I wanna ask y'all ladies to keep me in your prayers. :pray: I'm facing surgery later on this morning (2/24/15) at 11:45. I woulda mentioned it before but I was in a deep sleep, Thanks and take care!

Praying a safe and speedy recovery, Robyn. Please check in when you can. I saw your request on my phone around 3 this morning. My thoughts and prayers have been with you all day.

NJoy
02-24-2015, 07:31 PM
CheyJuan, many people have stalls during the winter months. I think this is because you don't get the vitamin D from the sunshine that you get in the summer. You can have your vitamin D levels tested. I know that african americans, in particular, are commonly vitamin D deficient, even more so during the winter. If your vitamin D level is low, supplementation helps. Usually you're prescribed huge doses for a period and then drop back for regular maintenance. I regularly supplement for this reason.

Similarly, low iron can also be a problem. If you have an opportunity to have your blood levels checked (I always request a workup when I get my physicals).

Also, increasing your lean protein intake can have a positive impact on growth. Why protein concentrate is recommended more than isolate protein (the kind bodybuilders use). I'd run across some research saying that isolate protein contributes to hair loss while whey protein concentrate assists with growth. I add whey protein concentrate to my morning smoothies (whenever I remember or feel like making one). I've found the best prices at swansonvitamins.com. They also have the best prices on all sorts of supplements.

And lastly, stressing will slow down growth. Try to relax and expect growth. Know that you're doing all that you can to plant the seeds of growth and expect a harvest. Meditate or do some yoga to help relax and get your blood freely flowing. Woosaaaahhhh.... Some get so anxious waiting for growth that they unwittingly stifle growth. Just keep being good to yourself, keep those ends in check and keep your scalp happy and you'll be rewarded with bountiful growth. You may want to ignore length checks for awhile and then expect a pleasant surprise when you do check, in say, a few months. :great:

mz_robyn
02-24-2015, 08:30 PM
Praying a safe and speedy recovery, Robyn. Please check in when you can. I saw your request on my phone around 3 this morning. My thoughts and prayers have been with you all day.

Thank you so much!!! I am back at home in recovery. Whatever anesthesia was used on me was GOOOD cuz I was out in less than 30 seconds it seemed like. I'm just so happy to not be in pain anymore! :yahoo: I should be back to normal in a few days. The girl told me she had the same procedure I did and was back to work the same day! Me, my mama and my spiritual mama all looked at her like she was crazy b/c I was beyond loopy! :dizzy:

NJoy
02-25-2015, 01:01 AM
Thank you so much!!! I am back at home in recovery. Whatever anesthesia was used on me was GOOOD cuz I was out in less than 30 seconds it seemed like. I'm just so happy to not be in pain anymore! :yahoo: I should be back to normal in a few days. The girl told me she had the same procedure I did and was back to work the same day! Me, my mama and my spiritual mama all looked at her like she was crazy b/c I was beyond loopy! :dizzy:

:clap3: Yay! I'm glad everything went well.

mz_robyn
02-25-2015, 02:53 AM
:clap3: Yay! I'm glad everything went well.

I am too! :yay: However I can't stoop, bend, push, pull, etc. for 2 weeks, rendering shampooing, DC'ing or anything concerning wetting my hair temporarily unfeasible. What options do I have regarding that? :question: We don't have a showerhead.

Thanks!

Cheyjuan
02-25-2015, 05:28 PM
twa stands for teeny weeny afro. My hair is quite short now and that's the word for hair like mine. :)

ooohhh okay! :)

Cheyjuan
02-25-2015, 05:29 PM
Thank you so much!!! I am back at home in recovery. Whatever anesthesia was used on me was GOOOD cuz I was out in less than 30 seconds it seemed like. I'm just so happy to not be in pain anymore! :yahoo: I should be back to normal in a few days. The girl told me she had the same procedure I did and was back to work the same day! Me, my mama and my spiritual mama all looked at her like she was crazy b/c I was beyond loopy! :dizzy:

Oh wow, I missed this!!! I am SO happy to hear you're okay!:hug2:

Cheyjuan
02-25-2015, 05:37 PM
CheyJuan, many people have stalls during the winter months. I think this is because you don't get the vitamin D from the sunshine that you get in the summer. You can have your vitamin D levels tested. I know that african americans, in particular, are commonly vitamin D deficient, even more so during the winter. If your vitamin D level is low, supplementation helps. Usually you're prescribed huge doses for a period and then drop back for regular maintenance. I regularly supplement for this reason.

Similarly, low iron can also be a problem. If you have an opportunity to have your blood levels checked (I always request a workup when I get my physicals).

Also, increasing your lean protein intake can have a positive impact on growth. Why protein concentrate is recommended more than isolate protein (the kind bodybuilders use). I'd run across some research saying that isolate protein contributes to hair loss while whey protein concentrate assists with growth. I add whey protein concentrate to my morning smoothies (whenever I remember or feel like making one). I've found the best prices at swansonvitamins.com. They also have the best prices on all sorts of supplements.

And lastly, stressing will slow down growth. Try to relax and expect growth. Know that you're doing all that you can to plant the seeds of growth and expect a harvest. Meditate or do some yoga to help relax and get your blood freely flowing. Woosaaaahhhh.... Some get so anxious waiting for growth that they unwittingly stifle growth. Just keep being good to yourself, keep those ends in check and keep your scalp happy and you'll be rewarded with bountiful growth. You may want to ignore length checks for awhile and then expect a pleasant surprise when you do check, in say, a few months. :great:

WOW, THANK YOU NJoy!!!
That was great information! I will get some bloodworm done during my checkup... in a month or two, I believe, that's great. I always wonder about my iron and I've never heard of protein concentrate, I will check it out! I'm thinking of getting my hair professionally flat ironed in either June or August So I hope to be pleasantly surprised, I've made it this far! I hope the multivitamins help, along with your hair vitamins and the new information. I try to meditate everyday and school has beens per stressful as well as my winter itch :). I'll try to stay calm in order to keep my eye on the prize. And I was thinking about maybe printing out some photos and do a vision board I can constantly see rather than other people on pinterest. I'm no good with photoshop so that's the best I'll most likely be able to do (a marker manipulation).
What a great boost of help, thank you as always NJoy!:yay::reddancer::yahoo:

Cheyjuan
02-25-2015, 05:45 PM
I think your regimen looks really impressive. You are doing a lot - even drinking a lot of water! I'm more inclined to ask what do you think worked the most for you? I think once you can answer that keep doing more of the same!!

THANK YOU and I hope so. When my hair was really growing, NJoy is right, it was summer/fall so maybe it's that. I had a different regimen then than I do now. Back then I was having a problem with breakage so I have added and subtracted some things. The ACV and warm EVOO really seemed to have been working then, as well as the inversion but it all came to a halt, which was odd and seemingly when I was doing everything for it to be healthy lol. I wasn't using supplements back then BUT if I were, I often wonder how much different it would have been *wishful thinking*. I can't wait for the hair journal(I'M REALLY EXCITED), I think that will help me, as well as others, answer questions like these ;).

NJoy
02-25-2015, 06:42 PM
I am too! However I can't stoop, bend, push, pull, etc. for 2 weeks, rendering shampooing, DC'ing or anything concerning wetting my hair temporarily unfeasible. What options do I have regarding that? :question: We don't have a showerhead.

Thanks!

Maybe a low manipulation style like getting your hair braided and just spritz and moisturize your hair. I think you can tough out 2 weeks without a real wash. Keeping it moisturized might be enough. Don't you do anything to hinder your recovery, lady.


WOW, THANK YOU NJoy!!!
That was great information! I will get some bloodworm done during my checkup... in a month or two, I believe, that's great. I always wonder about my iron and I've never heard of protein concentrate, I will check it out! I'm thinking of getting my hair professionally flat ironed in either June or August So I hope to be pleasantly surprised, I've made it this far! I hope the multivitamins help, along with your hair vitamins and the new information. I try to meditate everyday and school has beens per stressful as well as my winter itch :). I'll try to stay calm in order to keep my eye on the prize. And I was thinking about maybe printing out some photos and do a vision board I can constantly see rather than other people on pinterest. I'm no good with photoshop so that's the best I'll most likely be able to do (a marker manipulation).
What a great boost of help, thank you as always NJoy!

"Whey protein concentrate". I don't think you need to take a multivitamin along with the hair vitamin. Compare what's in each. Also, you know I definitely recommend getting a vision for your growth. Did you read "Setting your hair goals and vision" (http://mydivaspot.com/forums/showthread.php?576-Week-2-Setting-Your-Hair-Goals-and-Vision) from my "Supercharge Your Growth" Series? I also mentioned my low-tech techniques for creating a vision for myself. One day I'll learn how to photoshop. But for now? I make it work the best I can. :giggling:

Grohairgro
02-26-2015, 10:13 AM
THANK YOU and I hope so. When my hair was really growing, NJoy is right, it was summer/fall so maybe it's that. I had a different regimen then than I do now. Back then I was having a problem with breakage so I have added and subtracted some things. The ACV and warm EVOO really seemed to have been working then, as well as the inversion but it all came to a halt, which was odd and seemingly when I was doing everything for it to be healthy lol. I wasn't using supplements back then BUT if I were, I often wonder how much different it would have been *wishful thinking*. I can't wait for the hair journal(I'M REALLY EXCITED), I think that will help me, as well as others, answer questions like these ;).

Yes it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint what exactly it is that gave growth right? Buoy has given some superb advice. I take whey in my smoothies sometimes and I do think it helps and the iron thing...like quite a lot of women I suffer from that. Watch what iron you take if you are prescribed it because it can affect stools. Your GP will advise. PS If you need to take it blackstrap molasses is 1 good natural source. Right now I have put my hair in plaits which I hardly do but I have noticed my anxiety surrounding my hair has gone to almost nothing which in some ways is just as bad because I have to remember to moisturise etc!

Grohairgro
02-26-2015, 10:16 AM
Did it again...Buoy has given some superb advice? Meant to say Njoy has given some superb advice ...excuse me lol

NJoy
02-28-2015, 02:20 PM
I've been so busy but, I have GOT to do something to my hair today. I cannot wait one more day. My hair is about to turn into a helmet. :sosad:

Cheyjuan
02-28-2015, 05:16 PM
Maybe a low manipulation style like getting your hair braided and just spritz and moisturize your hair. I think you can tough out 2 weeks without a real wash. Keeping it moisturized might be enough. Don't you do anything to hinder your recovery, lady.



"Whey protein concentrate". I don't think you need to take a multivitamin along with the hair vitamin. Compare what's in each. Also, you know I definitely recommend getting a vision for your growth. Did you read "Setting your hair goals and vision" (http://mydivaspot.com/forums/showthread.php?576-Week-2-Setting-Your-Hair-Goals-and-Vision) from my "Supercharge Your Growth" Series? I also mentioned my low-tech techniques for creating a vision for myself. One day I'll learn how to photoshop. But for now? I make it work the best I can. :giggling:

I forgot to answer your question on the multi-vitamins!

I did look at both and the multi vitamin has (in addition to most of the grow vitamin's shared ingredients, although those amounts tend to vary) B-12 which helps the energy and may help the hair, Vitamin D, Boron(for strong bones, active thinking, testosterone and treating yeast infections for those who need natural remedies), Chromium (healthy storage of fat and protein in body, good for metabolism and regulation of insulin in body), Molybdenum (possible disease prevention), and Lutein(disease prevention and good for the eyes...also if you like Popeye's like me, its great for people who have a high fat meal) so I don't know how much of everything I need, I don't want to be overloaded by using both so I will attempt to research and find out (besides daily value as some don't have that), but as a result, my nails seem to be a lot stronger, my hair hasn't grown yet so we'll see what it does for it-I'm excited to know and I haven't had any breakouts...*crosses fingers* I know I was REAAALLY impressed after reading your label and comparing to the multi-vitamins and in also reading your article in comparison to Hairfinity because your vitamins seem to offer some REALLY amazing properties for the body, not just the hair for example, Vitamin C, Green Tea extract and, well basically the entire bottom half there are components you don't traditionally see in hair vitamins and some things weren't in the multi-vitamins and vice versa (as above explained)...so you're right, I may not have to take the multi-vites with your hair vitamins. i mean, I know the hair is of the human body and the better you take care of your body, especially since the hair and nails are close to, if not last on your body's priority list, the better hair, skin and nails you will have. I'm learning so much about health on this journey and I never thought I would consider and research various things so much in relation to hair growth...it's amazing!

Cheyjuan
02-28-2015, 05:27 PM
I've been so busy but, I have GOT to do something to my hair today. I cannot wait one more day. My hair is about to turn into a helmet. :sosad:

HAHA! I'm having a day like this too. I'm detoxing and if i have the chance, will follow witch and acv/warm EVOO masque with hydration manuka honey by SM. My ends feel slightly brittle so I'm taking some extra care

Cheyjuan
02-28-2015, 05:32 PM
Yes it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint what exactly it is that gave growth right? Buoy has given some superb advice. I take whey in my smoothies sometimes and I do think it helps and the iron thing...like quite a lot of women I suffer from that. Watch what iron you take if you are prescribed it because it can affect stools. Your GP will advise. PS If you need to take it blackstrap molasses is 1 good natural source. Right now I have put my hair in plaits which I hardly do but I have noticed my anxiety surrounding my hair has gone to almost nothing which in some ways is just as bad because I have to remember to moisturise etc!

YES! SO many women have a problem with Iron and i do believe I am included; I know my mom and grandmother has had such issues. Thank you for the tip. I will add it to my list! I see my GP at the end of March. I understand with having your hair in a good protective style because you o tend to forget it and then get lazy...well I know I did. Even when I wear twists :/. I want your anxiety to go away but you're right, it does seem to keep you on your toes and disciplined. Blackstrap is for the iron correct or to correct the stool problem?

THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST!

Cheyjuan
02-28-2015, 05:35 PM
Maybe a low manipulation style like getting your hair braided and just spritz and moisturize your hair. I think you can tough out 2 weeks without a real wash. Keeping it moisturized might be enough. Don't you do anything to hinder your recovery, lady.



"Whey protein concentrate". I don't think you need to take a multivitamin along with the hair vitamin. Compare what's in each. Also, you know I definitely recommend getting a vision for your growth. Did you read "Setting your hair goals and vision" (http://mydivaspot.com/forums/showthread.php?576-Week-2-Setting-Your-Hair-Goals-and-Vision) from my "Supercharge Your Growth" Series? I also mentioned my low-tech techniques for creating a vision for myself. One day I'll learn how to photoshop. But for now? I make it work the best I can. :giggling:

I thought I'd responded to this...hm. I was wondering if you used the "current photo" as in your next month's goal and your end result or just the "current" photo for motivation and manifestation?

NJoy
02-28-2015, 08:40 PM
I thought I'd responded to this...hm. I was wondering if you used the "current photo" as in your next month's goal and your end result or just the "current" photo for motivation and manifestation?

Are you talking about for my vision board? I take the my current length and project out another inch or so for the current visualization goal.

I have and overall visualization goal but, as mentioned, I chunk my goals and visualize this month for what I expect at the end of the month. Next month, I'd update the picture to visualize what I expect at the end of that month. Although, I've been slacking a little lately.

NJoy
02-28-2015, 08:47 PM
HAHA! I'm having a day like this too. I'm detoxing and if i have the chance, will follow witch and acv/warm EVOO masque with hydration manuka honey by SM. My ends feel slightly brittle so I'm taking some extra care

Oh, the horror. Note to self: Always keep ends stretched.

My hair was in 2 big braids and I didn't stretch the ends like normal sooooooo.... I have 2 big braids with tangled ends. I'm sitting with oil and conditioner on my ends to see if I can get them to loosen up a bit before trying again. I'm not that patient with detangling. I had to stop because I'll grab a pair of scissors in a minute. :nerves: I swear, I am NOT a candidate for benign neglect.

Grohairgro
03-01-2015, 03:55 PM
YES! SO many women have a problem with Iron and i do believe I am included; I know my mom and grandmother has had such issues. Thank you for the tip. I will add it to my list! I see my GP at the end of March. I understand with having your hair in a good protective style because you o tend to forget it and then get lazy...well I know I did. Even when I wear twists :/. I want your anxiety to go away but you're right, it does seem to keep you on your toes and disciplined. Blackstrap is for the iron correct or to correct the stool problem?

THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST!

Yes it is a high source of iron. It has a very strong taste - an acquired taste. Not sure if you'll like it...some people stir it in warm milk. If you don't think you can stomach it then you could try one of the other sources like some of the seeds or leafy greens. I am well impressed with your vitamin breakdown. You seem like a very thorough person...something tells me you'll do just fine in your studies

Grohairgro
03-01-2015, 03:56 PM
Oh, the horror. Note to self: Always keep ends stretched.

My hair was in 2 big braids and I didn't stretch the ends like normal sooooooo.... I have 2 big braids with tangled ends. I'm sitting with oil and conditioner on my ends to see if I can get them to loosen up a bit before trying again. I'm not that patient with detangling. I had to stop because I'll grab a pair of scissors in a minute. :nerves: I swear, I am NOT a candidate for benign neglect.

Good luck!

NJoy
03-01-2015, 07:21 PM
Yep! I grabbed the scissors. I ended up cutting the knots out and then detoxed my hair. If I wore my hair straight, I might be upset. But, since I don't, I'm not gonna trip about it. Cutting them out was a fair trade for the frustration I gave up. Ah well. It's only hair and will grow back...right? :sosad::sosad::great:

mz_robyn
03-01-2015, 09:33 PM
Yep! I grabbed the scissors. I ended up cutting the knots out and then detoxed my hair. If I wore my hair straight, I might be upset. But, since I don't, I'm not gonna trip about it. Cutting them out was a fair trade for the frustration I gave up. Ah well. It's only hair and will grow back...right? :sosad::sosad::great:

It was definitely a fair trade. :great: It coulda ended up a whole lot worse like a stress patch later on. Then you'll be hot for a whole nother reason.

Speaking of hair, my hair has gotten THICK! :yay: It's only been a month and it's quite thick! My NG was always on the thick side but this is ridiculous! This was what scared the mess outta me in my relaxed days cuz I couldn't deal. :nerves: I can only imagine how much thicker it'll get as the months go by and the pomade works its mojo. I can tell you now that cornrows are in my near immediate future. I can't hang with this! LOL

mz_robyn
03-01-2015, 10:41 PM
I FINALLY got around to applying the pomade today 3-1-15 (laziness, apprehension and surgery getting in the way) I like the scent and the consistency of it. (It felt like slightly whipped yogurt to me). I think I might apply this while my hair is in braids cuz it was a trip trying to apply it to the TWA due to it being so thick.

However when I applied it my scalp immediately started to itch. It has since calmed down and is fine now. Is the itch normal or could it be my scalp still recovering from the shock and damage from December?

Please advise.

Thanks!

NJoy
03-02-2015, 04:46 AM
I FINALLY got around to applying the pomade today 3-1-15 (laziness, apprehension and surgery getting in the way) I like the scent and the consistency of it. (It felt like slightly whipped yogurt to me). I think I might apply this while my hair is in braids cuz it was a trip trying to apply it to the TWA due to it being so thick.

However when I applied it my scalp immediately started to itch. It has since calmed down and is fine now. Is the itch normal or could it be my scalp still recovering from the shock and damage from December?

Please advise.

Thanks!

With the pomade, you feel the increased circulation almost immediately because it completely absorbs into the skin with massage. I call it a tingle or warming sensation. It may come across as itchy to you. But, the sensation is normal UNLESS you feel a rash with it. An itchy rash could be an allergic reaction. This is why, as with the oil, you should always do a patch test on a small, inconspicuous area to see if there's an allergic reaction. If so, aloe juice or aloe gel on the rash calms the itching. Or, benadryl if it's too bad. But, if it's just a itchiness that can be attributed with increased blood flow, that's pretty normal.

The tingling does subside but, if you massage the scalp, workout or do anything that increases bloodflow, you'll feel the follicles restimulated because of the ingredients within the follicles. I like that because it reminds me that the product is still working.

NJoy
03-02-2015, 04:49 AM
It was definitely a fair trade. :great: It coulda ended up a whole lot worse like a stress patch later on. Then you'll be hot for a whole nother reason.

Speaking of hair, my hair has gotten THICK! :yay: It's only been a month and it's quite thick! My NG was always on the thick side but this is ridiculous! This was what scared the mess outta me in my relaxed days cuz I couldn't deal. :nerves: I can only imagine how much thicker it'll get as the months go by and the pomade works its mojo. I can tell you now that cornrows are in my near immediate future. I can't hang with this! LOL

You're right that it could've ended up a whole lot worse. But again, if my hair were relaxed and straight, I might have more of a problem with it. But I'm sure my texture hides a multitude of sins. :giggling:

Kudos on the thickness! Yes, it's more to manage but, as it grows out long and thick, hey, that's what it's all about. :infatuated: Thick hair is drool-worthy. :great:

NJoy
03-02-2015, 04:51 AM
Tink, I see that you tried to PM me and my box is full. I get a lot of PM's and it fills up quickly. Give me a minute to delete some old messages. I may have to increase my mailbox size. I hate when messages bounce because it's full. Believe me. My voicemail box is the same way. *blush*

Tink
03-03-2015, 09:39 AM
Tink, I see that you tried to PM me and my box is full. I get a lot of PM's and it fills up quickly. Give me a minute to delete some old messages. I may have to increase my mailbox size. I hate when messages bounce because it's full. Believe me. My voicemail box is the same way. *blush*

lol I'll try again!

Cheyjuan
03-09-2015, 02:43 PM
Oh, the horror. Note to self: Always keep ends stretched.

My hair was in 2 big braids and I didn't stretch the ends like normal sooooooo.... I have 2 big braids with tangled ends. I'm sitting with oil and conditioner on my ends to see if I can get them to loosen up a bit before trying again. I'm not that patient with detangling. I had to stop because I'll grab a pair of scissors in a minute. :nerves: I swear, I am NOT a candidate for benign neglect.

That's olay NJoy, a lot of people experience a spurt around now so hopefully it'll hold true for all of us here! Our sins are well covered with texture :giggling::nerves: which is always a good thing! How do you stretch your ends usually? I've been getting so many knots and i think maybe this is why...however, I may need transitioning/permed technique although my hair is keratined because it doesn't take shape or stay twisted or braided at the ends...hmmm.

Cheyjuan
03-09-2015, 02:44 PM
It was definitely a fair trade. :great: It coulda ended up a whole lot worse like a stress patch later on. Then you'll be hot for a whole nother reason.

Speaking of hair, my hair has gotten THICK! :yay: It's only been a month and it's quite thick! My NG was always on the thick side but this is ridiculous! This was what scared the mess outta me in my relaxed days cuz I couldn't deal. :nerves: I can only imagine how much thicker it'll get as the months go by and the pomade works its mojo. I can tell you now that cornrows are in my near immediate future. I can't hang with this! LOL

ROBYN I LOVE THIS!!!:clap2::yay::worship2:

NJoy
03-11-2015, 03:43 PM
That's olay NJoy, a lot of people experience a spurt around now so hopefully it'll hold true for all of us here! Our sins are well covered with texture :giggling::nerves: which is always a good thing! How do you stretch your ends usually? I've been getting so many knots and i think maybe this is why...however, I may need transitioning/permed technique although my hair is keratined because it doesn't take shape or stay twisted or braided at the ends...hmmm.

I usually oil or butter my ends well and then roll them on perm rods. I don't sleep in perm rods tho. I'm a rough sleeper so, I let them airdry a bit in the perm rods and then switch over to satin-covered sponge rollers for sleeping. If I don't stretch my ends, they curl like crazy, grab every shed hair and start a tangle party. Likewise, I have to stop any braids or twists about 2 inches from the ends or else they tangle. Either way, when I unbraid, untwist or unravel my hair, starting at my ends, I have to saturate in oil. You'd think trimming might help. Nope. They don't tangle because they need trimming. They tangle for the fun of it, I'm convinced.

So, because this has happened, I'm on a quest to make a detangling solution for severely tangled/matted hair. Yeah, I've been trying the tried and true detangling in the shower with loads of slippery conditioner, dry detangling with oil, spritzing with oil, water, conditioner, aloe mixes. I've tried it all. On a search for a go-to solution. I hadn't had that kind of tangling since I transitioned. I know how to avoid it. But, as busy as I've been lately, it's not unreasonable to think that I may neglect my hair and end up in Tangle City again. Just in case, I'll be ready. I'm a solutions chaser. Whenever I run into a problem, I obsess over finding a solution so that I'm not caught again. :cool: So, believe it or not, I'm purposely neglecting parts of my hair, allowing it to mat back up for testing. #geek or #nuts :question: Somebody keep me in prayers. :nerves:

mz_robyn
03-11-2015, 08:54 PM
I usually oil or butter my ends well and then roll them on perm rods. I don't sleep in perm rods tho. I'm a rough sleeper so, I let them airdry a bit in the perm rods and then switch over to satin-covered sponge rollers for sleeping. If I don't stretch my ends, they curl like crazy, grab every shed hair and start a tangle party. Likewise, I have to stop any braids or twists about 2 inches from the ends or else they tangle. Either way, when I unbraid, untwist or unravel my hair, starting at my ends, I have to saturate in oil. You'd think trimming might help. Nope. They don't tangle because they need trimming. They tangle for the fun of it, I'm convinced.

So, because this has happened, I'm on a quest to make a detangling solution for severely tangled/matted hair. Yeah, I've been trying the tried and true detangling in the shower with loads of slippery conditioner, dry detangling with oil, spritzing with oil, water, conditioner, aloe mixes. I've tried it all. On a search for a go-to solution. I hadn't had that kind of tangling since I transitioned. I know how to avoid it. But, as busy as I've been lately, it's not unreasonable to think that I may neglect my hair and end up in Tangle City again. Just in case, I'll be ready. I'm a solutions chaser. Whenever I run into a problem, I obsess over finding a solution so that I'm not caught again. :cool: So, believe it or not, I'm purposely neglecting parts of my hair, allowing it to mat back up for testing. #geek or #nuts :question: Somebody keep me in prayers. :nerves:

I appreciate you sacrificing parts of your lovely locks for the greater good of not having some of us look like we belong at a Bob Marley concert lol. I hope you find the solution cuz I'm pretty sure I'll be one of the first to line up and buy it.

And while you're solution searching... Have you ever thought of making either a spray with a tingling sensation or a hair refresher for those in-between days or weeks? That would be just awesome!

Oh, just one more thing...(Columbo, anyone? LOL) I was thinking of buying the detox. I was wondering if you could make a YT video of you demoing how to use it? I looked on there for a vid and didn't see one from anyone. Who better than the creator herself to show how it's done?

Thanks!

NJoy
03-16-2015, 02:31 PM
I appreciate you sacrificing parts of your lovely locks for the greater good of not having some of us look like we belong at a Bob Marley concert lol. I hope you find the solution cuz I'm pretty sure I'll be one of the first to line up and buy it.

And while you're solution searching... Have you ever thought of making either a spray with a tingling sensation or a hair refresher for those in-between days or weeks? That would be just awesome!

Oh, just one more thing...(Columbo, anyone? LOL) I was thinking of buying the detox. I was wondering if you could make a YT video of you demoing how to use it? I looked on there for a vid and didn't see one from anyone. Who better than the creator herself to show how it's done?

Thanks!

First, regarding the detox video. I actually recorded a video before the New Year. My hair was a hot mess, full of Shea Moisture Gel and the Smoothie, because someone recommended I try it for my braidouts. The Gel seem goopy and I didn't like that feel so, I thought I'd detox it out and why not record it, right? Er uh... at this point, it's just a matter of editing and uploading. I just had been (and have still been) so busy that I completely forgot about it. Meantime, I've detoxed my hair a zillion times since, always remembering that I need to get to editing that video...and then completely forgetting. Chile, please.

I think the refresher spray sounds good. I do mix essential oils in my spritz bottle and I also do stimulating tea rinses and reserve some for a spritz bottle too, from time to time. I may just do a how-to video on how to make those. Girl. Did you just hear me? :giggling: WHEN I get time. I think I should book a getaway vacation for some R&R and use some of that time to make some videos. At least I'd get to write the cost off as a business expense. (NOW ya got me thinking! :great:)

And whose bright idea was thing detangling adventure. I really am hooked on the idea but, now that I'm actually spending every night with my detangling experiments, I'm bored and stuck detangling. I have 2 sections that I've reserved for this "project". I've been working on the section on the left, mostly, while allowing the section on the right to sit and dread up some. But why??? :question: This is the dumbest idea ever! Why didn't I get some marley wigs or something? :sosad: So now, I'm going to finish detangling tonight, give myself a good trim and get back on track. I have goals to meet.

Please remind me of this the next time I get a boneheaded idea like this again. :lmao: Live and learn.

Lawyer2be371
03-16-2015, 07:00 PM
I have been neglecting my hair the last few months but I'm ready to recommit to growing my hair
I have goals this year I want to MBL by December 2015

NJoy
03-17-2015, 12:33 PM
I have been neglecting my hair the last few months but I'm ready to recommit to growing my hair
I have goals this year I want to MBL by December 2015

MBL it is! Congrats on getting back on track. :great:

NJoy
03-21-2015, 12:37 PM
Good morning. I thought I'd share a response that I made to someone asking about how to get consistent growth.

FYI: I think the keys to getting consistent growth are:

1. Find a regimen that makes sense for your hair (type, structure, density, state, etc)
2. If using growth aids, try them one at a time to see what works (be consistent and track progress)
3. keep your scalp healthy and happy (natural oils and water-soluble products only)
4. Protect your ends from splits and breakage (use ceramides, silk amino acids, henna and protein, as required for strength. Trim as needed. Keep ends moisturized)
5. Make sure there are no medical or emotional barriers to growth (low iron, low vitamin D, stress, hormonal imbalance or other medical conditions)
6. Supplement your diet with the vitamins and minerals needed for strong hair growth (hair and nails receive nutrients from our already deficient US diets last. Supplement!)
7. Drink plenty of water (1/2 body weight in ounces or a gallon a day, depending on which school of thought you subscribe to.
8. Stay consistent! (quit jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon)
9. Encourage good blood flow (exercise, scalp massages, stimulators, etc)
10. Relax and expect growth. Stay positive and close yourself off to the naysayers. You can do this.

NJoy
03-22-2015, 10:01 PM
Challenge Check in:

1. Did you remember to drink up? How much water did you drink today? (a guestimate is fine. lol)

2. Are you taking good hair vitamins, multivitamins or liquid vitamins today?

3. Are you massaging your scalp with your growth oil daily? Have you done it yet today?

4. No matter what, keep a positive outlook towards your hair growth. Share something positive about your hair today.

Spring is here! That's hair growth spurt season! Expect it!

mz_robyn
03-23-2015, 09:54 AM
Challenge Check in:

1. Did you remember to drink up? How much water did you drink today? (a guestimate is fine. lol)

2. Are you taking good hair vitamins, multivitamins or liquid vitamins today?

3. Are you massaging your scalp with your growth oil daily? Have you done it yet today?

4. No matter what, keep a positive outlook towards your hair growth. Share something positive about your hair today.

Spring is here! That's hair growth spurt season! Expect it!

Hello!

1) Doing good with water intake- between 64-120 ounces per day.

2) Was taking S.S.S Tonic but will resume in April. Still taking my DE though I'm not sure if that counts. Also will resume taking my Mineral Rich in April or May.

3) Totally slacked off on that but I have been scalp massaging. Might try again in a little while when it'll be easier to apply.

4) Keeping a positive outlook about my hair, not so much about my job, which is so stressful it might be stunting my growth.

*Question*: How long does my hair have to be to install either box braids or cornrows with extension hair? I don't have a tape measure yet but my hair seems to be 1.5" but the right side which might be an inch. I wanna eventually install crochet braids with braiding hair as an anchor until my hair grows a bit more. Is that feasible?

Cheyjuan
03-24-2015, 07:46 PM
Challenge Check in:

1. Did you remember to drink up? How much water did you drink today? (a guestimate is fine. lol)

2. Are you taking good hair vitamins, multivitamins or liquid vitamins today?

3. Are you massaging your scalp with your growth oil daily? Have you done it yet today?

4. No matter what, keep a positive outlook towards your hair growth. Share something positive about your hair today.

Spring is here! That's hair growth spurt season! Expect it!

I AM expecting it :)!!

1. I do drink water. This past week I've been slacking. I was fasting and not having a whole lot of anything...not sure why (about the water) I usually have 6-8 glasses per day. I'm not sure of the oz on that :(.

2. I take your hair vitamins (tomorrow's my last day of them, I have to get more) and I still take my multi vitamins along with DM Earth. My Drs appt is Thurs to check my levels.

3.I massage my scalp daily, if not twice daily. I try to do it when I wake up and before bed, at the very least before bed.

4. My hair is BEAUTIFUL!! It is strong, long and healthy. It has come a long way this past...almost 8 months.

Grohairgro
03-25-2015, 01:32 PM
Good morning. I thought I'd share a response that I made to someone asking about how to get consistent growth.

FYI: I think the keys to getting consistent growth are:

1. Find a regimen that makes sense for your hair (type, structure, density, state, etc)
2. If using growth aids, try them one at a time to see what works (be consistent and track progress)
3. keep your scalp healthy and happy (natural oils and water-soluble products only)
4. Protect your ends from splits and breakage (use ceramides, silk amino acids, henna and protein, as required for strength. Trim as needed. Keep ends moisturized)
5. Make sure there are no medical or emotional barriers to growth (low iron, low vitamin D, stress, hormonal imbalance or other medical conditions)
6. Supplement your diet with the vitamins and minerals needed for strong hair growth (hair and nails receive nutrients from our already deficient US diets last. Supplement!)
7. Drink plenty of water (1/2 body weight in ounces or a gallon a day, depending on which school of thought you subscribe to.
8. Stay consistent! (quit jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon)
9. Encourage good blood flow (exercise, scalp massages, stimulators, etc)
10. Relax and expect growth. Stay positive and close yourself off to the naysayers. You can do this.



That's great thanks Njoy! Took my plaits out this morning and coloured and treated my hair. The hair cut grew back but I'm tempted with the scissors again...I'm going to have to hide my ends because they bother me when they are uneven.

NJoy
03-27-2015, 09:36 PM
Hello!

1) Doing good with water intake- between 64-120 ounces per day.

2) Was taking S.S.S Tonic but will resume in April. Still taking my DE though I'm not sure if that counts. Also will resume taking my Mineral Rich in April or May.

3) Totally slacked off on that but I have been scalp massaging. Might try again in a little while when it'll be easier to apply.

4) Keeping a positive outlook about my hair, not so much about my job, which is so stressful it might be stunting my growth.

*Question*: How long does my hair have to be to install either box braids or cornrows with extension hair? I don't have a tape measure yet but my hair seems to be 1.5" but the right side which might be an inch. I wanna eventually install crochet braids with braiding hair as an anchor until my hair grows a bit more. Is that feasible?

Girl, hopefully someone will have an answer for you. I'm not that experienced with having my hair in braided extensions. I would think they don't have to be in there any longer than you want. But then again, I may not be understanding your question right. :question: Anyone have a response?


That's great thanks Njoy! Took my plaits out this morning and coloured and treated my hair. The hair cut grew back but I'm tempted with the scissors again...I'm going to have to hide my ends because they bother me when they are uneven.

Yes! I know exactly what you mean. If those ends bother you to see them, and they don't need cutting, by all means, hide them away so that you're not tempted. lol

mz_robyn
04-04-2015, 11:41 PM
Chile, I was missing this forum! :missing: Couldn't log in to save my life! From the research I did on TWA's and braiding hair, my hair is almost to the point of being able to be braided with extensions again.

In other news my NG seems to be getting softer and softer as it grows out. In the back it falls to my upper to mid neck, on the sides to my upper to mid ear and the front to my upper forehead! Yay! :yay:

So how are y'all ladies's HHJ's going thus far?

Jayla
04-07-2015, 10:57 PM
:reddancer: I'm so excited to be here you guys! I really wish I would've discovered this forum earlier at the beginning of my transition. . .17 months ago lol. I'm a 14-year-old girl in 8th grade who wants classic length/BSL curly length hair by God's knows when (I'm not sure of a goal date yet). 3c-(but majority)4a curls n' coils I believe. My natural hair is a good 8 1/2" long (average growth of 1/2"/month). My complete length is APL after I got a "trim" from a stylist I'm new to, before it being BSL. I hope to grow my hair 1" a month though! I would tell my story but I already told it in the General Hair Talk "What's your hair story?" thread :dance7::disco::thumb: yeah so check it out. Oh yeah I had a question about Sulfur 8 in the General Hair Talk too so check that out also. Thank you guys. Love to all!!! I really think this will be major and turning point in my hair journey that will have a very very positive impact! :yay:

NJoy
04-08-2015, 07:45 PM
:reddancer: I'm so excited to be here you guys! I really wish I would've discovered this forum earlier at the beginning of my transition. . .17 months ago lol. I'm a 14-year-old girl in 8th grade who wants classic length/BSL curly length hair by God's knows when (I'm not sure of a goal date yet). 3c-(but majority)4a curls n' coils I believe. My natural hair is a good 8 1/2" long (average growth of 1/2"/month). My complete length is APL after I got a "trim" from a stylist I'm new to, before it being BSL. I hope to grow my hair 1" a month though! I would tell my story but I already told it in the General Hair Talk "What's your hair story?" thread :dance7::disco::thumb: yeah so check it out. Oh yeah I had a question about Sulfur 8 in the General Hair Talk too so check that out also. Thank you guys. Love to all!!! I really think this will be major and turning point in my hair journey that will have a very very positive impact! :yay:

I'm excited, Jayla! I look forward to your hair journey and watching you reach your goals. :yahoo:

NJoy
04-08-2015, 07:55 PM
Chile, I was missing this forum! :missing: Couldn't log in to save my life! From the research I did on TWA's and braiding hair, my hair is almost to the point of being able to be braided with extensions again.

In other news my NG seems to be getting softer and softer as it grows out. In the back it falls to my upper to mid neck, on the sides to my upper to mid ear and the front to my upper forehead! Yay! :yay:

So how are y'all ladies's HHJ's going thus far?

:lmao: I wasn't even aware the board was down and I have my tech guy working on another site.

I've been crazy busy and my hair got caught up in the neglect...again. I had some detangling to do but, took the time and was more patient this time around. I gave myself a good deep conditioning last night and, for the first time in a long time, washed my hair out, and not in sections. Let me tell you, my natural hair, wet and full of conditioner hangs nicely unstretched and has a nice weight to it. I'm SO happy with how my natural hair is progressing. It feels thick and curly in the shower.

I haven't had time to use any growth products over the past 2-3 weeks because I'm at a new length and trying to get used to dealing with it (and the tangles whenever I neglect it). But, having had my hair out in the shower last night, I'm anxious to get back to growing and that means no more neglect and I'll need to get back to my homemade moisturizer and leave in.

I'd really love to get my hair cornrowed throughout the summer so that I won't have any issue with neglect and can still get access to my scalp to keep it growing. I went out and bought some beautiful material to wear some of the wrap looks so, I guess my so, so braiding will be sufficient beneath a wrap. We'll see.

mz_robyn
04-09-2015, 04:36 AM
Hey there, y'all! :hiya:

I wanna do my first blowout in June (6 months Natural milestone). I know that's still 2 months out but I'm a methodical researcher by nature lol. To y'all Divas who blow out their hair.... What do you recommend?

Jayla
04-09-2015, 05:43 PM
I can say that after thoroughly moisturizing your hair, using a product with silicones and mineral oil is good. Ik that's sounds a little weird, but they'll act as anti-humectants, so that your hair doesn't fix up quickly and your blowout lasts longer. I think they may also act as heart protectants, you may need to sue that one cause I'm not sure.

Cheyjuan
04-09-2015, 11:51 PM
Hey there, y'all! :hiya:

I wanna do my first blowout in June (6 months Natural milestone). I know that's still 2 months out but I'm a methodical researcher by nature lol. To y'all Divas who blow out their hair.... What do you recommend?

Me too! I was wondering the same thing. I hear those Amla Legend products are good for no reversion and still moisturizing the hair and sealing while protecting.

Cheyjuan
04-09-2015, 11:54 PM
So my question is to you guys about brushes and other tools...

I'm in the market for a detangling brush for my crown. This is an area that straight hair or not, I continue to struggle with because of the beautiful thickness and it's desire to tangle. I was reading about brushes (denman and tangle teezer). Does anyone have a favorite, even if it isn;t either of these two?

Jayla
04-12-2015, 02:40 AM
I use a Denman, and it literally saved my hair. Beforehand arty the beginning of my transition I tried finger detangling my hair outside the shower and. . . It got to the point where I was unwise and lazy one day and it matted. I managed to detangle my hair but immediately went to Sally's for the brush cause I knew wide tooth combs weren't working and though finger detangling is very useful for me when done under a running faucet, I need my Denman so that my hair is thoroughly detangled. I have nothing bad to say about it. But I will note that it's loud :giggling: it'll sound like it's ripping out your hair when it's not lol. And it's really REALLY good at getting out she'd hairs while finger detangling me doesn't get those, hence that more tangled feeling hair. I heard that tangles teezers have been known to cause midshaft splits, but I personally haven't tried the product. Just giving a heads up.
The Denman Brush has been and always will be approved by Jayla :great: :clap3:

Cheyjuan
04-13-2015, 02:42 PM
Thank you so much!

NJoy
04-18-2015, 06:18 PM
So my question is to you guys about brushes and other tools...

I'm in the market for a detangling brush for my crown. This is an area that straight hair or not, I continue to struggle with because of the beautiful thickness and it's desire to tangle. I was reading about brushes (denman and tangle teezer). Does anyone have a favorite, even if it isn;t either of these two?

I can't use brushes on my hair. I have a Denman but, it won't stand up to my hair. It seems like the bristles just lay down and quit. I used to rave about the Tangle Teaser when it first came out. It worked well but, I stopped using it when ladies started experiencing damage with it. It was said that it shreds the hair.

So, other than maybe using a boar bristle brush to smooth my edges, I have no brush recommendations, personally.

Jayla
04-27-2015, 09:53 PM
OH MY GOODNESS!!
Wait lemme calm down. . .
NOPE I CAN'T
Lol but for real guys today marks 18 months since my last relaxer.
Wow
It has been a very long time. I will not lie. It felt like forever. At least the first year did. I think the first year is the hardest because there's so much you gotta learn and goals seem so far away.*
But yeah. I made it. And I have some time left. I can (almost lol) guarantee you that I won't officially go natural and cut off my limp, straight, processed, hanging-on-for-dear-life-like-that-random-cat-on-that-poster-with-that-cliff-saying-just-hang-on-but-you-know-he-ain't-gonna-make-it-tho ends until October 27, 2015, which will make me 2 years post. My natural hair is currently 9 inches long, reaching APL for me. I want to go the extra 6 months for the extra 3+ inches so when I do go natural, my natural hair is at least a foot long and my wash n go has some good hang time.
I really wanna wear a wash n go.
But I can wait.*
I think
To all you giddy little doe-eyed transitioners out there- do your thing on your schedule. Do what will keep you sane during this time period and chop when you wanna. You'll feel more satisfied in the end. For me, protective styles drive me insane. Buns, not really, cause they're simple, but I felt the ones i did on my puff came out too messy and barely live a week. Braids though were making me crawl, and I would never hold them past two weeks. Especially since I wash or at least soak my hair one a week. And the process of braiding, let alone mom detangling my hair was scary. So my somewhat low manipulation style of the faux wash n go puff (wet braid out so that I still had definition but my relaxed ends still held their curl, all gathered into an enormous puff) that I do twice a week does me good. If I didn't have this then I might've cut my hair by now. But I do and I personally don't like APL hair so I'm going full on for BSL. Do what works for you.*
:yay: Yay me!

NJoy
04-28-2015, 11:44 PM
OH MY GOODNESS!!
Wait lemme calm down. . .
NOPE I CAN'T
Lol but for real guys today marks 18 months since my last relaxer.
Wow
It has been a very long time. I will not lie. It felt like forever. At least the first year did. I think the first year is the hardest because there's so much you gotta learn and goals seem so far away.*
But yeah. I made it. And I have some time left. I can (almost lol) guarantee you that I won't officially go natural and cut off my limp, straight, processed, hanging-on-for-dear-life-like-that-random-cat-on-that-poster-with-that-cliff-saying-just-hang-on-but-you-know-he-ain't-gonna-make-it-tho ends until October 27, 2015, which will make me 2 years post. My natural hair is currently 9 inches long, reaching APL for me. I want to go the extra 6 months for the extra 3+ inches so when I do go natural, my natural hair is at least a foot long and my wash n go has some good hang time.
I really wanna wear a wash n go.
But I can wait.*
I think
To all you giddy little doe-eyed transitioners out there- do your thing on your schedule. Do what will keep you sane during this time period and chop when you wanna. You'll feel more satisfied in the end. For me, protective styles drive me insane. Buns, not really, cause they're simple, but I felt the ones i did on my puff came out too messy and barely live a week. Braids though were making me crawl, and I would never hold them past two weeks. Especially since I wash or at least soak my hair one a week. And the process of braiding, let alone mom detangling my hair was scary. So my somewhat low manipulation style of the faux wash n go puff (wet braid out so that I still had definition but my relaxed ends still held their curl, all gathered into an enormous puff) that I do twice a week does me good. If I didn't have this then I might've cut my hair by now. But I do and I personally don't like APL hair so I'm going full on for BSL. Do what works for you.*
:yay: Yay me!

:lmao: Girl! I couldn't breathe after reading that. :lmao: I feel you tho. But you know what. I said the same. I held on 17 months post-relaxer and finally BC'd near the end of Sept. 2012. My plan was to hold on to my sad, anorexic ends until December 31st of 2012. I. could. NOT even wait!!! Those ends were mocking me every time I stepped out of the shower. So, I cut those puppies and it was the best decision everrrr!!! I'd been transitioning at hip length for at least 5 months, cutting an inch or two at a time but, after BC'g and trying to cut an additional inch or so (just to be sure there was no scab hair) my hair was just past apl, stretched. But the cute above the shoulders fluffy fro that it gave me was the absolute best! I have no regrets other than waiting so long with my hair in buns and Celie braids.

All that to say, never say never. In any case, when you do get to BC'g, I think you're going to be in love. :infatuated: In any case, we'll support you on holding out. You can do it! :yay:

NJoy
04-29-2015, 12:02 AM
OK, I've been MIA a for a few days. I was getting ready for Talijah Waajid's 18th Annual World Natural Hair, Health and Beauty Show. Not only was it a lot of work to prep for the show but, I neglected my finicky hair and ended up with a big knotted dread towards the back of my head. Yep. Right in my bratty patch. So, I had no time to deal with it and had no choice but to wear my hair up. I wanted to at least have it in a big, fluffy braidout. And then, after the Show, it occurred to me that I still could've done the braidout but cover the knotted area with a silk flower or something. I just wasn't thinking. Ah well.

842
The NJoy Essentials Team! :clap3:

The show was still spectacular. I was visited by some of you VIP Divas, ladies from other boards, youtube and IG followers and a faithful few that always comes out to see me at the shows. I'm so grateful. You all make me feel like a million bucks.

Sunday was the last day of the Show. I've been trying to recuperate since. I just feel so dead dog tired. I'm working on getting myself back on track tho.

What do you say we do a length check in at the end of this month? If you don't have a starting pic from the beginning of this month, don't sweat it. Let's just make sure that we're headed in the right direction. Now that the cold weather is making way for Spring, we can expect some growth spurts around here. Often, many find that hair growth stalls during the colder months. If this was you, don't sweat it. Just like trees doe their root work during the winter, let's consider our hair having gone through the same root work. Now it's time to blossom. Time to look forward to some exceptional growth.

Remember, keep your mind right and your thoughts positive. Let's grow some hair! :yahoo: Uh... but for now, I'm going to bed. TTYL, ladies.

Jayla
05-08-2015, 10:07 PM
I can't believe I went natural today. Lol even after claiming to wait another six months like a week ago.
But I did.
May 8, 2015 is my official bc date.
You were right Njoy. The thin ends weren't worth compromising the health of my natural hair.
I really like my defined coily curls :clap2: they deserve a round of applause.
Next stop, BSL before the beginning of the 2015-16 school year! :infatuated:

skbsfiness
05-10-2015, 02:46 PM
Hi,
I am roughly a year into my transition. I usually keep my hair in weaves so I don't have much of a regimen besides essential oils and coconut oil. So I'm open to suggestions and product recommendations. I believe my hair is 4b and shoulder length. My goal is to be bra strap length by Christmas. Good luck to everyone on their journey.

admin
05-19-2015, 10:50 AM
I can't believe I went natural today. Lol even after claiming to wait another six months like a week ago.
But I did.
May 8, 2015 is my official bc date.
You were right Njoy. The thin ends weren't worth compromising the health of my natural hair.
I really like my defined coily curls :clap2: they deserve a round of applause.
Next stop, BSL before the beginning of the 2015-16 school year! :infatuated:

Woohoo! :yay: That's amazing! Congrats! Now take your time getting used to your natural hair and love it! :clap2:

~ NJoy (Whoops! logged in under admin account)

NJoy
05-19-2015, 10:59 AM
Hi,
I am roughly a year into my transition. I usually keep my hair in weaves so I don't have much of a regimen besides essential oils and coconut oil. So I'm open to suggestions and product recommendations. I believe my hair is 4b and shoulder length. My goal is to be bra strap length by Christmas. Good luck to everyone on their journey.

Are you planning to continue transitioning in weaves? Congrats on 1 year in. To get the best growth, check out the information posted in the threads here. (http://mydivaspot.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?56-Weekly-Instruction-and-Directives)

I'm looking forward to your growth journey. Happy Hair Growing!

NJoy
05-19-2015, 11:17 AM
So, yeah. The site was down yesterday. We've had some upgrades done for the security of the site. Thankful that my husband is a security expert. :clap2:

And me! I'm loving this warm weather! :reddancer: I love this time of year for hair because, generally speaking, most people get growth spurts during the warmer months. Where the winter may seem to cause growth to slow down, the warmer weather is where we rack in some length.

Please be sure to consistently use your hair growth oil daily or, at least, every other day. Remember to massage the scalp, even on the days that you don't apply the oil.

I know some may not like to have oil on the scalp during the summer. For this, there are two solutions, apply the oil at night or switch to our hair growth pomade, instead. It has all the same active ingredients but in a cream base. When you massage the pomade onto the scalp, it is completely absorbed into the scalp with no oily residue. You'll still feel a warming sensation, if not moreso. This is a great option for those who wear your hair straight and don't want oil to weigh your hair down.

For those who wear your hair in more textured styles, if you use the oil during the day, the heat may cause the oil to loosen up a bit. But this will further seal your daily moisture into your new growth. The oil base is perfect for strengthening and moisturizing the new growth. This is part of why the hair grows out stronger and thicker.

Now, if you're using the oil during the day, also remember that a little goes a long way. You want just enough to moisten the scalp. Think about how much you would lotion you'd use to moisturize your skin.

I've been on a break with using the oil because I have to stop to get used to new lengths as a natural. I think I'm going to start using the pomade for the next few months. I'm used to sticking with the oil but, the raves coming in for the pomade has me wanting to go that route. Besides, it'll work better for me while I travel and vacation this summer.

Which are you using? The hair growth oil or pomade?

Cheyjuan
05-19-2015, 11:43 AM
I can't believe I went natural today. Lol even after claiming to wait another six months like a week ago.
But I did.
May 8, 2015 is my official bc date.
You were right Njoy. The thin ends weren't worth compromising the health of my natural hair.
I really like my defined coily curls :clap2: they deserve a round of applause.
Next stop, BSL before the beginning of the 2015-16 school year! :infatuated:

AMAZING!!!! And you will most likely have a carefree beautiful summer without sweat, tangles and poodle hair but enjoy it while you can bc it'll be back before you know it lol:clap2::clap2::yay:

Cheyjuan
05-19-2015, 12:03 PM
So, yeah. The site was down yesterday. We've had some upgrades done for the security of the site. Thankful that my husband is a security expert. :clap2:

And me! I'm loving this warm weather! :reddancer: I love this time of year for hair because, generally speaking, most people get growth spurts during the warmer months. Where the winter may seem to cause growth to slow down, the warmer weather is where we rack in some length.

Please be sure to consistently use your hair growth oil daily or, at least, every other day. Remember to massage the scalp, even on the days that you don't apply the oil.

I know some may not like to have oil on the scalp during the summer. For this, there are two solutions, apply the oil at night or switch to our hair growth pomade, instead. It has all the same active ingredients but in a cream base. When you massage the pomade onto the scalp, it is completely absorbed into the scalp with no oily residue. You'll still feel a warming sensation, if not moreso. This is a great option for those who wear your hair straight and don't want oil to weigh your hair down.

For those who wear your hair in more textured styles, if you use the oil during the day, the heat may cause the oil to loosen up a bit. But this will further seal your daily moisture into your new growth. The oil base is perfect for strengthening and moisturizing the new growth. This is part of why the hair grows out stronger and thicker.

Now, if you're using the oil during the day, also remember that a little goes a long way. You want just enough to moisten the scalp. Think about how much you would lotion you'd use to moisturize your skin.

I've been on a break with using the oil because I have to stop to get used to new lengths as a natural. I think I'm going to start using the pomade for the next few months. I'm used to sticking with the oil but, the raves coming in for the pomade has me wanting to go that route. Besides, it'll work better for me while I travel and vacation this summer.

Which are you using? The hair growth oil or pomade?

Neither :nerves: no money but when I'm able to buy, I will again. I'm so anxious for it! On a side note, I've made MBL. I used the oil and castor oil in tandem to grow it along with the inversion. After I ran out of NJoy's vitamins (again, anxious!), I started using MSM, biotin and my daily multi-vitamin everyday with DME (I'm not as disciplined with this anymore but I try to be). I think I may skip this month for inverting so that it will remain effective.

I just did a length check for a job interview and my new hair is not heat trained at all haha, which was refreshing. Although I currently am sitting in a setback stage because, when my mom gave me a wash, my hair in one or two sections, tangled severely. She didn't follow the steps I would have, however the woman grew my hair so I sat down and shut up. But, the blonde severely damaged hair (over my ears section and the one above that), although it seems to have gotten so much better (I mean my hair is in much better shape), tangled like a web at the site of her hands seemingly, underneath the sink's faucet. She is amazing, my mom. She got out one big knot (same place I think, other side) but this one, unlike the other, is so large it had taken her two days to attempt to take it out. It is hard and matted like...almost like a dreadlock but the size of 1 and a half oreos. We don't know what happened with my hair! She did use a "natural" shampoo with tea tree that made my hair clean (which I like but I don't...that squeaky clean is awful especially for damaged areas). She then, put on the conditioner. I don't know why she didn't try to comb the conditioner through...I'm not sure when it started because she didn't tell me. She said when she was conditioning it she felt it but it wasn't that big...I'm like WHY DIDN'T YOU COMB IT?! But it's my mom so anyway...

I don't want to cut it so I've let it sit in conditioner for two nights (with a night between because I couldn't have it be wet for the interview)...I covered it with my hair from the other side and pinned it down. It didn't look bad (until the humidity came and took over).It gave me an Aaliyah bang that just had a deeper part (going back further). I don't want to cut it out...It is about 3-4 inches from my scalp. So I'm going to work on it today. It's on the side and takes hair from the top (there's about an inch layer that is above it that isn't in there), and it is above my ears (about 2 inches [section] of hair is below it). It's like Idk....a ponytail. You know, you'll have one (a half one it seems or else it would be small) above it and one full one below. Wish me luck

skbsfiness
05-19-2015, 12:25 PM
Are you planning to continue transitioning in weaves? Congrats on 1 year in. To get the best growth, check out the information posted in the threads here. (http://mydivaspot.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?56-Weekly-Instruction-and-Directives)

I'm looking forward to your growth journey. Happy Hair Growing!

Thanks for the link. I've joined the hair challenge (I think) but I've yet to receive any email to access the daily tips and whatsnot. Plz help.

NJoy
05-19-2015, 01:46 PM
Neither :nerves: no money but when I'm able to buy, I will again. I'm so anxious for it! On a side note, I've made MBL. I used the oil and castor oil in tandem to grow it along with the inversion. After I ran out of NJoy's vitamins (again, anxious!), I started using MSM, biotin and my daily multi-vitamin everyday with DME (I'm not as disciplined with this anymore but I try to be). I think I may skip this month for inverting so that it will remain effective.

I just did a length check for a job interview and my new hair is not heat trained at all haha, which was refreshing. Although I currently am sitting in a setback stage because, when my mom gave me a wash, my hair in one or two sections, tangled severely. She didn't follow the steps I would have, however the woman grew my hair so I sat down and shut up. But, the blonde severely damaged hair (over my ears section and the one above that), although it seems to have gotten so much better (I mean my hair is in much better shape), tangled like a web at the site of her hands seemingly, underneath the sink's faucet. She is amazing, my mom. She got out one big knot (same place I think, other side) but this one, unlike the other, is so large it had taken her two days to attempt to take it out. It is hard and matted like...almost like a dreadlock but the size of 1 and a half oreos. We don't know what happened with my hair! She did use a "natural" shampoo with tea tree that made my hair clean (which I like but I don't...that squeaky clean is awful especially for damaged areas). She then, put on the conditioner. I don't know why she didn't try to comb the conditioner through...I'm not sure when it started because she didn't tell me. She said when she was conditioning it she felt it but it wasn't that big...I'm like WHY DIDN'T YOU COMB IT?! But it's my mom so anyway...

I don't want to cut it so I've let it sit in conditioner for two nights (with a night between because I couldn't have it be wet for the interview)...I covered it with my hair from the other side and pinned it down. It didn't look bad (until the humidity came and took over).It gave me an Aaliyah bang that just had a deeper part (going back further). I don't want to cut it out...It is about 3-4 inches from my scalp. So I'm going to work on it today. It's on the side and takes hair from the top (there's about an inch layer that is above it that isn't in there), and it is above my ears (about 2 inches [section] of hair is below it). It's like Idk....a ponytail. You know, you'll have one (a half one it seems or else it would be small) above it and one full one below. Wish me luck

Girl! Good luck with that. You know I know a little something about knotting/matting up and it is not fun. My natural hair is so picky that it starts doing that if I don't at least finger detangle to remove shed hairs every 2-3 days. But the way my schedule is set up, I'm at risk often. :nerves: I have a small knotted section towards the front of my hair, as we speak.

I love how you told the story tho. :giggling:

NJoy
05-19-2015, 01:59 PM
Thanks for the link. I've joined the hair challenge (I think) but I've yet to receive any email to access the daily tips and whatsnot. Plz help.

Yeeeeeeaaaaauuuuhhhhh... that's my fault. I've been leaning more towards actually chatting in the forum and the facebook group and less time writing anything out. It's just been a time issue. As soon as I released the hair growth pomade, it's been hard to keep up with anything other than shipping out orders.

The emails were a part of the Supercharge Your Growth series. I have those posted here (http://mydivaspot.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?56-Weekly-Instruction-and-Directives) for convenience. I'll start sending out regular updates via email once I make some changes. I'm revisiting how the challenge is being run. We're talking here, I'm talking on FB, Twitter and supposed to be updating on youtube. I want to do more giveaways and showcasing member updates. Also, I've been working on a online hair journal to use in conjunction with the challenge so that we can better track each other's progress to support them, track our own activities to know what works and what does not for our individual hair types, and see our actual progress. We've been beta testing for a few months and it's actually ready for release. I'm just working on the rewards system component. I want to have some fun around here and GET FREE STUFF!

All that to say, hang here and hang on. We're about to step up how we're doing this thing.

skbsfiness
05-19-2015, 03:39 PM
Yeeeeeeaaaaauuuuhhhhh... that's my fault. I've been leaning more towards actually chatting in the forum and the facebook group and less time writing anything out. It's just been a time issue. As soon as I released the hair growth pomade, it's been hard to keep up with anything other than shipping out orders.

The emails were a part of the Supercharge Your Growth series. I have those posted here (http://mydivaspot.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?56-Weekly-Instruction-and-Directives) for convenience. I'll start sending out regular updates via email once I make some changes. I'm revisiting how the challenge is being run. We're talking here, I'm talking on FB, Twitter and supposed to be updating on youtube. I want to do more giveaways and showcasing member updates. Also, I've been working on a online hair journal to use in conjunction with the challenge so that we can better track each other's progress to support them, track our own activities to know what works and what does not for our individual hair types, and see our actual progress. We've been beta testing for a few months and it's actually ready for release. I'm just working on the rewards system component. I want to have some fun around here and GET FREE STUFF!

All that to say, hang here and hang on. We're about to step up how we're doing this thing.

Okay great that sounds good. To answer your last question I do plan on continue transitioning with weaves. I'm actually going to crochet braid my hair this week. I typically oil my hair with a mixture of peppermint, tea tree, jojoba, and rosemary. What do you think?

NJoy
05-20-2015, 01:25 AM
Okay great that sounds good. To answer your last question I do plan on continue transitioning with weaves. I'm actually going to crochet braid my hair this week. I typically oil my hair with a mixture of peppermint, tea tree, jojoba, and rosemary. What do you think?

Ooo! I hope you post pics of your crochet braids. Always a beautiful protective style. Your oil mix sounds good. Are you using on your scalp or hair?

skbsfiness
05-20-2015, 11:21 AM
Ooo! I hope you post pics of your crochet braids. Always a beautiful protective style. Your oil mix sounds good. Are you using on your scalp or hair?

I'm doing it tonight so I'll be sure to post tomorrow. I heat the oil and put it on my scalp and some on my hair then seal with she butter. I usually only put it in my hair maybe twice a week. I have to admit my hair is very soft like how I imagine a cloud would feel of you could feel a cloud lol.

CSDicey92
05-23-2015, 08:44 PM
It's been way too long since I've said anything in this post. How have you all been?

I've been taking a break from the sulphur oil mix that I've been using because even though there has been progress, I can't deal with the grease, the smell and of course my silver getting tarnished. I made a moisturizing spray with 200 ml distilled water, 60 drops of lavender oil and rosemary oil and about 10 ml each of castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil. I'm wondering if applying this spray to my hair and scalp will not only keep my ends and my new growth moisturized, but also help me grow my hair some more.

I've been doing the GHE method more or less every day and trying to cut down on the amount manipulation my hair goes through daily. I want to try co-washing more often so I'm thinking about what would be the best kind of conditioner to use. I have fine hair that is normal, relaxed and not experiencing any major breakage. Though my hair has a habit of frizzing but I'm working on how to combat this. Should I use a fortifying conditioner or a moisturizing conditioner? Also do you have any tips to help me with moisturizing my hair and growing it longer?

NJoy
05-23-2015, 10:40 PM
It's been way too long since I've said anything in this post. How have you all been?

I've been taking a break from the sulphur oil mix that I've been using because even though there has been progress, I can't deal with the grease, the smell and of course my silver getting tarnished. I made a moisturizing spray with 200 ml distilled water, 60 drops of lavender oil and rosemary oil and about 10 ml each of castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil. I'm wondering if applying this spray to my hair and scalp will not only keep my ends and my new growth moisturized, but also help me grow my hair some more.

I've been doing the GHE method more or less every day and trying to cut down on the amount manipulation my hair goes through daily. I want to try co-washing more often so I'm thinking about what would be the best kind of conditioner to use. I have fine hair that is normal, relaxed and not experiencing any major breakage. Though my hair has a habit of frizzing but I'm working on how to combat this. Should I use a fortifying conditioner or a moisturizing conditioner? Also do you have any tips to help me with moisturizing my hair and growing it longer?

Welcome back! :hug2:

Sounds like you were using way too much oil. What mix were you using? That sounds like when I originally tried MTG. :nerves: I now have my Hair Growth Formula in a Pomade so that is in a cream base. There's not dripping from overuse. It absorbs completely into the scalp and gives an awesome tingle to get the hair growing. Here's a link for more info (http://njoyessentials.com/njoys-long-healthy-hair-growth-pomade/), if you're interested.

I think your spritz sounds good for moisturizing your hair as needed. Rosemary and lavender are good for growing hair at the scalp. Basically the spritz would would be more of a moisturizer.

Whether you need to use a fortifying conditioner or moisturizing conditioner depends on your hair's protein-moisture balance. I'm out and can't link you but, you can google Protein-Moisture Balance Test to find out which your hair needs. Since your hair is relaxed and you're GHE often, I would add a light protein like Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor to washday every week or two (depending on whether your hair needs the extra protein to combat moisture overload) and then follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioning or conditioner. In my relaxed days, my hair LOVED Neutragena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner or the Recovery Hair Mask, as well as the Silk Touch Leave In.

As for tips, I did a Supercharge Your Hair Growth Series and posted the information here (http://mydivaspot.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?56-Weekly-Instruction-and-Directives). I think there's some really good information that will help to get your growth moving nicely.

Hope that helps!

NJoy
05-24-2015, 08:47 PM
Cleared my inbox. I know there were a few bounces. If you tried me, try me again.

CSDicey92
05-25-2015, 12:43 AM
Welcome back! :hug2:

Sounds like you were using way too much oil. What mix were you using? That sounds like when I originally tried MTG. :nerves: I now have my Hair Growth Formula in a Pomade so that is in a cream base. There's not dripping from overuse. It absorbs completely into the scalp and gives an awesome tingle to get the hair growing. Here's a link for more info (http://njoyessentials.com/njoys-long-healthy-hair-growth-pomade/), if you're interested.

I think your spritz sounds good for moisturizing your hair as needed. Rosemary and lavender are good for growing hair at the scalp. Basically the spritz would would be more of a moisturizer.

Whether you need to use a fortifying conditioner or moisturizing conditioner depends on your hair's protein-moisture balance. I'm out and can't link you but, you can google Protein-Moisture Balance Test to find out which your hair needs. Since your hair is relaxed and you're GHE often, I would add a light protein like Aphogee 2 minute reconstructor to washday every week or two (depending on whether your hair needs the extra protein to combat moisture overload) and then follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioning or conditioner. In my relaxed days, my hair LOVED Neutragena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner or the Recovery Hair Mask, as well as the Silk Touch Leave In.

As for tips, I did a Supercharge Your Hair Growth Series and posted the information here (http://mydivaspot.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?56-Weekly-Instruction-and-Directives). I think there's some really good information that will help to get your growth moving nicely.

Hope that helps!


It's good to be back! :bighug:

I wasn't using that much oil really, because I used an applicator bottle and there wasn't any dripping. But nonetheless my hair got kind of greasy. Though I think because my hair is fine, it also tends to get greasy easily so maybe I really was using too much oil. The sulphur mix I used was the same oils I use in my spritz minus the sulphur and I used different proportions of course. In the sulphur mix I used olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, rosemary oil and lavender oil. I might try the sulphur mix again later on in the year though, but I'll take a different approach to it. I used the baggy/GHE method right after I applied the sulphur mix and massaged my scalp.

A pomade sounds divine! I would love to try it, but I'm overseas so I really don't know how the shipping and handling would work out. Maybe I can find a decent enough substitute over here, but I doubt it. :sosad:

My spritz leaves my scalp feeling all nice and tingly. I wonder if that means that it's working and will stimulate some more hair growth instead of just keeping my new growth and ends moisturized. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'm getting my hair relaxed next week so I wonder how much growth I'll get between now and then. I'll probably do the inversion method this week and use the sulphur mix just this once I guess.

Now that you mention it, I actually use the Aphogee 2 Minute Protein Reconstructor every other week for my light protein treatment. I alternate between that and my moisturizing treatment. When I do my deep conditioning I use the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo and the Intensive Conditioning Treatment. I use the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner for my co-wash as well, along with the L'Oreal EverSleek Reparative Smoothing Conditioner. Currently, I'm using a TRESemme Silk Protein Conditioner to co-wash, but I have the Neutrogena and L'Oreal leftover so I'll finish using those eventually before I decide to go out and buy another conditioner. I think what I can do when I do get a new conditioner for my co-washing, is to use a fortifying conditioner during the week where I'll do a moisture treatment on wash day and then use a moisturizing conditioner during the week where I'll be doing a light protein treatment. Speaking of protein treatments, I am long overdue for a hard protein treatment. I just bought the Mizani Purifying and Hydrafuse, so I plan to get the Kerafuse next so I can treat my hair. Though I might just decide to bring those with me to the salon and have it done there because I want to make sure it's done right. They have a new product called Fiberfyl that seems like it'll be a good protein treatment as well so I want to check that out too.

I'll definitely check out the Supercharge Your Hair Growth Series because I need all the help I can get. My hair was cut recently, like some time back in March when I went for a protein treatment. The lady said she was just gonna "even out my ends", but the thing is that my hair has never been even so I really didn't know what to expect. I was hoping for a trim since the last trim I got was like in January or December. She ended up cutting off a good three inches of my hair and I was so pissed because all my growth literally went down the drain. I ended up having to start all over again since my hair went back to the same length it was when I began my HHJ this year. Ugh, never again! I still get annoyed thinking about it because my hair could have been so much longer now. :mad2:

845

My goal is to get to at least BSL by the end of this year, so experiences these kinds of setbacks put me on edge. But I'm just hoping everything will work out in the end. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'll post a pic of where my hair is at after I get my hair relaxed next week. Here's to lots of progress and meeting my hair length goals! :reddancer:

NJoy
05-27-2015, 02:32 AM
It's good to be back! :bighug:

I wasn't using that much oil really, because I used an applicator bottle and there wasn't any dripping. But nonetheless my hair got kind of greasy. Though I think because my hair is fine, it also tends to get greasy easily so maybe I really was using too much oil. The sulphur mix I used was the same oils I use in my spritz minus the sulphur and I used different proportions of course. In the sulphur mix I used olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, rosemary oil and lavender oil. I might try the sulphur mix again later on in the year though, but I'll take a different approach to it. I used the baggy/GHE method right after I applied the sulphur mix and massaged my scalp.

A pomade sounds divine! I would love to try it, but I'm overseas so I really don't know how the shipping and handling would work out. Maybe I can find a decent enough substitute over here, but I doubt it. :sosad:

My spritz leaves my scalp feeling all nice and tingly. I wonder if that means that it's working and will stimulate some more hair growth instead of just keeping my new growth and ends moisturized. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'm getting my hair relaxed next week so I wonder how much growth I'll get between now and then. I'll probably do the inversion method this week and use the sulphur mix just this once I guess.

Now that you mention it, I actually use the Aphogee 2 Minute Protein Reconstructor every other week for my light protein treatment. I alternate between that and my moisturizing treatment. When I do my deep conditioning I use the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo and the Intensive Conditioning Treatment. I use the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner for my co-wash as well, along with the L'Oreal EverSleek Reparative Smoothing Conditioner. Currently, I'm using a TRESemme Silk Protein Conditioner to co-wash, but I have the Neutrogena and L'Oreal leftover so I'll finish using those eventually before I decide to go out and buy another conditioner. I think what I can do when I do get a new conditioner for my co-washing, is to use a fortifying conditioner during the week where I'll do a moisture treatment on wash day and then use a moisturizing conditioner during the week where I'll be doing a light protein treatment. Speaking of protein treatments, I am long overdue for a hard protein treatment. I just bought the Mizani Purifying and Hydrafuse, so I plan to get the Kerafuse next so I can treat my hair. Though I might just decide to bring those with me to the salon and have it done there because I want to make sure it's done right. They have a new product called Fiberfyl that seems like it'll be a good protein treatment as well so I want to check that out too.

I'll definitely check out the Supercharge Your Hair Growth Series because I need all the help I can get. My hair was cut recently, like some time back in March when I went for a protein treatment. The lady said she was just gonna "even out my ends", but the thing is that my hair has never been even so I really didn't know what to expect. I was hoping for a trim since the last trim I got was like in January or December. She ended up cutting off a good three inches of my hair and I was so pissed because all my growth literally went down the drain. I ended up having to start all over again since my hair went back to the same length it was when I began my HHJ this year. Ugh, never again! I still get annoyed thinking about it because my hair could have been so much longer now. :mad2:

845

My goal is to get to at least BSL by the end of this year, so experiences these kinds of setbacks put me on edge. But I'm just hoping everything will work out in the end. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'll post a pic of where my hair is at after I get my hair relaxed next week. Here's to lots of progress and meeting my hair length goals! :reddancer:

Sorry about the setback but, it looks like your hair is rebounding nicely. Here's to you reaching your goals in 2015! :clap3:

NJoy
06-03-2015, 05:18 PM
Hola, Chicas!

Lots of PM's waiting on me, huh? I think I've responded to everyone. Some of you had problems being able to post because your accounts were submitted for manual approval. This happens when your email address or your username triggers our spam filters. It's hard trying to keep the spammers off the boards but, we're doing it. Manual approvals slow down when things get crazy busy with NJoy Essentials or if I'm on vacation, like I was over the weekend. I flew to NY to see my niece for the first time. She's 6 months old and soooooo beautiful. I had to wait until things thawed out up there for a minute. But enough of that. Onto hair.

So, I've been working on changing the format for the Challenge. I'm getting really excited because I plan to do lots of giveaways and contests. Who doesn't like contests. We have to shake things up around here and get more of you out of my inbox and onto the forum. I appreciate those of you who are beta testing MHJ, which is our online hair journal. That's coming along nicely and soon, the Growth Challenge will be tied to recording progress in our journals and with lots of goodies for everyone. I've been busy behind the scenes with getting giveaway sponsors and setting up details of how this thing will work. I think it will be more exciting all around. And hopefully, it will bring out some of you lurkers. (Yep. I can see you from this side. :popcorn2:) I'll have more details about that soon. In the meantime, I'm also working on the first giveaway, which I'll announce on Friday.

Now, for my own hair update, while in NY, I took no products for my hair. I didn't want to check any bags and was worried about traveling with liquids in my carryon. So, I used the hotel conditioner (boo) and basically kept my hair in a bun or wrapped in a decorative scarf. So you know a good deep conditioning was greatly needed after my 4 day trip. I was too lazy to detangle (hey, it was a long, busy weekend) so, I'm planning on a thorough detangling session tonight and then into 2-strand twists for now. I'm overdue for a length check and probably a trim. I find that it's not as easy to tell if I need a trim with my natural hair but, there's something about freshly cut ends that sound and feel yummy. We're almost half way through the year so, I think a small trim won't hurt. I'm not on a trimming schedule and only trim when I think my hair may need it. Moreso than when I was relaxed, I notice. Also, I feel a knotted section in the back of my hair. I hope to be able to patiently detangle that. I think I felt when I actually made a knot so, we'll see.

On a good note, I've been drinking nothing but water or unsweetened grean tea lately. I hope that will combat some of the stress that I've been feeling worrying about some family members lately. That and getting some woosah'g in. :giggling:

So, what's going on with you? Chime in, Divas. :reddancer:

Meantime, here I am with my Pumpkin Pie! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/tonia1c/tonia1c023/11227924_10153405086929772_6396481429841694317_n_z psics8yoz0.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tonia1c/media/tonia1c023/11227924_10153405086929772_6396481429841694317_n_z psics8yoz0.jpg.html)

admin
06-06-2015, 07:19 PM
Hello Ladies.

Please notice that CheyJuan is not wearing a new MODERATOR hat.

I appreciate her assistance with our growing forums and in keeping the boards and conversations moving along nicely. She'd already been a member of the board so, no need to but let me still officially welcome our new MOD, CheyJuan! :clap2::yahoo::yay:

As I mentioned, there are some changes that are coming online to make things a little more fun around here. If you are interested in assisting, as well, please let me know.

Thanks!

Cheyjuan
06-09-2015, 02:00 AM
Hello Ladies.

Please notice that CheyJuan is not wearing a new MODERATOR hat.

I appreciate her assistance with our growing forums and in keeping the boards and conversations moving along nicely. She'd already been a member of the board so, no need to but let me still officially welcome our new MOD, CheyJuan! :clap2::yahoo::yay:

As I mentioned, there are some changes that are coming online to make things a little more fun around here. If you are interested in assisting, as well, please let me know.

Thanks!

That is so nice! Thank you!!! How warm! :yay::hiya::yahoo:

NJoy
06-11-2015, 12:51 AM
Oh Lordt. I've been in the hospital.

I've been under a lot of stress lately and started having chest pains. With the family history of heart problems on my mom's side, I had to go and have it checked out. Been in the hospital a couple days with low potassium and high blood pressure but, my heart is fine. Discharged from the hospital yesterday and am feeling 100% now. I'm still ordered to take it easy. But, why couldn't I get the dr to go ahead and officially prescribe me a vacation? Ah well.

I was also dehydrated. I'm only really drinking water but, I just hadn't been drinking enough water lately. This is a reminder to me to up my water intake. Anyone else slipping on drinking water? I'm about to go grab some now.

Jayla
06-11-2015, 11:02 AM
Oh Lordt. I've been in the hospital.

I've been under a lot of stress lately and started having chest pains. With the family history of heart problems on my mom's side, I had to go and have it checked out. Been in the hospital a couple days with low potassium and high blood pressure but, my heart is fine. Discharged from the hospital yesterday and am feeling 100% now. I'm still ordered to take it easy. But, why couldn't I get the dr to go ahead and officially prescribe me a vacation? Ah well.

I was also dehydrated. I'm only really drinking water but, I just hadn't been drinking enough water lately. This is a reminder to me to up my water intake. Anyone else slipping on drinking water? I'm about to go grab some now.

Oh thank the goodness of God that you're feeling well! :bighug: I have recently been on top of water intake, so I'm all good!

mz_robyn
06-11-2015, 08:56 PM
Hello, fellow Divas!

It's been a minute since I've been on here.

It has been one thing after another for me, from deaths in the family, to a surprise diagnosis, struggling with weight gain and job upheavals I have been sadly neglecting my hair, keeping it under the same old tired wig for the past 2-3 months. I will say that my hair has grown enough to be braided or crocheted (YAY! :yay:) so next weekend I'll hopefully have my hair changed up. I'll post pictures of that.

On the water front (No Pun Intended) I drink about a liter to 1.5 liters a day. Due to the diagnosis I recommitted myself to fitness and healthy living so I'm exercising again though gyms aren't my bag. I have a lotta weight to lose but my whole life to gain and I know my hair will reap the benefits as well.

Hope everything is going well for y'all!

Take care!

mz_robyn
06-11-2015, 08:58 PM
That is so nice! Thank you!!! How warm! :yay::hiya::yahoo:

You deserve it girl! Congrats! :yahoo:

mz_robyn
06-11-2015, 09:03 PM
Oh Lordt. I've been in the hospital.

I've been under a lot of stress lately and started having chest pains. With the family history of heart problems on my mom's side, I had to go and have it checked out. Been in the hospital a couple days with low potassium and high blood pressure but, my heart is fine. Discharged from the hospital yesterday and am feeling 100% now. I'm still ordered to take it easy. But, why couldn't I get the dr to go ahead and officially prescribe me a vacation? Ah well.

I was also dehydrated. I'm only really drinking water but, I just hadn't been drinking enough water lately. This is a reminder to me to up my water intake. Anyone else slipping on drinking water? I'm about to go grab some now.

Oh, dear Lord, I'm glad you're feeling much better than you have been! A vacation is the only thing the Dr seems to NOT wanna prescribe. (Sigh!) Seems like we need to investigate that lol.

Cheyjuan
06-14-2015, 05:31 PM
Hello, fellow Divas!

It's been a minute since I've been on here.

It has been one thing after another for me, from deaths in the family, to a surprise diagnosis, struggling with weight gain and job upheavals I have been sadly neglecting my hair, keeping it under the same old tired wig for the past 2-3 months. I will say that my hair has grown enough to be braided or crocheted (YAY! :yay:) so next weekend I'll hopefully have my hair changed up. I'll post pictures of that.

On the water front (No Pun Intended) I drink about a liter to 1.5 liters a day. Due to the diagnosis I recommitted myself to fitness and healthy living so I'm exercising again though gyms aren't my bag. I have a lotta weight to lose but my whole life to gain and I know my hair will reap the benefits as well.

Hope everything is going well for y'all!

Take care!

I am so sorry to hear about all of your troubles! You are in my prayers. I am recommitting to water and exercise. My midsection is getting slightly out of control and implementing both have so much to do with healthy hair, mind and bodies. I am happy that you are listening to your body and its needs :hug2:

Cheyjuan
06-14-2015, 06:37 PM
Hi ladies!!!!

I hope you all are having an amazing start to the end of spring and beginning of summer! I love this season for so many reasons. Also, this is my first (full) summer in my hair journey (I started last August) so I am excited to see what amazing growth to expect.:cheer2:

I actually have been wearing my hair straight for almost a month. I went and got it professionally done on the 5th of this month and before that, when I did the LC, last month in May, I had a small setback. We can talk about that another time and what we've been doing so far. But for now, I want to focus on the basics. Attached are photos of my lc last month. I am very happy that my hair started growing again. Today I thought it would be fun if we, throughout the next week, post our favorite inspirational photos/hair porn of our length goals. This can be a picture of you in high school, one you found on google or maybe, it's even someone on here! We're at our 6 month period in the hair challenge and sometimes it does good to get back to basics. The first step: find someone who looks similarly to you and has your hair goal. After that please share this and your progress with a photo, if possible. :pics:

As the second part of this post, to go along with what mz_robyn posted about water and exercise. Please, with summer in mind, keep up the water intake (or even up it). I was so bad with drinking water before my journey. Actually, I sometimes slip into old habits and forget how important it is. I hadn't been doing so well with it and I will get back to it. I have an Aloe drink bottle I've been keeping it in because it's a perfect 1.5 liters. Also, the exercise element of summer is good. Even when walking in the hot sun, when thinking of the beach, your health when being in the sun is super important.

In the spirit of kicking things off (please don't leave me hanging), I will include everything I wish to see from you guys. It'll be fun! I want to keep my wishes public so I have accountability and I'm putting good things out there a la The Secret. So I am saying outloud (in cyberspace) I want 4 in of growth by late August, I want 3 inches off of my waist by September and I want Whip length (in between waist & hip) by October. My hair stars are of course NJoy which started it all in August, Yannii Torres on you tube and Modern Mrs Huxtable on youtube. I will post photos of my hair goals. It is the season for growth spurts and happiness. The sun is out to give us all healthy doses of vitamins C and D which, are beneficial for hair growth, amongst other things. If we claim our hair goals, even in the short term, we will be successful. For example, I want to be full mbl by the end of this month/next month with only 1-2 in from waist to go.

As for those who are just lurking, just jump in! I know it's scary to say what you only wish in the privacy of your own mind. You might even feel ridiculous admitting it aloud or to anyone, even to those you don't know. I promise you, through seeing our progress, watching youtube and registering under a faux name will keep you as safe and close to your goal as you allow yourself to be. So think of yourself as being at a pool party: the water is cold, everyone feels ugly in their suits and compare themselves with everyone else, and the only ones having fun are those who actually are brave enough to be in their suits and in the cold water.

Let's dive in, shall we?:cheer2:

What I'm on my way to:


847

848

849

Current:

NJoy
06-25-2015, 12:44 PM
Ok, ok! I'm back! It's been a pretty hectic past couple weeks for me. Just strange things going on. Besides being hospitalized, my air went out...twice, my hot water heater burst (in summer???!!), improperly installed air unit had water flooding my laundry room with standing water in the hall, I sliced my finger on a paper cutter, fell down the stairs AND, I had to call the police because there's some weird stalker dude hanging around my house. Um...what in the world?! BUT, even with all the Kookyness going on, I'm still remaining positive. For me, I think whenever life starts acting up, there's a major blessing on the way. So, I stay hopeful and try to be careful, waiting this phase out. I'm not blocking my blessings. No way.

Also, Tuesday was my birthday! :dance7: I'm thankful to see another year and am excited about what this year (notice I'm not saying any numbers?) will bring! That leads me to the subject of hair.

I'll be 3 years fully natural in September and I'm still learning about my natural hair. I've been doing a lot of protective styling...well, more like being style lazy, so, I haven't been wearing my hair out much. I'd love to have it braided up for the summer. It's so thick and kinky curly. I actually love washdays because it's really the only time that I have it all loose. Well, loose in sections. But, I usually let the back out together so that I can feel the length and weight of it when weighed down by the water and conditioner.

Because of my texture, it's hard for me to tell when I need a trim but, I actually like the idea of giving myself periodic trims to make sure my ends are in tact and because I want to nip single strand knots in the bud. All that to say, I plan to trim before the weekend is over.

I'm at hip now. I said that I'd try for tbl but, I have my hands full with what I have now. If I were relaxed, I'd have no hesitation about tailbone but uh...we'll see.

That said, THIS is the pic that inspire me: :faint:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/tonia1c/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-01/8C6684AC-26C6-4ED7-B0C4-CB51E78A21A5_zpsehsak0mz.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tonia1c/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-01/8C6684AC-26C6-4ED7-B0C4-CB51E78A21A5_zpsehsak0mz.jpg.html)

Now, if I can keep my hair from knotting, tangling and dredding when I wear it out, I might be willing to attempt this look now. Ok, maybe it doesn't do all that but, when you've had nightmare detangling sessions, you think it might and don't want to risk it. :nerves: A good leave in and keeping it well moisturized is key. Time to whip something wonderful up. #StallTactics :giggling:

NJoy
06-27-2015, 04:08 AM
So, it's a late night wash night for me. I used Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo to wash. I don't even remember when i bought this but, this was my first time trying it. I love it! It's just like the bottle says; it's very moisturizing and detangles as it cleanses. There are a few shampoos that allow me to finger detangle with the help of the lather but, this stuff was exceptional.


I followed that up with a deep conditioning treatment. My hair likes coconut milk so, I sectioned my hair into 4 sections and applied coconut milk to each section and then topped that with my deep conditioning treatment. Again, trying to use up some of my Sally's purchases that I grab when Sally's have good sales, I used bamboo deep strengthening mask (it was time for a little protein) and added avocado and olive oils and coconut milk. I have that in my hair now. I'm tempted to leave it in as an overnight treatment, since it's pretty late. But, I'm going to wash it out and do a quick cowash with Aussie Moist, if needed.

While wet, I'll moisturize and seal. I think I'll wait on the trim for now.

Well, I'm off to do that now. But I've gott say, I'm pretty tired. We'll see. :giggling:

Cheyjuan
06-29-2015, 09:41 PM
Ok, ok! I'm back! It's been a pretty hectic past couple weeks for me. Just strange things going on. Besides being hospitalized, my air went out...twice, my hot water heater burst (in summer???!!), improperly installed air unit had water flooding my laundry room with standing water in the hall, I sliced my finger on a paper cutter, fell down the stairs AND, I had to call the police because there's some weird stalker dude hanging around my house. Um...what in the world?! BUT, even with all the Kookyness going on, I'm still remaining positive. For me, I think whenever life starts acting up, there's a major blessing on the way. So, I stay hopeful and try to be careful, waiting this phase out. I'm not blocking my blessings. No way.

Also, Tuesday was my birthday! :dance7: I'm thankful to see another year and am excited about what this year (notice I'm not saying any numbers?) will bring! That leads me to the subject of hair.

I'll be 3 years fully natural in September and I'm still learning about my natural hair. I've been doing a lot of protective styling...well, more like being style lazy, so, I haven't been wearing my hair out much. I'd love to have it braided up for the summer. It's so thick and kinky curly. I actually love washdays because it's really the only time that I have it all loose. Well, loose in sections. But, I usually let the back out together so that I can feel the length and weight of it when weighed down by the water and conditioner.

Because of my texture, it's hard for me to tell when I need a trim but, I actually like the idea of giving myself periodic trims to make sure my ends are in tact and because I want to nip single strand knots in the bud. All that to say, I plan to trim before the weekend is over.

I'm at hip now. I said that I'd try for tbl but, I have my hands full with what I have now. If I were relaxed, I'd have no hesitation about tailbone but uh...we'll see.

That said, THIS is the pic that inspire me: :faint:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/tonia1c/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-01/8C6684AC-26C6-4ED7-B0C4-CB51E78A21A5_zpsehsak0mz.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/tonia1c/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-01/8C6684AC-26C6-4ED7-B0C4-CB51E78A21A5_zpsehsak0mz.jpg.html)

Now, if I can keep my hair from knotting, tangling and dredding when I wear it out, I might be willing to attempt this look now. Ok, maybe it doesn't do all that but, when you've had nightmare detangling sessions, you think it might and don't want to risk it. :nerves: A good leave in and keeping it well moisturized is key. Time to whip something wonderful up. #StallTactics :giggling:

Oh my GOODNESS!!! First, I am so happy you're back and I hope you are now safe and healed, emotionally and spiritually. That is an insane timeline of events. Happy Birthday! I am happy that you are here another year as well.

Cheyjuan
06-29-2015, 10:10 PM
So, it's a late night wash night for me. I used Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo to wash. I don't even remember when i bought this but, this was my first time trying it. I love it! It's just like the bottle says; it's very moisturizing and detangles as it cleanses. There are a few shampoos that allow me to finger detangle with the help of the lather but, this stuff was exceptional.


I followed that up with a deep conditioning treatment. My hair likes coconut milk so, I sectioned my hair into 4 sections and applied coconut milk to each section and then topped that with my deep conditioning treatment. Again, trying to use up some of my Sally's purchases that I grab when Sally's have good sales, I used bamboo deep strengthening mask (it was time for a little protein) and added avocado and olive oils and coconut milk. I have that in my hair now. I'm tempted to leave it in as an overnight treatment, since it's pretty late. But, I'm going to wash it out and do a quick cowash with Aussie Moist, if needed.

While wet, I'll moisturize and seal. I think I'll wait on the trim for now.

Well, I'm off to do that now. But I've gott say, I'm pretty tired. We'll see. :giggling:

HAHA! I clicked edit and didn't realize like an idiot. Here's what my post was:

I hope it went well. I've purchased some new products that I hope will help me grow and make waist length by my hair journeys anniversary in August.

I bought:

Vatika naturals coconut oil which is enriched w amla, henna and lemon. I thought neem oil was in there, guess not. I also bought the roux porosity control for my damage. I've been wearing my hair straight this month. Well I haven't washed it since my salon trip and it's due. I need to restock my NJoy products. So I'm thinking about the pomade this time. I'm wondering if it causes reversion. The oil doesn't. I leave my hair in the cap for at least 30 mins while I'm in the shower with a bandana over it. I've noticed some growth or reversion, not sure...probably growth. Either way, it has started before I used the oil so I know it doesn't revert the hair...at least not mine. I've been inverting for the past week as well, ending in a few days. I've been trying meditation for hair growth...there are some kind of beats to listen to that science has proven...idk. It doesn't bother me so I do it. I'm not expecting anything but it is something to try. I like meditation anyway. I am about to go back curly for the next month or so, then I'm going on another trip so I will probably wear a minimal heat style because its so much easier for me. I have to get some hair vitamins and my husband bought whey protein so I will be having that and dme in the morning with my vitamins. Right now I'm just taking MSM, I'm done w the bottle of biotin and I am also taking multivitamins and vitamin B w Calcium. I am about to order some NJoy vitamins. I'm debating between the hair growth pack with the oil and vitamins and the pomade with one bottle of vitamins. Hmmm...so much to ponder. I wanted to try the pomade I think...I'm not sure.

My hair has been shedding a lot and I've had a little breakage. Its hard to stay moisturized with a heat style...I've seen little dandruff flakes here and there and have used the NJoy oil and a little castor oil. I felt dry after a week of wearing it straight...I wonder what people do that pay like $40-$70 for a heat style? I paid I think $65...I don't remember. I think of it like braids because I mean, you can keep braids in for so long, why not your hair straight? I know you used head and about the bonds but even people with perms wear braids as protective styles sometimes. Either way, you can wear it in buns to protect your ends etc. I get less tangles with straight hair. I just really need to learn how to moisturize and seal and straighten it with minimal damage.

This week, I started back to the NJoy oil for when I'm inverting because I only have a small amount left. Today, I did the Njoy oil on my scalp as usual with a massage and then, I used the Vatika oil with the Shea Moisture JBCO milk protectant/styling cream (not sure of the name but rly tall skinny bottle). My hair felt so super good! I've missed my straight hair. It's easier for me, I just have to learn how to do it and take care of it. I'm so happy I did't let that stylist chop my locks. "It'll never grow"...okay. I'm just delicate and careful with it and it has been. Also lately, I've been meditating to the photo of myself w longer WL hair so that's mind over matter stuff too and it works. Anyway, I hope summer is good!

Cheyjuan
07-05-2015, 12:55 PM
How's everyone's summer routine going? What are some new things you are trying and some things you've been thinking about trying but haven't yet or want to know more about?