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Topic: On my hair journey Ive learned that...
Posted By: Certified*Baby
Subject: On my hair journey Ive learned that...
Date Posted: May 19 2011 at 9:21am

1. My hair doesnt like too much maintanence.

2. Growth aids really dont speed up,or aid in my growth.(i just enjoy using them).
 
3.I want to become a "licensed" stylist, so I've enrolled in cosmetology beginning June 6,11Clap
 
4. After wearing a straight MBL weave for 2weeks, I do not want my hair to grow past BSL.(The washing,detangling,drying,etc...was a bit too much for me to handle.Ouch
 
5.Hair takes time to grow, and i shouldnt focus my day around my hair, but instead fit my hair in around my life!Wink
 
So tell me.....What have you learned during your hair journey?



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Posted By: Necie87
Date Posted: May 19 2011 at 1:09pm
Originally posted by Certified*Baby Certified*Baby wrote:

5.Hair takes time to grow, and i shouldnt focus my day around my hair, but instead fit my hair in around my life!Wink
 
So tell me.....What have you learned during your hair journey?


I love number 5!



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Posted By: AllyOrNotAlly
Date Posted: May 19 2011 at 2:02pm
I learned that my hair is amazing. But, of course! It is an extension of me :P

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Posted By: Napp
Date Posted: May 19 2011 at 2:11pm

Hair should make you look good.


i am so over wearing styles that do not flatter me or do me any justice just to say i am 100% natural or trying to retain that .5 inch.



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Posted By: ms.blue
Date Posted: May 19 2011 at 2:13pm
I learned that
-my hair likes protein. Hair needs a healthy balance of moisture and protein.
-I don't have to trim my have too often.
-coconut oil is not for everyone especially me.
-low maintence reggie works best for me (kiss).
-heat is not the devil when used properly.
-moisturizing and sealing is a must to keep healthy ends.
-embracing the hair that was naturally given to me instead of envying other hairtypes.


Posted By: Melialy
Date Posted: May 19 2011 at 2:15pm
I've learned that consistency is key!!


Posted By: niecy
Date Posted: May 19 2011 at 2:27pm
I've learned that my hair grows better when I just leave it alone and let it do it's own thing rather than manipulating it by following a weekly regimen. When I was following my regimen it didn't seem like my hair was growing very much so now I usually just keep it done in braids and spray it with a braid spray mixture every couple of days. I don't follow a specific regimen when I don't have my hair braided I just go with the flow.


Posted By: TamekaC
Date Posted: May 19 2011 at 4:48pm
I have fine strands with thin density
My hair doesn't like to be fussed with...it'll fuss right back at me.
Relaxed or natural I like my hair in protective styles...it's like a secret.


Posted By: AmazingGrace
Date Posted: May 19 2011 at 5:40pm
1) I've learned that I can just leave my hair be and it will grow!
I was washing, detangling, styling every week last year and I just got so TIRED by November!
So I put in long kinky twists every month until April this year! I am now WL in my longest layers.
I just sprayed nightly and co-washed every 2 weeks. Currently in long single braids!

2) I learned that I can make my hair a treat....so when I take down the braids or am putting them in, it's a treat to co-wash, clarify, detangle and style! I won't sweat the fact I still can't rollerset or that alot of my flat twists look wonky...lol!

3) I really am more a bunner that I thought! I was bunning my kinky twists and now I'm bunning my single braids!


Posted By: prettypeal09
Date Posted: May 20 2011 at 2:43am
1) My hair thrives on low manipulation and keeping it simple.
2) Haircare does not have to be expensive and I don't have to spend $$$$ on a product in order to achieve great results.
3)  It's just hair- seriously some people forget that Stern Smile.
4) I knew very little about haircare prior to BHM.


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Posted By: yaya24
Date Posted: May 20 2011 at 11:10am

-Expensive products do not mean better results.
-Don't jump on bandwagons.. if it works for you stick with it.
-Its just hair.

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Posted By: Fashionista922
Date Posted: May 20 2011 at 12:51pm
1) That I have to wear my hair in other styles besides flat ironing for it to reach new lengths
2) That having no relaxer is just as easy as having a relaxer, for me.
3) That I can get great results from inexpensive products (vo5, aussie, cantu shea butter, evoo)
4) That I can actually wear my hair in it's natural state and feel confident
5) PS= the key to retention, for me.


Posted By: niecy
Date Posted: May 20 2011 at 2:14pm
I forgot a few that I didn't state in my other post..

--Just because it works for others or there's a big hype about the product doesn't mean it'll work for you like it does for others.
--Do what works for you. Just because someone may say you shouldn't use a product either because of it's ingredients or they didn't like it and/or it didn't work for them doesn't mean you should stop using what works to help your hair grow. 


Posted By: Yardgirl
Date Posted: May 20 2011 at 6:34pm
  1. Stretching my relaxers makes me feel good and works wonders for growth
  2. Keeping my hands out of my hair is the biggest obstacle I face with retention
  3. I don't need to wash my hair more than once a week but I MUST use a mild protein once a week
  4. My hair doesn't respond to instant conditioners



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Posted By: lovelybrown
Date Posted: May 24 2011 at 3:33pm
Originally posted by ms.blue ms.blue wrote:

I learned that
-my hair likes protein. Hair needs a healthy balance of moisture and protein.
-I don't have to trim my have too often.
-coconut oil is not for everyone especially me.
-low maintence reggie works best for me (kiss).
-heat is not the devil when used properly.
-moisturizing and sealing is a must to keep healthy ends.
-embracing the hair that was naturally given to me instead of envying other hairtypes.


This is me too


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Posted By: lovelybrown
Date Posted: May 24 2011 at 3:35pm
And my hair likes co washing.



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How we look is superficial, but nothing wrong in making the best of it all.


Posted By: CaramelDelight89
Date Posted: May 24 2011 at 3:58pm
* My hair likes to be a little oily (I have hardly any shedding)
* Castor oil, water based moisturizer, and oil moisturizer on the ends only help preserve them. (Have them looking like I just got a trim)
* My hair responds well to deep moisture treatments ( I dont need a lot of protein)
* Co washing seems to only make my hair dirtier ( Imagine put lotion on dirty skin...  Disapprove)
* I can get my hair extremely straight or curly with rollersetting without using heat ( I ditched my flat iron and blow dryer 3 years ago)


Posted By: NARSAddict
Date Posted: May 24 2011 at 7:37pm
I learned my scalp absolutely hates the following essential oils: tea tree oil, sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli, camwood, cypress, pine, etc.

I need to stop chasing the latest and greatest product and stick to what I have.

Conditioner washes are fine.

I can use most gels without my hair spazzing out.

I finally found a shampoo that wrecks my hair.




Posted By: talia
Date Posted: May 24 2011 at 10:21pm
My hair hates me messing with it - in other words high maintenance styles.
 
Weaves are my friend -since  I hate doing my own hair...lol.
 
I love cowashing.  
 
My hair loves protein and thrives with it. 
 
Hair growth happens from the inside, not only from the outside and what we do to our hair, so a healthy diet, vitamins, exercise, and plenty of water helps to promote growth.   Retention is a
whole different thing....lol.
 
 


Posted By: AllMixedUp88
Date Posted: May 24 2011 at 10:24pm
All the stuff I did as a kid 
i.e. braiding my hair before bed
is completely necessary 


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Posted By: PurplePumps
Date Posted: May 25 2011 at 9:01am
1. Sealing and protective styling are essential
2. It's better to just trim your splits than leave them there for the sake of length
3. Shampooing weekly isn't truly necessary for me; a good weekly cowash can replace a shampoo for three weeks out of the month.
4. Coconut oil. Period.


Posted By: yaya24
Date Posted: May 25 2011 at 9:09am
Oh and my hair loooves crisco oil

Once I am out of my 5011 other oils.. I am sticking exclusively with criso


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Posted By: Shardd:)
Date Posted: May 25 2011 at 1:57pm
I really don't have to go extra over things I do to my hair for it to grow. Low manipulation is the key


Posted By: BeautifulNightmare
Date Posted: May 25 2011 at 3:44pm
1. Hair grows regardless of what you do. It's all about retaining length.
2. My hair NEEDS protein or else it will snap crackle and pop right off!
3. Cowashing can get the hair clean (despite what hairstylists & my mother say).
4. The idea that black people weren't meant to have natural hair is just ignorant!Angry Yes, people have told me this!!!
5. BHM is the best thing that has ever happened to my hairApprove


Posted By: NARSAddict
Date Posted: May 25 2011 at 3:56pm
Originally posted by NARSAddict NARSAddict wrote:

I learned my scalp absolutely hates the following essential oils: tea tree oil, sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli, camwood, cypress, pine, etc.

I need to stop chasing the latest and greatest product and stick to what I have.

Conditioner washes are fine.

I can use most gels without my hair spazzing out.

I finally found a shampoo that doesn't wrecks my hair.




Made the correction.


Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: May 25 2011 at 4:33pm
-K.I.S.S. It works best for me.

-Work with your hair and not against it. I'm still learning this but it is very true. If you try to make your hair into something it is not, you will face new issues.

-Conditioner is a life saver.

-Protective styling is key once hair reaches shoulder length.


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Posted By: lovelynpink926
Date Posted: May 25 2011 at 9:26pm
On my hair journey I've learned that
PATIENCE is key
MSM WORKS!
Gel is enemy but it makes my curls pop
Baggy at night 
Shampoo weekly


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Posted By: Transitioning Beauty
Date Posted: May 28 2011 at 6:28pm
1)I've learned that bunning is the easiest way to do your hair and it retains length!
2)There are plenty of styles that aren't straight that look great
3)My hair loves aloe vera gel
4)Sometimes you just need some protein and a ACV rinse (found this out last night)
5)My hair LOVES water.. like loves it. I don't even touch my hair anymore unless it's wet LOL I wish I would've known this soonerSleepy


Posted By: LadySmiles
Date Posted: May 29 2011 at 11:56am
I totally agree with your #5 OP. The times my hair seemed to grow the fastest was when I just kinda left it alone and focused on other aspects of my life (school, work, relationships, friends, family, other hobbies etc)

What I learned...
3) ACTION AND CONSISTENCY IS SOOO IMPORTANT! At the beginning of my hair journey I spent countless hours reading and researching to create that perfect regimen. Well in theory it was great, but looking back I was so inconsistent. I had a regimen but I didn't follow it. I was trying so many different things because I was trying bits and pieces of wht worked for other people. But that was entirely the wrong approach

2) I DONT NEED EXPENSIVE PRODUCTS!! in all honestly, I believe a perfectly fine regimen can be established with cheapie conditioner and coconut oil. I'm so serious. But a combo of my PJism and hair snobbery made me buy expensive, salon quality conditioners that turned out to just be okay. Drugstore brands are fine. I still choose to buy BSS products to keep things interesting on my hair journey

1) Protective styling really works Big smile keeping my hair protected for long periods of time with cornrows really helps be retain length the best. I am so grateful for Sensationnel-7047 -- it had me flyy while my hair thrives underneath.


Posted By: prettystar
Date Posted: May 29 2011 at 8:25pm
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Posted By: femmemuscleisback
Date Posted: May 29 2011 at 8:47pm
Originally posted by Napp Napp wrote:

Hair should make you look good.


i am so over wearing styles that do not flatter me or do me any justice just to say i am 100% natural or trying to retain that .5 inch.


amen!

I've also learned that wigs are my best friend in  my hair journey.. After 30 years of weaves, and braids,  (which can be expensive), i've found that wigs are a cheap protective style.  i now have a hairline that i actually thought was "baby hair" for over 30 years..  LOL


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Posted By: luvmybiga$$fro
Date Posted: May 30 2011 at 8:35am
1. Being style challenged is good for me! The few styles I know how to do have b/c my signature styles and are great for retention.
2. Finding products(inexpensive ) that give me consistent and reliable outcomes has helped me build a solid regie.
3. Listening to Cleo wheter she's saying: "Lady, wash me. Detangle me. Stop trying to bun me.". Has really helped me know her.
4.Consistency is key.
5. Small tweaks can give you awesome rewards!


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Posted By: Heavy Rotation
Date Posted: May 30 2011 at 10:02am
1. protective styling and low manipulation worked wonders for my hair.
 
2. washing and conditioning my hair in twists is essential.
 
3. seamless combs are the absolute truth.
 
4. jbco is the only oil i need (except for coconut oil as a pre poo)
 
5. most stylists suck! lol
 
6. my natural hair is unique and beautiful. :-)


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Posted By: Benni
Date Posted: May 30 2011 at 12:45pm
I learned that....

....BHM has a wealth of information.

...Natural/Homemade products works as well, or sometimes better than Store bought products.

...Sometimes less is more.

...Hair sometimes like to be left alone.

...You may have to wear some 'not so attractive' hair styles to get healthy.

...Hair WILL NOT grow overnight.

...Consistence is key.



Posted By: Benni
Date Posted: May 30 2011 at 12:47pm
Originally posted by Benni Benni wrote:

I learned that....

....BHM has a wealth of information.

...Natural/Homemade products works as well, or sometimes better than Store bought products.

...Sometimes less is more.

...Hair sometimes like to be left alone.

...You may have to wear some 'not so attractive' hair styles to get your hair healthy again.

...Hair WILL NOT grow overnight. It has it's own schedule, despite our best Growth Aide efforts

...Consistence is key.



Posted By: DEE80
Date Posted: May 30 2011 at 4:22pm
1. I have to wash my scalp really well in order to avoid an itchy scalp.
2. Co washing isn't for me.
3. Shea moisture dc is better as a deep conditioner than a daily moisturizer.
4. Castor and vatika oil work okay together.
5. Glycerin is okay, but I prefer not to use it since it's sticky.
 


Posted By: Dance.Love.Live
Date Posted: May 30 2011 at 10:18pm
On my hair journey I've learned that I'm just not meant to straighten my hair once a week because that results in see thru ends
I've learned that my hair thrives off of weaves
And my hair loves conditioner


Posted By: equestrian
Date Posted: Jun 04 2011 at 11:09am
1.  Use sulfur very, very sparingly.  I can't do the "normal sulfur mix" without it drying my hair out.
 
2.  Deep conditioner is one of my best friends.
 
3.  I actually like humidity; it makes my hair even softer.
 
4. I need to trim every now and again.  Just suck it up and do it.  It will grow back, and it will help show growth cause split ends will be cut (instead of breaking off)


Posted By: Serenity2100
Date Posted: Jun 04 2011 at 7:32pm
I found that my hair loves humidity

Silicon mix w/ bamboo is awesome!

VO5 is a great co-washing condis

Carol's Daughter Loc butter is the greatest, it leaves my hair soo moisturized a week after my wash day :-)

Aphogee 2 min kertin treatment is a life saver

I love Giovanni Tea tree oil and 50:50 Balancing shampoo


Posted By: GoodGirlGoneGr8
Date Posted: Jun 08 2011 at 8:09pm
1. Less is more when it comes to products (cost and quantity)
2. Detangling from ends to root eases the detangling process
3. Steam treatments are amazing
4. Protective styling works
5. Pics are the best method of tracking hair growth


Posted By: Alexis303
Date Posted: Jun 09 2011 at 5:49am
I have learned similar things.

1.  My hair can grow much faster than I ever thought possible.
2.  My hair does not like being washed more than twice a week.
3.  My hair likes minimal product.
4.  Relaxers really can be very damaging.
5.  Heat styling like blowdrying and pressing can also be very damaging.


Posted By: Certified*Baby
Date Posted: Jun 09 2011 at 4:57pm
Originally posted by GoodGirlGoneGr8 GoodGirlGoneGr8 wrote:

1. Less is more when it comes to products (cost and quantity)
2. Detangling from ends to root eases the detangling process
3. Steam treatments are amazing
4. Protective styling works
5. Pics are the best method of tracking hair growth
very true

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Posted By: JUSTMETRENEE
Date Posted: Jun 09 2011 at 5:07pm
Stay off the Bandwagons!!!! Go  to PJ rehab!!!!!

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Posted By: CurlyDreams
Date Posted: Jun 13 2011 at 9:57pm
To be PATIENT!
To NOT hop on all the band wagons, especially with the growth aids.


Posted By: Transitioning Beauty
Date Posted: Jun 14 2011 at 8:40pm
1) Nobody's going to listen to you talk about hair care if you are in a protective style because they can't see your length (I keep forgetting this)
2) Never touch dry hair
3) Always detangle with conditioner in my hair (I'm transitioning)
4) If somebody doesn't believe that black hair can grow unless it's "good hair" they never will. Don't waste your breath trying to tell them otherwise because it will just anger you.
5) Stay away from cones in the summer time


Posted By: luvlytresses
Date Posted: Jun 15 2011 at 5:21pm
That my hair can be an example to others that DON'T believe black girls can have long hair.


Posted By: mangachan
Date Posted: Jun 21 2011 at 10:35am
1-All "white people" hair products are not the devil and they won't make my hair fall out
2-Washing my hair more than once or twice a month is okay and my hair won't fall out
3-Natural hair is manageable
4-Longer haired people CAN take care of their hair fine without a hairdresser
5-My hair won't fall out if I don't grease my scalp
6-There is a such things as "regular" black people having curl/coil patterns.


Posted By: tmrockville
Date Posted: Jun 21 2011 at 10:46am
1.  That I am still learning Smile
2.  Out of all the products I buy only a quarter will work for my hair
3.  I need to be much more patient
4.  Not to be scared to join challenges because I might fail
5.  Stop flat ironing leave outs with weave, just too damaging


Posted By: mscaribbeanma
Date Posted: Jun 21 2011 at 10:58am

1. moisture is my best friends

2. cutting my hair doesnt make my hair grow
3. there is no such thng s dead hair


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Posted By: luvlytresses
Date Posted: Jun 21 2011 at 12:35pm
Originally posted by Napp Napp wrote:

Hair should make you look good.


i am so over wearing styles that do not flatter me or do me any justice just to say i am 100% natural or trying to retain that .5 inch.



THIS all day... No point in having nice hair if no one gets to see it, or it's always weaved up. You can grow hair without constant protective styling.


Posted By: niktotmor
Date Posted: Jun 21 2011 at 2:26pm
Just because something worked for someone else doesn't mean it will work for me...but I won't know unless I try it

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Posted By: un4getableview
Date Posted: Jun 22 2011 at 1:25pm

"thou shall not follow other members"



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Posted By: GoingNatural86
Date Posted: Jun 23 2011 at 7:56am
1) Benefits of moisturizing and sealing. (Stopped my breakage)
2) Stopped hanging on to damaged ends.
3) Learned to care for both natural and relaxed hair.
4) BHM made me a product junckie.... hardcore.


Posted By: prettystar
Date Posted: Jun 23 2011 at 2:40pm
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Posted By: DEE80
Date Posted: Jun 24 2011 at 1:59pm
Originally posted by DEE80 DEE80 wrote:

1. I have to wash my scalp really well in order to avoid an itchy scalp.
2. Co washing isn't for me.
3. Shea moisture dc is better as a deep conditioner than a daily moisturizer.
4. Castor and vatika oil work okay together.
5. Glycerin is okay, but I prefer not to use it since it's sticky.
 
 
I have learned something new about my hair. I can't stick with a regimen LOL but I have learned something. I can do co washes. I've been doing them every 3 days. Best oil for my hair is olive oil. I need to use a sulfur mix before I wash.


Posted By: renee728
Date Posted: Jun 24 2011 at 7:38pm
with the proper care my hair will grow and is healthier.  not to just let my hairdresser make all the decisions on what to do with/for my hair.


Posted By: bellacnella
Date Posted: Jul 21 2011 at 8:39am
there really are not any shortcuts. 

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Posted By: PowerPuffGirl
Date Posted: Jul 21 2011 at 11:35am
Originally posted by AllyOrNotAlly AllyOrNotAlly wrote:

I learned that my hair is amazing. But, of course! It is an extension of me :P

This.

Originally posted by Melialy Melialy wrote:

I've learned that consistency is key!!

And this.


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Posted By: un4getableview
Date Posted: Jul 21 2011 at 8:16pm
trimming is a major factor for retention.

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Posted By: jadepage04
Date Posted: Jul 21 2011 at 9:10pm
Nice thread!

1) Taking vitamins are a must
2) Protecting those ends
3) Moisture, Moisture



Posted By: jadepage04
Date Posted: Jul 21 2011 at 9:13pm
Oh yeah,
Everyone besides you guys thinks that I am crazy. Their like shut up talking about hair already. And I need to go to rehab because I have 4 shelves of hair products and I don't use more than half of them. smh!


Posted By: bellacnella
Date Posted: Aug 14 2011 at 3:49pm
Originally posted by luvlytresses luvlytresses wrote:

That my hair can be an example to others that DON'T believe black girls can have long hair.


This.


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Posted By: Burbujas
Date Posted: Aug 14 2011 at 7:31pm
Originally posted by bellacnella bellacnella wrote:

Originally posted by luvlytresses luvlytresses wrote:

That my hair can be an example to others that DON'T believe black girls can have long hair.


This.

Indeed.


Posted By: sweetcoils&curls
Date Posted: Jun 04 2012 at 6:14pm
I don't call it a "hair journey" anymore, but anyway.....

- low mani #4life
- trial & error is key
- more knowlegable about hair & hair ingredients
- NEVER getting a relaxer/texturizer EVER again #natural4life


Posted By: longhairvisions
Date Posted: Jun 04 2012 at 8:27pm
1. My journey experiences depends highly on my attitude towards it.
2. Patience and TLC really are the keys.
3. Conditioner is my hair's best friend.
4. It's best I do everything to my hair in sections for little to no damage and most importantly a lesser chance of frustration.
5. I love my natural hair, doesn't mean I can't get angry at it.


Posted By: breBR3bre
Date Posted: Jun 04 2012 at 10:31pm
ORS Carrot Oil is only thing that keeps my hair from breaking and my ends from splitting and it helps me retain length.


Posted By: KikiScorpio92
Date Posted: Jun 06 2012 at 5:32am
1. That if I had discovered this hair phenonmenom back at the end school days (2009) would've of have been damn waist length by now AngryLOL Lol!

2. That I love my natural hair colour, even though I'd still love to dye it.

3. A black woman can do just about anything with there hair - straighte,curl it,tong it,braid it,twist it,leave it shrunk etc.

4. My hair is fabulous even when I do get frustrated with her Embarrassed

5. Keeping products simple is the way forward.

6. Water is honestly the best thing that can happen to anybodys hair.

7.  I'm glad I found natural hair care. I didn't want to be a salon chick.

8. Products do not make hair grow it' all in the technique of good hair practises.

9. Finally.. it's just hair Smile


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Posted By: ebonynicole
Date Posted: Jun 06 2012 at 8:35pm
1. Protective styling, especially w/ my own hair helps me retain tons of length.

2. My hair loves co-washes w/ cheap conditioner like vo5.

3. The beauty supplies set black women up to take all of their money by selling all these horrible products that dry and damage our hair, while promising to grow our hair.

4. All I need is raw Shea butter, water, coconut oil and conditioner to style & maintane my hair. Mane stream products are a waste of my money.

5. Scalp massages are a MUST if want my hair to grow.

6. In order to have the healthy growing hair that I dream of I have to care for my hair like it was a garden that I want to grow. Protect it, feed it, nuture it etc.



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Posted By: tannerbop91
Date Posted: Jul 07 2012 at 2:32pm
1. my hair doesn't need direct heat
 
2. i Heart low mani & only need 5 products: (1 conditioner, ACV, 1 oil, AVJ/water, Bentonite)

3. i'm much more knowlegable about hair/hair ingredients in general
 
4. my hair hates products w/cones, parabens, mineral oil/petroleum, SLS, sodium hydroxide, & drying alcohols

5. i'm NEVER getting a relaxer/texturizer EVER again


Posted By: GoodGirlGoneGr8
Date Posted: Jul 08 2012 at 5:59pm
Less is more. Less manipulation, less product, less heat = more growth and retention.


Posted By: NataleeC
Date Posted: Jul 09 2012 at 12:19am
deleted. :(

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Start Length: CBL
Hair length post cut: FNL
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Hair Goal for 2012: MBL/WL
Status: Transitioning.
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Journey Start Date: Feb. 21, 2010.


Posted By: spice415
Date Posted: Jul 12 2012 at 9:46am
If I...

1) Moistourize daily
2) Wear protective styles
3) Deep condition weekly
4) Take my vitamins
5) Drink lots of water
6) Eat alot of fruits

My hair growth explodes!


Posted By: un4getableview
Date Posted: Jul 12 2012 at 9:24pm
Patience is a virtue!

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Posted By: Prtybrwneye_z
Date Posted: Jul 18 2012 at 10:51pm
There's no "one size fits all" model to healthy hair & what works for some may not be what will work for me!


Posted By: LakeLuna
Date Posted: Jul 26 2012 at 10:48am
For me, co-washing daily is a MUST! 


Posted By: LakeLuna
Date Posted: Jul 26 2012 at 10:49am
Oh, and Aussie Moist is definitely the main staple in my journey. 


Posted By: *Belle*Femme*
Date Posted: Jul 26 2012 at 6:55pm
I've spent entirely toooo much money buying products that never worked in my hair. In this journey, I've spent too much money thats what i learned. 

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Posted By: AmberColour
Date Posted: Jul 26 2012 at 7:33pm
Originally posted by Prtybrwneye_z Prtybrwneye_z wrote:

There's no "one size fits all" model to healthy hair & what works for some may not be what will work for me!
Originally posted by *Belle*Femme* *Belle*Femme* wrote:

I've spent entirely toooo much money buying products that never worked in my hair. In this journey, I've spent too much money thats what i learned. 
There is definitely some truth being said in this thread, but these are the ones I feel the most.


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Posted By: yahya
Date Posted: Oct 04 2012 at 7:51pm
I recently learned...
1. it was me that wanted my hair to love protein, even though it was trying to tell me no
2. I hate detangling my hair for more than 5-10 minutes
3. my hair likes to be washed every 1 1/2 to 2 weeks, instead of once a week
4. hair does not go by a schedule, you need to do what it's telling you it needs


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Posted By: bellacnella
Date Posted: Oct 07 2012 at 4:48pm
No more texlaxing
No more daily cowashing- only once or twice a week
No more unnecessary haircuts...I don't like the look of blunt ends
No more dominican salons.  x_x yuck
Deep conditioning once a week is enough.
No more hair drama.

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Posted By: afrikan gal
Date Posted: Oct 08 2012 at 4:16am
Originally posted by un4getableview un4getableview wrote:

"thou shall not follow other members"



Posted By: Ankithsri
Date Posted: Oct 08 2012 at 4:42am

My hair is naturally gorgeous color and I love my red hair. Whenever I go out everyone use to say that you’re lucky to have this type of hair naturally. This is my interesting hair journey.



Posted By: Certified*Baby
Date Posted: Oct 14 2012 at 5:18pm
Going natural wasn't for me....stunted my growth...to the Mizani I will run!!!!

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Posted By: Aerie
Date Posted: Oct 25 2012 at 2:52pm
- It's okay for me to like products other people don't. 
- It's okay for me to experiment and learn that something may not work best for me. 
- Sharing my new knowledge is one of the best parts of being on a hair journey
- My mother was right, trimming is important.
-- cutting my hair isn't a big deal, just because I'm black doesn't mean that it's the end of the world if scissors are in my hair. 
--- It does grow back. 
- SLS is best avoided, but sometimes great products contain them too. 
- Nature seems to have an answer for each of my hair woes, I just have to look deep and put in effort. 
- I adore conditioners and conditioning. 
- Hair is a passion of mine


Posted By: channelle512
Date Posted: Oct 31 2012 at 8:31pm
i have learned that my hair never fails so surprise me, and that at the end of the day hair is only hair and it will grow back!


Posted By: KunoichiNindroid
Date Posted: Nov 07 2012 at 3:56am
1. Co-washing doesn't work well with my hair.
2. My hair is protein sensitive.
3. There is an UNBELIEVABLE ammount to learn about hair.
4. Silicones aren't all bad.
5. My hair hates air-drying.
6. PATIENCE

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Posted By: Lightangel
Date Posted: Dec 19 2012 at 11:06am
1) My hair likes consistency and to be left alone,
2) My hair is growing (even if it doesn’t look like),
3) Garlic and MSM are good against shedding,
4) Techniques are more important than products,
5) JBCO works better when diluted with other oils,
6) Aphogee two steps every 6-8 weeks is something to keep,
7) Henna/Indigo two steps treatment is tooooooo messy,
8) Price tag of a product does not guarantee that is going to work wonders (some drugstore brands are just as good),
9) Natural 4a/4b hair is actually very cute! Smile

Totally agree with un4getableview: "thou shall not follow other members". Find what works for me and keep it.

 



Posted By: 902sexxi
Date Posted: Dec 19 2012 at 5:15pm
My natural type 4b hair can and is easy to handle as long as I realize what it can and can't do! Your regimen doesn't have to be long and complicated, leave it alone and it'll grow!

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Posted By: KunoichiNindroid
Date Posted: Dec 20 2012 at 4:09am
Originally posted by Lightangel Lightangel wrote:

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2) My hair is growing (even if it doesn’t look like),
3) Garlic and MSM are good against shedding,


4) Techniques are more important than products,


5) JBCO works better when diluted with other oils,


6) Aphogee two steps every 6-8 weeks is something to keep,


7) Henna/Indigo two steps treatment is tooooooo messy,


8) Price tag of a product does not guarantee that is going to
work wonders (some drugstore brands are just as good),


9) Natural 4a/4b hair is actually very cute! Smile


<p ="Msonormal">Totally agree with un4getableview: "thou
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I agree with number 8. I was searching for a great moisturizing conditioner and when tresemme didn't work for me I figured I needed something better (more expensive). Was *this* close to ordering aubrey organics online, which costs a fortune to ship here! Then I tried out this really cheap small name brand shea butter conditioner. I can't remember the last time a conditioner made my hair so soft!

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Posted By: tmrockville
Date Posted: Dec 21 2012 at 4:51pm
I'm constantly learning on this hair care journey.
Stopped spending so much time in the weaves and wigs sections and more in the natural hair care.
Participating in a challenge probably won't be bad.  Instead of feeling like I will fail it could help me stay motivated.
My hair loves steaming and henna and now QB detangling ghee.
Stopped being lazy and deal with breakage and dryness at all costs to retain length.
 


Posted By: Cherry89
Date Posted: Dec 22 2012 at 3:37am
Even those who despise the Patience tip... like me.. it really does works. Knowing that your hair is gonna grow regarldess is the key.


Posted By: moonglow_diva
Date Posted: Dec 25 2012 at 7:59pm
On my hair journey, I have learned:
1. Not to listen to well meaning folk how are quick to offer advice.
2. to listen to my own hair.
3. my natural hair is not like my relaxed hair so I have to monitor and adjust accordingly.
4. my natural hair is easier to style than my relaxed hair was.
5. read labels.
6. nappy hair does grow 6 inches in a year without the use of growth aids or vitamins.

I like this journey.
Grace & Blessing
~ Moonglow



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Posted By: Napp
Date Posted: Dec 25 2012 at 10:49pm
If you cant wear your hair the way you like it, whats the point?!

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Posted By: flwonline
Date Posted: Dec 26 2012 at 2:45pm
...that I need to stay away from scissors. I don't need to cut uneven, healthy hair because I almost never wear my natural hair out! 

#lessonslearned


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Posted By: RedAdmiral101
Date Posted: Dec 27 2012 at 8:35am
1-pH really makes a difference on my hair

2-Fingers make the best "comb" for me

3-Co washing isnt for everyone

4-Fairy knots comes with territory of being a natural

5-Crisco is a wonderful sealant!!

6-Finger detangling takes practice

7-Keeping hair stretched saves time,hair & my sanity lol

8-Soft hair doesnt always mean "moisturized" hair

9-DO NOT do your hair when tired,cranky,hungry etc :)

10-Fine hair is not thin hair & coarse hair is not "rough" hair

11-Change your regimen only if it needs it,dont try & fix what isnt broke

12-The definition of "unmanageable hair" is different for everyone

13-Apprieciate your hair for what it is now,dont "rush" your hair journey for the sake of wanting a longer length

14-Even if you have the same hair "type",what works for you STILL may not work for others

15-As hair gets longer,it does not get thicker (aka density)

16-the only "magic pills" for longer hair is;time,patience,& gentle handling

To be continued...



Posted By: chinawigsupplier
Date Posted: Dec 27 2012 at 8:53am
I have learnt good hair make us happy Smile


Posted By: bellacnella
Date Posted: Dec 30 2012 at 10:30pm
*looks up*
*roll eyes*




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Posted By: bellacnella
Date Posted: Dec 30 2012 at 10:31pm
Less is more.  Less is more.  LESS IS MORE.

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Posted By: NJoy
Date Posted: Dec 31 2012 at 12:05am
I've learned that my natural hair isn't difficult to deal with.  My mom simply didn't know what she was doing or how to properly take care of it.
 
I've learned to listen to my hair and allow it to tell me what it needs.
 
I've also learned that my hair loves water. And I've been needlessly ducking it for eons. LOL


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Posted By: Veemack
Date Posted: Dec 31 2012 at 3:27am
Yep I tell people all the time water, water and more water!

Water in/water on-----Vee


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