i haven't figured out how to get my pictures to post on this site. but i can link my fotki:
http://public.fotki.com/littlebabybug/my-starting-hair-jo/length-check. - http://public.fotki.com/littlebabybug/my-starting-hair-jo/length-check.html
i'm starting out at APL. I update fotki on a monthly basis anyway, but my hair being in twists you probly won't be able to see my growth until month two.
My products vary but right now i've used the Suave shampoo for kids. I use aloe vera gel, locking gel, suave conditioner, and Africa's Hot 6 oil (i forgot the name). i think that's it, but sometimes i use carol's daughter's black vanilla conditioner.
my regimen is kinda involved.
my hair is in minitwists which i installed last week. this is the longest i've gone without washing my hair, ever, but i don't plan to condition or wash it until june 3rd. (four weeks from now, roughly). I'll steam it and take down one section, do search and destroy on it, then retwist that section. the rest of my hair i'll attack by section over the course of the next four weeks.
on the last section redo (about four weeks from the last condition treatment) i'll condition my hair under the steamer again. during the time in between i'll probly lightly spritz my scalp with water and gently massage to exfoliate my scalp, but that'll be about it. and the entire time i'll keep my ends up off my shoulders by way of protective styling.
when my hair gets to my first goal length of solid BSL (probly a good 8 months away, if i'm being realistic) then i'll take all of my twists down altogether (which would have been for the first time in months!)
My personal date is 12/31/2012 for BSL, though the optimistic part of me wants to be there by 8/12/12. We'll see. It depends on whether or not i get my summer growth spurt. I think i may have underestimated the distance between my bra strap and my armpits