(Closed) AA Brides – growing out your hair

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I recently did the BC (or big chop as it’s called in the hair world) where you cut off all of your relaxed hair.

Before I can recommend any products, what are you currently using on your hair? How often do you moisturize? Wash? Condition? How often do you relax?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have relaxed hair and will type out my regimen for you as I also have recently started growing it out for the wedding.

I wash my hair on Sunday with Aveda Damage Remedy Shampoo and deep condition with Damage Remedy Hair treatment. I then airdry it after putting Aveda Brilliant Leave In condtioner on (important to restrict use of heat styling tools as much as possible). When it is dry I moisturise with Jane Carter Solution moisturising cream and seal with Jane Carter Solution Nourish and shine.

I also repeat the whole process on Wednesday but I skip the shampoo step and just wash with a moisturising condition (usually Aveda Dry Remedy) and follow the rest of th eprocess as above.

I have found that breakage takes place usualy because the hair is too dry, and gets damaged form heat treatment. If you are able to remedy those things and to sleep with a satin bonnet or cap on at night you should see a lot of improvement. This website has been amazing for me in terms of improving my hair care http://www.longhaircareforum.com/

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@pinkbride2012:

I think you need to consider a couple of things, 1. the ingredients in the shampoo you are using, and 2. Deep conditioning. 3. Protein (relaxed hair needs protein for strength)

You also havent mentioned whether you use heat styling tools and whether you wear a silk cap to sleep at night or not.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@pinkbride2012: 

I use Nioxin, it is fabulous and also Kera Care Moisture shampoo/conditioner. My hair was very long growing up and grew longer throughout college. At 26 I was sick of the boring long hair and cut it all off, literally I wore a cute little Halle Berry hair cut for about three years. I have started growing it back and now it is close to shoulder length. I have been taking prenatal vitamins and that has helped it have a growth spurt over the past couple of months. I want it to be at the top of my back by the end of next year. I have about 3 more inches to go. What is your goal for length?

 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m relaxed and have been growing my hair out for a while.  I’m a couple of inches below brastrap now.  woop!

I use ORS aloe for shampooing once a week.  In the shower I use the Aphogee 2 minute reconstructer for protein.  Rinse out.  Deep condition with every wash.  I use Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner and mix it with some cocunut oil.  Sit under the dryer for about 30 mins and rinse.

I airdry with the Aphogee keratin mist and Lacio Lacio.  Flat iron once a week with my fake Chi from Sallys (love that thing!) and my curls last all week.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

whoops double post

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@pinkbride2012: Oh ok! I wasn’t encouraging the BC, just stating that I did it. But as a FYI, I thought the same thing. I have a “baby face” and it’s really round. Also, I have several different textures as well. I think most people do.

In any case, I think you need to lower your heat usage. Do you use a heat protectant when you flat iron? How do you “keep up your hair” when it’s flat ironed?

Also, I agree with the PP. They’ve given some really great advice! Check out longhaircareforum.com and read and research. I can’t stress this enough!

It’s not necessarily the products that are bad, but what’s in them. Many shampoos and conditioners contain chemicals and agents that are drying to our hair and detrimental to its health.

And protein, and just deep conditioning treatments in general, when used enough can be a lifechanger for your hair.

Invest in a satin pillowcase. Then you never have an excuse if you don’t throw on your scarf!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@pinkbride2012:yes! its a must.  I don’t use a hand held dryer its too much heat.  And if you flat iron make sure you use a heat protectant.  I like Redken Smooth Down.

Also, I use a vitamin by Futurebiotics called Hair, Skin, & Nails.  I SWEAR by this stuff.  Smile

 

@RayRayFurious:  I love LHCF too!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

@zebracakes:Also Super Skinny by Paul Mitchell works well with adding shine and helping the hair straighten easier with less heat.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

My hair is only to my sholders because that’s as far as I let it go.lol I get tired of it, then cut it above my shoulders. Right now, I’m trying to go back natural. It’s tiring because the hair grows in a curl and I get impatient for length.LOL

Please get a hooded dryer! I have never used a hand held dryer. when I go to the beautyshop for a sew in, she’ll use it, but that’s once every blue moon if I don’t wash my hair before I go. I usually just wash and roll my hair and sit under the dryer or let it air dry in the rollers.

As far as products, I’ve been using Garnier Fructis or Pantene. I switch it up.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Hrm.  I wash once a week with the relaxed/natural intense moisture by pantene.  Every other week I (should, but don’t) deep condition with doo grow and the use the aphogee 2 minute protein treatment.  Occasionally I’ll do a placenta treatment, but usually that’s when I feel like my hair is doing poorly.

After I wash, I condition with a leave-in (I’m fond of the t-tree leave-in by parnevu), and oil my scalp/hair afterwards.  I rarely blow-dry it, I try to keep it so the only heat it sees is after a relaxing.

I tie every night with two scarves, because I can’t wrap my hair. 🙁  

When they don’t upset my stomach, I also take a hair/skin/nails vitamin.

My hair is pretty awesomely nice, if I may say so myself, I’d say it’s gone from about chin length to shoulder length in about a year.  

I’d like to get a hooded dryer, but I am too cheap to spend the money on it.  

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