JBCO Challenge Results and new milestone made!

Well I did a JBCO challenge for about two months and wanted to give a quick follow up.

The back of my hair grew … as it always does. I could not tell a difference it the amount of hair that grew.

My ultimate goal was to grow out the front where some pieces fall about chin length. Well, it grew out a bit, but not enough to make me happy.

I did have to dust my hair twice this summer, so maybe that hurt a bit. I am getting new growth in the front, so why I am not seeing much progress is beyond me. I am going to start taking more pictures and monitoring the front of my hair’s growth progress!

On another note, sans a few layers in the front and on the sides, I am officially full APL!!! Most of the hair on my head passes that line and I am claiming it!!!!!!!! WOO HOO!

Now onto BSB by the end of the year!!!!!!!! I have about .5 inches left!

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Wash Day (and an end to the Heat Break!)

Well, I could not take it any longer. I had not seen my hair straight for a month (I like my hair straight) and I wanted to make sure that the dusting that I gave myself did not jack my hair up. I should have had my hair straightened before I dusted, but hey … no harm, no foul, right?

I made an appointment at Ulta on Saturday for Sarah to flat iron my hair. That morning, I pre-pooed with a hot oil treatment under the dryer for about 40 minutes. I applied the oils to the scalp as well as to the length of my hair. I did not apply any conditioner.

I then proceeded to wash with a sulfate shampoo because I saw where the Alterna Overnight Repair contains dimethicone (that is a water insoluable silicone which can eventually damage your hair if you do not clarify enough or use sulfate shampoos), followed up by the usual Alterna moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. I deep conditioned with the Alterna 10 Hair Masque, Alterna Caviar conditioner and a tsp of Roux Porosity Control for about 45 minutes, followed by a final rinse of Roux and cold water.

I then proceeded to detangle and apply my normal leave-ins for a blow out. I blow dried my hair on cool and low (sigh, I have gotten lazy … I didn’t enjoy this at all!). I must say I was sooooooooo impressed with how thick it was!!!!! See??

I applied a little bit of grapeseed oil (for its thermal protectant properties), tied it back and headed to Ulta.

The flat ironing process was as usual! Hair turned out very nice! Sarah commented on how healthy it looked and what a decent job I did on dusting my ends! I have not been complemented for the health of my hair for as long as I can remember (if ever), so it was great to have my hard work validated!

Well, it has grown! Progress is continuing to be made! I am between the 6.5 and the 7 on my shirt … whoop whoop! I am also glad that I have a baseline in which to work towards my relaxer goals next month. I am still wanting the longest point to be at the 7 (or a little past is fine), but I am still going to be working on growing out the front and side layers with the JBCO challenge! I have a month … I think I can get a .5 inch of growth in!

So after enjoying wearing my hair down this weekend … tomorrow it is back up in the protective styles. Also, no more heat until the relaxer in 4 weeks!!!

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Wash Day (and a traumatic experience … )

Yesterday was Wash Day. For some reason, I felt the strong need to chelate (pronounced kee-late) my hair. This is when you use a shampoo to strip all minerals from your hair. Clarifying shampoos do not do this. You need a swimmers shampoo or a shampoo made for stripping minerals out of hair (commonly called chelators). This is helpful to do if you swim, have hard water or well water or get no-lye relaxers. Minerals left on your hair can rob your hair of shine, dry your hair out to the point where it is brittle and breaking.

I do not have hard water in my apartment (water in the Pacific Northwest is pretty good) and have not had hard water for years (according to The Science of Black Hair, Hawaii has some of the softest water in the country). However, I had a calcium based relaxer back in March (sigh … that horrible relaxer) and I did swim in the pool when living in Hawaii. I was worried that I had some old minerals left in my hair and felt that I needed to do it, just in case.

Knowing that chelators can strip all oils and moisture from your hair, I did a pre-poo that consisted of a hot oil treatment, EVOO, and some V-05. To make sure this penetrated my hair, I sat under the dryer with this for 45 minutes. Then I washed my hair with the Ion Solutions Swimmers Shampoo (bought at Sally’s for $5.49). I must say that my hair felt so much better afterwards! It felt light. I then washed with Alterna Caviar moisturizing shampoo, followed up by their conditioner. I did my normal Alterna 10 and EVOO steam treatment for about an hour. I sprayed in my Roux 619 to detangle and applied my normal leave-ins.

I noticed that I had a great deal of shedding, which is normal because I don’t manipulate my hair during the week and so all that shed hair has to come out some way. But that was not the bad part. I noticed several broken hairs. I am talking about the small ones that are the bane of my¬†existence¬†… I am talking about long ones. It was not many (but no telling how many came out when I detangled), but it was enough to make me worry a lot! I think that I need hard protein treatment this week. Since I have been wetting and moisturizing my hair almost every day, it could be getting a bit weak and mushy. I will co-wash and do this treatment on Wednesday evening. I think that will help.

For the most part, the hair air dried nicely. I dried it in a bun and it looks straighter and shinier today … I wonder if the swimming shampoo helped by removing all the crap from my hair?

Well Saturday marked the four week mark since I have used heat on my hair. I went to Ulta on Saturday and saw where they were doing free blow-outs! You know that I was so tempted … but I must keep going on this heat break. I have about 35 days until my relaxer. I am anxious to see the length change but I must be patient!

Here’s to healthy hair growth for the next month!

Length check!!

I had my hair down and wanted to take some pics in my length check tee. I am getting close to the 7 (my goal for my next relaxer in 2 months)!!

Remember 9 is BSL … So in my longest layer, I have three inches to go!

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GOAL MADE!

Back in January, I made the goal that my hair would be the length that is in this picture, which was taken back in January 2006. My hair was APL, which was the longest my hair had been in years. I lost this length due to the damage from color … (now if my skin would go back to being this clear … :o)

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Sorry you can’t see more of the length … Darn ruffles on my sleeves! I’m trying to hold them back!!