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Protect Ya Ends Challenge Results

At the beginning of this year, I signed up for the Protect Ya Ends Challenge, hosted by Black Girl, Long Hair. Here’s how I did:

January 2, 2o12, starting stats and goals:

  1. Ending Point: 19 months into a 2 year transition. Total length of hair between 9-11 inches
  2. Crown Length: 7 inch new growth, 3 inches relaxer, Back: 7 inch new growth, 1-2 inches relaxer, Front-Side: 7 inch new growth, 3 inches relaxer
  3. Goals for March 31, 2012: Growth, Moisture, and Length Retention, and hopefully to achieve more creative protective styles

PYE: Week 12

P.Y.E Week 12

So today is the next to last day of the challenge and I decided to use my freebie and wear my hair out! I couldn’t wait! Earlier in the week I wore this style, with the ends well protected.

Here’s the rundown for this week:

Sunday was beauty day and I did my normal routine. Monday, when I took my hair down to style it, I noticed that it wasn’t as soft as it usually is; in fact, the strand felt dry and rough. The only thing I did different was instead of using my normal homemade shea butter mix, I used the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Mask, as I was out of my own mix. I am thinking that maybe I didn’t seal in the moisture so the result is not the usual soft tresses, but a rough strand.

P.Y.E Week 9: The Big Chop Heebie Jeebies!

High Bun

It’s week 9 of the challenge and I’m still on travel so I’m still rocking my bun…I love it though!It’s full and big and easy; certainly not a style I have to sleep pretty to maintain. Tomorrow I plan to re-moisturize, seal and braid up my hair.  I am really excited about the end of the challenge. Normally, I wear my hair in protective styles, but I like having the freedom to wear it out when I want to.  I am getting the big chop  heebie jeebies! June 3o is right around the corner and I can’t wait to

P.Y.E Week 8

We are two months into the challenge. Up to this point, I have:

  • Consistently worn protective styles
  • Used one of two freebies to wear my hair in a non-protective style
  • Retained length
  • Discovered my fine hair can not tolerate elastic headbands that are too tight around my front edges
  • Tried a DIY flaxseed gel
  • Been experimenting with a new DIY deep conditioner (more to come on that one!)

P.Y.E Week 7: My “Crown and Glory” Hairstyle

PYE Week 7 Updo

Week 7! We are half way through the challenge and I am very happy with the results thus far! Though I can’t say I’ve plotted my growth, I can happily say I am still retaining the hair I do have 🙂

This week’s recap:

  • Sunday I did not get to wash my hair so on a whim, I did a co-wash on Wednesday
  • Experimented with creating flaxseed gel…more about that to come
  • Tried a new DC using Coconut milk…more about that to come

Protective Styling: It Ain’t Always Glamorous, But It Always Works!

Happy Hump Day!

In addition to being the first day of Black History month, this is also my 21 month Transitioning Anniversary, YAY ME!  Congratulations to all the transitioners who decided to take the plunge and transition to natural hair.  I hope your transition allows you to learn and love your hair, as I have during mine. Check out my tips for transitioners, present and future.

I found a widget to count down to my BC, which I have decided will be on Saturday June 30, 2012. Just in time for the Essence Festival in New Orleans!

BGLH P.Y.E: Week 5, Same As Week 4

Still Sporting the Same Style from Week 4

It’s week 5, and I’m still on travel for work, and I’m still rocking the same style from week 4. My style is convenient and easy. I’ve changed my style once since I’ve been on travel, and I’ve not had the need to change it since. Feeling my hair, I noticed it is a bit dry, however, I can wait until tomorrow night to re-moisturize and re-style my hair. I go home on Friday and Saturday I have a belly dance practice and  performance so I really won’t have time to re-style my hair before then. Sunday I will be doing my monthly Aztec Indian Clay wash. I can’t wait, as I’ve not washed my hair for two weeks, due to travel.

P.Y.E Week 4: Want a Successful Transition? Make Your Hair a Priority, PT 2

Protective Styling

This week was interesting, to say the least. I have been on travel all week and will continue to be through next week. In anticipation of this, my plan was to start my wash routine (pre-poo) on Saturday night. Unfortunatly, things didn’t work out that way.
On Sunday, I got started on my hair at about 10 am. There were a series of things that had to be done before I left home, including wash, condition, and Protective Style my hair. I began by using my Amla Oil pre-poo. Usually, I leave it on for at least an hour, but due to time constraints, I cut it down to 30 minutes and didn’t do a thorough finger detangle as I added the oil. I then used a cheapy clarifying conditioner to co-wash my hair, in sections, of course. Finally, I applied my ORS deep conditioning mix and covered with a plastic cap. Usually I let my deep conditioner sit for at least an hour…again, due to time constraints, I only left it on for 30 minutes. By this time it was 1 PM and I had 4 hours until my flight left, which meant I had roughly 3 hours until I needed to leave the house. After rinsing my conditioner out, I used a tee shirt to get my sections as dry as possible. I then proceeded to add my liquid leave in, followed by my creamy leave in, and finally my shea butter whip to seal in the moisture. By the time I finished braiding, I had about 3 braids to each section (12 braids total). I figured my hair wouldn’t be entirely dry in 2 hours, but I was hopeful. As the time got closer, I realized that I was wrong about my hair being at least 75% dry, despite the fact that I used the cotton tee to get as much of the water out of my hair as possible. I had to take some sort of action so I pulled out my old faithful hand dryer! I haven’t used this in at least 20 months, however, I figured this could move the hair drying process along. I set the temperature on medium heat, and ran the blow dryer along each braid. Unfortunately this only helped so much. I bit the bullet and took down my braids, which were only probably about 45% dry. I noticed immediately that my hair wasn’t as soft as it normally would be, had I done my normal routine.

Transition Natural Style: Buns

Protective Style: Repositioned Bun

It’s Thursday, and I not only re-moisturized my bun, but I also repositioned the bun!

I have been wearing a bun for almost two weeks now. Prior to yesterday, I’d not re moisturized, washed or conditioned my hair since my last wash day. I was being lazy really.

I posted my week 3 update for the challenge and received a comment from Natural by Nature:

“I love your bun, i was rocking this for a minute as well. Its one of my favorites. i often pin my to the side. I never actually take down the style and redo, but I do unroll the bun part, moisturize and tuck it back under”

P.Y.E: 1.15.12: Same Bun, Different Week

So uh…this is week 3 of the challenge, and I didn’t wash, deep condition, and restyle my hair this Sunday 😐 Shoot me! Guilty as charged! I have no explanation what-so-ever, other then the fact that I wanted to sit on the couch this weekend and honor MLK by watching old movies 🙂 I just really felt lazy and my hair was on my brain but I really didn’t make an attempt to do it. I did make sure to use my silk scarf, BTW 😉