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    What is your routine and what do you think is the most important part of it that helps you retain growth? Have you ever experieced problems with growth retention. How did you fix the problems?

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    Well my hair is about 13inches long, and my hair is locked. It was about 11inches before I loced it, and it was a hand full. Beautiful but time consuming for my schedule, so I've been loced for about 2 1/2 years, and loving it. What I did when I had loose hair to cut down on breakage, is:

    1 comb while in the shower, with the water running troug my hair. I also used aloe vera gel b/c of it's slippery texture, and found that combing was so much easier.

    2.Condition, condition, condition!( and hot oil treatments)

    3.When my hair seemed to slow down in groeing, I quickly found out that my diet needed some fine tuning( lots of fruits and veggies.) and to stimulate growth, I would message my scalp everyday.

    Hope this info helps....

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    I just hit 12 inches. For me, protective styles are very important. If I wear my hair out every day, it gets dry unless I also rinse it everyday. I don't have time for that, so I keep my hair in twists 99% of the time. I've begun experimenting with other protective styles too. Using a conditioner that agrees with my hair is also important - it must have LOTS of slip so I can detangle with minimum stress (on me and my hair). Although I love experimenting with new stuff, I try to use products with natural ingredients or butters like shea and shealoe.

    I also stay away from heat and color. The way I see it, if I color my hair I'll have to either keep coloring it, or cut off the color-treated hair at some point. However many inches of hair you have when you color, your gonna have to chop off those inches or keep coloring it. Since I don't want to lop off 12 inches of hair in the future, it doesn't make sense for me to dye it. Plus, hair color dries the heck out of my hair (I'm talkin straw) - I know this from my permy days.

    My diet isn't always the best, but I stay away from fast food like Micky D's etc. I eat lots of broccoli, garlic, red and green peppers (I put those in almost everything from eggs to whole wheat pasta). Eat salads when I can. I try to take my multivitamin regularly. I'm horrible about drinking water, but 8 glasses a day is good for your hair and body in general (I'm trying).

    ETA: I almost forgot - exercise gets your circulation going and is good for your scalp as well as your heart.

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    I hit 12'' today...I suddenly felt like measuring the tiny twist and BAM 12 inches. The changes I plan to institute are: no more puffs for 3 days in a row, more deep conditioning, and more scalp massage.

    The thing I do regularly are: only detangle in the shower w/ a conditioner that has excellent slip (no more suave, my hair now laughs at it), scalp massage, and prenatal vitamins.

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    My regiment:

    *I put no heat on my hair(what so ever). NO coloring\\blow drying.. NOTHING

    *I condition wash my hair atleast 3x a week if not everyday sometimes(always finish with a leave in and an oil to keep the moisture in)

    *Mollyp condition atleast once a week

    *Comb hair 1x a week when its drenching wet(and in eight BIG sections) with tons of conditioner and the comb slides right through and I bearly lose any hair(just the shedding hair)

    *Mild protein treatments and hot oil treatment(every 2 weeks maybe)

    *Moisturize every day(2x a day usually w\\ an oil)

    *Shampoo/Clarity about 1x a month

    *I try to keep my hands out my hair(hard sometimes b/c i love playing with my hair but sometimes im successful)

    *I exercise and eat really healthy

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    My regiment:

    *I put no heat on my hair(what so ever). NO coloring\\blow drying.. NOTHING

    *I condition wash my hair atleast 3x a week if not everyday sometimes(always finish with a leave in and an oil to keep the moisture in)

    *Mollyp condition atleast once a week

    *Comb hair 1x a week when its drenching wet(and in eight BIG sections) with tons of conditioner and the comb slides right through and I bearly lose any hair(just the shedding hair)

    *Mild protein treatments and hot oil treatment(every 2 weeks maybe)

    *Moisturize every day(2x a day usually w\\ an oil)

    *Shampoo/Clarity about 1x a month

    *I try to keep my hands out my hair(hard sometimes b/c i love playing with my hair but sometimes im successful)

    *I exercise and eat really healthy

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    My regiment:

    *I put no heat on my hair(what so ever). NO coloring\\blow drying.. NOTHING

    *I condition wash my hair atleast 3x a week if not everyday sometimes(always finish with a leave in and an oil to keep the moisture in)

    *Mollyp condition atleast once a week

    *Comb hair 1x a week when its drenching wet(and in eight BIG sections) with tons of conditioner and the comb slides right through and I bearly lose any hair(just the shedding hair)

    *Mild protein treatments and hot oil treatment(every 2 weeks maybe)

    *Moisturize every day(2x a day usually w\\ an oil)

    *Shampoo/Clarity about 1x a month

    *I try to keep my hands out my hair(hard sometimes b/c i love playing with my hair but sometimes im successful)

    *I exercise and eat really healthy

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    sorry about the triple posts.. grrr

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    No heat
    No coloring

    I no poo once a week i add some oil in my conditionner ( jojoba oil , olive oil, and glyceryn)

    I try to wear protective style most of the time.

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    I've got between 12 and 14 inches... and through out my natural Marian I have learned that minimal products work for me...

    -I mostly no poo, but shampoo with no SLS/ALS shampoo everyone other week (either cream of nature or breakthrough)

    -Moisturize: shea butter, olive oil, wild growth oil, hot six oil

    -Trim every 3-5 months

    -Detangle well after every wash

    -No color

    -No heat (haven't straighten or blown my hair out since going natural) [if I need to stretchmy hair, which is rarely I put my hair in large twists and let air dry or sleep under a bonnet dryer on low...my hair is super thick]

    Oddly enough my hair laughs at suave now as well, so i'm still discovering a GREAT conditioner, but Aussie MOIST is the BEST!!!

    HTH, smooches and blessings
    ~*ChocoL8*~

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    I got real past shoulder thick natural hair, anyway ive also learnt that the less i use the better. so i shampoo and condition with a pure aloe vera set which contains nothing harsh at all, all natural and i use africa`s best lotion the creamy one and thats it. oils and stuff dont work for my thick hair at all, only creamy lotions

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    Oddly enough my hair laughs at suave now as well,...

    my hair is only 6 inches and it's been laughing at suave since I did the bc. I want to stop using Pantene now, does anyone have any other suggestions...

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    my hair when stretched is past mid back at the moment. I mostly:
    -shampoo weekly
    -deep condition 2x a month
    -moisturize as needed especially the ends
    -no heat
    -good diet, multivitamin and lots of exercise
    -and the most important step that i feel helps me retain lenght is avoiding and preventing excessive breakage by detangling only with conditioners that give lots of slip in addition to minimal combing and brushing.

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    What is your routine and what do you think is...

    wow, i never really considered myself a "long haired natural" but it is over twelve inches long! ah, well...grass is always greener i suppose. ^_^

    my routine....i dont really have a routine, other than keep it clean and keep it outta my way i wash and deep condition once a week, and conditioner wash whenever the mood strikes me....i tend to stay in protective styles cuz their cute and im lazy.

    growth maintenance....i think the thing that helps the most is keeping clean and moisturized....and then the next on the list, is avoiding overmanipulation....its hard to deal with the hand in hair disease, but its alright if im not styling it every ten minutes.

    growth retention problems.....yeah, i still do....the hair in the front and on top of my hair still poses a problem...i have breakage in those areas and its hard to get it to grow with the rest of my hair. ive been adding protein to my deep conditioner and that has helped a lot (i keep meaning to do a full on protein tx, but i dont have a hood dryer and most call for that) and i just try to be more gentle with that area and pay extra attention to it when moisturizing...

    ETA: washing my hair in sections has saved me fistfulls of hair!!!! its so simple now! detangling is rediculously easy and i can actually get to my scalp this way!

    i notice a lot of you ladies have turned your back on suave (or rather, it turned its back on you!!!)...i can feel my hair going in the same direction, would you mind saying what conditioner youre using now??? i could use some suggestions.

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    Oh wow thanks for all this info. I also wanted to know, do most of you wash your hair once a week? and do most of you get regular trims? And if you wash your hair once a week how do you keep a protective style looking good? Ive recently started washing more often, and I just like ruined some twists I put in. it sucks, but I was thinking that water is better moisture than these creams i put on my hair.

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    i wash my hair either once a week or as needed....i know we've all done something to our hair that needed to IMMEDIATELY be washed out!

    personally, i LOVE rinsed twists! i shampoo my hair with my twists in and they always look good....i only shampoo my scalp, that is what im aiming to cleanse when i shampoo...so it never really poses a problem for my protective styles....

    i do not get regular trims....and am often reluctant to trim at all even when i need it, cuz i dont want to lose length....usually i will just snap out of it, stop actin dumb, and go ahead and trim my ends....i usually do this by just snipping off the scraggly ends of my twists.

    if you run into washing issues when you have twists in, it might be helpful for you to wash with a shower cap on...so that you can lather up and rinse and whatnot, without really messing up your actual twists.

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    my hair is only 6 inches and it's been laughing...

    I'm going to tell you my secret but don't buy up all of the Daily Defense Tender Apple. I buy it online. For my hair, that conditioner is the best hands down!

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    my hair is only 6 inches and it's been laughing...

    Whole Foods Market brand conditioner. the BOMB and $1.99 for 16oz. I buy 4 bottles at a time.

    Here's a link to the ingredients list:
    Whole Foods Conditioner

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    Oh wow thanks for all this info. I also wanted...

    When my hair is not in twist I CW every other day, and when in twist I do it once a week. I only use my biotin shampoo if my scalp is really itchy. About the twist, I usually wind up making a twistout from the twist the next day if completly dry. If I just need to freshen the scalp then I would use witch hazel.

    I'm not going to trim my hair until I find someone I trust, I have been seaching for about 1 year. There are too many friends of mine that have fallen victim to scissor happy stylist.

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    Leaving my hair alone during the week, wearing twist fro's on the weekends, taking my vitamins faithfully every day and keeping my hair moisturized and my end moist has contributed bra-strap length of hair and I want it longer..at least 5 inches past bra strap by Dec. 2005.

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    I want long hair again too.
    I BC'd in Jan '05

    I'm still in denial, I renewed my drivers license and deliberately kept the old picture with shoulder length hair.

    I do NOT miss the toxic shock treatments from the creamy crack. But I real do miss the length and pinning my hair up.
    I actually feel sexier with longer hair, especially when I put it in creative twistd buns and knots.

    I'm gonna get long micros just so I can wear my hair in a bun the entire summer.

    Crazy HUH!!!!!

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    i didnt realize i was a "long-haired" nappy until now. wow... ^_^

    well, i wear twists for a month at a time normally. during the month i no-poo maybe once every week and a half. i trim my hair as needed. when my twisted ends are all scraggly, i chop em off. sometimes i get happy with the blowdrier and end up having to trim more hair and sooner than id like, but oh well...it grows back. i like showing off my huge hair, so i pay the price . i deep condition once a month if im wearing twists and twice if ive blowdried. the only time i wear my hair out in fros/puffs these days is when i blowdry it, which is only once every 2-3 months.

    twists are the best hairstyle, EVER. the lazy hairstylist in me just loves em and there's very little breakage.

    oh, my hair is around 14" i guess, but im sure i wouldve retained a lot more length if i hadnt of been wearing it "out" so much last year.

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    My hair is between 12 and 14 inches long.

    -I do hot oil treatments every other week with evoo and few drops of rosemary EO

    -Condition wash with VO5 lime & kiwi once a week; yes, it gets the oil out from my treatment

    -Detangle and condition with Pantene R&N or Pantene HC. However Pantene has added amino proteins which do agree with my hair. I plan trying Jessicurl Too Shea when I run out of the old formula.

    -I mainly wear twists either done on damp hair or blowdried hair. I do blowdry every now and then using a comb attachment and a low heat setting and have had no problems.

    -I try to trim regulary but never keep track so I just trim when my ends get scraggly.

    HTH

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    I need to measure mine soon. I haven't measured for a year nearly. The last time the strands were 16 inches gently stretched to measure. I hope that I have retained my length which was the top of the bra strap, where the bra fastens. I did not measure from the crownm just the individual sections and strands.

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    I wear protective styles mainly. Now that it's warm I will probably wear a protective style for 3 weeks and a shake n'go for a week. I don't wear my hair out for longer than a week.

    I shampoo, detangle and deep condition once a month. I trim on an as needed basis which is usually seeing a raggedy end and snipping it while I'm twisting or braiding my hair.

    With my protective styles, I usually let them get slightly damp while taking a shower and use a moisturizing product on them daily or every other day.

    A sidenote, I have been looking for more albums of longer haired naturals but I see most of you don't have albums.

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    I wear protective styles mainly.* Now that it's warm I...

    im always all over your album!

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    A sidenote, I have been looking for more albums of...

    I have too. Who do you have in your list? Maybe i'm missing some people.

    I've been looking at: your album, Nikki, kitschyhippie, tiggertails74 (even though she is loc'd now),IRRISISTABLBTCH,AnaisKarim (I know, she has locs too but she also has some pictures of her loose hair),Peachtree,Chicoro and Nay. Those are people on my fotki friends list.

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    I have 12-13 inches of hair, which I mostly keep in twists for a week. Then I'll do a twistout and rinsed puffs for a few days. I also do box braids with my own hair, buns, and ponytails for variety. I do conditioner washes every few days depending on the season, and I'll use shampoo about twice a month. I use unrefeined shea butter for moisturizing my hair (great stuff) and I add essential oils to my conditioner (rosemary, rose, lavender, jasmine, etc.) I find that after almost 4 years my routine is simpler. I use my staple products, I keep manipulation to a minimum and I wear protective styles.

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