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    I noticed all the posters expressing frustrations with the shorter fros and wanted to start a thread for shorter afro tips. What things helped you when you first chopped? What was your routine for the 1-4 inch range? What products did you use?

    Leave-in Conditioner- I relied heavily on B&B Castor Oil Moisturizer-white bottle with pink writing and top. It really helped for softness and dryness.

    Spritz- I had to throughout the day for my first 5 months. I prefer a braid spray like African Pride or, my favorite, Dark and Lovely Naturals Citrus Braid and Sheen Spray. I usually dilute half braid spray, half bottled water.

    Styling- my routine was two strand flat twist at night with shea butter or a leave-in, loosen in the AM and finger style, spritz or steam up in the shower for a textured look. Additional leave-in or shea butter can be applied. I put on a panty hose headband, scarf or other stylish headband and go. Flat twist/cornrow in front is really cute. Flowers or a cute barrete on a side part is also a nice way to jazz it up.

    Shampooing and conditioning- No sulfates! I like Cream of Nature-cheap or Elucence-not so cheap. After apply kemi-oyl, a leave in (B&B) and shea butter or shea butter pomade and let dry or style. I still do this with my mid-length hair. It just helps to feed my hair and let it get back to normal after washings.

    Mollyp conditioning- With a heat cap/hot towel, twice a month or more. Examples- Ion, Cholestrol, olive oil and honey.

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    I am sooooooo thankful that you started this thread. I have been burning with questions since I decided to let my TWA grow out.

    As far as the misting ..is it just to keep your hair moisturized? Is it okay to mist with conditioner and water or should I be using something else?

    Can you use the B&B as just a moisturizer or is it strictly a leave in?

    Should I mist my hair at night before wrapping it up or is that just overkill?

    Im not at the styling point yet, I just reached a little over a half inch. Im growing out from a baldie cut, so its a slow process.

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    Blackreign in my TWA days I used to mist with a combo water and suave coconut conditioner. It always stayed moist.

    I think misting at night is overkill unless you are going to twist or do some sort of out style.

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    I am sooooooo thankful that you started this thread....

    I used spritzing to maintain moisture levels in my hair. Conditioner and water mixed is fine, whatever makes your hair feel good to you. The B&B is water based so it can definitely be used for moisture. I agree with Afrikankween on the nightime misting being too much. I usually apply a little shea butter or leave in on my ends before wrapping up for the night.

    Good luck with your grow out.

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    I'm also growing my twa from the fade!

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    When i want some style i cornrow my 2.3-3 inches of hair at night after moisterizing it with some moisture maxx. then in the morning i spritz it just a little with some moisture maxx mixed with water, take the braids out then finger comb it and spray some isoplus locks and twist sheen spray on it.

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    Well if it helps at all for anyone I bought a water bottle and l mixed warm water jojoba , safflower and carrot oil and I mist with it daily before styling. And to define curls I use Curl activator gel with aloe vera(i practicaaly live by it !!!!!) grab the metal pick and lift the curls a little or else I may finger comb it and finger coil loose spots. I absolutley LOVE doing that! and I wash and deep condition once a week. I give a hot oil treatment with warm olive oil and Pantene Prov leave in oil moisturizer. I'm just now experimenting with oils (too broke to be a product junkie right now ) but I love the results and my hair is sooooo healthy

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    Great thread. I am in the gro-fro-out stage too, and I really just use shea butter, and an array of conditioning products. Thanks for the additional tips.

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    my twa is about an inch long. i don't use many products

    -shea butter product form organic root stimulater (trying to get pure shea butter tho)
    -tea tree/carrot oil (some cheap stuff at the beauty supply store, but pure oils)
    -just started using aloe vera gel
    -shampoo with aveda (i think it's a clarifying or something for chemically treated hair left over from permie days but really good)
    -condition with aveda revitalizing conditioner OR some cheap suave stuff for no pooing
    -styles i frequent are come coils and wet n' go (nothing to shake)

    >>>>this works for me and it's easy stuff<<<<

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    I'm at 4 inches (stretched) and I use the compact fro look. Basically, I start with freshly washed (I no poo) and conditioned soaking wet hair, I'll wrap a silk scarf around it (and put a sleeping cap on it to hold it down) and sleep on it. When I wake up, it looks like I have a twa, but its really a compact afro. I usually put shea butter and my glycerin spray on the hair and then I'm out the door. At night, I wrap it up again.

    Enjoy the day.

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    I shampoo and deep condition weekly. Daily I rinse and add some leave in and a protein sheen 2-3 times a week, at night I just go to sleep, if I am in the mood I might mist it with the leave in and put on a satin cap. As for styling, I wear a headband or use pins or click-clacks. At almost 3 inches all around I am not so comfortable wearing it without some accessory.

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    I'm at about 1/2 an inch in the top right now, my sides and back are tapered pretty low.

    Somedays I just thorougly wet my hair in the shower, some days I'll actually no-poo it - I'm currently using Avalon Organics Awapuhi (all natural) conditioner - got it at WholeFoods.

    I just bought Aubrey Organics Island Butter shampoo and cream rinse (all natural also) and I plan to wash on the weekends. Also using ORS deep conditioner once on weekends.

    I have to let shrinkage do it's work most days - when it's wet, I use Paul Mitchell's foaming pomade and don't finger comb or anything - that gives it a nice shine, helps hold my coils, and keeps my hair soft.

    Oh - and I've been using wondergro sheabutter at night - it's a nice relaxing routine right before bed. Rub in really good, tie with a scarf and that's it.

    So far that's working pretty good for me. I can't wait until I have more hair to play with - but I'm loving my twa!

    HTH

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    I have 3-4 inches, the middle is longer than the back and sides which really messes up my fro.

    So I cornrow my hair for a braid out. I found that when I braid under hand( or french braids) my braid outs are more defined.

    I also no poo and I do this about three times a week unless my hair is styled like it is now. The front is in flat twists and I roller set the back. This style usually lasts me about a week.

    I deep condition weekly, mixing jojoba oil in with my deep conditioner and I use acv as a final rinse.

    I spritz with either glycerin and water or olive oil and water. This keeps my hair soft with a slight shine.

    I'm also an accessory junkie can't go anywhere with out my headbands.

    Also, potion 9 keeps my ends really soft, shea butter and avacado oil work just as well and are not as pricey.

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    I just did a trim recently, so I have about 2 - 2.5".

    I'm not a heavy washer, so I don't no-poo. If I no-poo, then I would have to wash everyday to keep my scalp from being itchy, and a sistah just don't feel like it.

    Instead, I was once a week with a natural shampoo without SLS. I use either Dr. Bronners or Aubrey Organics.

    I deep condition with conditioner mixed with honey and oil. For conditioner I use Elasta QP's DPR-11, Lekair Cholesterol, or Pantene's Relaxed and Natural. For oil, I alternate b/w coconut, almond, olive, avocado, safflower, and whatever else I find at the store and want to try. I apply the mixture to my hair, put on a shower cap, and sit under the dryer for 20-30 minutes. If I don't have to go anywhere, then I wrap a large towel on top of the shower cap for a few hours. When I first had my twa, it was so dry so I would sleep in the conditioner mix. This helped so much.

    After I rinse the conditioner out, I do a final ACV rinse. I mix 2 qts. water with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. I pour this over my hair and do not rinse it out.

    To style my fro, I use Carol's Daughter Hair Milk and for shine, I use her Ecstasy Jelly. I don't pick or comb. Just pat the few stray hairs and go.

    To style my twists/coils/etc. I use pure shea butter from Nassab (the best, creamiest shea butter in the world). I spray morning and night with rosemary growth spritz. I make mine by mixing 4 oz. water with 10 drops rosemary eo, 10 drops tea tree eo. ETA: Now I a different spray bottle for morning and night. I mix jojoba and safflower oils in my bottle that I use in the morning. I mix amla and brahmi oils in the bottle that I use at night. The reason is because the oils at night stink something terrible!

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    for my twa days, shake and go did it for me. i'd wash with creme of nature extra conditioning shampoo. while i was still in the shower, i'd shake to let the curls form and for a moisturizer, i'd spray olive oil. that's it. when i wanted to pamper myself, i'd go to a stylist and have her do comb coils, but i'd have her use the root stimulator loc and twist gel. she looks like she gets offended but i can't stand that brown gel or anything that's going to make my hair hard and itchy. hth.

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    I'm at 3-4 inches, and the shake and go fro is my main style too. I alternate between flat twists in the front, hairline laid down with clips, PHHB, or an accordian headband (circular comb). I never just wear my fro "out" by itself yet.

    Because I have alot of shrinkage, after my hair has dried a bit, I'll take a pick and lift my hair from the roots to shape it up some.

    I've tried twists, and twist outs, but for some reason, they just don't ever come out right. I haven't tried comb coils yet, maybe soon.

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    Im still working on my product listing. I currently poo with creme of nature, and deep condition with Queen Helene Placenta hot oil; or aloe vera and honey. So far I have no poo'ed more than I have poo. I try to deep condition twice a week. . My hair is dense with tight coils. It is spongy to touch. What I have noticed is a daily amount of hair shedding. IS THIS NORMAL? AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG?

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    just wanted to...

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    thanks for the post sis

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    when my hair was that length, I would wear a puff or cornrows

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    The first few months I was natural, Care Free Curl Gold was a lifesaver! My hair soaked that stuff up. Now that my hair has gotten lonter, healthier and denser it just sits on my hair but when I only had a couple of inches curl activator was my holy grail.

    My routine was a daily conditioner wash with PHCC, Infusium was my leave-in and CFCG was my styling product.

    I still use ORS Hair Mayo and do a weekly deep conditioning with a heat cap. (Usually on Weds nights while watching "My Wife and Kids")

    My products have changed but my routine is still very simple. I can't remember the last time I used shampoo. I don't use alot of products so I don't have build-up.

    Right now I'm down to two daily products; my V-05 conditioner and a good leave-in.

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    In my twa days I washed once a week, rinsed daily or every other day with plain water or with conditioner depending on how my hair felt. I used Carol's Daughter Hair Milk and Thermasilk Shine & Shape gel. I clarified with an acv rinse as needed. When I wanted to spice things up, I'd wear finger coils. Pretty much I was happy letting my hair do its own thing. I didn't find out about deep conditioning and leave-in conditioners, etc. until I stumbled onto this site. Hmmmm...I miss my twa...

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    After an 8-month fling with the scissors, I've finally decided to stop messing with my 4b hair and let it grow out because I'm tired of having short hair and miss having 10-inches of hair to double-strand twist. I've been natural and a product junky since '98 and can you believe I've only just found products that work for me?! Right now I'm using:

    Cleansing-- Strictly Jessicurl Cleansing Cream; nothing else. This stuff has no sulfates or harsh surfactants and is so gentle. My hair always feels soft and like I did a conditioner wash after using this.

    Conditioning-- Jessicurl Too Shea conditioner after washing, Jessicurl Mollyp conditioner once a week or whenever I feel my hair needs it and Jessicurl Aloeba conditioner for my daily conditioner spritzes.

    Moisturizing/Leave in Conditioner--I just bought a jar of Oyin whipped pudding from our very own Honeychild and I have to say, this stuff is magic. I have dry scalp but I can never use oils--even natural ones, except for small amounts of jojoba oil-- because I get very sore and painful bumps on my scalp when I do. The whipped pudding moisturized my scalp and made my hair very soft and sheeny (is that a word?)

    As for my routine, I've found that daily rinses don't work for me, especially not in this cold weather we've been having. So I fill my spray bottle with bottled water, a few drops lavender oil, some jojoba oil and lots of aloeba conditioner and spritz my hair every morning. I also leave my hair uncovered in the shower for added moisture. I'm too lazy to do anything to my hair so I just leave it alone. I don't follow any particular cleansing routine, I wash when i feel like it, comb it whenever the urge strikes and basically let it do it's own thing.

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    Bump for kutekinks

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