Daily Archives: September 15, 2011

GOC Update: Luv.Lyfe

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Luv.Life (Seventh Wave) tells us about her efforts to combat dryness and excessive shedding.

My same old bun after a bit of finger detangling.

by Luv.Lyfe of My Lyfe My Growth

Here’s my update!

Fitness:

My fitness program has almost been nonexistent; however, I have kept up with good eating habits … for the most part :). Not much to say in this area, but I will get it together!  My fitness regimen will be improved by the next update!

Hair:

I have spent this time trying to learn my hair and I’ve done all that I can to get to know these strands of mine. I figure it makes sense to learn it before I can grow it to my goal length. Well this was a costly lesson. I have had to deal with some serious shedding and excessive dryness. I then read somewhere that shedding can be caused by dry hair.  Duh!!!! Well, it now made sense to me as I had noticed my hair was very, very dry. I attributed it to the henna treatments (I’ve done three in four weeks) and thought it came with the territory. Although I deep conditioned after every henna, my hair was always strawlike after each treatment. To combat the dryness, I deep conditioned and applied Kimmaytube, sealing with different oils (jojoba oil, coconut oil or olive oil), but nothing helped with the excessive shedding or the horribly dry hair I dealt with on a daily basis.

After reading the post regarding moisturizing to combat shedding, I decided to try something new until I find a good leave-in conditioner. I pre-poo with coconut oil, then co-wash with Aussie Moist or Herbal Essence Hello Hydration once or twice a week. It may sound weird, but I am using a shea butter and HE HH mixture as a leave-in and it has helped tremendously. Until I can find a good leave in, HE HH is working just fine this week.  I’m not sure if it will prove to be a benefit in the long run, but I love the way my hair feels now.
By the way, I am beginning to see the the effects of the henna.  Luv it!
Let’s grow!!!

A failed flat twist 😦

Back to my bun shortly after a co-wash.

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Glad you’ve found something that is working to restore moisture to your hair Luv.Lyfe! Did the dry hair start after you began using henna? If so, what type of deep conditioner and daily conditioner were you using? Were either protein-based? Those might contribute to dry, brittle hair. Also, not everyone does well with henna. But you indicated that you are starting to see the results! What are you experiencing?

Has persistently dry hair been your Albatross? Were you able to remove the bird from around your neck? If so, what do you think was causing the dryness and what did you do to fix it?
Do tell!! 

Hairscapades Featured on Become.com

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Check it out!!  Pocketchange, Become.com’s beauty and style blog, featured Hairscapades alongside A Complicated Melody on their Best of the Web spot today!! I’m so honored that they thought the content was good enough that they wanted to share it with their readers!! I am so loving the opportunities that are being presented and the doors that are being opened! Thank YOU all for your continued support and encouragement!! HUGS!!!

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GOC Update: Miss Leah

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Miss Leah (Fourth Wave) gets serious about her weight loss goals with a visual aid!

by Miss Leah of A Diamond Through the Fire

Ok here goes! I wasn’t going to do a formal update until next month and here lies the explanation of that:

O m g  I t s  S E P T E M B E R

WOW… September crept up on me and said BOO! I promise I thought it was August 31 today, boy was I wrong! Oh well welcome September. New Beginning. Month 2 of my GOC. I thought about doing a length check, but just like hopping on the scale every morning to see if you lost weight, I think its better to spread out the checks. I don’t want to be disappointed if I haven’t retained anything. I’ll just keep up my regimen and hope for the best!

*Wedding Update*
New month brings new challenges. I am currently looking for places to host our reception!! Yeaaaa I’m offically planning my wedding. I am so excited to finally get started. I will be making a lot of things for the wedding and of course I’ll be posting them up here :).

*Hair Update*

I did a cowash and DT last night with my henna placenta. I rinsed this morning and put some leave in condish in and two strand twisted it up all over. Right now I got some bantu knots in. I’ll take them down this weekend and see how fluffy I can make it. I’m all about the fluff!

I plan on doing a length check at the end of the month.

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As far as weight is concerned Ive decided to create a chart and the explanation is below:

G O C   W e e k   4 ! !
Wow I have reached my fourth week mark for my Grow Out Challenge…
In this time I have accomplished:

  • 2 cm hair growth
  • Created a new way to DC
  • Ummm
  • And ummm yeah so what happened was…

Yeah I slacked and didn’t keep up a regular routine like I wanted to. What I have been doing with my hair has been working so I can’t complain much. I wanted to incorporate some more protective styles in my hair but my time has been short…

In this time of my weight loss challenge I have:

  • Cut down on my gummy candy indulgence 😦
  • Attempted to drink only water… still working on that!
  • Cut out red meat (stupid cycle had me craving all kinds of red meat this month!)
  • Worked out on a semi-consistent basis (much better than before the WLC)
  • Decreased my portion sizes significantly! Breakfast and lunch are small, Dinner is medium
  • Lost couple lbs (gained them back lol doggone fluctuating weight!)
  • Documented my daily intake on my food tracker app. 1600 allowance for cals per day

Someone once said in order to created habit you have to do it religiously for at least a month so that your body will get use to it and begin to do it without knowledge. I really should have been more persistent with my regimen and going into this fourth week I have a new motivation. A good friend of mine, JS, told me that I should keep track of my weight loss with a chart! DING! Bell went off! I’m a visual person so I would love to see my progress on a chart. Kind of like a “raising money chart” where you color in the graph as you receive money. That’s my project for the day (even though I should be doing my summer house cleaning… doggone ADD got me doing fifthtyleven things at once lol).

I only have to loose 20 lbs by December… Its not that hard… I need to get off the laziness and make it happen! Wooo Hooo for week 4!!!!

I have started charting! I only drink water (5 bottles a day) and occasionally milk (few and far between lol). I cut my portions down and have been eating more smaller meals during the day.

Check out Miss Leah’s motivational post, Im CHARTING! for more details on her new health and fitness regimen! And, she also a creative little thing, so prepare to be impressed by her craftiness ;)!

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Wait, what?!?!  You made this chart Miss Leah?!?! Is this a paper chart or digital?! It’s awesome!

Hmmm, if this is digital, maybe you can make one for the GOC where we can chart our weight loss (or lack thereof … or, perish the thought, GAIN!) as a group!! Like, we add all of our starting weights together and then where we want to be at the end of the challenge and chart our progress towards that goal!! How’s that for motivation?!?! We fail or succeed as a team! What do you guys think?!

Chicoro’s “Lead Hair” Theory?

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This is not lead hair. It's a long layer and varying shrinkage. It just worked to illustrate this post:).

Things that make you go, “hmmmmmm … .”

A few weeks ago, I came across a post from Sweet Afro Hair referring to Chicoro’s theory of “lead hair” with a link to this thread on Long Hair Care Forums (LHCG) illustrating the phenomena. The thread on LHCF begins with two pictures of a woman’s hair taken 5 months apart. The first is a picture of her hair illustrating what appears to be a seriously thinning perimeter. The second is of her hair five months later where the perimeter appears to have filled in at the longest length from the prior picture!! WHAT THE … WHAT?!?!?!

I was immediately intrigued and started googling!! It seems that this “lead hair” theory was propounded and explained by Chicoro in her book, Grow It: How to Grow Afro-Textured Hair to Maximum Lengths in the Shortest Time. However, I was not able to find much online explaining the thought/science behind it except the following:

from Long Hair Don’t Care:

LHDC: Yeah, I like to use Chicoro’s method of trimming. She calls it the goal point or length based method, I think. Bascially you let your hair grow (regardless of what the ends are looking like) until the bulk of your hair reaches your goal length. BUT the lead hair (the strands of hair that are the longest) shouldn’t be longer than about 2-4″ than the bulk of your hair.

She advises to set small goals and once you reach them cut all your hair evenly and start all over again…

I hope that makes sense. I figured since she has hair down to her behind, she knows what’s (sic) she’s talking about LOL!

But the fact is that hair grows unevenly…so who’s to say tht (sic) the shorter lengths are due to breakage and not because your hair grows slower in that area? I also think that trimming is just for aesthetics…but that’s JMHO.

I also found this thread on LHCF. In the first LHCF discussion linked above, everyone seems to firmly believe in “lead hairs.” But, in this second thread, the premise is met with deprecation, with many adamantly against the concept. However, I must say, the young woman who began it was asking about whether the longer strands of her hair looked like “lead hair” or breakage and, ultimately, it did appear to be very bad breakage. I can easily understand why some disbelieve this theory as it may be used as an excuse to hang onto longer, damaged, thinning hair for the sake of length.

That being said, I am thoroughly fascinated with this concept!!! I don’t have enough information, proof or “scientific evidence” to entirely believe it yet. BUT, I think that it is something that could be easily proven or disproven … at least, to one’s self! Something that I do believe is true is that hair on the same head can grow at different rates. You get your hair cut in a blunt cut and a few months later, it’s longer, but rounded or one side is longer than the other. I know that my right side seems to grow a little faster than my left. I also have been wondering if the thin layer that I had cut off at the beginning of the NC.com GOC in February is returning. However, since I haven’t straightened my hair since last October and have no intention to do so anytime soon and my nape hair is almost straight and always hangs longer than my curlier crown, I’m not a good “candidate” to test this theory.

However, I was thinking that one  of YOU might be willing and able to do it over the course of our challenge, which has 5 months (well 4 1/2) remaining! I think whoever wants to test the theory would definitely have to begin with an even perimeter as the “control,” though obviously it does not need to be full thickness. This would need to be evaluated on fully straightened hair (not flat ironed per se, but a blow out at least). If the perimeter is irregular, I think a cut/trim is definitely in order to even it out at the longest point. Also, any split or damaged ends need to be eliminated. It’s important that the ends are examined and appear healthy. Then, a length check tee shirt or, at least, a shirt marked with the starting points is needed and should be used for the initial, mid-point and final length checks on straightened hair. I say starting points, because I think the full thickness line needs to be marked as well as the longest/thinnest layer. Search and Destroys to remove splits and knots must be employed as a preventative measure, but no trims other than the initial evening one. Photos at 3 intervals would be necessary: one in September, one approximately 60 days later (mid-November) and one at the end of January. Finally, I was initially thinking that the individual’s hair should be in good health with limited to no breakage, as far as they can tell. However, this may not be entirely necessary as one could also determine if the hair is breaking or growing during this process. If the long hairs shorten to meet the bulk of the hair or the entire length of hair becomes shorter: *ding, ding, ding* … breakage! If someone wants to do this because they are trying to figure out if they are experiencing breakage, maybe we could have two volunteers: one with healthy hair, one with ends that are “suspect;)?”

So, what say ye? Is anyone interested in being a “guinea pig” for our little lead hair experiment?

Have you heard of this theory? Are you for or against and why?

(p.s. If anyone has the book and wants to provide us with a little more information behind this idea, go for it! Because, you know, I’m being cheap trying to find the info for free online as I have no plans of buying the book anytime soon ;).)