Tuesday, June 28, 2011

3in6: Back to Twists

See "3in6 Challenge" details here.

The box braids were a success!! I wore them for 5 weeks and spent a few hours taking them down. The removal process was not bad at all; I think it helped that I made the braids big. As I anticipated, the braids did not age or shrink as much as twists.  So, I am a new convert to box braids? Somewhat. I'm still in love with twists but will incorporate box braids from time to time.

How are you all doing this month?

7 comments:

  1. lol I'm a braids girl with the odd twists so glad you liked them too. They do have greater staying power.

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  2. I'm not a great braider but the longer I am natural the more styling options I'm learning to do. And I honestly feel so much liberation from having to go to a stylist for every little thing. Maybe one day soon box braids will be another style I will master.

    As for the challenge I've added B12 to my daily vitamin. I've been dealing with exhaustion for the past few years, ever since I did grad school. And I've heard B12 deficiency can cause this. So I guess we will see. And with my hair I've moved to bunning. Its low maintenace, my hair isn't "out" and my ends are protected. Plus I don't get the sore scalp that I was experiencing with flat twists, twists and braids pinned up into a bun. Hopefully the bunning still counts as protective styling.

    I really can't believe the 6 months for this challenge will be over so soon. Time sure does fly. But I'm pretty positive that I will continue with the challenge through the end of the year. Thanks for initiating this challenge.

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  3. OOPS I cheated, I used heat on my hair this past weekend. I wanted to stretch it and didn't want to wait. I deep conditioned before and used a heat protectant. The good news is my hair has grown pretty well, the broken areas are filling in nicely hooray! I was able to see that more clearly with it stretched
    . My hair hates heat, it was so dry and brittle afterward. I will not be doing that again any time soon, maybe never! (never say never lol). I have my hair in combo flat and individual two strand twists, I had no problem maintaining twists for 4 weeks but I was very bored. That's cause Iack creativity, shout out to you tube naturals for great style ideas. I will also be keeping up this routine beyond 6 months, thanks for the challenge!

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  4. I'm with Jc-- I do more braids than I do twists. And, I do them pretty big, usually between 8 and 12-- definitely what many would call the infamous "Miss Celie" size of plaits. They stretch my hair better than twists, but if I go smaller then the takedown is a nightmare. I also twist the last inch or so, which helps a reduce some of the tangling on the ends during takedown.

    As far as the challenge goes, I fell off the wagon for a stint, and had a brief love affair with my hair. I discovered that I've grown quite a nice amount of hair since last June when I first began to actually care for my hair properly, and I was so excited with my progress I went ham on braidouts and twistouts from mid-May to about mid-June. But, the frequent manipulation required to live the twistout life had to end, and I came back to my senses.

    I just put in some kinky twists yesterday, which I'll keep for 4-6 weeks. I did them fairly large, about 30 twists in all. I wasn't sure I'd like them so big, but I actually love it and think it's way cuter-- and quicker-- than the smaller kinky twists I've done in the past. (I guess I'm just a girl who likes big braids and big twists!) It feels so good to be back on track and to have my hair "put away," so I can get back to a'growin!

    One more month, friends! I can't wait to hear how everyone fares at the end of the challenge.

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  5. @Jc: They sure do. :o)

    @thecandyshoppe & Sankofa: Thanks for checking in ladies, and you're welcome! :o)

    @Nefertiti: Thanks go for checking in! Good for getting back on track. :o)

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  6. I'm wishing I didn't have so much breakage to get rid of during my challenge so I could see some true retention...but i'm glad my hair is somewhat healthier although i keep seeing splits....sometimes I feel like just taking a hefty trim and then starting from there..i mean I don't have numerous small strands but it just annoys me when I think I got them all and the next time I am twisting I find more somewhere.

    For this last month, I intend to continue with my two strand twists and I also want to continue with my own challenge till the end of the year to make up for the setbacks I had.

    I'm seriously considering a wig/weave to see if completely covering my hair with the appropriate regimen will help.

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