Friday, August 21, 2009

Countdown to MBL ... Let's Grow!

A new series documenting my journey to longer, healthier hair. It'll take coconut oil, twists, low manipulation, and internal health to get there! I've got 30 weeks.

WEEK 1/30

The coconut oil prepoos seem to be working well already. My ends feel stronger than before I started them. Twisting on dry hair has also decreased my knotting and tangling.

I joined a twist challenge that starts in September. It will give me the motivation and accountability I need to maintain this protective styling routine. The challenge should also be loads of fun!

This Sunday I continue my new weekly washing routine so that MBL can be a reality in thirty weeks:

- Prepoo with Coconut Oil for 20 minutes
- Wash with Creme of Nature (green bottle)
- Condition with V05 for 5 minutes
- Rinse 80-90% of the conditioner out
- Seal with Coconut Oil and homemade Whipped Shea Butter mixture
- Airdry
- Re-twist (big twists) on dry, stretched hair the next day & wear for the week
*EDITED: I now retwist every 3-4 weeks

I normally detangle with a comb 1x a month or so, but now I'm aiming for a no comb routine. We'll see how that goes.

This Sunday I also need to restock on wild salmon, red lettuce, and carrots.


Marilie said...

What's in your whipped shea butter mixture? I'm mixing shea butter and coconut oil right now, with a few essential oils. I'm getting my ends trimmed tomorrow, so I'll be on a quest to retain some length after that. Good luck with your challenge! I'm going to check back periodically.

Anonymous said...

Lets know how the no combing goes.
If this routine goes well for you does that mean no more DCing?

Loo said...

@ Marilie: Just shea butter and safflower oil. Your mix sounds really good! Thanks and good luck with the trim.

@ Anonymous: Will do! Yep, no more DCing if it goes well. Since the whipped shea butter and the coconut oil are natural conditioners, I think they'll be sufficient ... but we'll see.

Anonymous said...

hey girl -- finally I am checking out the blog more regularly -- you got some great stuff here! I will be adding you to my list of blog strolls :)

I want to come on board the MBL train!! Will update when I transition out all these teeny braids!