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Staples

I'll list my staples here. Still a work in progress, meaning some things (like shampoo and DC's) I don't have staples for yet. I won't list anything that is still a maybe for me. It took me a while to experiment, and sometimes it took me running out of a product and not finding a suitable replacement.

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4 years post relaxer

December 3 marks 4 years since my last relaxer. I'll hopefully be making BSL this year. Retention is the name of the game this year. I bought a steamer to see if upping my moisture will help. I also started taking biotin a couple of months ago and will be adding msm, marine collagen, and silica

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3 years post relaxer

Can't believe I made it 3 years! Length isn't where I'd like so I'm doing a LOT more protective styling this year

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2 years post Relaxer

So I'm now 2 years post relaxer! I'm very pleased with my progress, although my growth rate and shrinkage gets to me at times. I feel like I've got the basics down so I'll be experimenting more with my hair (example I introduced henna into my regimen). My schedule got super busy so I finally got a routine where I can wash my hair as little as once a week. I wash/cowash/DC at night, put my hair in braids (12-16 braids) with just creamy leave in and seal with oil (no gel!), and do a braidout puff in the morning. I rebraid every night. Leaving out the gel actually allows me to go longer without washing. If my hair gets dry during the week I just spritz with some rosewater or shower with my hair uncovered so the shower mist gets my hair damp. The braiding at night keeps my hair stretched and I can do my usual puff in the morning. It's worked very well for my busy schedule for the last couple of months so I'm thinking I'll probably stick to this for the most part during my residency

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Big Chop and beyond

I transitioned for exactly 15 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days. I was hoping to go for 18 months but curiosity got the best of me. I'm so happy I did it. I was prepared for the shrinkage but it's still surprising to see how much more shrinkage there is without the relaxed ends weighing my hair down. I'm super excited to begin my natural journey and as soon as I get a regimen down I'll post it here

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Transition: Year 2

Dec 3, 2009 to ????

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Transition: Year 1

My last relaxer was Dec 3, 2008. I'm hoping to transition at least 18 months and BC latest at my 27th birthday on 12/12/2010. Maybe I should transition 4 years and BC 12/12/2012 lol. I have had the best progress when my hair was in braids so that will be my main method of transitioning. I will use half wigs and curly sets between braids

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Henna adventure #1
Feb 15, 2008

My first dabble into Henna. I like

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Henna Adventure #2

For this round of henna I did the same exact thing I did last time. Then right before I put it on my hair I added 3 tablespoons of Dabur Amla oil. This led to it being more brown than red. I like this color. My hair definitely feels amazing, I get no broken hairs when I run my fingers through my hair. I know henna definitely helps with thickness but I am still trying to figure out if my regular hair is thick or thin to begin with. Definitely will be doing this regularly. I have pictures from the day of and from 3 days later after I clarified.

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Cherry Lola Treatment

I used the treatment exactly the way she said on her site. The only thing I didn't like was how runny the yogurt became. The only thing I would change next time is I will add mayo or conditioner or something else to make it less runny

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Random Styles

This is where I post my random styles. I'm still learning everything but I'm getting a little better. The only constant is if I hate how a look comes out (usually bc my hair isn't long enough) I pin the ends under so you'll see that look with a few styles (braid outs, failed flexi-rods, etc)

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