A month and a half later and I have a ton of new growth. I took out the braids on the side last week because they were way too fuzzy. I detangled my hair, then washed and deep conditioned all of it, for a few hours.
Then I took a week to put my braids back in!
Anyways, I have slacked on my coffee and sulfur oil over the past 2 weeks, but I have began using the sulfur oil again as of yesterday.
Again, its been a little over a month and I think the amount of growth I have is awesome for that amount of time!
At this point, I am not going to take shaving my head off of the table. However, I am going to try and see how well I can keep the hair up and just cut it as it grows. This will be a big challenge for me if I can actually pull it off and still have decent looking hair.
Its so funny that when I see my hair, I immediately go, "ughhh... This is BS! It looks horrible!!". But I recorded a vid in Nov. of me washing my hair just to see what it really looked like and also for comparison later and my hair really does not look that bad!!
I was actually really surprised how good it looked. But the thing is, since I am used to my hair being super thick from root to tip, and that the thinness is due to shedding and breakage, I am just really unhappy with my hair right now.
I hate setbacks and that is what is eating me up the most.
But we all have setbacks and I am rambling, so I am going to just leave it with this.
My biggest challenge with my hair this year will be, getting past this setback, growing the hair back out the way I want it to be, and keeping consistent.
After a good 3 months of consistently wearing my acrylics it was time to take them off. To remove them I filed them down instead of soaking them off, because soaking is a little time consuming.
I then buffed my natural nails smooth with a fine turtle board so that they would be ready to take the polish.
I used these 3 Essie nail polishes. The first one is a strengthening base coat which I applied generously because after so long in acrylics my nails were very soft and weak.
I used 2 coats of the next one. I do not know what it is called but it is a sheer creamy color which I love. you can see above that even with 2 coats it is very sheer.
Lastly I used 1 coat of the last. This one is called Sheer Pearlfection. I LOVE this color! It gives the nail a beautiful pearl finish. I like putting these types of polishes on top of others for that extra kick.
I'm going to try to avoid acrylics for a little while, because I cant type with them on and over time they are not very good for the natural nail.
Essie polishes have become my favorite polishes! Even though they are a little expensive they have been the only polishes I can wear for a few days without any chipping! Everything else I have tried chips within a few hours!
I'm the kind of person who prefers it when her coat, shoes, and purse match. I LOVE Guess coats. I had one before and this year on a recent trip to TJMax I saw this one and completely fell in love!
Its kind of dressy but casual at the same time. Its a military style which can button up to the collar. It cinches in at the waist and flares out at the bottom. Plus, it has this awesome ruffle thing going on in the front which makes it look really girly and cute! Its a dark grey color which I thought was perfect because I have been obsessed with black coats for so long. Change is good!
I picked up a nice grey leather shoulder bag an was on the look out for some really cool gloves and boots to go with it.
I found 2 really cute pairs of boots. One was a little more dressy and the other which matched with the coat and bag Perfectly!! The second pair (pictured below) ended up being one of my xmas gifts because I raved about them to a family member after the first time I saw them at Marshalls. Luckily the next time they went back they had them in my size :) Muchas Gracias!!
I bought a new coat by Guess which I absolutely love and when I went to get leather gloves that matched I was disappointed that none of them fit.
I learned how to crochet many years ago and was taught by my grandmother who I miss dearly, so I decided to make a pair myself.
So I went to Michaels which is usually way too overpriced and surprisingly they had the perfect yarn on sale! I got a few bundles and got to work!
For the Scarf/hood I started off with 103 chain stitches and slip stitched the ends together to make a round.
I single crocheted the entire first row. I then did doubles continuously until I was satisfied with the size. On 3 rows I ch3 every 6 dc so that there would be an alternating opening, creating an interesting and simple design.
When I was done with the base I gauged where I wanted the actual hood to start and end. I then dc in rows going across till it almost reached the top of my head, decreasing as needed so that it would fit right. I then closed the top by sticking 2 rows of dc kind of half way across so that when finished the hood wouldn't come to a funny looking point.
For the gloves I did the following:
2 rows of 22dc
Next row increase twice making 24dc total
ch2 & continue with 24dc
ch 2 & do 1 row of 18dc leaving a space for the thumb hole. The beginning and end of this row joined w slst
3 more rows of 18dc and finish off w 18 sc around rim & hide ends
1 row of dc in thumb hole and 1 row of sc w ends hidden to finish.
Lastly I added a few rows of dc along the bottom to make a cuff.
I finally ran out of the first batch I bought so obviously it was time to make more. This time I thought I would do something a little different and interesting just to experiment.
I added Cayenne Pepper!!!!
I used 6oz EVOO and 2oz Castor oil for this and mixed in 1 teaspoon of sulfur and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder. Shook it up and we will see how this helps and if it makes much of a difference.
Why Cayenne, you ask?
Cayenne has been used successfully by others. It helps to increase blood flow to the scalp and in turn helps to boost the rate of growth.
Go ahead and plug this into Google search and you will find many articles on this. -> cayenne pepper scalp benefits We already know the benefits of sulfur oils for the scalp. Right??
For me it keeps dandruff away completely! i get zero itching when use this regularly and it helps to thicken my hair from the scalp and reduce my shedding
I am hoping that the two of them together along with everything else I am doing will help me to thicken my hair back up, eliminate my shedding, and hopefully I wont really have to chop off all my hair and start from scratch again. :)
I already have a ton of new growth and have been taking pics of the growth every week. I am going to redo the braids on the side and gauge from that the rate of growth and if there is any difference with the added cayenne.