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Reply #90 - Nov 2nd, 2006 at 9:27pm
 
WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!  I DID IT AGAIN!!!!  

I was able to detangle my hair again without the blow dryer! This time, I began gently detangling in the shower, usually I wait until after I get out.  Afterwards, I patted my hair with a towel, easily re-combed and then put my hair into two damp plaits.  I'm not sure if combing my hair in the stream of water helped or if it was because I did it very quickly while my bathroom was still steamy. I did use a different shampoo, that could've been it too.  I don't know if I'll be able to do it again but I'll always make an attempt before resorting to the blow dryer.

Oh, and I found a home for all of the hair products that I felt didn't work for me after only one usage.  I sent them to my sister and her kids, they can't wait to try them.   So I'm happy that, that made them happy and I'm glad the products are not going to waste. Smiley
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Reply #91 - Nov 2nd, 2006 at 10:06pm
 
Congrats!  I vote for combing your hair in the shower as the method that helped the most.  That's how I detangle my hair.  Grin
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Reply #92 - Nov 2nd, 2006 at 10:29pm
 
Thanks Bikerbraid!  I guess I actually stumbled onto something good!  I'll try detangling in the shower from now on, hopefully it will work for me everytime. Smiley
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Reply #93 - Nov 5th, 2006 at 8:31pm
 
I was feeling so great today.
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Reply #94 - Nov 6th, 2006 at 9:00am
 
Hang in there!  You will have your long hair with time.  Keep taking care of it and it will grow to be long and beautiful.  Smiley
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Reply #95 - Nov 6th, 2006 at 11:15am
 
Hang in there women!  Bikerbraid is right, it just takes time.  What I would do when I started was put up my hair and not look at it. Even now I don't measure anymore and it has grown! Smiley
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Reply #96 - Nov 6th, 2006 at 6:46pm
 
Thanks ladies for the advice.  I know it just takes patience, patience, patience and of course good care!  

bikerbraid wrote on Nov 6th, 2006 at 9:00am:
Hang in there!  You will have your long hair with time.  Keep taking care of it and it will grow to be long and beautiful.  Smiley

Ahhh...I'm visioning my own long and beautiful hair *sigh* Smiley
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Reply #97 - Nov 17th, 2006 at 3:45pm
 
if only Michael Jackson would do a show, then I'd be REALLY happy!!
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Reply #98 - Nov 17th, 2006 at 5:37pm
 
Woooooot!! Another MJJ fan! You rock, sistah! hehehe  Grin

Have fun at the Prince concert - that guy plays a mean guitar when he wants to!

I haven't been to Vegas in awhile, so be sure to live it up & tell us about it when you get back.  Smiley
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Reply #99 - Nov 18th, 2006 at 1:48pm
 
Angel Spun  Yay for MJ fans!!! Grin  

Yeah, Prince is wicked on the guitar.  I can't wait to see him again.

Last week I almost had a major dissapointment with Michael though.  I heard that he was going to perform Thriller last week in London at the World Music Awards. I was desperately looking for tickets for the show, but couldn't find them.  Now, I'm SOOOO glad that I didn't get the tickets because he didn't even perform, it was just a rumor!  Geeze, I would've been so upset to fly all the way to London for nothing.

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I took my plaits out and to my surprise, detangling wasn't that bad afterall.  I did experience some breakage in the process however, but I'm sure that was inevitable. I just hope I remember to detangle in the shower going forward, I shouldn't have any breakage that way.  

This colder weather seems to be really hard on my hair, it's definitely more fragile and brittle, but I'm doing my best to combat it. One thing I'm trying is going oil free for a while, I'm thinking maybe until the spring. Oil is just not making my hair as soft as it used to and I think it may be because the cold weather is hardening it in my hair or something.  Anyway, I'm going to stick to my lotion type moisturizers which still seem to be working fine used alone.  

Also, I think I'm going to give myself a trim soon.  I'm not certain but I'll know for sure after I do my relaxer touch up in a week.  I may want to even my edges that may be a little uneven looking due to the breakage.  If I do trim, it won't be more than half an inch.  Although a half an inch is a whole months growth so, I'm leaning more towards not trimming.

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My dermatologist treating my alopecia basically referred me to someone else.  He said that the doctor he's referring me to is a hair loss specialist so maybe it was the best thing to do.  My alocpecia is pretty much the same.  No hair is falling out but I'm not having regrowth in those areas either, it's basically at a standstill.  It could be looked at as bad and it can be frustrating, but I always have to be grateful that it's not worse.  It's still not noticable and my hair is still really thick. There are some people with alopecia who are totally bald or most of their hair is gone,when I look at it that way, I can't help but feel really lucky and grateful.

I'm also trying to get into better shape before my Las Vegas trip.  I've been eating pretty healthy except for my recent sugar free vanilla wafer obsession which I had to stop.  I was literally eating whole packs of 27 in one day.  Theres no sugar, but theres still so much fat!  I've been exercising more on my elliptical,doing yoga and belly dancing.  I actually feel really great about exercising and good about my food choices.  I feel really good after a healthy meal of salmon and grilled vegetables as opposed to eating... well, I was going to say Mexican but just the thought of it now is giving me a craving. Cry  Oh well, once I get into the shape that I want to be in, then I will be able to have my Mexican (and my Italian and my Indian and my Greek) again, but only in moderation.

Just thinking about food is making me hungry, I'm going to go have a healthy snack now. Adios! Smiley
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Reply #100 - Nov 24th, 2006 at 1:20pm
 
I couldn't wait until Sunday to relax/wash my hair.  I was going insane because it simply felt like crap.  I know now that my problem is not oil, but the lotion stuff I was using so much of lately.  The whole thing does make sense now that I think of it.  I was using it prior to plaiting every night to 'set' my waves so I guess it had to make my hair somewhat hard/stiff to hold the wave pattern all day.  When I first began doing this however, my hair felt  soft and nice but it seems the more I applied the lotion the stiffer/harder my hair gets.  After my wash last night, I put my hair in a bun prior to going to sleep instead of plaits, using oil and laying off of the lotion, and I awoke this morning to soft hair for a change.  It's so weird because I don't know whats in the lotion that is making my hair hard and it didn't feel bad in the beginning. **shrug**

I decided not to trim, but decided to measure to get a jump start on my December measurment. Somehow it's exactly the same as it was in the beginning of this month 25.5",  I'm not sure how that's possible but, I'm not showing any new growth.  Maybe between now and the first I'll have a growth spurt and gain a half inch.Roll Eyes

The last time I washed prior to this, I felt I didn't do such a good job either washing or rinsing out my conditioner because I had flakes in the strands on the right side of my head.  Last night I had them even worse and noticed that my scalp is flaking really bad where I have alopecia, it looks like psoriasis.  This has happened before, I think it may just be that time of year.   Only thing is that the last time I recall this happening, I lost hair.   Hopefully I won't lose much or any hair at all this time.  I'll definitley be watching very closely.
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Reply #101 - Nov 26th, 2006 at 12:16am
 
I gave in and trimmed my hair.  I trimmed an inch, but it actually wasn't much hair at all.  My hair had broken off so much that the ends were very thin, so I cut them off.  I realize it was a set back since now I'm at 24.5 inches (just below bra strap) but at least now my ends are thicker and not just scraggle that I'm hanging on to simply to claim an extra inch.

I finally got my crocheted bun cover in the mail and I don't like it.  They even sent an extra one since they took so long to ship. Now have the task of finding someone to give them to.  I did see a gold one and I'm wondering if I'll like that one instead.

Oh well, I'll go reset my ticker now.

I was wondering what this does...  Pretty cool!! Smiley
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Reply #102 - Nov 26th, 2006 at 2:08pm
 
Now that you've had your trim, be sure to oil those ends and take care of them!  Hopefully you can go a long time before your need to have another trim.

Sorry the bun cover didn't work out for you. Undecided
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Reply #103 - Nov 26th, 2006 at 2:31pm
 
bikerbraid wrote on Nov 26th, 2006 at 2:08pm:
Now that you've had your trim, be sure to oil those ends and take care of them!  Hopefully you can go a long time before your need to have another trim.


Yes, my plan is to not do another trim for a LONG time.  Oiling and wearing my hair up more will benefit me greatly.   I think part of my problem was experimenting with too many different products that weren't good for my hair.  I need to keep it simple and stick to what I know works, like oil.  And on the plus side, not experimenting with everything I see will save money. Smiley


Nov 26th, 2006 at 4:15pm
I was just looking at the Hair Product ingredients thread and realized why some people are so anti cones.  I had been using them a lot pretty recently and although I did notice build up, I didn't realize they could keep moisture out.  I stated before that my hair hadn't been geeting soft after my washes anymore and I wasn't sure why.  I'd stopped using a moisturizing hair lotion thinking that it (although it doesn't have cones or alcohol) was the reason for my recent crunchyness.  Now I see that it wasn't the lotion or the oil (which I had also stopped using briefly, thinking that it was the cause) but my hair conditioner which I didn't use only because I ran out of it.  My mango conditioner from Bath and Body Works made my hair unbelievably soft at first, but the more I used it, it no longer had the same effect.  My hair had become crunchy and brittle.  I didn't read the lable to see that the conditioner had cones and that was the reason for my build up and brittleness.  Whew, am I exhausted!


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Reply #104 - Nov 27th, 2006 at 4:31pm
 
I just clarified today for the first time in maybe 2 years.  Even though I had product build up, I was afraid to clarify because the last time I had a loss of elasticity afterwards and I'm not sure why.  Anyway, I gave it a go once again, and everything is fine.  I also made sure to deep condition afterwards and I had an effortless detangle.  I'm on a roll with this no blowdrying thing, I LOVE IT!! But I'm still afraid to throw the blow dryer away.

I'm going to see how my hair does without using any cones.  They're always good at first, but then the build up that is sure to follow drives me nuts.  If I can go without them then I will but if not, at least now I have a good clarifying shampoo.
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