Elle’s Sparkly Summer Grow Out Challenge!

Hey y’all!

BabsSo, yesterday I was on my Facebook thinking about what my hair goals were for summer – this season is usually full of good hair days for me (or at least cute buns), but I usually get hair bored and need to figure out something new to try with my routine. The perfect focus for me? Growth! Over the past year or so, I have become increasingly lackadaisical with monitoring or even paying attention to my growth, which doesn’t make sense because I definitely still have hair goals that I have not reached. Namely, I want to get my hair to tailbone length and maximize my hair thickness (my hair is already thick, but it’s not as big as I’d like it to be). And just like that, my grow out challenge was born!

So how can you participate in the challenge and what the heck am I doing? Basically, I want to closely monitor my growth and thickness from June 1 to September 1.

Elle’s Stats:

  • Goals: To maximize growth and thickness during the summer months
  • Starting Hair Length: I will measure Izzy on June 1 for a baseline
  • Routine Highlights:
    • Moisturize ends (I’ll try to do at least every other day)
    • Take a hair vitamin daily (currently taking a generic brand but I am going to get a new one)
    • Detangle hair with a comb consistently (combing my hair before it gets too tangled to decrease hair loss)

That’s pretty much it! Easy right? I definitely want other people participating in this challenge, so please feel free to leave comments/pics on my social media pages or blog/channel to let me know how you’re doing. Hashtag #qftpcGO so I see it!

Questions? Lemme know! xoxo


The Izzy Chronicles: Three Year Anniversary

From the beginning, I have used my blog as a means to track and chronicle my own hair journey, so I felt it was necessary to archive my progress picture on my three year natural hair anniversary. If you had asked me at the beginning of 2009 if I’d ever consider chopping all my hair off, I would have looked at you batty. Well, you know what they say – never say never.

Hair Timeline (BC - Present)

And sooo…here’s my three year anniversary video!

Deets on the video after the jump:

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Question of the Day: Products for Growth and Hair Health

Reblogged from transitioningmovement.com:

Q: I am interested in growing my hair. Can you please recommend some products?

A: There are some product types that I think are imperative to any hair regimen for growth and health. However, specific products will be based on the individual head of hair and will need to be determined by that person.

·  Cleanser: Whether you are a shampoo fan or avoid it like the plague, you need to cleanse your hair and scalp to remove build-up and dirt. If you don’t like shampoo, try a cleansing conditioner – just make sure it contains the proper cleansing surfactants for your routine (can cleanse silicones if you use them). For lists of cleansing agents, look them up via the Internet on sites like Cosmetics Cop.

·  Moisturizing Rinse Out Conditioner: A moisturizing conditioner should always be in your starting line up for in between wash days or after shampooing. Conditioners soften hair, assist with detangling, and coat/protect the hair.

·  Protein Rinse Out Conditioner: Even if you are protein sensitive, it’s a good idea to keep a good protein conditioner on hand if you use heat or color. I rarely do “hard” protein treatments (only after flat ironing), but like to add a shot of protein here and there. Just be sure you don’t use it everyday unless you are a protein lover. Also, make sure you are using a strengthening protein (wheat, keratin) rather than a softening one (silk, collagen) to reduce breakage and encourage retention.

·  Leave-In Conditioner: Leave-In conditioners maintain pliability and softness to our hair. These can come in several consistencies – liquid, creamy, buttery, etc. Just make sure a water-based ingredient is first on the list (usually water or aloe vera) to ensure it will provide more moisture rather than help you retain moisture (i.e., oil).
You are probably thinking this list is incomplete – where are the deep conditioners, stylers, butters/oils, and moisturizers? Stylers don’t need to “benefit” your hair per se, they are there mainly for looks, and if your leave-in is formulated correctly, it can give you the benefits from a butter/oil or moisturizer. Remember, we’re focusing on health right now. Technically, you can even use your rinse out conditioner as a leave-in, if it works for you (I do this often), and moisturizing rinse out conditioners can often act as deep conditioners if left on the hair for a longer period of time.
In addition to products, make sure you are feeding your hair from the inside out. Dehydration and vitamin deficiencies often cause hair loss and dry, brittle hair.

**Mainly, what I’m saying is to make sure your hair is clean, moisturized, and strong, which will minimize breakage and increase your length retention. **