November Length Check

Well, it's November now and ordinarily it wouldn't be time for a length check since the 2011 Hair Challenge ends in December which would warrant an automatic length check.  But, seeing that I decided to take all the afro twists out of my hair after almost 8 weeks, and I got another trim afterwards, a length check might as well be done.

So, I spent an entire Friday evening taking all of the afro twists down.  Normally they would have stayed in longer, but some were trying to loc since I didn't have time/funds to have the edges redone and I was tired also of wearing headbands and scarves.  Anyhoo, I took them down.  That same night, I treated my hair to a bentonite clay mask.

I had tried the bentonite mask before and didn't like it, but this time I basically used a recipe that one of my FB friends used and I loved it.

My recipe mods:
equal parts bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar
tea tree oil
* she added rosemary oil but I didn't have that
Mix and apply.  Leave on for about 15-20 minutes and thoroughly rinse.

After the treatment, I applied hair cholesterol, put on a conditioning cap and went to bed.  But not before mixing up a fresh batch of henna.  Yep, two different treatments in the same weekend to satisfy two different purposes.

On Saturday, I applied the henna right on top of the cholesterol that was in my hair.  I left it on for about 4 hours, rinsed it out, shampooed and deep conditioned as usual.

Now the question was:  What am I going to do with my hair?

Thankfully, CurlyNikki shared a video of a hair bun tutorial for 4b/4c hair, which is my hair type.

So upon watching this, I immediately went to the hair store (correction - beauty supply store) to look for this Jamaican braid.  I chose a pack of "Bob Marley" hair and decided to give this look a try.  Here's my bun, which is probably going to be my "go to" style to help me get through the end of this hair challenge.

At work people were asking me if it was really my hair.  Sure for $4.99 - it's mine.  lol  Just gotta get some cute hair clips.

A few days after sporting this new bun look, I got my hair trimmed and then back into the bun it went.

After blow drying my hair, my stylist took a step back and wiped the sweat from her brow.  It was hilarious!

I'm looking forward to the end of this hair challenge.  I think I've learned a lot more about my hair over this past year and I hope to be able to continue learning and applying good practices in the future.  In December I will host a giveaway of some of the products that I used throughout the challenge that have been my favorites, so stay tuned!


  1. The bun is gorgeous Libby! Hair clips would look adorable adorning this hairstyle! ~Val

  2. OMG. Everything always comes full circle. I love


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