Back to the Grind Castor Oil Challenge – Week 11

11/04/2013 | By | More

Of course everyone noticed there were no new posts to “check in” for two weeks. We had some tech problems that I was unable to get to right away, then when I did it was a disaster. But its all fixed now and we’re back on track. Week 11 of t he Back to the Grind Castor Oil Challenge

The bonus for YOU is that everyone registered for the challenge will get credit for those weeks! It’s only fair that you not be penalized. So you have two up and then we’ll compare check-ins for each of the subsequent weeks.

Next week is the final length check!  You’ll be taking pictures of your “after” hair length. Ideally, if you could get someone to help you make a two-shot, one showing your before right next to your new after, it would be perfect. That way people can easily see and compare your 12 week length and thickness increases.

Remember to resize your image before uploading! Use http://www.picresize.com/ to do it. You can rotate, crop and resize images right from your web browser, no software and no downloads (except for the image you create) required. Then upload your image to the site on the 15th of November.

Week 11 – Check In Questions

  1. There has been a lot of talk about the natural hair movement being a fad for some women, as many “tried” being natural but are running back to relaxers. Do you think wearing hair natural is a fad or a cultural shift and acceptance of ourselves as we truly are?
  2. Have you ever experienced a moment of weakness and considered going back to the Creamy Crack yourself?
  3. How about your products… do you think it makes a difference to your hair if the products you use are sulfate and paraben free? Does your hair know the difference?

That’s it for this week! Next week we’ll get your summary comments on the Castor Oil Challenge and take a look at your progress pics! If you have any questions about the challenge, post them here and your questions will be answered as quickly as possible.

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  1. MrsGrizzly says:

    #1-For those that said they’ve tried it and went back to perms, I believe that they simply did not have the patience. A healthy head of natural hair takes lots of time and plenty of trial and error when it comes to products. I had amazing growth during my pregnancy, but that was of course due to that 9-month surge of hormones. For me it’s not a fad; it was a lifestyle change. Working with my hair has become cathartic and I love it.

    #2-I thought about it seriously back in 2011; the ease of running my fingers through my hair…then I stopped and remembered the chemical burns and thought oh never mind.

    #3-I feel like it makes a difference. I ran out of shampoo once (Shea Moisture Coconut/Hibiscus) and had to use Head and Shoulders. My hair felt completely stripped and less full.

  2. folamix says:

    #1. For some, I believe that it is a fad because they want instant results and natural hair takes time and patience. They really want long hair and will return to the world of perms and long flowing weaves. However, for the “die-hard” naturalistas, it is not a fad and is long-term.

    #2. This is my third time wearing my natural hair. There will be no turning back.

    #3. Since I have been natural, all of my products have been sulfate and paraben free, so I really don’t recall how the other products felt….lol

  3. dajestanley says:

    1. I don’t think it is a fad, especially with information readily available that tells us the side effects of using chemicals. Also, there are a lot more products for natural hair. It’s a matter of finding what works.

    2. No, no moments of weakness! I love my hair the way it is.

    3. My hair knows the difference between non sulfate/paraben products and products that contains them. My hair is drier and less manageable with products that contain sulfate and parabens. My hair isn’t as soft.

  4. kkmpd_1 says:

    1. I don’t think it’s a fad I do think we have been brainwashed for so long it’s kinda natural to go back to the straight hair. There is still not many advertising their natural locks. Even our own black men have said we look like slaves instead of embracing and encouraging I hear on the daily basis negativity. It takes time and patience and a lot of women are not willing to wait they want it instantly.

    2. No, matter of fact heck no… I love the curl pattern of my hair i feel special.

    3. I have always used ACV even when my hair was permed so a lot of things havn’t changed except me cutting all of my permed hair off.

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