16 week stretch

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Yipppeeee, another 16 week stretch is complete! Suffice to say that I will not be stretching for this long again. I can’t handle the growth anymore and I can’t have another wash day where my hair wants to fight with me. I pretty much stuck to my regimen with this stretch and I am anxious to see how it worked out.

Protective Styling

I used wigs as a PS, I had them both on for 5 weeks in total. The first one, I cornrowed my hair for 4 weeks, my hair didn’t like this one bit because I had tangles for daaaays when I finally took them out and washed my hair. So the second time around, I decided to keep my ‘homemade’ cornrows for a week and sometimes 2 weeks and have a wash day and re-do them. This worked much better for me in terms of my hair tangling, and I will adopt this approach from here onwards.

Growth Aids

I still used my Nativa HSN vitamins, which I remembered to take nearly everyday 🙂 – the most I have missed was one day in a month, so I am super chuffed about that. These finished towards the end of April and I have decided not to re-purchase

I did the inversion method twice (February and April)

I used JBCO to massage my hairline about 3 times a week – I was pretty consistent with this one as well

Towards the end of my stretch, I also started baggying my hair overnight pretty regularly

Exercise, Diet, Water Intake

I kept up my 10km training schedule throughout February, but I only ran 3 times the whole of March, I suffered with a nasty cough which I had to take care of. I eventually managed to sort out a health issue that has been plaguing me for 6 years now. So I took the rest of the month to let me medicine work it’s magic.

I took up a vegetarian diet for the whole of April, which was not as hard as I thought it would be. I found that meal planning was my best friend! Without it I would’ve have easily slipped back and ate some meat.

My water intake has been going along very well, even on the weekends, I now meet my targets easily and sometimes overshoot them *taps myself on the back*. The temperatures are getting a bit cooler now, so I might have a bit more tea than water to get to my daily target

New Products and Techniques

I used a lot of new products in this stretch, especially since I did a massive Hanoi/Bangkok haul in January – I have since eased up on buying hair products. I try to only buy the necessary because I am on a mission to streamline my stash.

I started tea rinsing regularly and I did the odd protein layering of my edges, mape and ends using Aphogee’s Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

Overall

I have about 4cm of new growth which is pretty standard for me, but by week 9 I had already noticed that my growth was much more and thicker than ever before, which of course did not help my hand in hair syndrome at all. I was obsessed with touching the NG. I changed my regimen a bit and I clarified my hair every 4th week during this stretch, and I also did a protein treatment every 4th week. Doing these together every 4th week helped to keep me on a routine that was easy to remember.

For the next stretch

  • I am trying out a new growth aid for my scalp massages (more about that in a blog post soon)
  • I will carry on with my wig regimen using my DIY cornrows
  • I will only stretch for 12 weeks. maximum 14.

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A few snippets from my stretch

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Emprezz Abena

    What’s wrong with the vitamins?

    1. Lungi

      Nothing was wrong. I am currently taking other non-hair related pills and I don’t like taking too many pills daily.

  2. Candice

    When I first started with neck length hair stretching for 16 weeks was easy but as my hair gets longer stretching that long is becoming a task. I’ve now settled for 14 weeks, 12 weeks is the least I will allow myself.

    1. Lungi

      Hey Candice, I am definitely noticing that too. With more length some practices need to be tweaked.

  3. yaay for you, it looks like you had a nice stretch and you stuck to what you had to do, am so proud of you… HOWEVER I am excitedly waiting to see your results !!!

    1. Lungi

      lol! You will get them soon enough Lebo!

  4. Becca

    Very inspiring as well that you are so disciplined in keeping to your regimen! I am loving the doughnut bun 🙂

  5. sonto

    Hi Lungi it’s Sonto from kriel where do you stay. ..can’t u order the product for me ngizithole kuwe

    1. Lungi

      Hi Sonto, please visit the product website, they ship the oils to any part of the country. You can order that way.

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