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Fall Castor Oil Challenge

9 Sep

As previously mention, today’s post will talk about the Fall Castor Oil Challenge that is currently going on in the natural hair community.  Janelle from KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com is conducting a Castor Oil Challenge this fall.  If you’re familiar with this challenge unlike me, then you’ll know Janelle also conducted a Spring and Summer Castor Oil Challenge.  I’ve seen a few pictures of some of the women who participated in the challenge, and their growth is undeniable!  So, I am happy to say, I will be participating in this challenge as well! 

I found out about this challenge through my fellow kinky gal and St. John’s Alumni over at curlsandmo.com.  Unfortunately, I found out too late and missed the deadline for registration, which was September 7, 2012.  But, that’s not going to stop little ole me from participating in a challenge that consist of one of my favorite oils!  The Castor Oil Challenge is going to run from September 1 – December 1, 2012.  Seeing how I didn’t start the challenge until Saturday the 8th, I will just conclude my challenge on December 8, 2012 and display my end results right here for all my kinky gals to see!  If there are a few ladies that did not know about this challenge or would like to participate with me despite missing the registration, let’s do this! :-)  You can use regular Castor Oil (which you can find in any Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid or Walmart just to name a few) or you can use Jamaican Black Castor Oil.  I am going to continue to use my Jamaican Black Castor Oil (I bought mine off of Ebay).  I can’t wait to see our results after this 3 month period!

Here is the challenge goal:

The goal of is this challenge is to grow your hair thick & long over a 3 month period. While we understand that your hair will not grow to waist length in 3 months, we know that with consistent use of castor oil you WILL reap great benefits. This challenge is our way of motivating you to partake in a routine healthy hair regimen using castor oil and we hope that you will be motivated enough to continue this regimen after the challenge.

Sign me up! Oh yeah, I already missed that lol.

For more information about the Fall Castor Oil Challenge and to see Janelle’s results click here.

Are you already participating in the Castor Oil Challenge?  Have you used Castor Oil before?  Do you prefer regular Castor Oil or Jamaican Black Castor Oil?

Traction Alopecia

7 Sep

Naomi during a photoshoot.

Naomi on a recent vacation.

I know some of you ladies may have cringed and practically made your lungs burst from all the air you sucked in from gasping at the photo’s above of Naomi Campbell.  I can admit, I was apart of that some, but for different reasons.  What Naomi is suffering from is a common occurance in the African American community called traction alopecia.  Traction alopecia is a hair loss condition caused by damage to the dermal papilla and hair follicle by consistant pulling or tension over a long period of time.  It often occurs in people who wear tight braids, especially cornrows that lead to high tension, pulling and breakage of the hair.

Hi my name is Kinky Nichelle and I am a recovering sufferer of traction alopecia, hehe.  When I saw the above photo, I gasped because of the boldness Naomi has to have in exposing her edges for all the world to see.  Now, I am VERY self conscious about my edges (that is where my alopecia is as well).  I’m always making sure they’re covered no matter what hairstyle I am wearing.  So when I saw these pictures I could on one hand relate, but on the other hand I couldn’t help but wonder, does she know her hair is like that?  She has to know, she has to feel a breeze :-/.

My traction alopecia is due to lack of care, weaves, perms and pulling and tugging of my edges.  I’ve tried it seems everything… everything? everything to grow back my edges.  Some products seem to work for a while, but then growth seemed to stop.  Finally, I started doing research on natural remedies to perhaps grow them back, and that’s where I was lead to Jamaican Black Castor Oil.  Castor oil is extracted from the seeds of the castor bean plant.  It has various uses for hair and skin problems.  It is regarded as a valuable oil due to its many, many uses.  When it comes to hair growth it is a praised upon natural remedy.  When you massage with castor oil, which is easily absorbed by the scalp, it stimulates the hair follicles leading to new and faster hair growth.  I’ve been using Jamaican Black Castor Oil for almost a month and I can honestly say I am seeing great results.  There is even a castor oil challenge going on currently (I’ll give you information about that on the next post).

Castor Seed’s

In writing this post, I’d like all my kinky gals to join me on my personal journey to hair loss sobriety and perhaps help and become a support to other kinky gals going through the same thing I am.  I will be recording my progress and maybe one day soon I’ll reveal my snatched edges for all the world to see! :-)


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