Fishtail Braid

Fishtail Braid

Joined: August 18th, 2011, 6:07 pm

November 9th, 2011, 2:46 pm #1

Here are my recent experiments with the fishtail braid





I have mastered it on others and now I will attempt my own
Now its time for you to show me yours
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Joined: February 15th, 2008, 1:03 am

November 9th, 2011, 5:33 pm #2

Thank you for sharing. I'm sure your hair will look lovely in a fishtail braid, too. Maybe once my hair is longer, I'll be able to try this!

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June 2009 in Odessa, Ukraine, by the Black Sea



2C-3B/N/i (1.5" ponytail)
16"/19"/26" (BSL)
brown with gray and a silver streak--embracing the natural but seriously considering henna and indigo
43 years old

shaking up my routine and trying a sort of Curly Girl / Live Curly Live Free / Grow Hair Fast regimen with homemade shampoos and natural conditioner like AO & Yes to Cucumbers
scalp massages, scalp brushing w/ BBB, detangling w/ fingers, scrunching, air drying

battling autoimmune issues and major shedding for the last 5 years or so, as well as post-adoption stress (evident in the first April 2011 pic in my signature)

[I originally found the Loom and started measuring back in April 2007 (17.5"), but with such thin, scraggly looking hair from my health issues and stress, I've been so disappointed and have gotten a few big cuts, only reaching 23.5" at the end of September 2010. Now I'm starting all over again!]
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Joined: January 26th, 2005, 12:27 am

November 9th, 2011, 6:36 pm #3

Here are my recent experiments with the fishtail braid





I have mastered it on others and now I will attempt my own
Now its time for you to show me yours
Great job! Wish you could come over and do the braid on my haIr.










1BFii
Hair: All natural dark brown and silver.
Washing: Once or twice a week. Condition from ears on down. Cold as I can stand it final rinse.
Shampoo/Conditioner:Aubrey's Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo and Conditioner. Nature's Gate Organics Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner.
Wide tooth comb
Kind Regards,
lacemitts
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Joined: November 11th, 2009, 8:52 pm

November 9th, 2011, 7:09 pm #4

Here are my recent experiments with the fishtail braid





I have mastered it on others and now I will attempt my own
Now its time for you to show me yours
Oh, I love the look of that fishtail braid. I like how you took small, even sections. So beautiful

I'm afraid my fishtail braids lack both small and even sections. I'm impatient like that sometimes... which is visible from:

Exhibit A:



Exhibit B:



But, I found a braid that looks similar to the fishtail braid (at least to the one that I do), and that is the 5 strand regular braid.



This braid is actually my substitute for a herringbone, so that's why I'm including it here It's quicker than the regular fishtail and holds better, and from afar it's quite difficult to tell the difference between a regular 5 strand and a herringbone braid.







Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic
Primary goal: thickening the ends

Hair journal:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765

Routine:
- NW/SO on the scalp, with periodical length
washes (Alverde birke-salbei shampoo for the length)
- brushing, scritching, preening and massaging daily
- occasional S&D trims
- trimming the ends whenever they start looking funny
Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic+
Current goal: knee

Current routine:
~ alternating a NW/SO (no water/sebum only) routine with occasional washes. I use the techniques of NW/SO (brushing, scritching and preening) almost daily, but I do a shampoo wash every month or two.

Products and tools:
~ Alverde Birke-Salbei shampoo
~ occasionally oiling the ends with either coconut or almond oil; currently experimenting with argan oil
~ an assortment of BBBs
~ Tangle Teezer/Tangle Angel & wide-tooth comb
~ hair friendly hair toys, for putting up hair and forgetting about it

Hair journal (rarely updated nowadays):
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765
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Joined: November 9th, 2011, 5:03 pm

November 9th, 2011, 8:08 pm #5

How did you learn to do the 5 strand braid on yourself? I have been wanting to know how to do that, but I can't seem to manage it on myself.

38 inches long - Type 1bNii


What I use:
Johnson & Johnson Baby Wash and Shampoo.
olive oil soaks once in a while.
Rosemary rinse followed by a white vinegar rise when I feel inclined to baby my hair.

1Corinthians 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
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Joined: November 11th, 2009, 8:52 pm

November 9th, 2011, 8:32 pm #6

on a site called "Hair friendly styles":

http://hairfriendlystyles.wordpress.com ... ar-braids/

So I practiced by following the colored scheme. The pic I posted above is actually my first take on this particular braid. Believe me, it took time to do it, since my fingers weren't sure what to do. But after some practice, my fingers do it automatically
I'm also toying with the thought of making a video about this braid. Perhaps it could help visual learners.







Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic
Primary goal: thickening the ends

Hair journal:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765

Routine:
- NW/SO on the scalp, with periodical length
washes (Alverde birke-salbei shampoo for the length)
- brushing, scritching, preening and massaging daily
- occasional S&D trims
- trimming the ends whenever they start looking funny
Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic+
Current goal: knee

Current routine:
~ alternating a NW/SO (no water/sebum only) routine with occasional washes. I use the techniques of NW/SO (brushing, scritching and preening) almost daily, but I do a shampoo wash every month or two.

Products and tools:
~ Alverde Birke-Salbei shampoo
~ occasionally oiling the ends with either coconut or almond oil; currently experimenting with argan oil
~ an assortment of BBBs
~ Tangle Teezer/Tangle Angel & wide-tooth comb
~ hair friendly hair toys, for putting up hair and forgetting about it

Hair journal (rarely updated nowadays):
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765
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Joined: November 9th, 2011, 5:03 pm

November 9th, 2011, 8:53 pm #7

I'll see if I am able to do it now. A video sounds great! hint



38 inches long - Type 1bNii


What I use:
Johnson & Johnson Baby Wash and Shampoo.
olive oil soaks once in a while.
Rosemary rinse followed by a white vinegar rise when I feel inclined to baby my hair.

1Corinthians 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
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Joined: November 11th, 2009, 8:52 pm

November 9th, 2011, 8:56 pm #8

And the hint is taken







Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic
Primary goal: thickening the ends

Hair journal:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765

Routine:
- NW/SO on the scalp, with periodical length
washes (Alverde birke-salbei shampoo for the length)
- brushing, scritching, preening and massaging daily
- occasional S&D trims
- trimming the ends whenever they start looking funny
Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic+
Current goal: knee

Current routine:
~ alternating a NW/SO (no water/sebum only) routine with occasional washes. I use the techniques of NW/SO (brushing, scritching and preening) almost daily, but I do a shampoo wash every month or two.

Products and tools:
~ Alverde Birke-Salbei shampoo
~ occasionally oiling the ends with either coconut or almond oil; currently experimenting with argan oil
~ an assortment of BBBs
~ Tangle Teezer/Tangle Angel & wide-tooth comb
~ hair friendly hair toys, for putting up hair and forgetting about it

Hair journal (rarely updated nowadays):
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765
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Joined: August 26th, 2010, 4:56 pm

November 9th, 2011, 10:33 pm #9

Here are my recent experiments with the fishtail braid





I have mastered it on others and now I will attempt my own
Now its time for you to show me yours
I have done fishtail braids on myself before, but they seem to get really fuzzy, and end up looking like a caterpillar within an hour or so. But, you have inspired me to try again, perhaps with some oil or styling product to help tame the fuzz!

Thanks for sharing!!!

~Misty

Joined 8/26/2010

Hair Length: 35.50" (when left curly)
37.00" (when straightened out)

Hair Type: 3cnii
Naturally curly

Goal Length: We'll see how long it will get!

Main Goal: To have my hair be healthy and long

***One hair on the head is worth two in the brush***

Please visit my Etsy shop:http://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverHeelsTradingCo
My Website:http://hotrodangel.webs.com/

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Joined: August 26th, 2010, 4:56 pm

November 9th, 2011, 10:35 pm #10

on a site called "Hair friendly styles":

http://hairfriendlystyles.wordpress.com ... ar-braids/

So I practiced by following the colored scheme. The pic I posted above is actually my first take on this particular braid. Believe me, it took time to do it, since my fingers weren't sure what to do. But after some practice, my fingers do it automatically
I'm also toying with the thought of making a video about this braid. Perhaps it could help visual learners.







Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic
Primary goal: thickening the ends

Hair journal:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765

Routine:
- NW/SO on the scalp, with periodical length
washes (Alverde birke-salbei shampoo for the length)
- brushing, scritching, preening and massaging daily
- occasional S&D trims
- trimming the ends whenever they start looking funny
I will have to attempt this...it looks so beautiful in your hair, Miss O!

~Misty

Joined 8/26/2010

Hair Length: 35.50" (when left curly)
37.00" (when straightened out)

Hair Type: 3cnii
Naturally curly

Goal Length: We'll see how long it will get!

Main Goal: To have my hair be healthy and long

***One hair on the head is worth two in the brush***

Please visit my Etsy shop:http://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverHeelsTradingCo
My Website:http://hotrodangel.webs.com/

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Joined: February 24th, 2004, 7:22 am

November 9th, 2011, 11:30 pm #11

Here are my recent experiments with the fishtail braid





I have mastered it on others and now I will attempt my own
Now its time for you to show me yours
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Joined: August 18th, 2011, 6:07 pm

November 10th, 2011, 10:24 am #12

Oh, I love the look of that fishtail braid. I like how you took small, even sections. So beautiful

I'm afraid my fishtail braids lack both small and even sections. I'm impatient like that sometimes... which is visible from:

Exhibit A:



Exhibit B:



But, I found a braid that looks similar to the fishtail braid (at least to the one that I do), and that is the 5 strand regular braid.



This braid is actually my substitute for a herringbone, so that's why I'm including it here It's quicker than the regular fishtail and holds better, and from afar it's quite difficult to tell the difference between a regular 5 strand and a herringbone braid.







Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic
Primary goal: thickening the ends

Hair journal:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765

Routine:
- NW/SO on the scalp, with periodical length
washes (Alverde birke-salbei shampoo for the length)
- brushing, scritching, preening and massaging daily
- occasional S&D trims
- trimming the ends whenever they start looking funny
Your fishtail braid is wonderful, especially on your very dark long hair (Jealous).
I havent seen the 5 strand braid before, I will have to have a think about it and try it out on my usual models
It looks really pretty but maybe complicated. However I will not be beaten by it. I am stubborn to a fault :P

~*Sakura*~
2a/F/ii
24/26/BSL (28)
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Joined: August 18th, 2011, 6:07 pm

November 10th, 2011, 10:26 am #13

I have done fishtail braids on myself before, but they seem to get really fuzzy, and end up looking like a caterpillar within an hour or so. But, you have inspired me to try again, perhaps with some oil or styling product to help tame the fuzz!

Thanks for sharing!!!

~Misty

Joined 8/26/2010

Hair Length: 35.50" (when left curly)
37.00" (when straightened out)

Hair Type: 3cnii
Naturally curly

Goal Length: We'll see how long it will get!

Main Goal: To have my hair be healthy and long

***One hair on the head is worth two in the brush***

Please visit my Etsy shop:http://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverHeelsTradingCo
My Website:http://hotrodangel.webs.com/

You made me laugh with that image
You could always rename it and be like "well thats a very nice fishtail but can you do the caterpillar, hmmmmmmm?" :P

I am looking forward to seeing it, whether its a fishtail or a caterpillar :D

~*Sakura*~
2a/F/ii
24/26/BSL (28)
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Joined: August 26th, 2010, 4:56 pm

November 10th, 2011, 3:49 pm #14

OK, so I tried to do a herringbone this morning. I do fairly well, for about a 1/3 of my ponytail. Then I can't reach any further, and end up finishing it off in a rope braid...LOL

I know that many of Loomie friends can do the herringbone braid all the way to the end...is there any tips you could share with me on how to accomplish that? It seems that once I bring it over my shoulder in an attempt to finish it to the end, I get super befuddled, since the back side of this braid looks so much different than the front! I get confused on what the heck to do...

Anyhoo, here is my half herringbone/half rope braid/all caterpiller hybrid. Then I wound it up in a bun, to finish it off, since I can't wear my hair in a ponytail like this all day, because it gives me a terrible headache.



~Misty

Joined 8/26/2010

Hair Length: 35.50" (when left curly)
37.00" (when straightened out)

Hair Type: 3cnii
Naturally curly

Goal Length: We'll see how long it will get!

Main Goal: To have my hair be healthy and long

***One hair on the head is worth two in the brush***

Please visit my Etsy shop:http://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverHeelsTradingCo
My Website:http://hotrodangel.webs.com/

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November 10th, 2011, 4:13 pm #15

Here are my recent experiments with the fishtail braid





I have mastered it on others and now I will attempt my own
Now its time for you to show me yours
You did a great job! I have trouble keeping my straight.
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Joined: February 4th, 2009, 6:07 pm

November 10th, 2011, 4:19 pm #16

on a site called "Hair friendly styles":

http://hairfriendlystyles.wordpress.com ... ar-braids/

So I practiced by following the colored scheme. The pic I posted above is actually my first take on this particular braid. Believe me, it took time to do it, since my fingers weren't sure what to do. But after some practice, my fingers do it automatically
I'm also toying with the thought of making a video about this braid. Perhaps it could help visual learners.







Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic
Primary goal: thickening the ends

Hair journal:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765

Routine:
- NW/SO on the scalp, with periodical length
washes (Alverde birke-salbei shampoo for the length)
- brushing, scritching, preening and massaging daily
- occasional S&D trims
- trimming the ends whenever they start looking funny
So in short is is a fishtail with 5 pieces. You take the most left one and put it in the middle(under or over) and take the most right one and put it in the middle(under or over, as long as you keep braiding under or over).
starting position:
12-34-5
||-||-|

Braided strand 5 to the middle
12-5-34
||-|-||

regroup
1-25-34
|-||-||

Braid left strand over
25-1-34
||-|-||
repeat.
I hope this is the right method for 5 strand braiding =) Maybe this clarified a bit?


Light brown hair.
36.4 inch/93cm TBL. Trying if I can get it to classic and/or 1 m long.
2bNiii with spiral curls at my ears and nape.
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November 10th, 2011, 8:42 pm #17

OK, so I tried to do a herringbone this morning. I do fairly well, for about a 1/3 of my ponytail. Then I can't reach any further, and end up finishing it off in a rope braid...LOL

I know that many of Loomie friends can do the herringbone braid all the way to the end...is there any tips you could share with me on how to accomplish that? It seems that once I bring it over my shoulder in an attempt to finish it to the end, I get super befuddled, since the back side of this braid looks so much different than the front! I get confused on what the heck to do...

Anyhoo, here is my half herringbone/half rope braid/all caterpiller hybrid. Then I wound it up in a bun, to finish it off, since I can't wear my hair in a ponytail like this all day, because it gives me a terrible headache.



~Misty

Joined 8/26/2010

Hair Length: 35.50" (when left curly)
37.00" (when straightened out)

Hair Type: 3cnii
Naturally curly

Goal Length: We'll see how long it will get!

Main Goal: To have my hair be healthy and long

***One hair on the head is worth two in the brush***

Please visit my Etsy shop:http://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverHeelsTradingCo
My Website:http://hotrodangel.webs.com/

I love the braid! Sure wish I could do it! Combo braids are cool!










1BFii
Hair: All natural dark brown and silver.
Washing: Once or twice a week. Condition from ears on down. Cold as I can stand it final rinse.
Shampoo/Conditioner:Aubrey's Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo and Conditioner. Nature's Gate Organics Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner.
Wide tooth comb
Kind Regards,
lacemitts
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Fox
Joined: January 13th, 2003, 7:14 am

November 11th, 2011, 7:34 am #18

Here are my recent experiments with the fishtail braid





I have mastered it on others and now I will attempt my own
Now its time for you to show me yours
The braids look wonderful!

-Fox

January 2010
Special thanks to Carlynn for my custom doll signature!
17/32.75/40+ Type 2CMii (3B underneath layer) Somewhat fine, slightly wavy (with curls on the underneath layer), Hennaed Auburn. F.L.A. Ranking, Colonel. To see more pictures, click on the gallery collection link found here:<a href="">http://www.geocities.com/ifoxbox/ForeverFox.html> Forever Fox </a>
My Journal: <a href="">http://www.longhairloom.com/foxjournal.htm> Faithfully Fox </a>


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"Love makes you beautiful" - quote from my nephew at age 7



Products Used:

Ida's Shampoo Bars



Aubrey Organics S&C
Nature's Gate Conditioners


Vinegar/herbal rinses

Oils: Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Virgin Oil de Coco Creme, Monoi, Castor, Meadowfoam Seed & essential oils
Shea Butter (from which I make my own leave-in)

MP Popular Mix Brush and Pure BB brush
Wood and Horn combs
Vitamins/Minerals/Herbal supplements
-Fox
Starting my growing journey all over again after health issues took a major toll on my hair.
17/25.5/35+ - Type 2C-3bMii Somewhat fine, wavy (with corkscrew curls on the underneath layer), natural color is light brown with gold and red highlights. Previously used henna for years, but had it highlighted out over a couple of years. Currently trying to decide what to do as far as continuing with that to keep up the roots or doing something different.

Products Used:
Aubrey Organics S&C - my most favorite, but currently using Neways Second Chance Shampoo, SheaMoisture's High Porosity Moisture-Seal Masque,
Sally Beauty Generic Value Product's version of Matrix Biolage conditioner (as a leave in, not rinsed out)
Aubrey Organics Chia Gel
Vinegar/herbal rinses
Oils: Jojoba, Castor, Coconut & essential oils
MP Popular Mix Brush
MP & Madora wide tooth combs
Vitamins/Minerals/Herbal supplements

"Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your words, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, they will become your character. Develop your character for it becomes your destiny."
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November 11th, 2011, 5:24 pm #19

I love the braid! Sure wish I could do it! Combo braids are cool!










1BFii
Hair: All natural dark brown and silver.
Washing: Once or twice a week. Condition from ears on down. Cold as I can stand it final rinse.
Shampoo/Conditioner:Aubrey's Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo and Conditioner. Nature's Gate Organics Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner.
Wide tooth comb
Kind Regards,
lacemitts
Well, it wasn't what I had hoped for, but you're right...combo braids are fun too! Great for us undecided folks...LOL

~Misty

Joined 8/26/2010

Hair Length: 35.50" (when left curly)
37.00" (when straightened out)

Hair Type: 3cnii
Naturally curly

Goal Length: We'll see how long it will get!

Main Goal: To have my hair be healthy and long

***One hair on the head is worth two in the brush***

Please visit my Etsy shop:http://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverHeelsTradingCo
My Website:http://hotrodangel.webs.com/

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November 11th, 2011, 7:52 pm #20

So in short is is a fishtail with 5 pieces. You take the most left one and put it in the middle(under or over) and take the most right one and put it in the middle(under or over, as long as you keep braiding under or over).
starting position:
12-34-5
||-||-|

Braided strand 5 to the middle
12-5-34
||-|-||

regroup
1-25-34
|-||-||

Braid left strand over
25-1-34
||-|-||
repeat.
I hope this is the right method for 5 strand braiding =) Maybe this clarified a bit?


Light brown hair.
36.4 inch/93cm TBL. Trying if I can get it to classic and/or 1 m long.
2bNiii with spiral curls at my ears and nape.
this last night, and I just couldn't work it. It was like I was going around in circles. But I'll keep trying!

~Heather Joy
Owner/Partner at Joyous Crafts
https://www.facebook.com/joyouscrafts



38 inches long - Type 1bNii


I want to go classic length, with a "fairytail ending". :D

What I use:
Johnson & Johnson Baby Wash and Shampoo.
olive oil soaks once in a while.
Rosemary rinse followed by a white vinegar rise when I feel inclined to baby my hair.

1Corinthians 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
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Joined: November 20th, 2004, 8:38 pm

November 14th, 2011, 4:48 pm #21

Here are my recent experiments with the fishtail braid





I have mastered it on others and now I will attempt my own
Now its time for you to show me yours
There sure are some beautiful braids in this thread! Thank you all for sharing... and Miss O, I am a visual learner. It gets mighty complicated reading the color codes and trying to get my fingers to place the strands where they belong :P

If I ever get it mastered, you all will see the teeniest fishy braid ever!!

elvea rose ~
guardian of faerie mist tresses
1c / ultra fine / i

"...like the soft light of the moon silvering
over the evening of life." ~ a quote by
Johann Paul Friedrich Richter


My hopes ~
Tresses to my hips and mock faerie-tale endings,
but what I need is a hefty dose of patience... and tyme!

And this is why...
June '07~ my last color enhancement treatment
March '09~ 23" all natural tresses
December '09~ 26" **first goal**
August '10 to May '11~ 28" **unwittingly kept there**
September '11~ 30" **second goal**
Last trim ~ Hunter's moon of October
...just shy of 29"

Third is 33 inches
Lastly... to tag bcl, then stay put.
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November 15th, 2011, 7:25 pm #22

with you, Elvea - your fishtail braid will be gorgeous. Besides, fishtail braids can be done very loosely, and then they look very voluminous
Oh, and I'm working on the video I hope it will help.







Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic
Primary goal: thickening the ends

Hair journal:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765

Routine:
- NW/SO on the scalp, with periodical length
washes (Alverde birke-salbei shampoo for the length)
- brushing, scritching, preening and massaging daily
- occasional S&D trims
- trimming the ends whenever they start looking funny
Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic+
Current goal: knee

Current routine:
~ alternating a NW/SO (no water/sebum only) routine with occasional washes. I use the techniques of NW/SO (brushing, scritching and preening) almost daily, but I do a shampoo wash every month or two.

Products and tools:
~ Alverde Birke-Salbei shampoo
~ occasionally oiling the ends with either coconut or almond oil; currently experimenting with argan oil
~ an assortment of BBBs
~ Tangle Teezer/Tangle Angel & wide-tooth comb
~ hair friendly hair toys, for putting up hair and forgetting about it

Hair journal (rarely updated nowadays):
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765
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