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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Healthy Hair Challenge | Fall Protective Styling Challenge 2015: 1 inch in 3 months!

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I absolutely love hair challenges!

Hair challenges keep me on track to succeeding my goals, while learn more about my hair in order to keep her healthy. I've finally reached the end of my healthy hair challenge.

Here are the results!

The Fall: Protective Styling Challenge 2015

The goal of this challenge is to continue to grow healthy hair and to retain the length grown over a 3 month period.

Pre-Set Theory

I'm reaching for the stars, but I believe I can retain 1.5 inches of length grown in 3 months from SOLEY protective styling.

Janet Collection Noir Tantalizing Twist Braid 


Take a picture of weekly protective styles and do the weekly challenges.

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My Journey

October 10/4 to December 12/27 (13 weeks) was the time frame.

I mostly wanted to focus on finger detangling, cutting off the heat damage, doing more hot oil and protein treatments, and putting lots of effort into this challenge. I wanted to use healthy hair techniques to retain the length grown and to also learn more about my hair during this time.

Here was my regimen I stuck with:

Hot oil treatment - (weekly) Coconut Oil and Olive Oil, 30 minutes with heat
Clarify - (when needed) Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap-Lavender Ylang Ylang

Protective Styles:

I have learned that long-term protective styles are great to 'wake up and go,' but they wreak havoc on my fine-textured hair. My hair needs to be cleansed weekly, moisturized every other day, and needs lots of TLC. I adore long-term protective styles, but I need to focus on the health of my hair...so weekly styles it will be in the future.

My Results:

Starting Length: 5in (front), 8in (back), 7in (sides), 7in (middle/top)
Ending Length: 6.5 (front), 9in (back), 8in (sides), 8in (middle/top)

Yay!! Retained 1 inch of growth!!

My results are more than just length retained, but knowledge and understanding gained. I'm happy about my hair, but I'm getting to the point where I'm understanding my own hair and how to care for her properly. I continuously take notes in my hair diary, which is a great help to the success of my hair journey. My results are absolutely priceless!

Upcoming Season and Hopes

Since cutting off my heat damage, I feel like I'm starting back over to learning my hair again. However, this time I'm much more aware on how to care for my hair effectively and with proper hair care practice. I want to do more hair challenges (4/year) to further the health of my hair and my own knowledge of hair care in general.

Check out more challenge results and hair growth information!

Quarterly Natural Hair Advancement | Comparing September and December 2015 

Natural hair says: There is no gimmick with this Castor oil challenge. This challenge helps keep you on a consistent regimen for you and your hair. KCCM gave the rules, but you are the one who carries the journey through.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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