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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Healthy Hair Challenge | Winter Deep Conditioning Challenge 2016: 1 inch in 3 months!

Deep Conditioning Challenge 2016: 1inch in 3 months!

I finally reached the end of my Winter Deep Conditioning Challenge!

This challenge is a spin off from Kinky Curly Coily Me Castor Oil Challenge where Jenell Stewart made this challenge a mainstream experiment for those who want their hair to grow, be healthier, get thicker, and more manageable. 

I find that washing my hair weekly is the best regimen for my hair. So with washing comes deep conditioning, to make sure that moisture stays in my hair. With colder months, retaining moisture for healthy hair is very important.

Here are the results!

The Winter: Deep Conditioning Challenge 2016

I have documented my wash day/deep conditioning sessions from January to March (12 weeks) to prove that deep conditioning WEEKLY is very important for healthy hair care. Not only did I do deep conditioning treatments, but I did different deep conditioning methods each week to see which method and products would be the best for my own hair care.

The Rules

Can use any kind of deep conditioner and must deep condition for at least 30 minutes per wash (at least weekly). The products and oil I used are:
Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque
Shea Moisture Yucca and Plantain Anti-Breakage Masque 
Castor Oil 

Here was my regimen I stuck with:

Massage Scalp/Edges - (weekly) Coffee Oil 
Co wash - (weekly) Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner 
Protein -  (when needed) ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor 
Protein - (weekly) Green Tea Rinse

My Journey

January 3rd to March 27th (13 weeks) was the time frame.

Deep Conditioning Challenge For 3 Months
Here are the 3 important points I have found with deep conditioning:
  1. After the protein treatment, it is better for me to rinse my hair in lukewarm water than cold water. Cold water will tighten the hair cuticles, which the hooded dryer will open again. However, the deep conditioner will slip off my hair, causing the process to not be as effective.
  2. Rinsing my hair with cool water after deep conditioning gives my hair 1). lots of moisture and shine, 2). lots of softness and parts like butter, 3). awesome curl definition, and 4). lots of strength from closing the hair cuticle.
  3. Adding a tbsp. of oil (coconut, castor, or olive oil) to my deep conditioner gives lots of added benefits!

My Hair Growth Results

Starting Length: 6.5in (front), 9in (back), 8in (sides), 8in (middle/top)
Ending Length: 8in (front), 6in (back), 7in (sides), 9in (middle/top)

Deep Conditioning Challenge 2016: 1inch in 3 months!
Deep Conditioning Challenge 2016: 1inch in 3 months!

*Cut the back and sides because of uneven hair

Upcoming Season and Hopes

I am planning on doing a Spring Castor Oil challenge. I would like to cater to my scalp and edges more, which need the most TLC. Look for those results!
Natural Hair Regimen And Products

Check out more Wash Day articles for tips and hacks:

Shea Moisture Deep Conditioner/Masque Comparison And Review 

How To | Twist Out With Dry, Stretched Hair Tutorial 

Check out more challenge results and hair growth!

Natural hair says: remember to use your deep conditioner on a regular basis for optimal results. Continue to search for the products that are the best for your hair type and texture. Make sure to do your research when searching for products...especially when the line changes. But if your hair loves the product, make it your 'tried and true.'

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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