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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Healthy Hair Challenge | Summer Protective Style Challenge 2018

 Summer Protective Style Challenge 2018

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 Spring Moisture Challenge 2018

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 can retain an average of 1.5 inches of length grown in 3 months from keeping a healthy hair regimen by moisturizing at least 3x a week with protective styling 5 days out of the week.


 Summer Protective Style Challenge 2018
Take a picture of weekly protective styles and do the weekly challenges.

My Journey

July to September (13 weeks) was the time frame.

My regimen was based on simplicity. I wanted to use healthy hair techniques like the LOC (leave-in conditioner, oil, and cream) as well as keeping up with my protective styles to retain the length grown and to also learn more about my hair during this time.

Regimen and Products

Massage and Detangle: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Cleanse:  Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Conditioning Sulfate-Free Shampoo, Raw African Black Soap, Bentonite clay
Co Wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
DC: Mielle Organics Deep Conditioner Babassu and Mint, Shea Moisture Manuka and Honey Deep Conditioner, Carols Daughters Almond Milk Masque, Mane Choice Heavenly Halo
Leave in: Carols Daughters Almond Milk Leave-In, Mielle Organics Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk
Oil: Camille Rose honey oil
Butter Cream: Hair And Body Creme (mango, raw cocoa, and coconut oil), The Mane Choice Butter
Stylers: Mielle Organics Pomegranate and Honey Twisting SoufflĂ©, Eco Styler Krystal
Edges: Mielle Organics Honey and Ginger Edge Gel
Tools: fine tooth comb, wide tooth comb, edge brush
Natural Oils: Hair And Body Oil, JBCO, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil , lavender, peppermint, lemongrass
Powers: Bentonite, Moringa, Fenugreek

My Results:

Years Natural - 6 years
Starting Length: 12in (front), 12in (back), 11.5in (sides), 12.5in (middle/top)
Ending Length: 13in (front), 12.5in (back),  12.5in (sides),  13in (middle/top)
Total AVG. Length: 0.75 inch in 3 months
Length AVG Grown/Month: 0.25 inch/month

Thoughts On The Challenge

How is your growth, shedding, and health from the beginning to the end of the challenge? 
Fine Natural Hair Wash N Go
My growth could have been better. I noticed that the back of my hair was about the same inches as June 2018. This could be because of the many out styles I would wear. I would even wear wash n gos for a few days at a time. So protective styles are definitely better for me. The shedding is not too bad, but the beginning to the end of the challenge was a lot for me emotionally, physically, and mentally(due to health issues). So i didn’t really have much time for my hair during my trouble.

Will you continue, add, delete any products or regimen practices?
I absolutely love Mielle Organics, but I do want to see what Mane Choice has going on. So during Black Friday 2018 I’ll see which line will take my money. But as of right now, I’m definitely a Mielle Organics supporter and consumer.

Upcoming Season and Hopes

I am absolutely excited about my hair growth and the length retained during this healthy hair challenge. I am still working on the crown of my hair, which the breakage was caused by excessive pulling and tugging while styling my hair. So I would like to do more protective styles and really give my crown area some TLC.

Check out more challenge results and hair growth information!

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Natural hair says: There is no gimmick with this! Try doing a hair challenge for 3 months and document your journey weekly. Make sure to keep weekly pictures as well. You will definitely notice a difference in your hair at the end of the challenge.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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