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Healthy Hair Challenge | Fall Castor Oil and Protective Style Challenge 2018

Healthy Hair Challenge | Fall Castor Oil and 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!

Pre-Set Theory

I can retain an average of 1.5 inches of length grown in 3 months from keeping a healthy hair regimen.

My Journey

October to December (13 weeks) was the time frame.

My regimen was based on simplicity. The goal of this challenge is to regularly use Jamaican Black Castor Oil and do protective styles to continue to grow healthy hair and to retain the length grown over a 3 month period.

Regimen and Products:

Pre-Poo: Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner, Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Pre-Poo
Cleanse: Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Shampoo
Co Wash: Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Conditioner
Deep Conditioner: Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Masque
Protein: Carols Daughters Almond Milk Ultra-Nourishing Masque
Water Bottle: Aloe Vera Juice and 3 Essential Oils: Lemongrass, Tea Tree, and Rosemary
Leave in: Carols Daughters Almond Milk Daily Damage Repair Leave-In Conditioner, Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Deep Hydration Softening Milk
Oil: Camille Rose Honey Oil, Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Deep Hydration Serum Oil Mist
Cream: Mane Choice Doesn't Get Much "BUTTER" Than This
Stylers: CURLS Blueberry Bliss Twist-N-Shout Cream, Eco Styler Coconut Gel, Mane Choice Biotin Infused Styling Gel
Edges: Mielle Ginger Edge Control, Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect Edge Control
Natural Oils: JBCO, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, lavender, peppermint, lemongrass Natural Powers/Ingredients: bentonite, fenugreek
Tools: fine tooth comb, wide tooth comb, edge brush, Denman brush
Healthy Hair Challenge | Fall Castor Oil and Protective Style Challenge 2018

My Results:

Years Natural - 6 years, 2 months (since October 2012)
Starting Length: 13in (front), 12.5in (back), 12.5in (sides), 13in (middle/top)
Ending Length: 14in (front), 12in (back),  13in (sides),  14in (middle/top)
Hair Length: Bra Strap Length
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? 

Healthy Hair Challenge | Fall Castor Oil and Protective Style Challenge 2018
My growth could have been better. I noticed that the back of my hair was about the same inches as June and September 2018. I wore way too many 'out' styles these past 6 months, which cause the back of my hair to rub against my clothes. However, the front and sides of my hair are growing out very nicely! So protective styles are definitely better for me. I hardly had any breakage and the shedding was normal.

Will you continue, add, delete any products or regimen practices?
It's time to let go of Mielle Organics and move on to the Mane Choice. So during Black Friday 2018, I purchased the Heavenly Halo line of the Mane Choice. We shall see how they do with my natural curls!

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 was cause by me accidentally cutting my natural hair when taking out my Bridal Weave. 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:

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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