Soooo, I’ve been having way too much fun with my buns this week. I’m beginning to realized that the opportunities are endless for the different looks you can create.
This natural hair growth challenge truly has enlightened me. Before I started this challenge I would have never been as cognisant about hair health as I am now. Protective styles have become one of my most favorite ways to get creative with my tresses. Loving them!
Here’s a look at some of my styles this week
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Here I am rocking my official Kinky Girl tee repping the kinky hair nation ❤
It’s been a little over a month since I decided to go hard with a 6 month growth challenge. Since then I’ve been pretty consistent with the rules I set in place for myself. Lots of protective styling, H2O, vitamins, etc. and so far it definitely seems to be paying off.
The weather here in Florida has been in the low 70s, perfect for straight hair. And so, I couldn’t help myself. I tried a new product from the Cantu line (stay tuned for a review) and decided to straighten my hair. I was extremely happy with the results. Although there was heat application, I took care of my hair during the process and my straight hair has offered me some incredible motivation to continue the challenge. Check out the comparison from when I first started the challenge to now. My hair is noticeably longer and more healthy after only 1 month! I’m definitely feeling encouraged!
I absolutely love the bun life. I have a different bun for every day of the week. But this week, I decided to do small twists as my primary protective style.
These twists took me about 4 hours to do. I twisted on co-washed and conditioned hair (Tresemme Flawless Curls and Cantu leave-in). Typically when I do these twists I prefer to use a locking creme like Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter along with my Eco Styler gel. It just so happens that I was out of both of these fabulous products but was still committed to getting the twists done before the week began. I ended up only using Cantu’s Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment, a product I am heavily relying on during my growth challenge. Consequently, because I didn’t use anything to really lock these twists in, I don’t expect them to last very long at all. I’ll be really happy to make it to Friday. Personally, I think that four hours of twisting for 4-5 days of not having to really do anything to my hair is a pretty great trade-off, but that’s just me!
I am moisturizing and sealing my ends at least every other day, if not every day with Bioinfusion Olive Oil Shine Serum and the Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment, Cantu’s Creamy Hair Lotion or Motions Hydrate My Curls Hair Pudding.
That’s about it! Still protective styling and treating my hair for maximum growth! Off to drink two cups of water and take my vitamins. Let me know if you’d like to see a tutorial on these twists. Be you beauties!
Last week I was sort of a slacker on my water intake so this weekend I’ve been on a serious H2O flow. Generally speaking I think most people, including myself understand the importance of water and why it’s so important to drink a sufficient amount on a daily basis. I don’t know about you but even given that understanding I still don’t always drink enough. I’m fortunate that I actually enjoy the taste of water. For me, the problem is that the day gets away from me before I’ve realized that I’ve hardly drank any. Totally unacceptable! Well, my hair challenge has given me another reason to remind myself of why water is so important, specifically for my natural hair growth.
- Our bodies are made up of about 60% water and we need it to maintain overall health.
- One quarter of our hair strand’s weight is made up of water.
- Water is the main source of energy for hair cells.
- Water intake helps hydrates the body and helps to regulate the circulatory system. This feeds the hair follicle, and stimulates hair growth.
- Drink 8 to 10 cups of water a day to stay hydrate.
- Applying water to the hair is a big key to mitigating hair damage when it’s handled. It makes hair softer and more elastic.
At the end of the day the thing to remember is that you need to be hydrated inside and out to keep your hair healthy. I definitely plan to continue my H2O flow throughout this hair challenge and beyond. Guess that’s it for now. Off to have a glass of water before I shut it down for the night. Be You Beauties!
I seem to be in the beginnings of my usual seasonal go to of FALLing for straight hair. Although I typically embrace my curly hair throughout the year I do enjoy spending some time wearing my straight hair when fall comes around since this is one of the few times of year that the Florida weather permits it. After recently straightening my hair to trim my ends I thought it might be a great idea to start a 6 month growth challenge. My 3 year natural hair anniversary is on April 3rd and I’m really curious to see what kind of hair growth I can achieve from now to then.
I’ve been researching various growth challenges that others have done to get an idea of some solid parameters I might be interested in. I found a great 2-Year Waist Length Healthy Hair Challenge on Facebook with some rules that appealed to me and since this is my natural hair length goal I thought it was perfect. What I love most about this challenge is that it includes so many other healthy elements that I could totally stand to make habits out of. With that being said, there are also some parameters here that will serve as extreme challenges for me, all which I’ve notated below. So, I’ve decided to do my very best to adhere to these rules for the next 6 months. I’ll do monthly updates on my progress. Here’s a look at my starting point. I’m right around bra strap length. Wish me luck!
- Wash/Cleanse your hair 1x per week
- Always Deep Condition after every Wash & Hot Oil treatment followed by a Leave In Conditioner
- Blot hair with a t-shirt & Air dry the hair 99% of the time
- No heat (blow drying, flat iron, curling iron, etc.) until you’ve been in the challenge for at least 2 months, after that you’re allowed only one (1) Heat pass per month (Going to be tough since I love straight hair during the fall but, gonna do my best!)
- Remain FAITHFUL to Moisturizing & Sealing your ends at least 3x a week to prevent breakage & split ends
- Wear protective or low manipulation styles 3-5x a week (I LOVE trying new things with my hair so this will be tough!)
- Take a hair growth aide or multivitamin if you choose to benefit the health & growth of your hair & body (Discuss this with your physician to see if this is appropriate for you & your health)
- ALWAYS protect your hair at night with a silk/satin scarf and/or bonnet. Sleeping with a satin pillowcase will be beneficial as well.
- Eat a healthy diet, eliminating fast food and as many processed foods as possible (I totally need to do this anyway! Will do my best HOWEVER Thanksgiving and Christmas are off limits! lol!)
- Exercise at least 2-3x a week, whether it’s walking, running, jogging, aerobics, etc. Do something that will get your heart pumping & get your blood flow circulating. (Yep! Totally need to do this more consistently too!)
- Drink PLENTY of water (Another one!)
- Keep your hands OUT of your hair when you’re not styling or massaging it (Challenge!)
- Every day, look in the mirror at yourself & say a positive affirmation about yourself to motivate yourself. (Critical for embracing my Be You Beauty!)
- Take a picture of your hair before starting this challenge. At the end of every other month, take a picture and do a length check to track how your hair is coming along. Post a picture to the Wall whenever you are making progress for your encouragement and others encouragement & inspiration as well.
- Periodically post how much growth you’ve had.
Anyone want to join me??!! What would be your goal for a 6 month growth challenge?