Hair growth and length retention are always at the forefront of my thinking when it comes to natural hair care – especially fine natural hair care.
When you want to see different results, you need to do things differently to see change occur.
Lately, I feel like my hair growth has stalled. I’ve been basically following the same healthy hair practices for the past 5 or 6 years:
- No heat styling
- No chemicals
- No rough handling
- Regular deep conditioning and protein treatments
- Daily moisturizing
- Low manipulation and protective styling
Now, I realize I’ve hindered much of my length retention by hacking off 6-7 inches a few years ago. I don’t know what I was thinking but I don’t plan on repeating that mistake. My only defense is I thought I could even out my naturally uneven growing hair. That was a waste of time.
About two weeks ago I discovered one of my favorite Youtubers, MahoganyCurls was hosting a one year healthy hair growth challenge. The emphasis is on “healthy” and I’m participating for the same reasons the rest of the ladies in the challenge are participating. I want to see just how far my hair can grow and how to do so by encouraging it to grow in its healthiest state.
Having fine hair has really hampered some of my length goals (that and impatience). Yet, I know that my hair can do more. Even if I don’t get all the way to waist length (my goal since forever!), I would like to get pretty darn close!
Rules of the challenge:
– No heat
– No trimming (except to clip out a single strand knot)
– Weekly washing/deep conditioning
– Mid-week hair rinsing and deep conditioning
– Daily moisturizing the ends of the hair
– Hairstyles to only include VERY low manipulation styles (the wash and go, twist out or twists).
– Protective styling is allowed but we are to watch the tension and manipulation applied to the hair. For ex: A bun is Ok but not too tight and not every day.
I’ve lived by each of these rules except for one…the mid-week rinse and deep conditioning. This may be the one habit that propels my hair to the next level. We’ll see.
The MahoganyCurls Healthy Hair Growth challenge goes on for one year and there’s a Facebook group where the participants can share progress pics, hair tips and more. Jess capped the group at 10,000 members so the group is close to closing if it’s not closed already.
I’ll be sharing my progress pics right here at Fine Natural Hair and Faith as well as whatever new things I may learn about my hair or just in general.
In my next post, I’ll share the products I’ll focus on using throughout the winter.
My starting pic for November 2016:
I’ll post a monthly pic sharing my results. I was going to say “and any setbacks” but I’m working toward not having any!