I’m thinking about joining Hairlista’s Healthy Ends Challenge. The challenge runs from today, October 8 to April 8, 2010. I am focusing on retaining length over this winter and I think that this challenge will help me reach my goal (which is to be fully shoulder length when stretched by Spring 2010).
Here are the rules:
1. Moisturize with a water based moisturizer and seal with a natural oil at least 1x/day. (Start at your ends and work your way up. It’s best to moisturize in sections) – This will definitely be new — I tend to moisturize and seal on wash days…
2. Low manipulation – Protective style (clip up, buns, wigs, weave, braids etc.) your hair as much as possible. Use wide tooth combs or finger comb (do not comb dry hair, moisturize first!). Using a 100% natural boar bristle brush is fine for your edges and nape. Less combing/brushing/tugging is more gentle on the cuticles and hair shaft – Cool. I have this one down ’cause I’m planning to braid in three weeks.
3. Heat Pass – Every 2-3 months. Heat is the EASIEST and QUICKEST way to dry out your ends. I don’t use heat at all these days… although I was tempted to blow dry my hair. The last time I used heat was in May just before the Major Trim of ’09.
4. Dust ends frequently – Dust any amount that’s comfortable for you. As a guideline, dust off 1/4 inch every 2-3 months or 1/2 inch every 3-5 months. This will help maintain fuller thicker ends. Do not hold on to thin ends to claim length. I am planning to do a trim before I get the braids put in.
5. Keep up with your Protein Treatments – These treatments will fortify the cuticle and strengthen the hair/ends. Protein will give the hair structure, strength and thickness. Your ends need it i.e. 1x/week, bi-weekly, or monthly. Yep, this will be new as well. I don’t usually do protein treatments. The last time I did, which was last month, I wasn’t entirely impressed.
6. Deep Condition at least 1x/week – pay close attention to the last 3 inches of your hair. I used to do this, but I’ve fallen off. So, this would be good to get back into.
7. Relaxed ladies listen up: Protect your hair from relaxer run off. Coat your ends/previously relaxed hair with Vaseline, oil or conditioner. Remember to Neutralize a minimum of 3 times. This doesn’t apply to me, but if any of the relaxed girls out there are interested in the challenge, it’s for you!
8. Must upload a before and after photo at the END of the challenge. Take a beginning photo (it’s up to you if you want to share it now) and save it until you are done the challenge. Once the challenge is done, upload both photo’s so that you can see your progress. You’ll be AMAZED!! That’s no problem….
So what do you think, lurkers and commenters? Who’s going to join me? I will be updating everyone on what my hair is looking like throughout the challenge.