Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Protect Ya Ends Challenge

End so it begins!  On January 1st, I made a commitment to wear protective styles for the next 90 days.  My curlfriends at Black Girl Long Hair forum have started posting their starting pics and measurements and we are hitting the ground running!  I plan to keep you updated on the challenge here by posting my regimen, styling options, pics, etc.  I hope my updates can serve as a resource for someone as theirs may serve as one for me.

As stated in a previous post, 2012 Natural Hair Challenge, my goal is retain up to 3" of growth every 3 months or an inch a month.  It's a pretty ambitious goal, but I believe it can be achieved through a strict hair and diet regimen.  My current regimen is simple.  Every other week or every 10 days I:
  • Apply Greek yogurt recipe (Naptural85) prior to shampooing (rinse out); finger detangle in the shower
  • Shampoo with Kinky Curly Come Clean or Mizani True Textures
  • Condition with Suave Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner (rinse out); awesome slip and consistency!
  • Final rinse with ACV (depends on how I feel)
  • Apply leave-in -- Qhemet Cocoa Detangling Ghee; Coconut Oil to seal, and SM Deep Treatment Masque as styler
  • Set my hair in flat twists, twists, braids, etc.
My hair has done very well with this regimen.  My hair remains moisturized for up 3-4 days without reapplying any product.  When PS, I normally take down the style at night and moisturize my ends and then restyle in the morning, if necessary.

It is now day 3 and I've been taking it one day at a time.  I have been in the gym a lot lately, so protective styling certainly is a plus for my sweaty hair.  Here are my styles so far:

Day 1:  Roll and Tuck

Day 2:
Twisted Updo:  I don't have a good photo from yesterday, but here is how they always look.

Day 3:  Cinnabun:   I'll likely be sticking to this for the next few days.  I don't like to pull my edges too much, but this is definitely the most convenient PS for me.

Three months is a long time, especially for a girl who looooves big, wild hair.  I'm just gonna have to get creative to keep from boredom.  In a couple of weeks, I'll be getting some baby twists put in to hold me down for another six weeks.  In the meantime, I'll be taking it one day, one PS at a time until then. :)  How are you ladies holding up?


  1. Doing pretty ok! For week 2 my hair is as your day 2 photo. I only style 1x per week. Nice pics!

  2. Hi MoiVal! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm going to narrow mine to 1x a week, too. I love twisted pinups. So easy and no fuss.