Challenges Hair Care

‘Go Hard’ Length Retention Challenge Part 1

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So, last week I cut my hair (more on that Thursday). Now my hair is back at 12 inches, which has lit a fire under me. I plan to now focus all my hair care energy on retaining length.

I no longer need to hunt for products because I really have found a list of staples that very well work for my hair. Plus, I want to use up some of my stash cause its getting crazy again. Accordingly, I plan to also make it my mission for part 1 of this challenge to “Use Up The Stash.”

The Length Retention Plan

For the first four months I will focus on retaining closer to 1 inch each month. I also plan to settle the debate about whether protective styling is better for retaining length. In August and October I will wear my hair out, and for September and November I will keep my hair in a protective style (no added hair).

I plan to moisturize my hair and to religiously take vitamins every single day. For part 1 of the length retention challenge, I plan to focus on making sure all products I use contain Aloe Vera. Also, for the first month I plan to use a silicone serum regularly.

Lastly, I will get my hair straightened and trimmed every four months by a trusted stylist. This is a huge change for me, but necessary. The goal is to keep my ends juicy and healthy and to cut down on friction from manipulation.

The Breakdown

The short list:

  • August and October, wear my hair loose and free
  • September and November, month long protective style
  • December 1, straighten and trim
  • Moisturize daily
  • Use products with Aloe Vera in the ingredient list or use straight Aloe Vera
  • Take Vitamins Daily
  • August – use a silicone based serum to seal
  • Monthly length checks

Current Stats

I have kinky type 4 hair (mostly 4b/c with a little a thrown in. I have fine strands with medium density, and I usually retain a 1/2 inch each month. My hair is currently 12 inches with freshly trimmed ends. All my curls are intact with no damaged straight pieces. I no longer get lots of single strand knots (more on that to come), I do not have trouble detangling, and my hair is prone to dryness.

Length Goal part 1 : 3 inches

Who wants to join me?

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  • Reply
    July 31, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I’ll join you. I’ll take my hair measurements today. I also have medium density fine strands I have normal porosity and my ends are nicely trimmed as well. My hair love aloe vera so I have that in most of my products and I also use it in my spray bottle. I have an extensive stash but I have narrowed my products down to things I know my hair likes.
    I do have one question why are you using a silicone based products to seal?

    • Reply
      July 31, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks for joining me! I usually use silicones to seal in the dead of summer. August is the hotest most humid month in Florida and Silicones do a better just stopping moisture loss than oils and butters. As long as they are properly cleansed out and I do not use silicones long term, I’ve never had an issue.

      • Reply
        August 4, 2017 at 8:29 pm

        Ok I can try using a silicone to seal as well. What silicone based product are you using to seal with now and do you only use that product on your ends or all over your head? Thanks in advance for your reply.

        • Reply
          August 5, 2017 at 9:57 am

          I am currently using the Fantasia IC Coconut Oil Serum to seal my ends daily and after leave-in on my ends after washing.

          • Tasha
            August 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm

            Ok thanks. I did my light trim and hair measurements. I have a length check T shirt and right now my hair is at line #5 so my goal is for my hair to be at line #7 (which would be 2″ of growth) by the end of the year. I’m so ready!! All the best ladies 🙂

          • Missmusic12
            August 7, 2017 at 8:12 am

            I should get a length check shirt. Would make things easier. May I ask from where you bought your shirt?

          • Tasha
            August 7, 2017 at 9:42 am

            I got mines from many years ago, but I don’t think that site is working anymore. You may can just Google length check t-shirts and see if you can find some. I know there are some YouTube videos that show you how you make your own but I’m not that crafty LOL.

          • Missmusic12
            August 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

            Thank you!

  • Reply
    July 31, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Ditto to Tasha! I’m in!
    I’ve maintained 4-5 inches during my pregnancy but now that my baby is 2 months I would like to continue growing my hair. I alternated between protective styles (braids, wigs, and a weave) and low manipulation based on my energy levels. I just got a press and trim so I’m ready! I will also return to work during the protective part of this challenge so it’s perfect!

    • Reply
      August 2, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Thanks for joining me! Let’s do this!

  • Reply
    August 3, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I’m going to join you, i’ve recently gone back to using silicones and I’ve noticed a dramatic decrease in my ssk’s

    • Reply
      August 3, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Interesting. I am keeping track of the effects this time, so I hope to report something positive at the end of the month.

    • Reply
      August 4, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Have they? What silicone based products would you suggest? My hair is overrun with SSKs currently.

      • Reply
        August 4, 2017 at 3:15 pm

        I just use a silicone based serum to seal. Right now I am using the Fantasia IC Coconut Oil Serum or the Shea Butter Serum, but I also like the Paul Mitchel Serums.

  • Reply
    August 29, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I’ll join you! Can you do a vlog/blog post about the protective styles you are planning for September – I need ideas of non weave protective styles i.e. mini twist…

    • Reply
      August 30, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Yay! Welcome. I actually plan to do a video every protective style month detailing the style and how I maintain it, so stay tuned!

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