Impromptu Length Check and Protective Style Challenge

Happy Sunday all !

Another year is coming to close and since I’m embarking on a 2014 Protective Style Challenge, I figured I do a length check before I hide this hair later on today. My hair has been stretched for the past two days so these should be pretty accurate measurements.

First up here are my measurements from a year ago 12/25/12:
Back: 8 1/4 inches
Side: 8 1/4 inches
Front: 8 1/2 inches
Middle: 8 1/2 inches


Fast forward to today 12/28/13:
Front: 11 1/2 inches
Left Side: 11 inches
Right Side: 9 1/2 inches
Middle: 11 inches
Back: 10 inches

2013 Length Check

So pretty much my hair has grown about 1.5 to 3 inches all around. My right side is shorter than my left because I decided to cut off a few of my colored ends so that’s why there is a large difference between the left and the right.

But any who my mission is to pretty much double my growth from 2013, I would like to reach 15 inches all around my head and hopefully reach BSL by end of 2014.

So with that being said here are the details to my personal Protective Style Challenge:
Begins: January 1st, 2014
Ends: December 31st, 2014
Goal: Healthy Hair and Length Retention


Eat Balanced Meals:
Snacks in between that promote healthy hair growth; Walnuts, carrots, spinach etc.

Increase Daily Water Intake:
According to a water calculator online, my daily intake should be about 2 Liters a day. I will be keeping track with a water intake app.

Take Daily Vitamins:
This part is optional but I want to see if Hairfinity vitamins really are effective so I’m going to be taking them for a year straight.
Hairfinity vitamins
Target Adult Gummy Multivitamins

Wash Regimen:
Since my hair will be in a PS for pretty much the whole year, my wash regimen will be slightly modified.
It will look like this for the winter/spring months:

Shampoo – once every 4 – 6 weeks
CoWash – once every 3 weeks (depending on my style)
Protein Treatment: every other wash day
Deep Condition: 1x a week
LCO & massaging edges: every 2-3 days

For the Summer/Fall months:
Shampoo – once a month
Cowash – every other week
Protein Treatment: every other wash day
Deep Condition: 2x a week
LCO & massaging edges: every 2-3 days

Protective Style:

I’ll be hiding my hair for about the whole 2014. I’m only planning on straightening my hair for my nappiversary in July.
But for those of you who want to still wear their hair out, keep those ends protected for 5 out of the 7 days of the week.
Styles include: buns, two strand twists, box braids, yarn wraps, twist/braid outs, etc. Get creative.

I’m staying away from trims until my nappiversary.

I’ll be posting pictures and measurements every two months.

Right Side –
Left Side –

December – final measurements

That’s pretty much it. The goal is to reach BSL by December 14 and of course grow healthy hair.
Will you join me?
Peace and Love ❀


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