IT’S OFFICIALLY HERE! THE 6 MONTH PROTECTIVE STYLE HAIR GROWTH CHALLENGE

It’s officially here!!! My big hair growth challenge of 2016 and one that I’ve had in the pipeline for quite some time…

Since my decision to go natural and the official start of my natural hair journey, I’ve focused on one thing above all else… hair health. With a completely new texture to embrace and new regimen to figure out I wanted to take things slow and perfect those things before focusing on growth.

Well, I’m happy to say 2+ years later my hair is the healthiest it’s ever been, and all that’s left for me to do now is grow it, grow it, grow it! To do that I’ve decided that protective styling is my best bet. It promotes low manipulation, no heat damage, and on top of that the challenge has a whole bunch of benefits that go beyond hair growth. Check out the video (below) and challenge rules for yourself, trust me you’re bound to see some amazing results!

IT’S OFFICIALLY HERE! THE 6 MONTH PROTECTIVE STYLE HAIR GROWTH CHALLENGE

Now onto the best part of the challenge, you can join in too! Here are the rules:

Rule 1 – Take a before photo
Rule 2 – Be nutrition focused (up your fruit & veg intake)
Rule 3 – Take Vitamins/Supplements (optional)
Rule 4 – Increase your H2O drinking game
Rule 5 – Chose a long or short-term protective style
Rule 6 – Wash and deep condition your hair at best 2x a month and at the very least once a month
Rule 7 – Moisturise your strands
Rule 8 – No heat tools + reduced use of tools in general + finger detangling
Rule 9 – Baggy & add Peppermint essential oil to your scalp lotion/oil (optional)
Rule 10 – Be patient & take photos!

IT’S OFFICIALLY HERE! THE 6 MONTH PROTECTIVE STYLE HAIR GROWTH CHALLENGE

If you would like to join simply use the hashtag #lyt6mpschallenge on any of your social media accounts such as Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook. Better yet, if you’ll be tracking your progress via your very own blog, then click on the blue ‘add your link’ button below to add yourself to the challenge so that myself and others can follow your progress and blog posts too!

I’ll be checking in with you every two months or at the challenge half way mark. The official start date of the challenge is January 18th and the end date is July 18th.

READY FOR SOME SERIOUS GROWTH? PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE KIT

If you hadn’t already heard, the 2016 LYT protective style hair growth challenge officially kicks off tomorrow!
I took some time out this week to stock up on some of the challenge supplies that I had run out of, or simply needed to buy in time for Mondays start. I thought it would be good to show you exactly which tools/products I plan on using over the next 6 months, and so with that said I present to you my 6 month protective style challenge battle kit!

Rule 1 – Take a before photo
I will be posting my length check photo tomorrow on Instagram, be sure to check it out and tag your starter photos with the #lyt6mpschallenge hashtag

Rule 2 – Be nutrition focused (up your fruit & veg intake)
As well as eating more fruits and vegetables in general and alongside my meals, I have my trusty and amazing Nutribullet on deck for daily smoothies as well as a stash of silica rich Bamboo Tea which I also plan on drinking every day.

READY FOR SOME SERIOUS GROWTH? PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE KIT

Rule 3 – Take Vitamins/Supplements (optional)
As per a comment from a lovely Youtube subscriber I have switched out my vitamin D3 supplements [which were shown in the challenge video], with a bottle of Pure Cod Liver Oil. The reader advised that this would be a better form of vitamin D and I couldn’t agree any more. Cod liver oil is one of the richest sources of vitamin A & D and I’m always happy to try more natural forms of anything that is to be taken orally.

READY FOR SOME SERIOUS GROWTH? PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE KIT

Rule 4 – Increase your H2O drinking game
As mentioned in the challenge video I have my Waterlogged app on deck and also ordered this super cute water bottle which should hopefully arrive in time for the challenge start.

Rule 5 – Chose a long or short-term protective style
Wigs, wigs and more wigs!

Rule 6 – Wash and deep condition your hair at best 2x a month and at the very least once a month
All stocked up on my current favourite shampoo and deep conditioner.


Rule 7 – Moisturise your strands
I have a tonne of moisturisers I will be alternating over the next 6 months, but the ever so light Mango Lassi Conditioning Hair Milk by Sheadecadence always wins first place, because of just how delicious it smells and how soft it leaves my hair when paired with a good baggying session.

READY FOR SOME SERIOUS GROWTH? PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE KIT

Rule 8 – No heat tools + reduced use of tools in general + finger detangling
As it stands I have not used tools on my natural hair for quite some time, so fingers crossed this part will be easy!

Rule 9 – Baggy & add Peppermint essential oil to your scalp lotion/oil (optional)
I have added Peppermint Oil to my scalp oil, edge control [yes you read right, anything that has access to my scalp has been given the Peppermint oil blessing!], and also to my shampoo for the menthol boost which will encourage stimulation and thus encourage growth.

READY FOR SOME SERIOUS GROWTH? PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE KIT

Rule 10 – Be patient & take photos!
Six months will fly by so I have set a monthly reminder in my calendar to journal my thoughts on the challenge and any observations as the months go on. of course I’ll be sure to fill you in each step of the way!

If you’re yet to join the challenge or are hearing about the challenge for the first time, no worries, you’re not too late! As long as you do your best to follow the challenge rules you can join in at any time! Check out this post for full details.

MY PROTECTIVE STYLE CHALLENGE RESULTS

I’m so happy to finally be able to share the results of my 6 month protective style challenge with you. Unlike any other challenge [check out the initial challenge video here] or length check I’ve done here on the blog, this one had me particularly nervous. There were a few occasions just before the official length check reveal, when I became slightly panicked by the thought of a set back. There’s no doubt I’m extremely happy things didn’t turn out that way.

I’m in the process of putting together a post on top tips for growth when protective styling, but until that is ready I have a new video up on YouTube showing my progress, as well sharing on the rules of the challenge that I followed and those that I didn’t.

A New Favourite | Top Knot Faux Bun Tutorial

Yes I know, where have I been?! Ladies the count down is real, less than 30 days before I say I do and the pressure is building! Wedding planning thus far has been a walk in the park, in fact it’s been so relaxed I would do it all over again! *Disclaimer* If of course someone else would settle the bill!!! But now with just a few weeks to go my weekdays and weekends are a mixture of Bridal showers [yes plural], final guest list screening and ordering furniture and other things for our new home.Either way I’m here and whilst the blog may have been neglected for a few weeks, my hair most certainly hasn’t. Mind you I’m always talking Haircare on one of my other social media outlets so if you’re wondering where I am they are a great place to start!

A New Favourite | Top Knot Faux Bun Tutorial

Right so enough of the excuse making and back to this post! Over the past couple of weeks London has seen almost all four seasons and the current season is [thank God] summer! Whilst I absolutely adore this time of the year, it almost always reverts my twist outs back to a fro as soon as I get on the train for work in the morning. To deal with my reversion frustrations I decided a few days back to go for a slightly different look and ended up with this sleek top knot bun.Now before you hit play on the video, let me say this is an awesome protective style for both natural and relaxed hair. The trick is to find some hair extensions which suit the texture of your hair and then the work is done. You can remove the faux hair before bed and do a quick Moisturise and Seal or LCO session before you hit the sack.

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE PROTECTIVE STYLES TO DATE | SLEEK PONYTAIL WITH CLIP INS + GIVEAWAY

Sometimes just sometimes a girl needs a new look. Honestly, if you ever find yourself stuck in a rut about life, whatever your worries/concerns may be, get yourself a new hairstyle and tell me it doesn’t make you feel that little bit better!

One of my greatest concerns when switching things up with my hair, is the expected manipulation. I’ve maintained a relatively low manipulation regimen for the most part of my natural hair journey, and believe this is one of the main factors behind the pretty great length and health I’ve achieved since going natural.
Check out this post: My Protective Style Challenge Results!

When it comes to hairstyles as I’m sure you already know from this post: Five Ways To Style Straight Natural Hair, I keep things very simple. I’m a low bun, high bun or twist out kinda girl, occasionally rocking wigs when I feel lazy.

Of recent however, I’ve become obsessed with clip ins, and the variety of hairstyles you can pull off without doing your hair any damage. If you’re subscribed to my channel on YouTube you may have already caught my most recent video. This hairstyle took me less than 15 minutes to install and I just can’t get enough of it!

As I haven’t done a giveaway in some time I thought now would be perfect. I’ll  be giving away two bundles of the HerGivenHair ‘Blow Out Kinky Clip Ins’ in 18′. There will be two winners both receiving one bundle each. If you’d like to know more about HerGivenHair then do check out their site here. Alongside my video there are many positive reviews on YouTube, which testify to the great hair quality and customer service that the HerGivenHair team offer.