As the new year approaches, we all take a little time out to reflect and set our new goals and resolutions. If we can do that for everything else, why can’t we do it for our hair? Natural hair challenges are fun because they make us do the extra hair care steps in our regimen that we normally forget. Here are a few popular natural hair challenges that you may want to try in the new year for healthy and moisturized hair:
No Heat Challenge
Most No Heat ‘challenges’ last around 6 months. Depending on how often you use heat in your regimen, this challenge can either be extremely easy or extremely hard for you.
The truth is that heat can be very detrimental to natural hair, especially if it is used often. Many naturals that constantly use heat experience heat damage and notice that their curls are a lot looser, if not completely straight. The bad thing about heat damage is that hair cannot bounce back from it after a certain point, and you have to either cut the damage or grow it out.
You can probably find a blogger hosting a no heat challenge, or you can start one yourself. Try to stop using heat altogether for six months. Instead, opt for heatless hair styles like rod sets (perm/ flexi/ etc), along with low manipulation styles like braid outs, twist outs, and bantu knots.
Spend more time cowashing and deep condition at least once per week. At the end of the six months, you will notice that your curls are moisturized, more defined, and much stronger. You may even decide to extend your no heat challenge a little longer (I know I did!).
Protective Style Challenge
A protective style challenge can be done in increments of months, depending on how often you change or refresh your protective style. Some protective style challenges can last up to six months, with short breaks to let your hair ‘breathe’.
Protective styling basically means protecting your ends and not manipulating your hair every day. There are a variety of protective styles that you can do. If you don’t want to use extension hair of any kind, here are a few protective styles that you can try:
If you are up for using extension hair (whether it’s Marley hair, natural hair extensions, bundles, etc), here are a few other protective styles that you can try:
Whatever protective style you decide to try, make sure that you care for your hair the entire time you have it. At the end of your protective style challenge you can notice that your hair has grown and retained length without constant manipulation.