My healthy lifestyle habits leave much to be desired. It is for this reason that I have launched the 100-Day Health & Hair Challenge. Mine will last from September 24, 2012 – January 1, 2013. Hopefully, I will be starting the new year with a new lifestyle that is healthier and habitual.
So why the hair? Doing protective styles (especially long-term protective styles) allow us the ability to exercise without worrying about messing up out twist-outs. The bonus - hair usually thrives and shows more length when
You can start whenever you choose. Read below to check out the rules of the challenge.
- Hair should be in a protective style (short-term or long-term) at all times except between styling of course (no more than a day).
- Do not use direct heat (hooded dryers are OK or only use the tention-blowdrying method for blow-dryers.) No heat is preferable.
- Deep condition regularly or keep hair moisturized and protein rich to keep hair strong. Blog posts will follow with information on how to maintain a good moisture-protein balance.
- Do not brush your hair while dry. (This makes it more susceptible to breakage.)
- Exercise everyday for at least 10-60 minutes depending on your health and vitality. Yes, EVERY single day.
- Eat healthier. Select a HEALTHY diet (not a fad diet) that you can stick to even after you have ended this challenge
- NO sodas, no bacon (fried salt and fat), fried chips, ice cream or whatever your big unhealthy weakness is. This is the minimal thing to enter
- Keep a journal. Record how you feel every day or as often as possible. It helps you to know how far you have come at the end of your journey.
- If possible, record your hair growth, body weight and measurements at the beginning and end of this journey. This can be private or public.
- Eliminate salt and sugar as much as possible from your diet.
Examples of Long-Term Protective Styles (styles lasting over 2 weeks)
- braids extensions
- natural plaits or twists
- sew-in weaves (glue is too damaging)
- wigs (with a protective wig cap underneath)
- watch YouTube and search Google for more protective style ideas.
Examples of Short-Term Protective Styles (styles lasting under 7-14 days)
- Basic Updos
- Any style that keeps the ends of your hair covered from natural elements (eg cold air)
- Chiney bumps (Bhantu Knots)
- watch YouTube and search Google for more short-term protective style ideas.
What is a Protective Style?
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