Try out this 30 Day Natural Hair Care Challenge. The goal of this challenge isn’t natural hair growth but the end result will be length-retention and longer hair!
The past two years, I’ve struggled to stay consistent with my natural hair regimen, and I know I’m not the only one who’s let hair care slide on their priority list. Most of us know what we need to do to attain healthy hair, but for whatever reason, we procrastinate on doing it.
But at the same time, we know the Natural Hair Fairy isn’t about to sweep in and gift us with long, shiny, bouncy locks. She wants to see us put in the work.
So I thought, what better way to motivate myself (and others struggling with consistency) than to create a Natural Hair Care Challenge? Because let’s be honest… we’re all a little susceptible to peer-pressure.
Originally, this was a time-sensitive challenge, but now that the official dates have passed, you can grab a friend and commit to 30 days together! Or if you’re going solo, slide into my Instagram DM’s and I’ll be your cheerleader for 30 days!!
Tell me more about this Natural Hair Challenge, you say?
Accountability and consistency are its two pillars.
This challenge isn’t another Natural Hair Growth Challenge, because that’s not what we’re focusing on. Instead, this is a Natural Hair Care Challenge, focusing on healthy hair through consistency. (Which *will* help with growth/length-retention in the long-term.)
Through a sense of community (i.e. those also taking part in the challenge), you’ll have people to be accountable to. People on the same journey, motivating you along.
This hair care challenge goes for 30 days. But, the real goal is to build up habits that will carry you past the end of the month. I also hope that when this challenge is “officially” over, people can still find this page, and challenge their friends at any time of the year to commit to consistency.
Maybe you’re thinking…
But I’m a lazy natural! These hair challenges are always so intense and specific.
Fair. I’m lazy too.
Like… really, really lazy.
With the exception of some very basic hair care rules (which are outlined below), this challenge is pretty flexible. I’m not telling you when, where, and how, to wash your hair, or with what products. I just want to make sure you are taking care of it.
The beauty of the challenge is that I’m trusting you to know your hair. And if you don’t, that’s okay too. If you officially sign up for this challenge, on top of encouragement, you’ll receive some Natural Hair Care tips directly to your inbox!
And of course, my DMs and email are always open! If I don’t know the answer, I’m happy to point you to my favourite resources.
Hair Challenge rules:
Okay. Now let’s get down to business.
♦ You MUST sleep either on a satin pillow or with your hair covered in a scarf or bonnet.
♦ No HEAT styling. That blowout can wait, girl. This month, we’re giving our hair its best chance.
Times you can use heat during this hair care challenge: When doing a treatment (hot oil, deep condition, protein treatment, etc.), and you’re consciously opening up your cuticles to maximize the benefits!
♦ Keep your hair PROTECTED. We know we have places to be and looks to slay, but try to keep your hair in a protective style at least 80% of the month. Rock your twist out for that party you’re going to, maybe if you’re feeling fancy, savour that day 2 hair fro, but then get them back into twists or braids.
♦ Low manipulation styles please. (This is tied into the above). Now isn’t the time to be pulling out your edges. Stick to a style that doesn’t pull the hair from your scalp, and that you can leave for a few days to a week without really touching it. (What do I do? I twist up my hair into about 16 twists using the LCO method, then keep them tied back for work).
♦ Re-moisturize weekly (at minimum). I’m leaving this pretty open. For me, this looks like a full wash-day once a week. Depending on what products I use on wash-day, midweek refreshes aren’t always that effective for me. This is because I can’t remoisturize with product already built up on my strands. It won’t sink in properly-and I’ll probably end up with flakiness from product buildup.
And while you’re at it, to give your hair it’s best chance, go ahead and give your curls a trim before you start. If your natural hair is full of dead ends, it’s going to be more prone to breakage, hindering all of your hair care progress.
Maybe you thought that was a lot of things, and if you did, that’s cool. Do that for the next 30 days, and you’ll still be golden. But…
If you’re looking to level up…
Here are are some things you can challenge yourself to introduce into your natural hair care routine over the next 30 days.
- Scalp Massages (stimulates hair growth…and it just feels nice)
- Hot Oil Treatments (promotes moisture retention)
- Protein Treatments (if your hair is feeling a little mushy, and needs some strength)
So… you may be thinking…
That’s great, but how does that connect me with others?
First of all. This hair care challenge has a hashtag: #30DayswithCGC (Comfygirlcurls.. that’s me!). Use it to share updates about your journey, and to connect with fellow-challenge mates, past and present.
Second… WE HAVE A BINGO!! (And some bonus activities!) Now that the official 30 day challenge has passed, you can still do the bingo for fun! And through participating, you’ll connect with others, or you and your friends can keep each other accountable!
So, if your’re ready to join us on this natural hair care challenge, follow the hashtag #30DayswithCGC on Insta, and drop your email below. I’ll send out some words of encouragement throughout the month, some hair care tips.
So. Are you ready?
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