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Protective Styling Challenge, July 1 - August 31, 2011


Protective Styling Challenge, July 1 - August 31, 2011

Join this group if you want to take part in our 2-month protective styling challenge!! Let's retain that length!

Members: 91
Latest Activity: Nov 25, 2013

Discussion Forum

How Tight is Too Tight?

Started by Tyneshia Duren. Last reply by Roni Met May 30, 2012. 1 Reply

So I'm transitioning to my natural hair after years of relaxers. I chopped off a good portion and have been rocking twist outs for some time. I've decided to put in yarn braids to protect my hair and…Continue

Tags: styling, protective, installiation, yarn, braids

Progress....Have you seen any improvement in length/strength since the start of the challenge

Started by Jodi-Ann P. (Forum Ambassador). Last reply by Melissa B Dec 24, 2011. 8 Replies

This challenge is about using protective styling to promote healthy hair in all areas including increased moisture retention, length retention and increased hair strength. We are half way through…Continue

How do you keep your edges neat?

Started by Agbeke. Last reply by Leah Nov 7, 2011. 3 Replies

So I alternate between two french braids and flat twist up dos but I've always struggled with my in I really didn't do much with them. And as a result my styles end up looking a bit rough.…Continue

Protecting My Hair When I Go To Bed

Started by Deneya Carter Aug 26, 2011. 0 Replies

What I do before I go to bed is put my hair in two braids. That makes my hair wavy when I take it out in the morning.

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Comment by Mawusi on July 8, 2011 at 5:00am
I'm joining the group a bit late! This is a great idea, I love this blog and I'm happy this forum exists now :)

Well, I already do protective styles with flat twists and braids and my hair grows fast but I manipulate my hair too much for proper rentention. At the most I make it to 2 weeks before my hair looks too scruffy. I'm going to do box braids for the challenge. These should be ideal as I can wash and condition with them in for several weeks not just 2. My only worry is styling the braids to suit my uneven lengths (long in back, shorter in front: mullet!) I plan to do them this Sunday on the 10th take them out on the 3rd of September!
Comment by FELECIA J. COLEMAN on July 5, 2011 at 10:09pm
I have been loose braiding my hair and alternating between wearing a half wig and full wig and am just 14 wks post relaxer. I need extensions in order for them to last longer as my hair has suffered damage is not that long and my ends are straight. I had it trimmed and  have been advised to use wigs instead for now to avoid the stress of braids. Any other suggestions out there? I need help! I've been having a time trying to figure out what to do for my hair while I'm waiting.  I'm very glad to hazve found this natual community.
Comment by Leila N. on July 5, 2011 at 9:36pm

@foreversunshine... Welcome!


Comment by foreversunshine on July 4, 2011 at 4:48pm
I'm looking forward to this challenge.  Not everyone is supportive of my transition so its great to have a place to share ideas.
Comment by Agbeke on July 3, 2011 at 9:48am

i'm in! and a little nervous because i'm equally style challenged but Valeaka's hair looks really nice so maybe I'll copy her idea and find a stylist.

Comment by Aliya Headen on July 2, 2011 at 7:20pm
Yay!! I am so excited to join you, ladies. I was getting ready to start a challenge for myself but it is always nice to share the journey!
Comment by Leila N. on July 2, 2011 at 4:24pm
@Valeaka... Hey now! You're a Chicago natural!! You gotta say hi at the next meetup! And the style is GORGEOUS!
Comment by Valeaka Freeman on July 2, 2011 at 2:11pm
Unfortunately, I'm not really good at styling my hair. I actually went to Alicia Tucker(Afrosnbabyhair), the hair professional I met at the BGLH events in May and June. She was great! I would like the style to last for two weeks. I plan on spraying it with the Shea Moisture Styler and Carols Daughter Vanilla Tui leave in conditioner. *Crossing my fingers*
Comment by Leila N. on July 2, 2011 at 2:01pm
@Valeaka.... It looks amazing!! Did you do it yourself? It might not last, but even if you have to take it down after a few days and re-do, that's fine!
Comment by Valeaka Freeman on July 2, 2011 at 1:50pm
I started yesterday.Here is my new protective style.I just hope it lasts.

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