2015 Challenge: Let's grow an INCH of hair per MONTH!

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Fellow curly ladies,

This is my first time posting on this thread but I wanted to propose a challenge to grow the maximum amount of hair possible for each individual. Since it's nearly 2015 what better way to start the year than with a hair challenge?!

So it will run for 6 months, I will be starting on the 1st of January to the 1st of June 2015 - however if you join late count 6 months after your join date as your end date. The reason I'm doing this is because I was wearing lace wigs for a year with no results, no growth (in fact my hair broke off really badly). Then I started following people on YouTube and developed my own regime which is highlighted in the steps below. I cut all my hair off to a tiny TWA I was almost bald, stopped relaxing and in the past 4-5 months I’ve grown about 4 inches of HEALTHY hair.

So I propose a 2015 healthy hair challenge, aiming to grow an inch of hair per month by ensuring that everything we can possible do is done to maximise our results. Anyone can join the challenge, in fact I would love everyone to join, the more the merrier so that we can all motivate and encourage each other. This goes for everyone; type 2, 3 and 4 ladies are all welcome.
Who’s in?

The challenge guidelines are (try to do as many of these as possible):

• Wear protective or low manipulation styles at least 4 times a week, more if you can. These can be anything such as buns, twists, wigs and weaves. Note: If you are wearing wigs make sure you are plaiting or twisting your hair under the wig, the protective style should not mean that you are neglecting your hair.
• Trim hair, If needed, to prepare for the protective style challenge before starting to make sure your hair is in the best condition before starting.
• Moisturise and seal hair on a regular basis, the leave in moisturiser should have an ingredient that is water and use a natural oil to seal. Try to do this at least once every 2 days.
• Wash hair at least once every two weeks, this can be done anyway you like. Try to use a sulphate free shampoo most for the time and a chelating or clarifying shampoo once a month to remove build up and make sure to deep condition after every wash.
• No heat at all, besides steaming or hooded drying hair, so no flat/curling irons. Try to stretch your hair through methods such as curl formers and African threading.
• This challenge is not only for natural hair but if you are relaxed you should try to only relax twice during the six months.
• Try to take one type of health vitamin, this can be anything such a biotin, a multivitamin or MSM and sick to it for the duration of the challenge, provided you don’t have any unwanted side effects.
• Protect your hair at night if you can with a silk pillowcase or satin bonnet, this is really important for women with kinkier textures.
• Eat healthily because nourishment from the inside is just as important. Try to only eat junk if you must on the weekend and stay away from it during the week also eat at least one fruit or vegetable a day. This goes hand in hand with exercise so try to aim for at least an hour of exercise a week, this is anything from brisk walking to aerobics. The aim is to get the heart pumping and blood circulating.
• Try to drink a lot of water, aim for 8 glasses per day. Water intake is anything like squash that you add water to, sparkling water, flavoured water and even things like tea and coffee although these might not be the best because of the caffeine intake.
• Finally record your progress by taking a photo before the challenge starts and when it ends (1st June) to see how well you’ve done. You can also do length checks or however you wish to track your progress but try not to check every other day! It would be great if people could post their progress on this thread throughout the duration so we can keep each other motivated (my hair is currently in a protective style but when I take it out I will post my current length).



Post below your current length, desired length by the end of the 6 months, hair type and a photo if you can. Please also include other methods you will be using to grow your hair in conjunction with some of the guidelines above.
Then at the end of the challenge post your new length in comparison with the starting length to show off your progress.
The key is to encourage each other so feel free to rant, share progress or set back updates and post periodic updates so we can all see how you are doing.


Good luck everyone and I hope you all join me on the 2015 grow an inch per month challenge.

Last edited by CoilsonFleek; 12-30-2014 at 04:33 AM. Reason: Date confusion lol!
Okay so I'll get the ball rolling.
Hi everyone, I'm Chantal!
Current length: In-between neck and shoulder length when blown out.
Desired length: Armpit length, or current length with 6 inches more hair (lol).
Hair type: Type 4b, with some areas of 4a and 4c. Low porosity and medium thickness strands.
Things I will be doing in conjunction with the challange: I will also be using scalp massages to stimulate growth and possibly the inversion method? Has anyone had any good results with this method, let me know.
As I said in the above post i'll post a photograph as soon as I take my hair out of my current protective style.

Last edited by CoilsonFleek; 12-30-2014 at 03:28 AM.
I'm in!

Properties
* Hair type: weighed down 3b
* Thickness: very coarse mixed with medium
* Kinks in strands: yes
* Porosity: high below shoulders
* Length: 1" above navel (stretched) i.e. somewhat below waist
* Short-term goal length: navel when wet/stretched, but then I think I'm going retain that length this year until my ends are trimmed towards even.

What I already do to optimize my hair growth:
* Inversion weeks once a month. However, I already work out consistently so I don't know if it's very effective for sporty curlies. But it doesn't hurt for me.
* I use silica for stronger hair and nails. It definitely improves my nail strength.
* I already eat healthy, with limited refined sugar and grains intake (except during winter holiday ).
* Because of the humid winter, I currently wear my hair up with a jaw clip when I'm outside. When inside, I just wear a bun.
* I sleep with braids, but now less often because of better pillowcases.
* I sleep on a smooth silken pillowcase (made of smooth saree cloth).
* I (co-)wash my hair once a week and use low-poo once or twice a month. Clarifying happens once in a few months only.
* I only use the hood dryer as a heat source.
* Prior every wash, I deep-treat my hair with olive + sunflower oil (because coconut oil only works well for me during summer). Additional deep conditioning takes too much time for me lol.
* Every day or two I rehydrate my hair with conditioner and lubricate with oil.
* I stretch my hair by overnight braids and using a lot of conditioner . Also, the heat-damaged part is looser in curl pattern.
* Every other/two washes I do protein rinse-outs, but now during wintertime I take a break because retaining moisture is more important then.

ETA: what I also want to do to optimize my growth even more:
* Make braids of napes that curl the most tightly.
* Increase the protein intake in my eating habit.
* Making sure to drink sufficient water.
* I'm considering to use MSM again.
* Doing scalp massages outside inversion weeks too.
* Using an ayurvedic oils mix as pre-wash scalp massage.
* ETA: Cover my hair when I sunbathe during spring and summer in order te prevent further sun and heat absorption damage.

EDIT: updated my avatar.

Last edited by Fimu; 01-23-2015 at 08:35 AM.
I'm in!

Properties
* Hair type: weighed down 3b
* Thickness: very coarse mixed with medium
* Kinks in strands: yes
* Porosity: high below shoulders
* Length: waist
* Goal length: navel, but from that length I want to trim the ends until I have a more solid length.

How I want to optimize my growth:
* Continuing with inversion weeks once a month
* I use silica for stronger hair and nails, but I consider to take MSM again too.
* I already eat healthy, with limited refined sugar intake. But I want to increase my protein intake.
* Because of the humid winter, I currently wear my hair up with a jaw clip when I'm outside. When inside, I just wear a bun.
* I sleep with braids.
* I sleep on a smooth silken pillowcase.
* I wash my hair once a week and use low-poo once or twice a month.
* I only use the hood dryer as a heat source.
* Prior every wash, I deep-treat my hair with olive + sunflower oil. Additional deep conditioning takes too much time for me lol.
* Every day or two I rehydrate my hair with conditioner and lubricate with oil.
* I already stretch my hair by overnight braids and using a lot of conditioner .

Picture are coming soon!
Originally Posted by Fimu
So glad you're in, how is the inversion method, that's one of the techniques I plan to use in 2015?
Also great optimisation methods!
@CoilsonFleek: I don't know if my growth rate is enhanced by inversion, but it didn't hurt to continue it. I set an interval timer to massage each scalp section for 1 minute, but I don't use an oil on my scalp.
I think i'll be doing the same but with oil throughout the 6 months because even if the inversion doesn't help the massage can't hurt lol.
I am tottally in!!
So I am Paulina!
Hair type: 2c/3a
current lenght: about inch bellow shoulders
Porosity: low
Goal lenght: at least to seek my breasts

What I will do:
I think inversion once a week.
I will take three month a biotin.
I eat quiet healfy, almost vegetarian, sometimes in weekends I eat meat, because my boyfriend makes it.
I really like my loose hair, so i'm tying not to braid it or smth.. But I will braid it when i sleep definitely.
Currently I don't have silk pillow case, but i will buy one as soon as possible.
I am protein sensitive I think, so i will not use protein.
Once a week hot oil massage, every day scalp massage.
I air dry my hair.

SIx month challenge is deffinetly for me!!! In six month I will graduate, and i want long hair for my graduation day!!!
2C/3A; thick fine to medium hair; low porosity.

Current Products:

Pre- showe: olive oil
Co-Wash, conditioner: Giovanni Triple Tea Treatment
Stylers: Garnier Fructis curl shaping spray gel


"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ." -Albert Einstein
I am tottally in!!
So I am Paulina!
Hair type: 2c/3a
current lenght: about inch bellow shoulders
Porosity: low
Goal lenght: at least to seek my breasts

What I will do:
I think inversion once a week.
I will take three month a biotin.
I eat quiet healfy, almost vegetarian, sometimes in weekends I eat meat, because my boyfriend makes it.
I really like my loose hair, so i'm tying not to braid it or smth.. But I will braid it when i sleep definitely.
Currently I don't have silk pillow case, but i will buy one as soon as possible.
I am protein sensitive I think, so i will not use protein.
Once a week hot oil massage, every day scalp massage.
I air dry my hair.

SIx month challenge is deffinetly for me!!! In six month I will graduate, and i want long hair for my graduation day!!!
Originally Posted by kucikas
Great, I'm so glad you're in.
Looking forward to starting tomorrow, I had a cheeky Mcdonalds today but I start properly tomorrow lol.
I have been good with my vitamins for the past few months so that's become almost like routine for me now.
Do you or will you be taking any throughout the 6 months?
The inversion method is great! I've used it this year to maximize my growth, and I find I get about an extra 1/4"-1/2" if I do it regularly throughout the month. Even if you just massage your hair upside down in the shower with conditioner, it should work fine. It's all about the massage.
Fimu and BotticelliBrit like this.
2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density

NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Aussie Moist, TN Nourishing Moisture, YTCucs
DC: KC Stellar Strands
STYLER: Ouidad Climate Control, KCCC, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly, JC Rockin' Ringlets
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquats, parabens
I haven't been here or posted much but I'm in too.

Stats:
hair type: 3a/b
current length: collar bone when dry/curly
porosity: ? I'd say normal to high
short-term goal: boob length
long-term goal: (which is probably unrealistic for me) waist length

Current routine:
low-poo 1-2 times per week
satin pillowcase, sleep cap some nights
hair vitamins (from GNC)
minimal heat styling (only hood dryer on wash day)
wear down or loosely tied back most often
henna every month (cover those grays)
protein and moisturizing treatments at least once a month
minimal trimming

Things I may try:
inversion and scalp massage
increase water intake

The longest my hair has ever been my whole life is bra-strap length and it took a long time to get there. It grows very slow and I'm not even sure it's capable of achieving a longer length than that… but I'm going to try!

My picture is refusing to upload so I'll try again in another post…
Hi everyone!
My name is Kalea!

I have type 3c hair. I am transitioning so my length of natural hair is between twa around my edges and just touching my back in the middle. My goal length is armpit length. In conjunction with the other methods listed above, I will
- include scalp massages
- hot oil treatments
- try the inversion method
- try the monistat method??

I know a lot of people on YouTube have seen results from the monistat or "coochie cream" method but I'm not exactly sure to do it yet.

Let's start 2015 off right!! Fabulous and healthy!!!
Hi everyone!
My name is Kalea!

I have type 3c hair. I am transitioning so my length of natural hair is between twa around my edges and just touching my back in the middle. My goal length is armpit length. In conjunction with the other methods listed above, I will
- include scalp massages
- hot oil treatments
- try the inversion method
- try the monistat method??

I know a lot of people on YouTube have seen results from the monistat or "coochie cream" method but I'm not exactly sure to do it yet.

Let's start 2015 off right!! Fabulous and healthy!!!
Originally Posted by LeyahKC
I did monistat for a while… I'm not sure if it helped or not but I probably didn't do it long enough. I ran out and never got around to getting more. I would buy the cream (not the ointment) and put some in a squirt bottle with warm water and shake it until the cream was dissolved. From there I'd just apply it to my scalp right out of the shower after I'd washed my hair then style as usual. I only used it on wash days… wondering if it would make a difference to do it more often?
Hair Type: 4a/4b
Length: grazing apl in the front and grazing bsl in the back
Porosity: Normal and High? I'm not sure, my hair is weird
Goal: To Grow an inch a month

What I will do in order to accomplish this goal:
-Take half the dose of Maxi Hair Maximized everyday
-Make sure I'm hydrated
-A brief scalp massage everyday - a longer one on wash day with an oil (actually a silicone serum... is that alright?)
-Use my shampoo brush whenever I shampoo to stimulate my scalp more, and to make sure it is well clean
-Shampoo once every week or every two weeks
-Deep Condition after every shampoo for at least 30 minutes with heat (maybe overnight sometimes)
-Primary Protective Style: twists with my natural hair (either down or in a bun)
-Wear a scarf or a bonnet (or both) every night
-Trim a bit of my hair off every 3 months (so Twice during this challenge)

Edit: I found a really good video of how girl massages her scalp and I just started following it today. Right now my hair is straight so it's easy to do it this way, but maybe I will have to change it up when it's in it's natural state. Posting the link in case anyone wants to see it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9LpfBEkF7s
(Right now I'm doing the Inversion method since I started it before this challenge, and I do this massage before inverting)

Found another good scalp massage video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjmlZE1pjCg
Fimu and CoilsonFleek like this.
Goosefootprint Analysis:
Hair Strand Thickness
Root: Fine - Medium Midshaft: Medium Ends: Slightly Coarse

Hair Elasticity Dry: Normal

Hair Elasticity Wet: Low

Porosity
Roots: Low Midshaft & Ends: Mixture of Normal & Porous

Last edited by KinkyCoilyCurls; 01-04-2015 at 01:46 AM.
Happy new years everyone!
I began day 1 today and i'm inverting for the next week with oil and will be massaging 3 times a week for the rest of the time.
Hair Type: 4a/4b
Length: grazing apl in the front and grazing bsl in the back
Porosity: Normal and High? I'm not sure, my hair is weird
Goal: To Grow an inch a month

What I will do in order to accomplish this goal:
-Take half the dose of Maxi Hair Maximized everyday
-Make sure I'm hydrated
-A brief scalp massage everyday - a longer one on wash day with an oil (actually a silicone serum... is that alright?)
-Use my shampoo brush whenever I shampoo to stimulate my scalp more, and to make sure it is well clean
-Shampoo once every week or every two weeks
-Deep Condition after every shampoo for at least 30 minutes (maybe overnight sometimes)
-Primary Protective Style: twists with my natural hair (either down or in a bun)
-Wear a scarf or a bonnet (or both) every night
-Trim a bit of my hair off every 3 months (so Twice during this challenge)
Originally Posted by KinkyCoilyCurls
Sounds good, a silicone serum should be fine for massages. If you're worried about build up then maybe use a clarifying shampoo if you think your hair needs it.
This sounds wonderful. My hair grows nicely when I follow a strict regimen.

4a/4b low porosity hair
twa (4 1/2-5 1/2" average)
my ultimate goal is waist length hair but I hope to get apl by the end of this year

What I will do:
Wash hair with Shea Moisture & steam hair with Curl Rehab once a week
co wash bi weekly with Beauticurls
seal my ends with conditioner & shea butter
wear mini braids, box braids or wigs
take manetabolism
Hair Type: 4a/4b
Length: grazing apl in the front and grazing bsl in the back
Porosity: Normal and High? I'm not sure, my hair is weird
Goal: To Grow an inch a month

What I will do in order to accomplish this goal:
-Take half the dose of Maxi Hair Maximized everyday
-Make sure I'm hydrated
-A brief scalp massage everyday - a longer one on wash day with an oil (actually a silicone serum... is that alright?)
-Use my shampoo brush whenever I shampoo to stimulate my scalp more, and to make sure it is well clean
-Shampoo once every week or every two weeks
-Deep Condition after every shampoo for at least 30 minutes (maybe overnight sometimes)
-Primary Protective Style: twists with my natural hair (either down or in a bun)
-Wear a scarf or a bonnet (or both) every night
-Trim a bit of my hair off every 3 months (so Twice during this challenge)
Originally Posted by KinkyCoilyCurls
Sounds good, a silicone serum should be fine for massages. If you're worried about build up then maybe use a clarifying shampoo if you think your hair needs it.
Originally Posted by CoilsonFleek
Yes, that is my worry. If I feel like I can't get the product off my scalp, I will by a clarifying shampoo. Thanks!!
Goosefootprint Analysis:
Hair Strand Thickness
Root: Fine - Medium Midshaft: Medium Ends: Slightly Coarse

Hair Elasticity Dry: Normal

Hair Elasticity Wet: Low

Porosity
Roots: Low Midshaft & Ends: Mixture of Normal & Porous

Great, I'm so glad you're in.
Looking forward to starting tomorrow, I had a cheeky Mcdonalds today but I start properly tomorrow lol.
I have been good with my vitamins for the past few months so that's become almost like routine for me now.
Do you or will you be taking any throughout the 6 months?
Originally Posted by CoilsonFleek
Well, I am finishing one jar of sweets and I am saying good bye to sweets, at least i will eat not that much!!!
So CoilsonFleek, don't worry about eating, if you don't like it, tr to find recipies of healfy food in internet, it is hard sometimes, but we all here together are with you!!!
Yes I will take biotin vitamin pills, I will start on Sunday, because then I will get them!!! I totally want to groth my hair!! I feel sooo stupid that i cuted it so short not long ago, before i didn't knew CG method and other naturally stuff :/
2C/3A; thick fine to medium hair; low porosity.

Current Products:

Pre- showe: olive oil
Co-Wash, conditioner: Giovanni Triple Tea Treatment
Stylers: Garnier Fructis curl shaping spray gel


"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ." -Albert Einstein

Great, I'm so glad you're in.
Looking forward to starting tomorrow, I had a cheeky Mcdonalds today but I start properly tomorrow lol.
I have been good with my vitamins for the past few months so that's become almost like routine for me now.
Do you or will you be taking any throughout the 6 months?
Originally Posted by CoilsonFleek
Well, I am finishing one jar of sweets and I am saying good bye to sweets, at least i will eat not that much!!!
So CoilsonFleek, don't worry about eating, if you don't like it, tr to find recipies of healfy food in internet, it is hard sometimes, but we all here together are with you!!!
Yes I will take biotin vitamin pills, I will start on Sunday, because then I will get them!!! I totally want to groth my hair!! I feel sooo stupid that i cuted it so short not long ago, before i didn't knew CG method and other naturally stuff :/
Originally Posted by kucikas
I defiantly need to find some healthy recipes because I just get lazy and eat junk, I'm trying to stay away though I'm sure once I get used to it I will be okay.
I'm currently taking biotin also which had been really good for my water intake because I don't want to get any spots, I take it with a b complex which is also meant to stop outbreaks and recently have added MSM to my vitamin regiment.
I'm not sure how much I'm meant to be taking though so I'm currently on 2 1000mg pills per day and have been taking them for about a month now. I have heard the powder is better and should be taken with vitamin C so I might switch to that. If anyone has any insight regarding taking MSM for hair health/growth that they would be willing to share with me please let me know.
I have noticed my nails and hair everywhere (lol) does seem to be growing quicker. Hopefully this means my hair is making progress also.

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