Good Hair Diaries - Grow With Me Protective Style Challenge

By . - Sunday, January 13, 2013

Grow With Me Protective Style Challenge

February 1, 2013 to March 29, 2013


  1. Take a starting picture of your hair
  2. Choose any hairstyle where the ends of your hair are tucked away for a solid 8 weeks
  3. Base your scalp with castor oil at least once per week
  4. Shampoo once per week
  5. Deep condition once per week
  6. Must moisturize and seal using the L.O.C. Method
  7. Not cuts or trims during the challenge
  8. Remove protective hair style after 8 weeks
  9. Take a picture of your hair after 8 weeks
I hope to have my hair retain at least an inch (2.5 cm) of hair growth during the 8 weeks. Anything is possible!

Starting Picture 

January 2013

Protective Styles to Consider

Phony Bun
Box Braids
Sew-in Weave
Phony Ponytail

Will you be joining in the Grow With Me Challenge? If so, what protective style are you considering? Remember that you have 20 days to get what you need to participate in the challenge. leave us a comment below!

Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!

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  1. I would love to join your challenge!!! I just need to come up with some protective styles before it starts!

    1. Yes! The more the merrier ;) Thanks for the comment.

  2. Replies
    1. Awesome, Jennice. Thanks for the comment!

    2. Is it possible for me to just sock bun my hair for the 8 weeks?

    3. No, you can sock bun, phony pony and phony bun for a week at a time, but the hair elastic needs to be moved a different position to prevent breakage. That way you can also be sure to wash, deep condition and oil the scalp weekly according to the rules. Try it.

  3. I've been growing my natural hair via protective styles for over 2 years and just 2 months ago i've been using the cg method. I wanna see how fast my hair will grow without protective styles so it will be the opposite of your challenge:) My products: Tresseme Naturals conditioner, warm water and aloe vera hair gel, that is all! I'll post starting pics at the end of a January.

    1. Oh this is very interesting, Fatsani. I would like to ask you take lots of pictures through your challenge and perhaps we can feature you hair results on Good Hair Diaries. Thanks for commenting!

  4. I think Im going to go with the phony pony but I have a couple of questions
    1)What does it mean to base my hairvwith oil?
    2)Do I take the pony out every week to wash and condition?

    1. 1. Just grease your scalp with castor oil. That's what I mean by 'basing'.

      2. Yes, you take your pony down weekly, wash, deep condition, moisturize and base, and then you put that sucker back in.

  5. I will definately take pictures weekly or bi-weekly depending on what you think would work. I would love to see if any the differences in retaining length with or without protective styles. Lets please get more willing naturals on board it may be interesting.

  6. I will definitely be joining in! Mo hair to everyone!

  7. Hey laddies. Does having yaki braids count as a protective style for your ends? I would love to do the challange but I have yaki in my hair and I know my roots or protected but what about my tips?and the rest of my hair?

    1. If your natural hair is all braided up and the yaki is all that's left out, cool. If not, it's not protecting the ends of your hair, therefore it's not a protective style. You could wear the hair up, not use heat and moisturize your ends every few days, but I can't guarantee the success. Thanks for the question.

  8. Im sooooo happy i found this challenge today! Im sooooo taking part! Im already weaved up but im still participating! Super excited!

  9. Only saw the challenge now but im most definately joining!! My hair is weaved up but im soo participating!! Super excited


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