Kim Coles’ Grow Out Challenge

I took the plunge! I kept looking at the blogs on the NaturallyCurly Website for Kim Coles’ Grow Out Challenge and finally decided to join. The challenge “dares you to forgo bad habits during this 6 month quest for BIG, healthy natural hair.” I kept reading the blogs and thinking that my hair was in such bad condition that I couldn’t possibly join. Then I thought about it and realized that that’s exactly what the challenge is about! So I’ll be learning and taking better care of my hair for the next 6 months and forever. My goal is to grow out the rest of my perm with minimal breakage. My hair has already suffered enough.

I wouldn’t say that I wasn’t taking care of my hair, but there’s just so much to learn about natural hair. When you don’t know, you just can’t do any better.

All that to say that I’ll be blogging here and there! So far I’ve been doing separate posts. I’m not sure that it’ll continue that way. I’m taking it one day at a time.

Now to the juicy stuff…

So everyone over there had been talking about this twist and curl, so I finally decided to try it this evening. Not such a great idea to try it in the evening because I’m not sure my hair will dry by the morning. I washed my hair and deep conditioned it with Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Conditioner with some added olive oil. I used to do this on my relaxed hair and it worked out so well. I’m not sure I really liked the results on my natural hair. It did look shinier, but it was very tangled. It didn’t give me that soft finish that my Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner does.

After I rinsed out the conditioner, I two strand twisted it and rolled it on these foam rods. Hopefully I get great results in the morning. If not… TRAGEDY!!!!

This is my 15 months of natural hair. I feel like it should be more, but such is life. You can clearly see the line of demarcation and how thin the permed ends are. Good thing I stopped perming. When I see pics like this, I get tempted to just cut off the permed part.

This pic is my twist and curl.  Tomorrow I’ll post pics of the outcome. I’m hoping for the best. Edit: Memo to myself…  don’t overlap the hair when setting it on the rod. It won’t dry! 

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6 thoughts on “Kim Coles’ Grow Out Challenge

  1. That looks like a good set to me!!! Now, if only it dries, right?! If it doesn’t, DON’T fluff/separate it! See if you can just pin the ends into curls and let it air dry. I don’t know how long it takes you to get to work, but if it’s a little drive, it might dry sufficiently for you to release the ends. Thanks for visiting my blog=)! I knew Rece sounded familiar=).

    • Thanks for the tip! I’m currently sitting under the dryer praying for a miracle tomorrow! Lol. I generally don’t devote a lot of time to my hair (or anything) in the morning because I have to be out of the house by 6:30, but we’ll see. I’m hopeful *fingers crossed*

  2. I always overlap the ends or the rollers won’t stay but thats why my ends never dry. Can’t wait to see you let it down! Oh and I’m adding you to my blogroll so I have easy access!

    • It came out much better than anything else I’ve tried recently. I love it! I think overlapping the ends isn’t too bad, but I realized I overlapped it a lot up at the roots where the hair is thicker and there’s less air getting to that part. Good thing I realized it in the night and didn’t wake up in the morning to wet hair. Thanks for the inspiration! Now I see why it’s the base for all of Shelli’s styles! It’s great!

  3. I’ve just started transiting about 3 months ago. I had already cut my hair short with the longest about 2 inches. I’ve still been using Mizani products as I did with my relaxed hair. My stylist has been ridding my hair and the relaxer has already grown out in the back. Getting lots of compliments and I’m loving the new look

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