40 Days of Coconut Oil Challenge!

gold label coconut oil by tropical traditions

Wrapping up the twists challenge, it’s time for another! The twists challenge was a seagueway to the coconut oil challenge and was an unofficial challenge.

The coconut oil challenge is the official challenge and there’s a prize for participation! We’ll get to that but for now, let me share a little of why I thought the summer would be a great time to do a coconut oil challenge.

Coconut oil is typically solid at room temperature and may be a little more difficult to work with during the colder months. It can also solidify in your hair. I have found that while coconut oil has many benefits, you can’t readily enjoy them when your hair feels crunchy because the oil has turned solid while you were out in the cold!

40 Days & The Rules

Now that the weather is warmer, it’s time to kick off the 40 days of coconut oil challenge! It starts now and will run through Friday July 19th. If you’ve met the qualifications (simple participating by commenting on each challenge post, in response to the questions), you’ll be entered to win a grand prize which I will share mid way through the challenge (I want to make sure everyone is doing it for the right reasons….length retention).

The Benefits

For the next 40 days we will be incorporating the use of coconut oil into our hair care regimens. Coconut oil has MANY benefits for your hair:

  • Eases dry, itchy scalp
  • Helps prevent moisture loss
  • Helps protect hair from protein loss when used as a pre-poo
  • Simulates a protein treatment, helping to strengthen hair strands

To officially join the challenge, please respond to the following questions in the comments section below:

  1. What do you expect to receive from the challenge?
  2. Have you used coconut oil in your hair before?
  3. How do you plan to use coconut oil this week?

Keep up: A challenge post will go up every Monday through the end of the challenge. The winner of the grand prize will be announced on Monday, July 22nd. So that you don’t miss any of the posts, subscribe to receive free notification here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/BrownBeautyBlog

Watch The Coconut Oil Challenge Kickoff Video:

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How Natural Hair Challenges Help With Length Retention

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Every time you turn around, there’s a natural hair challenge going on – a Castor oil challenge, bun challenge, twists challenge, protective style or other challenge…it never ends!

Well, there must be something to it. Ya think? I think.

Regardless to the type, challenges force you to focus. In the case of natural hair challenges, there’s one thing they all have in common.

Length Retention

Yeah yeah. Some naturals would prefer to to rock a short ‘do but for the most part we are all looking to grow that Rapunzel length hair (or at least to mid-back length). Why else would the search for things like “growing long hair” and “retain length” yield such lofty results on Google:

growing long hair
retaining length

Now, I’m not an SEO expert but what I do know is when a lot of people start targeting certain keywords it’s because many people are conducting searches using those very words (amateur SEO lesson over now :-)).

Anywho, natural hair challenges usually force us to focus on one particular way of caring for our hair that yields the result of length retention. Let’s examine a few.

Castor Oil Challenge

Jenell, Founder of Kinky Curly Coily Me hosts a castor oil challenge quarterly. Participants incorporate the use of castor oil into their daily hair regimens by rubbing it into the scalp and the roots of the hair with the goal of stimulating hair growth and thickening the hair.

For the most part, the goal is hair growth but it’s closely associated with length retention because you can’t retain what doesn’t grow!

Protective Style Challenge

You can almost always find one of these challenges happening on YouTube, Instagram etc. The idea is to wear styles that protect your ends from exposure to the elements and rubbing against your clothes.

While protective styling can be a double edge sword (sometimes leading to breakage due to too much manipulation), it can help with length retention with low hair manipulation/maintenance.

I’m Kicking Off a Challenge :)

coconut oil

Coconut oil is a beloved oil for most naturals. It has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft to protect the protein integrity of the hair and help the hair retain moisture.

One thing about coconut oil is it’s typically solid at room temperature. For some of us, this makes it a little more difficult to use during the colder months.

A few months ago, I realized that hosting a coconut oil challenge during the summer months could prove very beneficial. Now that the temps are heating up, it’s easier to keep your coconut oil liquefied (especially if you live in an apartment that’s beyond warm when the AC is on vacation).

I’ll be kicking off a Coconut Oil Challenge in the very near future – sharing ways to use coconut oil to help with length retention.

If you want to join me, subscribe to Radiant Brown Beauty’s feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/BrownBeautyBlog to be alerted when the Coconut Oil Challenge kicks off. Also, leave me a comment below to let me know you’ll be joining.

Oh, and there will be a GRAND PRIZE that you can be entered to win for participating.

Stay tuned…

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Twists Challenge – Week 3 Recap

twists natural hair

This past week I was very busy and paid little to no attention to my hair. It’s a good thing though because that means I didn’t manipulate it much. I just wore my twists in a ponytail. Nothing fancy.

After this week I’ll be kicking twists to the curb for a while woo hoo! LOL. As I mentioned last week I purchased some new hair accessories that I want to don but I need to rock some cute buns to do so.

hot buns

On top of that I’ve managed to accrues MORE hair accessories from Claire’s this past weekend (sorry but I never seem to have enough :-))

hair accessories

This summer I have big plans for my hair which I’ll share in a future post. Aside from simply staying in track with my hair regimen and getting a nice trim, I will be doing some things to stimulate my hair growth and maintain more length so stay tuned. You may want to join me :-)

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