DQ’d: Protective Styling Challenge (Final Update)

The Protective Styling Challenge ends on April 15th, but I already know that I’m no longer contending for a prize.  I’ve broken one of the rules several times over.  I’m not sure what happened but I completely missed the “only one heat pass” rule.  I’ve been rollersetting all through the challenge (oops!) and for the past three weeks, I blow dried/flat ironed my hair (not to mention the curling iron I used last weekend :/ ).  So I’m officially disqualified from the challenge.  But I did want to post an update on my final results because I did abide by all of the other rules [(1)less than 7 days not PSing; (2) deep condition at least twice a month, (3) hide your ends with your protective styles and (4) only one heat pass].  Unfortunately I did trim my hair so there are no gains in length, but I finished strong and that’s what really counts.  Thanks for another great challenge, Ebony!

Protective Styling Challenge START Picture: December 2012

Protective Styling Challenge END Picture: April 2013

What’s Next for Me?

Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve used heat for three weeks in a row and I want to pull back on the reigns a bit.  So, I’m making up a personal challenge for myself.  I’m going to attempt to go heat free until my next relaxer.  That means no flat irons, blow dryers, curling irons OR hooded dryers…10 weeks no heat, let’s go!
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    Great post. I am also planning on going my next relaxer without direct heat. That could be anywhere between 10 weeks to 16 weeks. Regardless, it is going to a CHALLENGE for me.

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    Thanks, Alexis. No heat will certainly be a challenge, but we can do it! …(I think). I'll be sure to make updates on this personal challenge. Good Luck to you, too!

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    Your hair looks great! It looks so thick and healthy. I didn't think rollersetting would count against the heat pass, but either way you should be proud of getting through 3 months of protective styling. It was quite a challenge for me. I am just itching to pull out my flat iron and whip my hair around at this point!

    Good luck to you using absolutely no heat during this stretch. I was with you until you mentioned hooded dryers. I wouldn't make it without deep conditioning under my bonnet dryer sometimes 🙂

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    Thanks, Melanie. Hooded dryers: I think it depends on who you talk to. But I definitely don't consider deep conditioning with a hooded dryer as applying heat. Again that's just me.

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    Good luck Kim

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    I heard you talking in my head in this post! Lol, well thanks for being honest and the final update! Girl idk if I could ever give up on my hooded dryer for an extended period of time, good luck!

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    Thanks, Ebony! Abandoning the hooded dryer will be the hardest part but I'm going to try my best to do this. 🙂

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