Immediately following actress and comedienne Kim Coles’ decision to Big Chop, we discussed her natural hair journey and experiences, the impact it’s had on her life, and her goal for healthy hair. More than anything, Kim wants to embrace her natural texture and achieve huge, ‘block your view at the movie theater’, healthy hair. The bigger the better has always been my motto, and thanks to the havoc the pregnancy wreaked on my body, I too am working toward healthier, stronger curls. Since we all know that healthy hair is a process, not a goal, we thought it would be fun and productive to challenge ourselves, and you gals too!
Starting tomorrow, February 1, 2011, CurlyNikki.com, in collaboration with actress and comedienne Kim Coles, will begin its six month nationwide “Grow Out” Challenge which will last from February 2011 through July 2011. This will be the perfect time for thousands of women across the U.S. to embrace their natural hair and have invaluable resources at their fingertips to help them along their journey of personal growth.
The 2011 Grow-Out Challenge evolved out of Kim Coles’ decision to embrace her natural hair, and has become an extension of her self- empowering passion project in which she is asking all women to open their G.I.F.T.S (Gratitude. Intention. Forgiveness. Triumph. Self-Love). Those who accept the challenge are encouraged to blog about their experiences at naturallycurly.com/kimcolesgrowout.
Each month of the challenge, Jessicurl will select three lucky entrants to receive a Personal Hair Prescription as well her Confidence Collection, which includes the following products: Hair Cleansing Cream, Confident Coils, Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner and a Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment. Winners also receive a Kim Coles G.I.F.T. tote bag. Over the six-month period, Jessicurl will give $4000 worth of products to 18 lucky participants. The finale of the challenge will feature a live broadcast of Kim Coles —along with thousands of nationwide participants—celebrating the accomplishments of embracing their true natural hair.
How to Participate:
You are encouraged to blog about your grow-out experiences at naturallycurly.com/kimcolesgrowout. The six-month long journey to natural hair starts Feb. 1, 2011, at midnight and will end on July 31, 2011, at 11:59 p.m.
- Drink at least 64 oz of water each day (or half your body weight in ounces)
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Take a multi vitamin and other beneficial supplements
- Handle hair gently at all times
- Seal your ends every time you moisturize
- Minimize (direct) heat usage
- Deep treatment at every wash session
- Develop and follow a consistent hair routine, tailored to your specific needs and desired goals
- Document your progress, observations, and frustrations on your personal blog
- Encourage your fellow curlies by sharing tips, advice, and chiming in on their blogs
- Have fun and enjoy the journey!
Over the next week, I’m going to share my modified hair regimen, dietary supplements, and my weekly meal plan. I’ll also help you develop a solid, do-able hair routine! In the meantime, check out this post from 2008 on growin’ to new lengths.
Together we will embark on the sometimes difficult, yet completely rewarding, challenge of maximizing growth potential, maintaining length, and revealing your healthiest hair possible.
Oh no I'm too late as well, I hope there is another challenge 😀
oh no, I'm too late 🙁
I wish I'd heard about this earlier – my hair is a hot mess! 🙁
I can't wait until Kim visits Newark on June 18t at the Newark Public Library!
I am accepting the challenge as well. I haven't had a relaxer since Nov 10. I am excited to see what my "real" hair looks like. I decided as of jan 2, 2011 that I would lose 30 lbs, eat right – I am walking in the Avon for Breast Cancer walk June 4th & 5th in Chicago in memory of my mom. I am just excited about my new future look, physical an inner. I'll definitely keep you ladies posted and will be trying out the information you suggest since i'm a new curly. 😉
I'm definitely in!!! I desperately need to develop consistency in my routine. This challenge is exactly what I need. I'm so excited. Thanks Curly Nikki and Kim Coles!!!
I'm with ya gurl!
LadyJ and her babies…
Okay Yes, I am going to do this…and I really need it. Lets Go!
I'm IN! This has been an interesting year of growing out my perm…last one in January '10. I have an appointment on Sunday to trim (who knows how much) since my last one was in September so I'm in DESPERATE need! My hair is in pain right now but with the guidance you're providing, this challenge and corresponding plan, it should be good to go. THANK YOU
I accept this challenge. She looks BEAUTIFUL.
Im late but Im in….just re-chopped 2/2/11 =)
CurlyNikki said: "If protective styles work for you, rock 'em! If not, there are other ways to maintain length :)"
Has this info happened yet? Anyone know where it's posted? Thanks!
Yay! I'm super late but I'm definitely in!
I know that I am a few days late but I just found out about this challenge! I'm also in. I'm excited as well!
I'm in! My last relaxer was on August 1, 2010. I've been transitioning with braids and sew-ins since then. I'm ready to see, learn and grow MY hair now.
im in also!
I'm in! Always kept a short natuarl but I am ready to experience growth!
Yup, I too accept the challenge!
Yes, I'm in. Today will mark my 2 week anniversary of my BC and I'm always looking for support and many tips/suggestions on how to manage my beautiful hair.
aww…I am already natural…would love to join in
I will definitely be participating in the challenge and documenting my journey on my youtube channel check me out and subscribe youtube.com/brittanibaby …ill b having a contest soon once I reach 500 subscribers!
I also accept the challenge.
Late, but yeah, I'm in. Hi Kim! You look fab!
Any luck this will extend to Canada? I'm current working out three times a week and taking my vitamins…I'd love to join the challenge.
I'm up for the challenge. I'm so with Kim. I'm in the transistion stage and don't know anything about going natural. I'm sure I need to get a chop…no big chop but some. I had just found your page a couple of weeks ago and love the material here. I can't wait to learn more.
Great Idea!! I am all in 🙂
I'll enter for myself and my daughter (7 yrs. old).
Hi! This challenge is right on time just trimmed my ends & need help with a regimen. I have signed up for the challenge but my blog isn't posting can anyone offer suggestions? Please & thanks
It must be fate that I stumbled across this post today, couldn't have had better timing. I accept the challenge!
I am in too. Now that I dealing with shrinking hair I want to add some length anyway.
LOVE IT!!! Awesome challenge!!!
I'm in, did my BC on Christmas Morning as a gift to myself so I'm up for anything to help me along on my natural journey.( Glamourdoll)
I need all the help I can get. Thanks
I'm in! Very excited!
I am in! I currently do not have a consistent hair routine and I think that this will get me on the right track.
I am definitely in! It seems like my hair has just stopped growing no matter what I do. I welcome the group guidance and look forward in seeing results!
I am a week and a half post big-chop, so I'm totally all in now!
I'm in… I hope I entered correctly, all it showed me was a way to set up the blog which I did. Check me out guys over there as mzmillion
My last hit of the creamy crack was Nov 9th and I am ready for new beginnings. I haven't done the BC but I am so looking forward to it. I am so excited. I am so IN
This is great! count me in!!
Yes, I'm in too! My hair is in between TWA 2-3 inches. So I am definitely trying to get some growth by the summer…
I'm in. 50 years old and retiring 07-29-10. This is right up my alley to have long and heathly hair for my relaxed stress free new lifestyle.
I'm in too! I was just thinking about a challenge the other day. I really need a solid routine and some positive practices.
friggin awesome!!! unprecedented!! count me in!!!
Yay! It sounds like work, but fun. I have 2 daughters as well who I'll include with me to help get their hair healthier as well. This is just what I needed to get out of my hair funk.
Count me In!!!
I am in
Yes!!! I think this will be a fun, learning experience!
Just filled up my water bottle! I'm in!
Diving in head first 🙂
Please do count me in. I accept this challenge.
I've been doing these things for a while, so I'm up for the challenge. I just put in a protective style (fluffy twists) because I've been lazy with my hair. Cheers to consistency for the next six months (and beyond)! Take lots of pics y'all.
I accept the challege. I am soo glad that Kim Coles and other celebrity African American women have decided to go natural. It is soo inspirational for me to continue my natural hair journey and soo many of our children will be inspired. It saddens me that my daughter came to me just yesterday and said that her hair is ugly and asked me why our hair has to be soo nappy and I told her that our hair is beautiful, but it just doesn't get enough media attention, like other nationalities hair do, which gives you the mentality that it is unacceptable, but with big names, like Kim Coles and others, I am sure the more of our sisters that go naural, soo many others will follow, which will cause more of us to start having self-love for our hair, take better care of it and to retain a healthy head of long beautiful big curls.
I love Kim Coles and what an awesome idea! I've done challenges over the years but I'm really excited for this one! Off to start my blog!
Loving it! I'm in!
WooHoo! im in!!
Definitely count me in!! This couldn't have come at a better time. I was just thinking to myself that February could be a starting point for working toward my personal destinations for 2011 (since I seem to have missed January lol!!). One of my top five is taking proper care of my hair. And now I get to do it amongst a lively group of gorgeous fellow naturals!!! How amazing is that!!
I'm up for the Challenge. I am recovering from a mild stroke,now on DB (no stress from work for a while) Also doctor put me on a diet. Ready for a new direction which include healthy long hair and body. I can't wait to see the new me in a couple of months (also include a new work out plan at the gym) LET'S WORK!
I'm up for the challenge..a challenge it will be because AS SOON as it gets warm outside I cut my hair off, but it is my ultimate desire to have long hair…
I am in!! I just BC'd 3 weeks ago and I am trying to find a routine that works for me and my natural hair. I think this challenge is a great place to start.
haha..oops figured it out!
thought about that TOO hard smh…no conversions needed, just divide by 2!
agh i'm totally pumped idk how i as a college student will find a way to eat healthy meals…….. but we shall see!
This is great! I'm in! I actually started transitioning 2 weeks ago and set a personal goal for July to see where and how I'm doing. So, this will be right up my alley! Thanks Kim! Wooo Wooo Wooo! 🙂
i am definitely in..very excited!
quick question though: I may be doing my calculations wrong but I'm trying to get half of my body weight (184lbs) in ounces and I am getting a number in the thousands (1421ish). I am certain that I do not have to drink that much water, right O_o haha
I am soooooo excited to play with all of you!
Come on LET"S GROW!!!!!
I'm definitely IN. I'm getting my first haircut tomorrow, 2/1/11. I've been natural for about 5 years but I am just learning to embrace my texture :)I getting my curls shaped tomorrow so THIS IS PERFECT 🙂
I really need this. I am sooo in:)
I'm in! so excited!!!
I'm in. I just did the big chop! I have a fourth of a inch of hair ! This is actually a challenge that I can take part in! I'm so excited!!!
I'm all ready doing a hair growth challenge for the whole year, but I'm down for this one too. Can't say I'll do the vitamins or weekly deep conditioners though. ^_^
Count me in!!! I am currently transitioning and I plan to BC in March. At that point I want to try an ayurvedic regimen. Right now I am gathering all the products and herbs i need to start my natural journey. I am so excited.
I'm in…I'm just about 2 1/2 years natural after over 30 years of relaxing and I couldn't be happier. I'm trying to pamper and grow my hair even longer, and this sounds like a perfect way to kick off the new year!
I bought a journal today to keep up with my hair progress, I'm definitely in!!
Im in too 🙂
I'm in!! 🙂
I accept the challenge with relish! 🙂
Yes! Yes! Yes! I totally blogged about this yesterday! My hairstylist cut mine waaaay too short this weekend. I have relatively short hair anyways, but the back is less than 2 inches long now. That does not mix too well with curly hair. So I am on a mission to grow it out long again. 🙂
I'm excited for this! What a great collaboration. I am So in!
Count me in!
This is right on time and just in line with my new years resolution. Count me in!
I am in…this came right on time. I just big chopped Friday for the second time. My hair was about 6inches and now it is about 1 inch. I had to chop because my ends were uneven and the ends were a wreck. I accept the challenge to finally have healthy
Count me in!!!!!
Love this and I'm totally in and accept the challenge. I've been a Kim fan since the In Living Color days. Her hair is beautiful and I can't wait to see how it will blossom over the next few months.
yay Im in! Kim your hair is gorgeos and just like mine. I can't wait to hear what your routine is!
I don't know that I am quite ready to give up on my protective styling. I've been transitioning for 16 months with about an inch to go. Anyone else apprehensive? I have a plan that I have been working. Maybe I'll join you guys in March.
I'll do this along with Loo (3 in 6 challenge). Points 1 – 6 are similar to hers. Yeah, great minds think alike! I'm optimistic!
i'm so in can't wait
I'm in! I'm excited about participating!
I will be posting some sample routines that you can fit with your lifestyle… a starting point if you will 🙂 I'll also post my routine. If protective styles work for you, rock 'em! If not, there are other ways to maintain length 🙂
Can we have Kim's earrings as a prize too?
YAY!!!! I am so in. Already created my blog. I am oober excited! Yep I said oober. LOL
With tranitioners could we do protective styles through out the 6 months?
I am so game! But I need some kind of a routine. KIM COLES! Love her, thanks for doing this!
Oops, I mean got myself back in the gym at the beginning of JANUARY=).
I'm in Nik! I'm scheduled for a trim this week. We'll see if it happens as the weather in NJ has sucked for the last month=( and a huge snow storm is predicted for the day of my appointment. I want to get rid of about an inch of my hair and get a straighter perimeter (took scissors haphazardly to my own hair about 3 weeks ago. I know!). Then, think I'm going to try rocking twists in updos for the next month (was inspired by TiaShauntee). I already got myself together and got back in the gym at the beginning of February and have been eating well and taking a multi and Biotin every night. My desire is to see if I can achieve full WL by June/July. We'll see!! Game hat ON! LOL!
I love this challenge I just found a great hair routine for myself and now I am happy to join with other naturals.
Im definitely on board and this challenge coincides with my own personal challenge :). Grown on ladies with your bad selves!
Everyone is welcome! TWAs, transitioners, BSL veterans! This is about healthy hair ladies 🙂 So excited! I'm putting together my new regimen tonight… it won't change much, but I will be doing much less manipulation.
I have a serious question! Can using conditioner in your hair as a styler be considered a deep condition? It makes a lot of sense to me.(straightface)
I am definitely in. I big chopped in September and currently 6 months pregnant. I plan on nursing and I know my hair is going to go through a little storm.
I am in. Just in time for my third anniversary after my BC.
This sounds great. Can transitioners participate?
I'm so in! Thanks Kim! woowoowoo!
Yep.. Im game!
Count me in!!!
Wooo hoooooo! I'm SO excited and DEFINITELY in. I accept the challenge this is perfect timing for my 3 months post Big Chop stage. I needed something to keep me focused!!! Thank you Kim and Nikki
I accept! Let's do it!
I'm in! Hi Kim!!!!!!!
Carlene, they are FAR from identical. And these hairrules are common knowledge. I'm in Nikki!
I love Kim Coles! This is perfect timing and I definitely plan to participate. I need to figure out a regime and stick to it, once and for all.
Oh, are you guys working with hair and health? http://hairandhealth.blogspot.com/2011/01/3in6-challenge-rules.html
These are almost identical.
Yes! I'm in, I need this more than anyone.
Glad you guys came up with this! I need someone as a "coach" figure to keep me on track with my hair! Can't wait until July!!
I accept the challenge! This is just in time because if my hair could cry, it would!