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.