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The 3 Length Retention challenge is a challenge for black women to grow longer, healthier hair by undergoing a lifestyle change. It will take place over a period of 3 months from August to October for African and African American women who wear their hair in its natural state i.e. without a perm. Growing natural hair to long lengths is usually hard due to the curly nature of our hair. Our curl pattern makes us more susceptible to breakage, single strand knots and tangles from those single strand knots. So while our hair grows at the same rate as any other woman of a different ethnicity, retaining length is usually a struggle, but not impossible.
One way to retain length is to wear our hair in low manipulation styles like 2 strand twists, cornrows, flat twists, box braids and so on. When our hair isn’t out in its natural afro state, tangles, knots, and breakage are usually reduced thus leading to more length retention.
The main rule of our challenge is for African and African American women to wear their hair in styles that require little to low manipulation over the course of 3 months. But instead of stopping at just that, we will also emphasize adopting a healthier lifestyle. Eating healthy, and exercising will be requirements for the challenge as well. Our aim with this aspect is to show how internal health affects our outer appearance also; in essence eating healthy, drinking enough water, and exercising should help improve overall hair health which in turn supports length retention.
- Hair must be worn in a protective style for at least 2 weeks, and no more than 4 weeks at a time (Participants get 3 days a month to wear their hair in an ‘out’ style)
- Participants are required to exercise 3 times a week, for at least 30 minutes.
- Participants are required to consume at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily
- Participants are required to drink at least 2Litres of water daily
- Participants are required to moisturize hair at least twice a week
- Participants are required to write and stick to a regimen
- Participants are encouraged to take a daily multivitamin
- Participants are also encouraged to send in a before and after picture of their hair length
As part of our challenge, we will be sending out biweekly newsletters to all challenge participants who subscribe to receive them; each newsletter will provide hair, health and fitness tips, research information, etc. In addition, a product giveaway will be hosted every month for the entire duration of the challenge. All challenge participants who are subscribed to receive the newsletter are automatically entered into each monthly giveaway, and at the end of the challenge, there will be a grand price giveaway.
We want to hear from you and would like all participants (ourselves included) to learn from one another. So please share your tips and pictures with the hash tag #3LRChallenge*. We encourage participants to take progress pictures over the course of the challenge, and submit to be featured on our hair blogs, and in the bi-weekly newsletters. At the end of the challenge, we will share our personal progress pictures and those of other participants.
Register for the Challenge today via the form on the right and keep up to date with everything 3LRChallenge.
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