Please note: before committing to this challenge, your health/wellness comes first and I am a big advocate of that. I am starting the thread SUPER early to accommodate the following 3 must have rules before the initial start of the challenge: 1. Visit your doctor. Request a physical and blood work. Find out areas where you are deficient and address them. If you have had blood work done in 2016 and already know your stats...cool beans. Skip ahead. 2. Reduce your stress. If there are areas in your life that are causing you to be stressed out...work on it. 3. Improve your diet and water intake. Make sure you are getting sufficient amounts of protein and lots of leafy greens. Reduce the amount of sugar and processed foods in your diet. Please start working on the issues above prior to January 2017 no later than June 2017...especially the blood work. ***************************** Now on to the fun stuff: This is an open, year round challenge. Anyone, any length at any time may join. To join please commit to the initial 3 rules and state the following: Current length: (Pictures are encouraged but not required) Regimen: Exact goal length: Plans to help you achieve your goal: List any vitamins/supplements you are taking: Your ends care regimen to keep them healthy: Trimming/Dusting/S&D'ing schedule/routine: (I suggest you start off with a 1/4 inch dusting. Going forward, trim the same amount every 6 months. We will be working a lot on our ends during this challenge, so I plan on keeping them in tip top shape) Top 10 products: Please note these are the products that you intend on using the duration of the challenge. So list your tried and true. Yes you are allowed to use other products but I want to know your foundation products. The ones that are going to rock with you to hip length and beyond. ***************************** We will be having mini 6 month challenges to keep the thread interesting and engaging. A check in will be due after each one is complete. Check in dates: Last day of June 2017 Last day of December 2017 Last day of June 2018 Final check in--Last week of 2018 ***Pictures are required at the final check in**** Now let's get to growing and retaining. Are you with me?! **************** Mini challenge 1. December 2016 to March 2017 located on page 6 of the thread. Mini challenge 1 starting now until the last day of March 2017. The goal here is to build healthy habits that will stick. I don't want to overwhelm anyone so the challenges will be slow but steady. There are 3 options. You can choose 1, 2 or all. I challenge you to try all. 1. Eat 1 salad a week. You can put anything on it to make it taste to your liking however it must include some form of protein and DARK leafy greens. Not that wimpy iceberg lettuce...I'm talking kale, spinach, chard, arugula etc. The darker the greens, the better! 2. Exercise once a week for at least 20 minutes doing something that will get your heart rate up. It could be walking, running, any form of cardio or HITT cardio. 3. Hide your ends 5 days a week. Mon thru Friday is a good template yet still leaving room to wear your hair out on the weekends. Check in at least once a month to let us know how you are doing. Also please subscribe to the thread so you can get updates when there are posts. (That seems to be the only way I stay informed these days as I really only think about coming on here on wash days when I'm actually doing something to my hair). So what's your challenge fancy? Which are you committing to for the next few months? *********** Mini challenge 2: Mini challenge from April 1st to July 1st! 1) Stay hydrated! Pick one day a week in that the only thing you drink is water. Just one day. No sodas, no juice, no coffee...herbal non-caffeinated tea is excepted! 2) De-stress! Pick one day a week and spend 5-10 minutes outside alone. No cell phones, no laptops, no distractions...just you, your thoughts taking in the beauty of spring. 2 simple challenges. You can pick 1 or both. Staying hydrated and doing small things to keep your stress low does have a positive effect on your hair. Which one will you commit to?