Hi Everyone! I’m a member from eons ago making a re-entry. Is anyone interested in a no heat challenge from January 1 - December 1 2018? I have already started on November 1 but failed to take before pics! So I’ll straighten my hair, take pics and restart if I get people to join me. My main reason for this is because last year I successfully passed BSL and was on my way to waist length. My regimen at that time consisted of blow drying twice per month and yet i still passed BSL. (I know I know, that’s a horrific amount of heat) Once i passed BSL I did something stupid and put color in my hair and it DESTROYED IT! I got a hair cut in October and am now starting over at APL (I think it may be longer than that by now though.) Anyway, if i can achieve BSL with frequent blow drying, and no real regimen I’m sure i can do it again plus more with no heat and more care. I have restarted my healthy hair regimen and given up the blow dryer. I’m deep conditioning weekly and using low manipulation. My ends are still colored so i am being very careful with protecting them and keeping them moisturized. The colored ends are very dry. The protein and moisture balance is also off with my hair at the moment. I’m incorporating frequent mild protein treatments to correct what the color destroyed. The protein is helping to slow the breakage. All this coupled with the no-heat has already resulted in retaining half an inch since November 1. Anyone interested in joining me? I just want to give others a chance to capitalize on this so I’m not the only one who benefits from this. If people join I’ll edit this post with rules and suggestions on how to style through the year. Let me know! ETA: Here are the rules! This is a challenge for avoiding DIRECT HEAT. If it’s indirect heat (hooded dryer) that’s fine and if it’s direct but cold (blow dryer on cool) that’s also fine also. ***you are allowed 2 heat passes during the challenge*** 1. Blow drying on high heat is not allowed. You can use your blow dryer on cool and sparingly on warm. 2. Flat irons are not allowed 3. Hooded dryer is fine since that is not direct heat 4. Steamers are allowed. POST YOUR BEFORE PICS SO THAT YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO REFERENCE AT THE END OF THE CHALLENGE!