I've even participated in one. A growth challenge, to be specific. For one year, I utilized minimal manipulation hair styles and maintenance. No trims or haircuts. I went from armpit-length [stretched] to waist-length [stretched] in that time. What did I learn? That less stress equals more retained growth.
But then I look at all of these new challenges and routines and what I see are routines that will end up costing folks more money than they probably realize and maybe creating product junkies....and for the sake of what? What exactly are you seeking? What are your desired results? Most who participate are still learning their hair. Hell, I'm STILL learning even 7 years in. But what I hope many ladies realize is that most of that money will end up under your sink or in your closet and you may find yourself frustrated if the routine ends up being a waste of time AND money.
If you're going to start participating in a routine or whatever, you need to ask yourself some questions:
- What are the purported benefits of participating(i.e. how will it benefit me)?
- What are my goals?
- Are the goals realistic?
- Will participating cost me more or less?
- Do I have the funds TO participate?
- Can I be consistent so that I CAN experience the potential benefits of participation?
- WHY am I participating?