Tuesday 2 August 2011

3in6 recap

So the 3in6 challenge officially finished yesterday. The guidelines went like this:

1. Eat fresh vegetables or fruits with each meal. 

The fruits thing was easy. I typically eat about 3-4 portions of fruit a day as my snacks. And eating vegetables wasn't too hard, but I always ended up ending the same ones. The typical student lifestyle on campus doesn't lend itself to being able to access a huge range of fresh vegetables and fruit.

2. Take a daily multivitamin.
Complete and utter fail. I hate having to take pills and I always forgot. But I did try! 

3. Drink sufficient water. (Amt of water in oz. = Your weight in lbs * 0.5)
According to that calculation, I was supposed to be drinking nearly 3 litres of water a day, which was unlikely to happen on my usual sedentary-sat-in-front-of-a-glowing-screen day. So I stuck for drinking between 1.5 litres and 2 litres a day. This has been a habit of mine since I was about 14, so not too difficult.
But seriously - 3 litres a day?! 

4. Wear twists or braids 2-4 weeks at a time.
Well, I tried. But I didn't manage to wear my hair in braids or twists all the time. It's a matter of convenience and sometimes it was time to take my hair down before I wound up cutting them off out of laziness. I think I only started to take it seriously when I did my first set of small/mini braids/plaits and decided I liked them.
But there was definitely more than two weeks of free hair, where I just wore my signature two bun puffs for a week at a time due to lack of time and motivation.

5. No direct heat.

Done. Easy peasy due to my intense fear of heat damage. 

And the fact I don't own any hair heating appliances.

6. Pre-poo with coconut oil for 20 minutes.
Until I copied this list, I'd totally forgotten about this bit! I think I stopped doing it around...er, June? I did it occasionally when it came to Cassia...but I'm lazy as, and the whole waiting around for 20 minutes meant I'd get real bored real quickly and forget what I was doing.

7. Absolutely no trimming.  (Start with a fresh cut now if need be.)

Uh....I guess I can say....whoops? In my defence, my split ends were out of control. And it was just a one time thing.

So - The all important question: did I manage to maintain 3 inches in 6 months?

The short answer is...

I don't know. The fact is I totally forgot to to measure my hair at the beginning even though I was told. I assume I was swept up with something mildly important things like...um. Food. And coursework. And eating.

Eating is important business people.

But hey! I at least hit Armpit length! So I'm already on track for this year's hair ambitions!


  1. Congratulations on reaching armpit length!

  2. Oh, thank you JC and Simone!7
    It's nice to finally make some headway after continually chopping off all my progress...

  3. Congratulations! Sticking to the same routine has been difficult for me. I've been "following" the MopTop Maven's 2011 challenge. Had a couple of trims already because not doing so seemed to not work. We'll see how the rest of the year goes. I'm so happy that your has has grown and reached this significant length. You give me hope! :-)

  4. Libby, I think it's impressive that you've been following it despite her illness that means support is minimised. I've been inspired by her to incorporate more home made and Ayurvedic stuff into my routine.

    I hope you and your hair have a happy time for the rest of the year! :)

  5. Congratulations!! Thanks for trying out this challenge.


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