L4L Protective Styling Challenge Official Rules & Prizes!

L4L Protective Styling Challenge Official Rules & Prizes!

L4L protective styling challenge

L4L protective styling challenge

I’ve already mentioned this Protective Styling Challenge, but this is the OFFICIAL announcement and rules! *cue crowd cheering sound bite*  I have given a LOT of thought on how exactly I wanted to host this challenge, so it is easy for you and also for me.  Originally you were going to HAVE to have a blog in order to participate, but I know there are so many readers who do not blog who would love to participate so I have worked it out so that everyone can participate!  It will be structured similarly to the previous L4L challenge (6 Month Rollersetting) with grand prize winners and mini-challenges.  So let me get right into the official rules…

L4L Protective Styling Challenge 2013

January 7 – April 15

Grand Prize:  Pebco Hooded Dryer (your choice of standing or tabletop) –  Open to bloggers

I’ve talked and raved about this dryer enough…its about time I gave one away!

L4L protective styling challenge prize
Winner will have their choice!

Gift Prize:  Your choice of wig (full, half, lace) or two packs of hair from Vivica Fox Hair (open to non-bloggers)

Human hair, synthetic, protein blend – straight, wavy, curly…your choice!!!

Sew in it, put it on, make a u-part wig, its all up to you!

How to Enter:

In order to be eligible for the grand prize, you must (1) Post your starting photo for the challenge on your blog and link on the first post of the challenge (which will be titled sign-up). (2)  Have either the L4L Button (found at the bottom of this site) and/or the official Protective Styling Badge posted to your blog. (3) Update monthly on your blog and link up here on the official update posts. (4) Post a final length/progress comparison to your blog at the conclusion of the challenge and link up here on L4L within a week of the end of the challenge.

So basically, blogger friends – you can simply update on your respective blogs and link up monthly here on L4L, which means you don’t have to send your photos to me separately.  Easy, right?  The linky tool I am using allows viewers to vote on your posts, which means that you will not have to wait on ME to post the final results! #SCORE!  So, you will want to be sure to get your posts up in a timely manner to be able to link up right away when my ending post goes live.  Once posted, viewers can vote on each participant based on retention, improvement, or whatever other criteria they deem important!

For the gift prize, non-bloggers, the commenting system I use, Disqus, allows you to upload photos along with your comment.  You will simply need to upload your starting and ending photos on the appropriate posts AND comment on the check-in posts in order to be entered for the gift prize.  The gift prize will not be subject to voting, winner will be chosen at random using Random.org.


So, in a nutshell bloggers will link up each month and non-bloggers will comment and upload photos.  Got it?  Okay, good…next part!

Monthly Mini Challenges:

January:  Instagram BEST BUN Hairstyle.

protective styling challenge

In order to enter, you must post a photo of your best bun protective hairstyle to your Instagram account must follow me @EbonyCPrincess and include both the official Longing 4 Length hashtag #L4LHair AND #L4LPSC.  Using both hashtags is like a backup system to ensure that I see your photo, to go a step further you may tag me in the caption (@EbonyCPrincess) but that is not a requirement.  Be sure that I am either already following you or that your account is not set to private because I will not be able to see unfollowed private accounts.  The photo with the most ‘likes’ will win.  The bun may be a repost from a previous style BUT it must be posted between January 7 -31; Voting will close January 31.  Winner will receive a bundle of protective styling tools (2 EZ Combs, Goody Spin Pins, Premium Bobby Pins and 1 Flexi 8 Barette).


L4L protective styling ideas

One of the problems many ladies have with protective styling is that it can feel boring and homely.  Having your hair out and down may feel more fun, more glamorous, sexier, prettier…but that isn’t always true!  Some updos and buns can be just as beautiful and sexy as long flowing hair.  For a bit of fun and inspiration, create some dressy protective styles and tweet your pic!  Your tweet must include the official Longing 4 Length hashtag #L4LHair AND #L4LPSC and follow me @ECPrincess1.  Again, it may be a repost from a previous style if you would like but the tweet must be sent between February 1-29; The L4L team will help me to pick the winner on March 1.  You may mention me in the tweet to ensure I see it (@ECPrincess1) but again this is not a requirement.  Winner will receive a bundle of hair accessories (standard headbands, hair braided headband, flower pins, jeweled accessories, and hair sticks).

March:  Facebook TOTALLY TWISTED

L4L Protective Styling Challenge

Twists are a go-to protective style for a lot of natural women but I challenge EVERYONE to get creative with a twisted hair do for this challenge.  It can be one large twisted roll updo, mini-twists, two strand twists, coil twists, twisted updos, twisted buns a combination of twists and braids – any way you would like to incorporate twists into the challenge you may.  To enter you must “like’ the L4L Facebook Page and upload your photo to Facebook and tag the Longing 4 Length Facebook page in the caption.  Same rule applies – photo must be uploaded (even if it is a reposted picture) during the month of March.  The photo with the most ‘likes’ at the end of the month wins.  Winner will receive bundle of Kerapro for Dry to Very Dry Hair (shampoo, deep conditioning treatment and elixir).

You may enter the mini-challenges as often as you would like – you can submit just one photo for the month or one per day, it is totally up to you.  I chose to do the mini-challenges this way for a couple of reasons:  Using various social media allows more people to participate, using the designated hashtags allows all of us to search for styling inspiration, and it seeing each other create fabulous protective styles will help keep us all motivated.  Lastly everyone is eligible to enter the mini-challenges, even if you miss the official sign up or update throughout the month.  I realize that some may not be able to provide a starting photo by January 7 or may be unable to give an ending photo in April – for example maybe you just had a weave sewn in and don’t plan on taking it down until the end of January.  Well, in February jump right into the Twitter challenge!  I want us to all stay connected and motivated throughout the challenge so feel free to use the official #L4LHair hashtag even on non-challenge entrance photos so we can all search and find each other throughout.


  • A protective style for purposes of this challenge is defined as any style in which your ends are not exposed or touching your clothing.  Buns, updos, french braids, french rolls, etc all count.
  • You may only wear your hair down for 7 days throughout the entire three months total!  Whether you choose to do one week, a couple of weekends or not at all – you only have a 7 day allowance.
  • Only one direct heat pass but try not to use it at all!
  • Protective styles means your ends must be hidden, so half up/half down ‘dos don’t count!
  • Must deep condition your hair at least two times per month.
  • You are not excluding from using fake hair – wigs, weaves, extensions, crochet braids, etc.

#L4LHair #L4LPSC

Follow the entire L4L Team  for updates and photo inspiration throughout the challenge!

Ebony (@EbonyCPrincess), Monet (@CurlsandMo), Roni (@ChicRoni), Kelly (@KellyMonroe_01)

The official sign up post will go up on January 1 giving you SEVEN WHOLE DAYS to link and sign up!

The L4L 2013 Protective Styling Challenge, you have one month to prepare – Who’s with me?!

L4L Protective Styling Challenge
L4L Protective Styling Challenge