Nape Challenge Check-In

I’m now in the fourth month of my 6 month nape challenge. My original goal for this personal challenge was to prevent further breakage at my nape, and far so good.

What’s been working for the last 30 days:

  • Moisturizing my nape with Pura Body Naturals Murumuru Moisture Milk and sealing with Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum. 
  • Detangling my nape in 3 sections instead of the normal two I’ve used for the last 2 years. I think detangling in halves contributed to a shorter sections in the center of my nape.
  • Handling my new growth only after I’ve just moisturized it or after applying conditioner. The new growth at my name is my most coil-y texture. Trying to detangling or even part my nape without first getting some moisture to it is. a. bad. idea.
  • Dusting the ends of my nape. For some reason, the hair at my nape is the only part of my hair that gets slit ends. I just don’t get it. 
  • Detangling with the marshmallow root detangling spray I recently made.
  • I’ve also stopped going buns every day because the hair ties were putting too much strain on the hair at the very bottom of my nape. I’ve switched to alternate bunning with clipping my hair up with a claw clip, changing the position of the clip in order to avoid causing breakage in one location.

Even though I’ve been able to stop further breakage, I still have lots of trimming to do before I can get my nape where I want it to be. That’s just a matter of being patient and trimming over time.

Oh, and here are my check-ins for the last three months:  August check-in | September check-in | October check-in

Are you on a nape challenge as well? How’s your nape doing?


  1. Hey, I'm waiting on your review of Hairitage Hydration Soft Coconut Marshmallow so I can decide if I should buy it on Black Friday. It seems to leave hair softer, more moisturized, and with more slip than Darcy's Botanicals Daily Leave-In Conditioner. Do you agree?

  2. my name hair is def not as long as yours but that's where I get my split ends just like you. Can I use D'Arcy botanicals lemongrass on my entire hair or is it just for new growth? Is it greasy? (me no likey ;))

  3. Hey Jen. doyou bun your nape first? That could be the reason why you have split end on the nape. When you bun is your nape the hair that ends up on the bottom of the bun or the top of the bun? i hope I mad sense. but i tried re-doing my bun as well cause i could see some tiny splits. I needed to dust anyway, but it has helped in the last month or so with reversing the ends (nape ends) to the the top most part of my bun rather than the bottom that gets the most friction.

    1. Author

      Hola, I keep my nape in twists when doing buns and for the actual bun, I swirl my hair around to shape it (like a cinnamon bun) but the hair at the nape is on the outside so it's more exposed, so I think I see what you mean. The hair on the outside of the bun would be more prone to drying out faster than the hair underneath.

  4. I'm working on the middle of my nape, for some reason it's thinner than the sides. Just wondering, how often do you use heat Jen?

    1. Author

      Not often. I've used heat 3 times this year.

    2. Hi Jen, when you say no heat does that also include roller sets? I regularly roller set and air dry or under a hooded dryer but haven't used my flat iron or curling iron since September (when I started my HHJ!)

    3. Author

      Hi Charlie, no it doesn't. I mean direct heat from flat irons and curling irons. Drying under a hooded dryer when roller setting is indirect heat.

    4. I've definitely noticed that the hair at the nape of my neck is thinner in the middle too. What could be causing that as I usually keep my hair up with no stress in any manner? 🙁

  5. the right side of my nape started to break but im doing the inversion method to help give the area a boost in growth.

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