Monthly Archives: July 2011

GOC Contenders – The Third Wave

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A m y   E.

Current State: Bra-strap length (BSL)

Goals: Mid-back length (MBL) and to maintain a healthy, GENTLE (my biggest problem) hair routine.

Regimen: I plan to keep doing this regimen, maybe changing a thing here and there, for the duration of the challenge.

Weekly (Saturday into Sunday):
  • Pre-poo overnight with EVCO, EVOO
  • Section my hair in four
  • Wash with either Kinky Kurly Come Clean Shampoo or Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo
  • Optional: . ACV rinse
  • Condition with JASON 84% Aloe Vera Conditioner or Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner
  • (try to!) Gently detangle each section with a comb applying olive oil for extra slip if needed
  • Rinse
  • Apply a leave-in conditioner mix inspired by Kimaytube
  • Style

Reward: At the end of the week, if I keep up with a healthy regimen, I may just reward myself with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and an evening filled with reading my favorite hair blogs!

E t o i l e

Current State:My hair is currently cut in layers with the longest part being just past shoulder length (SL).

Goals: Hair – 1. Stick to a regimen, 2. Get my hair to its healthiest state, 3. Grow hair 2″ longer; Fitness – Increase activity level.

Hair Regimen:

Weekly (Sundays):
  • Wash with Doris New York The Reconstructor Shampoo
  • Detangle with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH), Totally Twisted (HE TT) or Aussie Moist
  • Deep Condition with Mud Minerals Pack Treatment or Doris New York Extreme Deep Conditioner Treatment (30 min with heat)
  • Allow hair to cool for 15 min
  • Apply a diluted conditioner directly over DC prior to rinsing
  • Apply Doris NY Leave-In Conditioner
  • Apply Doris NY Olive Oil Cream
  • Seal with an oil mix (oil mix TBD)
  • Style: 2 strand twists (wear twists for 3 days, then wear twist out for 3 days) or roller set on large rollers and bun for the week
  • Re-moisturize during the week with Kimmaytube leave-in condish mist, as needed
Fitness Regimen:  Go from full on couch potato to in the gym 3 days a week.

Reward: Spa day to pamper myself from head to toe!

Follow me online: www.curvealicious.blogspot.com

H u r j u r n e e   a k a   L a  N i t a

Current State: Hair – Armpit length (APL)

Goals: Hair – Bra-strap length (BSL); Weight – Lose 48 lbs (8 lbs per month)

Hair Regimen:

Daily:
  • Seal ends
  • Scalp massage
  • Wear scarf or satin bonnet at night (never sleep with hair unprotected)
Weekly:
  • Protective style on weekend
  • Co-wash, as needed
Bi-weekly:
  • Brown sugar scalp scrub (to remove buildup)
  • DC with heat
Monthly:
  • Henna treatment (overnight)

Weight Loss Regimen:

  • Currently doing the Clean program detox (30 days)consists of:
    1. Two liquid meals (smoothies, juices, and soups)
    2. A healthy lunch each day
    3. Gluten-free, dairy-free, lots of protein and nutrients from poultry, fruits, vegetables, and legumes
  • Upon completing the detox, I plan to continue making fruit/vegetable smoothies for breakfast and eating “clean” for lunch and dinner
  • Increase my activity level by:
    1. Walking my dog every morning and evening
    2. Parking further away in the parking garage at work and when shopping
    3. Doing more physical activities with the kids on the weekend

Reward:  Blow out at the salon as I haven’t had any heat on my hair in 2 years! (hair); Each month that I lose at least 8 pounds, I will treat myself to a salon pedicure. Upon reaching my ultimate weight loss goal, I will treat myself to a weekend away with my hubby…or let him to treat me to one =).

T e r y s a

Current State: Hair – Bra-strap length (BSL); Weight – 8 months pregnant

Goals: Hair – Mid-back length; Weight – down 50 lbs by January 31, 2012 (post delivery)

Hair Regimen:
  • Massage scalp bi-weekly with coconut oil
  • Apply olive oil to my hair the night before weekly washing
  • Deep condition once a week (1 egg white, 2 spoons of castor oil, 1 spoon glycerin)
Weight Loss Regimen:
  • 45 minutes of outdoor physical activity with my daughter daily
  • Walk 3-5 miles, 3-4 times a week (start of journey)
  • Train for a 5k (mid journey)
  • Jump start diet by juicing 10-15 days (every 3 months)
  • Portion control
  • One fruit and one vegetable juice a day

Reward: TBD

Follow me online: www.theglamgarage.onsugar.com  (I plan to blog about my experiences, but I can’t make any promises.)

L a D o n y a

Current State: Various lengths; middle section of hair is shorter than the front and back.

Goals: Hair – 1. Tame the frizz, 2. Armpit length (APL), 3. Maintain healthy hair for myself and my three girls; Weight – lose 38 pounds.

Hair Regimen: Not sure if I should have it all cut to same length. Any suggestions? Continue to learn my hair and how best to take care of it.

  • Co-wash once or twice per week
  • Twist hair at night
  • Wear twist-outs during the day
  • Henna monthly (last week I attempted my first Henna treatment, which went pretty well)

Weight Loss Regimen: I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which is basically a hormonal imbalance which throws everything off kilter.  There are several symptoms and I have all them. But, a few of the main ones I’m currently battling are: constant weight gain, acne and insulin resistance. It is an uphill battle for me, but one I’m finally prepared to take on. I’ve just recently started back working out (Zumba and weight training). My doctor says that due to PCOS, it will be very hard for me to lose weight without being on medication for life, as well as intense exercise.  So, that’s what I’m trying to do. Wish me luck.

  • Continue with Zumba and Weight Lifting
  • Attend a Spinning class
  • Try to incorporate swimming
  • Cut down on carbs
  • Water (I cannot stand to drink water by itself unless I’m seriously hot.  So, I’m working on getting more down.  This is a serious issue for me.)

Rewards:  To feel like myself again…you know, not uncomfortable in my clothes anymore.  To be able to wear something sexy that doesn’t show the 5000 rolls on my body. I just turned 40 and I need to get my sexy back.

Follow me online: http://lovethyhair.wordpress.com/

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So ladies, these are the first 15 participants! It is so much fun reading these and learning about all of you (though it’s a lot of work putting these posts together … phew! *lol*). I have about 15 more submissions to post and I plan on finishing them tomorrow (hopefully!!). Thank you all again for your wonderful entries, beautiful energy and enthusiasm!! I’m really looking forward to our next six months together!!!

But now, I have to go do MY hair!!  *LOL*

S

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GOC Contenders – The Second Wave

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T a y l o r

Current State: Various lengths (jaw line to neck) due to prior mohawk cut; “transitioning” to eliminate heat damage

Goal: Grow shortest hair to Shoulder/Collarbone length (SL/CBL)

Hair Regimen:  Would like to incorporate a henna/henna gloss routine monthly and a protein treatment mid-week after co-washes (needs to find the right product).
Weekly:
  • Finger-detangle wet hair with EVOO
  • Shampoo with Trader Joe’s TTT or Nourish Spa
  • Condition and comb detangle with Aussie Moist
  • Deep condition with GVP Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm
  • Use Kimmaytube recipe leave-in recipe (might be switching KCKT with Shea Cantu Leave-in
  • Seal with coconut oil
Mid-Week:
  • Co-wash with Aussie Moist
  • Use Shea Cantu as leave- in
  • Seal with coconut oil
Monthly:
  • Henna gloss

Reward: At the end of the GOC, I plan to either flat-iron or roller set my hair (I’m terrified of heat damage now). It will be the first time I have seen my hair straight in over a year!

Follow me online:  naturallynappy.tumblr.com

A d r i e n n e

Current State: Hair – Neck length; Weight – 137 lbs

Goal: Hair – Armpit length (APL); Weight – 125 lbs

Hair Regimen:

  • Shampoo once a month
  • Co-wash/water rinse only 2 times a week
  • Deep condition once a week
  • Protective style: Buns, two strand twists, Flat twist updos (Hair ‘out’ only on weekends)
  • Moisturize and seal using a leave-in (any kind) and oil (any kind)
  • Vitamins: Treasured Locks H2G Hair Growth Vitamins and Women’s One A Day
  • No heat (except for October 24-special occasion)

Weight Loss Regimen:

  • Cycling 2 times a week
  • Running 3 times a week (anywhere from 20 minutes to 30 minutes)
  • Weight lifting/calisthenics 3 times a week
  • Cut down on junk food/beer drinking, and late night eating
  • DO NOT skip a workout unless there is a schedule conflict (being tired/lazy is not an excuse)

Reward/Motivation: $10 towards shopping trip for every pound lost/Wedding in late August

Follow me online: http://naturalembrace.blogspot.com

T i f f a n y   M i l l i c a n

Current State: Hair – Between collarbone (CBL) and armpit length (APL); Weight – 160 lbs

Goals: Hair – Armpit length (APL); Weight – 150 lbs

Hair Regimen:

  • Deep condition once a week using Shea Moisture deep conditioner
  • Henna once a month
  • Co-wash once a week with Herbal Essences Hydralicious
  • Oil scalp/edges and seal with Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO), olive oil and Vatika oil
(I’m getting my hair braided August 7th and am going to leave them in until October.)
Weight Loss Regimen:
  • 4 days a week
  • 1 hour per day
  •  Alternate cardio, step aerobics, Pilates and boot camp fitness

Rewards:  Accessories (hair); Spa day/seaweed wrap (weight loss)

Follow me online: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.583692833527.2058226.80603044&amp%3Bl=2f880dd687&amp%3Btype=1

M i c h e ' a l   (pronounced  M i c h e l l e)

Current State: Hair – Armpit length (APL) in back and Chin/Collarbone (CBL) length in front; Weight – 135 lbs.

Goals: Hair – Bra-strap length (BSL); Weight – 125 lbs

Hair Regimen: 

Bi-weekly (2x wk):

  • Pre-poo  with Dabur Vatika Oil or Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) mixed with other oils (overnight or 30 min)
  • Co-wash with Suave Almond Shea Butter conditioner or Aussie Moist
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) or Black Tea Rinse (20 min)
  • Apply leave in (Kimmaytube recipe or Salerm 21) and oil mix (2 parts JBCO, 1 part coconut oil and 1 part almond oil)
  • Apply moisturizer and twist in protective style for 4-5 days and twist-n-curl 2-3 days
Weekly:
  • Deep condition (30 min); Apply on top of regular conditioner

Monthly:

  • Shampoo
  • Henna
  • Protein treatment

Weight Loss Regimen: I currently weigh 135 lbs. I used to weigh 125 lbs before I went on my first cruise 3 summers ago. The food on the ship was overwhelming and delicious at the same time. Well, here I am, 3 summers later and 2 cruises complete, still 135 lbs. I would like to shed this 10 lbs and return to 125 lbs before going on my 3rd cruise, June 2012. I think this is feasible.

  • 64-96 oz of water per day
  • Take vitamins religiously
  • Exercise 4-5 days per week/1-2 hrs per day
  • Cardio 2-3 times a week
  • Weight training 1-2 times a week
  • 3 square meals and 1 healthy snack 5 days a week (splurge a little on Saturdays).

Rewards: A Huetiful Steamer (hair). I want one sooo bad. I hear such wonderful things about it; A bikini (weight loss). I want so bad to get back into the one I wore on the first cruise.

Follow me online: TBS – I am going to try to set up a Fotki, but my camera sucks. I will keep a written journal.

C h a n d r a

Current State: Hair – Between shoulder (SL) and armpit (APL) length (the front of my hair is longer than the back from a previous cut); Weight – 150 lbs

Goal: Hair – Mid-back length (MBL); Weight – 135 lbs

Hair Regimen:  Would like to find other simple protective styles during the challenge.
  • Co-wash once a week with Suave Shea Butter n Almond Conditioner or Tressame Naturals
  • Deep condition with Lekair Cholesterol or Elasta QP DPR
  • Leave-in conditioner: Giovanni’s Direct or Aussie Moist
  • Seal with shea butter or Vatika oil
  • Style:  Wash and Go (WnG) or Twist-out 2 dys a week then bun or wear a pony tail out of necessity due to humidity.
Weight Loss Regimen: I don’t even want to say what my regimen is in this area….I will say that my eating habits are terrible (skip meals) and I would like to get back on track with working out. Really don’t have a clue in this department. Just want to do better!
  • DVDs: Belly dancing, cardio, Pilates

Reward: A cute graphic tee (love those),hair accessory or pair of earrings for every 2 lbs lost. If I reach my goal weight by the end of the challenge, I’m going to treat myself to a Swedish massage.

GOC Contenders – The First Wave

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This is it ladies!! The beginning of the Hairscapades Grow Out Challenge!!! And here are the first set of contenders!!

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K e n d a l l   W.

Current State: Hair – Shoulder length (SL) (last relaxer @ end of March 2011); Weight – 145 to 150 lbs

Goals: Hair – Armpit length (APL); Weight – 125 to 130 lbs

Hair Regimen: Seeking regimen advice.  Hair seems very dry and is shedding a lot.

  • Weekly: Shampoo and condition, finger detangle first, then using Denman brush.
  • Style: TnC w/magnetic rollers (air dry)
  • Bun 6 days a week.
  • Moisturize w/Argan oil
  • Incorporate monthly DCs and maybe henna.

Weight Loss Regimen: Exercise 4 days a week.

  • 30 min cardio (treadmill intervals)
  • 20 min Pilates
  • 10 min abs

Reward: I graduated from college in May and am working on my Master’s. I want to return to my alma mater for the Homecoming Game and be able to show off my progress!

M i c h e l l e   H o w a r d   S m i t h

Current State: Hair – Longest sections between armpit length (APL) and bra-strap length (BSL); shorter at crown due to breakage, but hair in recovery due to avoidance of heat and improved hair practices.

Goal: Full mid-back length (MBL) by end of 2011 (focusing on crown and sides)

Regimen:

  • Drink 1/2 of body weight in ounces of water daily
  • Take hair, nail and skin vitamin 2x daily
  • Shampoo and deep condition once a week
  • Co-wash midweek
  • Henna every 3 weeks
  • Seal hair with leave in conditioner and oil after each wash
  • Oil hair daily
  • Focus on eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and less cookies. 😦 darn.

Reward: Not sure on this one yet because the budget is tight at the moment. It’s rewarding enough to see my hair doing it’s thing healthily :-).

Follow me online: http://public.fotki.com/Michelle-RadiantSkin

M e r s h a u n a

Current State: Hair – Armpit length (APL); Weight – 130 lbs

Goals: Hair -Mid-back length (MBL); Weight – 115 (lose 15 lbs)

Hair Regimen:

Daily:

  • Moisturize with water/leave-in mix
  • Seal with castor oil
  • Protective styles (keep hair stretched)

Weekly:

  • DC with Aussie Moist, EVOO and honey
  • Shampoo or co-wash with shea moisture

Monthly:

  • Full strength henna treatments

Weight Loss Regimen: Increase cardio and improve diet.

  • Daily workouts
  • Strength and flexibility training

Rewards: Nicer hair accessories (hair) and new jeans (weight).

Follow me online: thecurlysideofthings.blogspot.com (collaboration blog) and http://thedancingoptimist.blogspot.com/ (personal blog)

K r y s t a l   K.

Current State: Hair – Neck length curly (natural for 1 year)

Goals: Hair – Mid-back length straight and shoulder length curly; Weight – Lose about 5 lbs of fat and add more muscle.

Hair Regimen: I’m new to wearing my hair natural so I don’t have a set regimen yet. I’m used to washing my hair every four days. That has to change if I expect to have well-conditioned and well-loved hair. I also know that nutrition plays a big part in that so I really have to be mindful of what I put into my body and make sure that I drink a lot of water.

  • Co-wash and use minimal heat
  • Styling: Twists and twist-outs
  • Planning on trying Jamila Henna and Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque (both just ordered)
I c e l a

Current State: Hair – Chin length; Weight – 139 lbs

Goals: Hair – Collarbone length (CBL); Weight – 125 lbs (training for a Figure Show on October 22 and needs to be stage ready)

Hair Regimen:
  • Henna monthly
  • Wash and Condition/Detangle weekly with Giovanni Smooth As Silk
  • DC with Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose Conditioner
  • Co-Wash with Suave Coconut Moisture Conditioner (as needed in between washes)
Weight Loss Regimen: 
  • Full Body Circuits 3x week (emphasis on heavy lifting)
  • Cardio: 45 minutes, 5-6 times a week
  • Diet – No fast food, protein with every meal, no carbs after 4pm, salads and increase veggie intake after 4 pm

Reward: $100 splurge on hair accessories or at Forever 21 every 4 weeks

Follow me online:
www.shapelyalterations.com  and members.fotki.com/BronxNaturalGal76/about/

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Progress and GOCs

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I wanted to do this quick post to show my progress during the NC.com Curly Nikki presents Kim Coles’ Grow Out Challenge (GOC).  The first pic is of my first length check on February 19th, the second around 3 months later on April 24th and the third was yesterday, July 29th, 2011.

2/19/11 length check (Almost MBL according to the length chart in the Lexicon. BSL= TOP of bra strap; MBL= bottom of strap. Go fig!

4/24/11 length check (1/4 or 1/2 inch below MBL)

7/29/11 length check (couple of inches below MBL; 2 1/2 inches away from WL!)

I’m excited to begin our GOC in order to continue working towards achieving my hair and health goals! The journey’s not over baby;-)!  So excited that many of you will be joining me=)!!

G  R  O  W    B  A  B  Y ,    G  R  O  W  !  !  !  !

Natural Hair Music Peoples

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by Weusi

I was reading the past 2 post and got the feeling that I was sounding kinda militant. And for real … I’m a little militant … but not too much so.

So … I decided to make this the generic, “natural hair in music” post. But, I’m really only gonna give you a few that REALLY do what they do … my criteria is that they have to be DOPE and have a natural hair style.

With that being said … in no particular order …

Esperanza Spaulding

Ok … I don’t think I need to say anything about her. She’s the one that beat Justin Beiber for the Grammy. She’s rocked at the White House. She’s the youngest professor at Berkley … And she’s under 30! If you don’t know who she is … Google her! Greatness … with great hair!

Lauryn Hill

Defined natural beauty for an entire generation! Not only did she open people up to the many ways to style locs but she had people going crazy over glowing skin! (The key is healthy eating!).

Muhsinah

I know you are like who the … ?!?! It’s moo-seen-uh. Her voice is sweet! You may have caught her playing keys and singing w/ Common or  here and there at various music festivals. This quiet, Grammy-nominated sister keeps a FULL head of hair and a spirit of sunshine that radiates with more life and bounce than a beach ball at a summerstage concert! I like that she gets funky with the styles!

Here … this is the link to her new record, Gone.

No need to thank me.  You’re welcome! And click here to see the video for her Grammy nominated song, Daykeeper with Foreign Exchange (Phonte & Nicolay).

Now … If you thought the last one was a curve ball, this is sure to get ya …

Meshell N’degeochello

Bald is natural … and I found this picture where she had some clearly defined … 4b (??) curls!

Before you start tripping … Look … natural hair style is at the top of her game. That was my criteria, right!?! Almost no one messes with her on bass (NO ONE!!) and songs of content that have emotional presence. Admit it … she’s really dope!

I had Erykah Badu up here and Jill Scott, but they are so cliché for this post … but … I LOVE Jill’s duet with Anthony Hamilton. So in Love w/ Shelli … I mean, So in Love with you … my bad!

And Erykah is just so cliché for this post, but she is hosting this hip hop mix tape by Gods’illa called CPR, so I gotta give her props.

And then there’s …

Leela James

This sister can SING … she’s incredible! If you ever get a chance to see her live … hit me back and explain to me how that voice and power come out of that little, bitty person!

Another person that I felt I needed to slip in here is …

Maxwell

For real … you all know that you were sweating the brother’s hair. This fool had brothers thinking about styling their hair! Cats weren’t satisfied with waves, afros or locs … this dude had cats trying to figure out what was in between! He was on some negative space hair philosophy type stuff! And I saw sisters running up on the TV trying to see if that was his real curl pattern or not … the same way they ran up to see if there was anything else they could see in that D’Angelo video!

And finally … one of the greatest voices and natural heads of hair (I think) in our time …

CHAKA KHAN

For real … I’m not even sure if that’s all her hair now, but … who cares … she’s Chaka Khan!!

SHiNE

The RaVon Convertible Dress

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I haven’t really told you guys that I’m a … well … clothes and shoe horse. Yup, I have four clothes closets and a hallway closet for coats. The reason I chose my condo was because of closet and storage space. Anywho, I haven’t done too many fashion posts yet, but I hope to start including more. They won’t necessarily be where you can buy stuff now. But, they’ll hopefully be helpful in regard to giving you ideas about how to wear items together (I enjoy layering items and mixing patterns and colors).

So, I wanted to do this quick post to say that MY RAVON DRESSES ARRIVED!!! Do you know about RaVon by Von Vonni? If not, go check out the Facebook page and photo album. This dress is amazing!!! It can be worn at least 15 different ways! My youngest sister put me onto the convertible dress and designer. In fact, I was waiting for her to send me a post for the site because she is a master at rocking this dress in creative and sexy ways! I’ll have to bug her about that again soon.

Last week, ideeli was selling the dress in various solids and prints (they only go on sale for 3-4 days usually). So, I ordered two of the full-length dresses for $49 each!! I was so excited when they arrived yesterday! One is a leopard print and the other is a black and white reptile skin print. I’ll play around with them this weekend in order to post some pics.

UPDATE: RaVon Convertible Dress Styling Video Tutorial

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Do you have a convertible dress? How many ways do you wear yours? Maybe we can start a convertible dress gallery for inspiration! If you have a convertible dress, take pics and send them to hairscapades@gmail.com!

Style Tutorials, HairStories, Meet-Ups and GOCs!

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I decided to kill several birds with one stone! Hmmm, that just sounds wrong … need an alternative … how about … make three accessories with one flower?!  or … rock three styles with one banana clip!!! Yo, that one even has the word rock in it!! LOL!

Anywho, need to get several things out there and rather than make several posts, thought one with all of the topics and links made more sense. So, here goes.

  • STYLE TUTORIALS – Love ’em, want ’em, need ’em. So, if you are an aspiring, amateur hair stylist with great hair and greater styles, please share!! Send me a bulleted picture or video tutorial of your fabulous style for inclusion in the “Style Library!” Please use the subject, “Style Tutorial.” (Product, Tools and Accessory Reviews are also welcome. So, feel free to share your Rant or Rave!)
  • HAIRSTORIESOnly a few more days until the HairStory Contest ends. Submit your story by Sunday, July 31st to be entered into the contest to win an item of your choice from Etsy shop, Threadmill. A random winner will be selected at the end of the first week in August. And, don’t forget, all orders placed with Threadmill by July 31st qualify  for a 10% discount (excludes S&H) with coupon code HAIRSCAPADES10.
  • DC NATURAL HAIR MEET UP – We’re still trying to plan a meet-up on Saturday, August 27th in Washington, DC. I’ve been working on a location, but I really need to get a head count for the event. Therefore, if you are planning on attending and haven’t already done so, please indicate whether you are a definite or tentative in the comments here. I’m really hoping to meet many of my fellow NC.com GOC bloggers, as well as my new Hairscapades friends at the event!! And please feel free to tell your friends about the meet-up too! We can make this an intimate soirée or a big ol’ party! Either way, it’s sure to be a ball.  (This just in, a special guest has been confirmed!!!! No, it’s not Nikki [*lol*]. Working on a few other goodies for the event too!!)  
  • HAIRSCAPADES GROW OUT CHALLENGE – Ya’ll know the deal. Get your submissions in by the end of the day in order to begin the challenge on Monday, August 1st. If you’ve been granted an extension, please get your entries in as soon as possible (you get docked a grade for every day an entry is late though;-).

So, that’s it for now ladies!! E-mail your Style Tutorials, Reviews, HairStories and GOC entries to hairscapades@gmail.com. Please follow the directions as indicated in the links.