Daily Archives: August 4, 2011

Hair Crush: Deiadre’s HairStory


Describe yourself in 20 words or less.
I’m currently APL, striving to be WL by 2013. It shouldn’t be too hard since I’m short. ūüôā

How long have you been natural and why did you chose to go natural?
Counting from the day of my last relaxer application, I’ve been natural for 2.5 years. A former college buddy of mine had long natural hair and I would inquire about it for a couple years straight. Then, I got pregnant and figured that it was a great time to go natural. I did not want any relaxers while pregnant and I happened to get pregnant two years in a row, so it was just perfect timing.

Did you transition or big chop?
I transitioned for 14 months and did a mini big chop after that.

What is/was your biggest hair challenge/obstacle?  How did you overcome it or what are you doing now to try to address the problem?
My biggest hair obstacle are tangles and knots. I haven’t overcome them yet. I think that the best way to do it is to henna to loosen my curl pattern in the crown and back of my head. I don’t see this same problem amongst naturals in youtube-land and blogland, but protective styling isn’t doing the trick for me.

What do you love most about your natural hair and/or about being natural?
I love the health, versatility, strength and thickness of my natural hair! Oh, and saving lots of time and money because I don’t have to go to the salon.

What is your current regimen?  Has it changed in any major way since you first went natural?
My current regimen is to wash and DC weekly. I co-wash and/or load my hair with conditioner and oils several times a week. My regimen has changed a lot. When I first big chopped, I used to try all kinds of natural food mixes, but I’ve realized that it’s not for me.

What are your Holy Grail and staple products?
My favorite products are: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner (co-wash), Redken All Soft Heavy Cream (DC), Giovanni Direct Leave-In and my shea butter mixture with castor oil, jojoba oil and olive oil.

What is your ‚Äúgo to‚ÄĚ style (share a picture of it, if you have one!)? Do you wear protective and/or low manipulation styles? If so, how often and why?
My “go to” style is the braid out. I’ve finally figured out how to get big hair and I love it. I wear low manipulation styles the majority of the time. I usually keep it in a bun or ponytail puff. It just goes with my schedule of tending to two babies. The weekends are usually when I wear a twist out or braid out. My bunning is also a way to protect my ends and keep my hair moisturized with conditioner and oil(s).

How often do you cut/trim your hair? How do you cut it (salon, DIY, straight, curly, in twists)?
My new plan is to trim my hair twice a year in its straightened state. I plan to do it before Christmas (like a couple days before) and then 6 months after that. The only people raising shears near my head will be my mom or the only stylist that I trust, which is back in my hometown.

Has going natural impacted other areas of your life (i.e. health & fitness, style, environmental consciousness, etc.?) If so, how and in what ways has it affected your lifestyle?
I’m not sure if going natural has really affected other aspects of my life aside from hair products. I was already a pretty healthy person.

Do you have a ‚Äúhair crush?‚ÄĚ If so, who?
I have hair crushes on HairCrush (aka Chime) from YouTube and Fotki, as well as NikStarWasHere and CheveuxNoir on Fotki!

Who do you follow online (i.e. blog/website, Youtube, Fotki, etc.)?
HairCrush on YouTube, Chicoro,  CheveuxNoir and NikStar on Fotki, www.nikstarwashere.com, naturallyleslie.blogspot.com, thegoldensparkle.blogspot.com, www.itsjusthair.com and www.thewritecurldiary.com

Where can we find you online?

What advice would you give someone who is contemplating going natural and/or becoming discouraged with their natural journey?
I think learning your natural hair texture is fun. Go for it! If your hair crush has a texture unlike yours, find a new crush. Its easy to get discouraged or disapponted when you want your texture to look a certain way. It’s okay to admire all hair types, but all 4a’s are not alike, lol! As long as you are keeping your routine simple and consistent, then know that every length phase is temporary. Ignore comments and opinions from non-supporters….including yourself. After a year, you’ll be glad you did!

Anything else that you’d like to add?
My hubby was my main supporter and now I’ve taken on the mentality of Mike Jones,¬†“Back then they didn’t want me, now I’m hot, they all on me.” That’s how I feel about my non-supporters, including my dad. He hates my big hair but, when it’s straight and he sees how long it is, he’s all in my face. Boooo!


GOC Contenders – The Sixth Wave

M a r t i n i q u e

Current State: Approx. an inch short of bra-strap length (BSL), major split ends and heat damaged due to straightening 2-5 times a week for the past 2 months

Goal: Bra-strap length (BSL) to mid-back length (MBL), healthy hair

Regimen:¬†I’ve been wearing my hair straight for about 2 months and, honestly, haven’t been properly maintaining it. ¬†I will be trimming my ends to begin the challenge. I usually do WnGs and didn’t notice any damage from them, but want to explore more styles. Finally, I want to¬†keep up with the great routine I had before I started straightening my hair.


  • Co-wash hair with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH)
  • Deep condition with JessiCurl Weekly Deep Conditioner
  • Style with Uncle Funky’s Daughter products


  • Protein Treatment (this is new to my regimen)

Reward: This was a hard one as I have no idea of a reward to give myself. If I think of something, I will definitely update you on that!

S h a n n o n   S a n d e l l
S h a y S h a y S w e e t i e 0 4

Current State:  Hair РChin length/CL (sides), shoulder length/SL (back), lack of natural shine; Weight Р177 lbs, size 13/15

Goals: Hair – Shoulder length/SL (sides), armpit length/APL (back), natural shine (no dullness); Weight/Size – 140 lbs, size 9

Hair Regimen:¬†I usually wear my hair in protective styles with half wigs and ponytails. No more glue in weaves.¬†I want to start wearing my natural curls more often, so I need to find a cream/lotion for my hair as well as a mousse that won’t leave my hair crunchy.

  • Wash every 2 or 3 days with Biolage Hydrating Shampoo and Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo
  • Condition every day in the shower with Biolage Conditioning Balm or Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Cream Rinse
  • Style with Biolage Hydraseal Softening Mist & CHI Keratin Mist (I also use Matrix Design Pulse Hair Spray & Matrix Fiber Shuffle)
  • Deep condition once a week using Biolage Aqua-Immersion Creme Masque
  • Hot oil treatment twice a month (if¬†I can remember!)

Weight Loss Regimen:

  • Exercise at the gym 4 days a week
  • Cardio (walking, jogging, eliptical, bikes) at least 30 minutes each day
  • Begin “Power 90” exercise program
  • Eliminate fast foods
  • Prepare meals for lunch and dinner
  • Prepare more fresh meals (grilled chicken breast and salads are my favorite healthy foods)
  • Eat more fruits and veggies for snacks.

Rewards: Splurge on a new hair/beauty product (hair); A girls day out Рspa, mani/pedi, shopping, nice lunch/dinner (weight)

Follow me online:  youtube.com/user/shayshaysweetie04 and

(p.s. My sister, Kayla Sandell aka KurlyGirl85, and I are doing this together. We will see who sticks with the challenge!!!)

K a y l a   S a n d e l l
K u r l y G i r l 8 5

Current State: Hair РJaw length (front), neck length/NL (back)

Goal:  Hair РShoulder length/SL (front), between shoulder/SL and armpit length/APL (back); Fitness РTone muscles, Exercise at least 30 min, 3-4x a week, improve stamina in order to be able to run/jog 2 miles

Hair Regimen:

  • Shampoo/condition- 2x a week alternating TRESemme Curl Moisturizing Shampoo/ Matrix Conditioning Balm (DC) and ElastaQP Creme Conditioning Shampoo/ElastaQP Intense Fortifying Hair Conditioning Treatment
  • Alternatively, replace shampoo with a rhassoul clay mask/Lustrasilk Cholesterol (with oils added)
  • Condition and detangle at least every other day with Mane N Tail or¬†Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze (plan on trying different cheap cone-free conditioners)
  • Leave in- Usually my homemade leave in (aloe vera juice, glycerin, a little bit of oil and conditioner), or Mane N Tail Conditioner
  • Stylers: Ecostyler Krystal w/added oil and flax seed gel mix¬†(shea butter, avocado oil, and argan oil),¬†TRESemme Flawless Curls mousse or¬†flax seed gel
  • Styling: Primarily WnGs
  • Diffuse on cool/high speed and/or air dry
  • Finish with Shealoe mix to get rid of crunch
  • Sleep with satin scarf on a satin¬†pillowcase
  • Massage hibiscus infused coconut/castor oil¬†mix onto scalp 3x a week
  • Hair, Skin and Nail vitamins (Nature’s Bounty) 3x a day

Special treatments:

  • Hot oil treatment with avocado or coconut oil¬†2x a month prior to shampooing
  • Cellophane (Matrix PrizmsPlus in Clear) 1x a month
  • Protein treatment (Neutral Protein Filler and I would like to try ApHogee 2 Step), as needed

Fitness Regimen:

  • Drink 64 oz. of water a day (use refillable container to drink three 20-24 oz bottles)
  • Weight train (15¬†min)
  • Cardio (20 min)

Reward:¬†Flat iron my hair once some pieces reach 10″ and buy¬†some virgin organic argan oil (hair); Girls day out with my sister, ShayShaySweetie04 (fitness)

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S t e p h a n i e

Current State: I just got my TWA exactly 2 weeks ago, so this is perfect timing. I am loving my hair and am looking forward to my hair growing in its natural state. My last perm was April 10, I transitioned for 14 weeks and then did the BC on July 15. No regrets!

Goals: Hair –¬†Grow and retain 3″ of healthy hair; Fitness –¬†Resume and maintain regular exercise routine, 4 to 7 days a week. Tone and improve overall health.

Hair Regimen:


  • Morning:
    • Co-wash every morning I exercise with¬†KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner¬†(min. 3 days/max. 6 days)
    • Wet hair with water mixed w/EVOO
    • Comb through Kimmaytube’s leave-in conditioner made with¬†Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk, aloe vera juice, jojoba and castor oil
    • Smooth in (using fingers)¬†Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter
    • Seal with organic coconut 0il
    • Occasionally use¬†Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel¬†and¬†ORS Olive Oil Sheen Spray
    • Style: TWA (will begin to coil/twist as hair grows)

  • Evening:
    • Wet hair with water mixed w/EVOO
    • Comb through¬†Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer
    • Massage scalp with¬†Bee Mine Hair Growth Serum¬†(minimum of every other day)
    • Seal w/Organic Coconut Oil
    • Cover with 2 satin bonnets (hair’s still a little damp)

Weekly (usually Sundays):

  • Pre-poo using¬†Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment¬†covered with plastic cap (minimum of 15 min.)
  • Shampoo with¬†KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
  • Protein condition with¬†Rusk Keratin Care Deep Penetrating Treatment (5 min. max)
  • Deep condition with¬†Bee Mine Bee-U-Ti-Ful Deep Conditioner (minimum of¬†20 min. with heat)

Monthly (last Saturday or Sunday of month):

  • ¬†Clarify with¬†Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo
  • Planning to add Henna treatment

 Health & Fitness Regimen:

  • Take Hairfinity¬†hair vitamins and¬†Nature’s Code¬†multi-vitamins every evening
  • Glass of hot water with lemon to start every morning
  • Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water every day
  • Eat a minimum of 3 fruits and 3 vegetables every day
  • Turbo Fire 7 days week, every morning
  • Toning exercises 3 to 4 days a week, in the evening

Reward:¬†For each month I manage to grow at least 1/2″ of hair I will reward myself by taking myself out to dinner.

Journal: I will maintain a journal on a bi-weekly basis. As the challenge progresses, I will to try to learn how to chronicle my journey online.

M a r s h a

Current State: Hair -Various lengths due to layers; Weight – 123 to 126 lbs

Goals: Hair РFuller/more volume and even length; Weight Р118 lbs

Hair Regimen: I want to listen to my hair more, such as when it needs something (i.e. moisture, shampoo, co-wash, etc.).

  • Co-wash at least once or twice a week (every 3-4 days)
  • Shampoo every other week
  • Deep condition after shampoo
  • Steam monthly
  • Henna monthly

Weight Loss Regimen:

  • Continue using My Fitness Palto document my food intake and exercise daily (this has helped me a lot in the past)
  • Exercise 3-4x a week (I love Fitness Tv ¬†on On Demand)

Reward: A hair therapy wrap.

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