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 – Chin length/CL (sides), shoulder length/SL (back), lack of natural shine; Weight – 177 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 – spa, 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 – Jaw length (front), neck length/NL (back)

Goal:  Hair – Shoulder length/SL (front), between shoulder/SL and armpit length/APL (back); Fitness – Tone 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)

Follow me online: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100000238539656

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 – Fuller/more volume and even length; Weight – 118 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.

Follow me online: http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/view_blog/kim-coles-grow-out-challenge/1063


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