GOC Contenders – The Seventh Wave

R o t a u g i a   M a t h e w s - P o p e

Current State: Hair – Approx. an inch past collarbone length (CBL)

Goals:  Hair – Grow and retain 3″ of healthy hair; Health & Fitness – Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly

Hair Regimen: I just completed the Terressentials Detox. I am going for a natural/minimalist approach. I may add a leave-in and/or styler back into my regimen.  In the past I used Giovanni Leave-In and Shea Moisture Organic Curl and Style Milk.


  • Wash with Terressentials Left Coast Lemon Pure Earth Hair Wash
  • Condition with DIY Honey and Olive Oil Deep treatment


  • Style: Mist n’ Go Pony Puff


  • Henna


  • TERRESSENTIALS Left Coast Lemon Pure Earth Hair Wash
  • DIY honey and olive oil
  • DIY mist: aloe vera gel and water, with essential oils
  • shea butter
  • Vatika, grapeseed, olive or  jojoba oil
  • flaxseed gel

Health and Fitness Regimen:

  • Maintain a vegetarian diet outside of home
  • Eat vegan at home
  • Exercise for at least 30 min., 4x a week

Reward:  I will allow myself to indulge in retail therapy at Amazon, Sony Reader, iTunes or another establishment of my choice for every 2 weeks that I meet my goals.

Journal: I will continue to maintain a written journal I started a couple of months ago.

T i f f a n y   J.

Current State: Hair – Collarbone length (CBL) with a front, middle section that was cut 2″ shorter due to heat damage; Weight – 160 lbs w/BMI of 26.6

Goals: Hair –  Bra-strap length (BSL) and increased thickness through growing out section that was cut 2″ shorter than rest of hair; Weight – 120-130 lbs (Lose 30-40 pounds)

Hair Regimen:  I plan to add half wigs to my regimen, but I’m still doing my research.


  • Co-wash once a week and after my workouts
  • Deep condition once a week
  • Stretch with flat twists outs
  • Wear a protective style 4 days a week

Alternate nights:

  • Moisturize and seal with oil


  • Shampoo

Every 6 Weeks:

  • Henna gloss and indigo every 6 weeks

Weight Loss Regimen: I get bored just being in the gym and need variety to stay on track.


  • Exercise at gym 3x a week
  • Attend a group class, do a DVD workout or an outdoor activity 3x a week
  • 1 day of rest


  • Balanced, low-fat/good fat meals
  • Avoid fast and junk foods

I know that I’m going to slip-up, especially on date nights. But I’ll make sure that I get back on track instead of making the slip-ups a permanent thing.

Rewards: It’s ironic that I found this challenge, because I just started a challenge with my boyfriend. I told him that if I lose 30lbs by my 24th birthday in December I would get a nose ring. He hates nose rings (not to point that we’d break up if I got one, though). So, it’s a big deal that he agreed. I want a nose ring, but I’m getting a doctorate in physical therapy and I don’t think that it would be too professional in the field. So instead, I may just go on a well deserved shopping spree because I love shopping.

Follow me online: http://ilovebreakfastatiffanys.tumblr.com/ (I may update on my journey, but I can’t make any promises.)

C o r i n n e

Current State: Hair – Just below bra-strap length (BSL) and heat damaged due to Dominican blowouts

Goals: Hair – Improved health by transitioning out heat damage; Weight – Lose 30 pounds in 6 months

Hair Regimen:

  • DIY oil pre-poo mix
  • Shampoo my hair with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH)
  • DIY leave in-mix
  • DIY shea butter mix

Bi-monthly (every 2 months):

  • Henna gloss (henna relaxed curls, so I now gloss instead of doing full strength treatments)

Weight Loss & Fitness Regimen:

  • Walk
  • P90 Insanity
  • Drink more water

Reward: Shopping!! No further explanation needed!!

Follow me online: Facebook album (link TBS)

C o i l y R o b

Current State: Hair – Chin length/CL (front), almost armpit length/APL (back); Weight – 135 lbs

Goals:  Hair – Grow and retain 3″; Weight – 120 lbs (Lose 15 lbs) 

Hair Regimen:  I’ll start by trimming my hair. It will be my first trim in 2 years :(. I will probably end up with approximately 10″ of hair.


  • Wash
  • Deep condition
  • Wear protective styles the majority of the time


  • Moisturize

Weight Loss Regimen: My goal is to lose 2 lbs a week until I reach my goal around September 26th. From there, I will continue to modify my eating and will exercise regularly. I hope to maintain my weight through the end of the challenge. 

  • Exercise 6 – 7x per week
  • C25K 3 days/wk
  • Kettlebell 2 days/wk
  • Zumba or other exercise DVDs 1 – 2 days/wk
  • Weight Watcher Points Plus system
  • Weigh in with WW every Monday

Reward: When I reach BSL, I will have my hair professionally blow dried and flat-ironed in Manhattan (hair); It would be a huge reward to be able to fit into my clothes again. I also want to treat myself to a pair of skinny, straight leg jeans (weight).

Journal: I will maintain a weekly written journal.

M i c h e l l e  aka  M i c k e y 

Current State: Hair – Between armpit (APL) and bra-strap length (APL)

Goals: Hair – mid-back length (MBL); Health & Fitness – Eat healthier and exercise regularly

Hair Regimen:


  • Wash or co-wash with Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Shampoo or Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo
  • Condition and detangle with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH)
  • Deep condition with JessiCurl Weekly Deep Conditioner
  • Apply Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In
  • Apply Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie or Curl and Style Milk to hair in four sections
  • Seal ends with shea butter
  • Style: Twist and curl or braid and curl for 2- 3 days
  • Bun for rest of week

Health and Fitness Regimen: 

  • Exercise 2x a week
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day
  • Eat healthier
  • Take Women’s One-A-Day vitamin daily

Reward: Cute Hair accessories, curlmart purchase!

(I complete Grad School: Dec 2011! EXCITED!)

Follow me online: http://happilynatural.blogspot.com/ (It’s under construction and I’m new to this, but come check it out! :))


Okay ladies, one more wave to go (with 7 contenders)!! How did you do week one?

9 responses »

  1. Whew! What a week! I am a diet soda addict so losing the diet soda and getting on the H2O kick was a challenge. I did kick-boxing 3x this week, ate relatively healthy…umm if you don’t count that bag of chips that I indulged in yesterday. My hair bunned all week and remoisturized every morning with a few sprays of the kimmaytube leave in. Shouting a big ‘welcome!’ to all of my co GOC members! Happy growing!


  2. Etoile, I only worked out one day this week! I did well on my diet though. I’d been eating junk last week, but packed my lunch all week and essentially ate well, though I did have a couple of Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches one night (one would have been okay, but I had to get that second one). I had a fam reunion last night, so I had planned that splurge into the week and, in fact, was back down to 119 lbs yesterday morning as well as this morning (was at 123 lbs earlier in the week … bloating probably). I need to get back on the exercise grind though! Once I finish these GOC posts this weekend, that’s it. I’m getting myself back into my exercise routine. These just take so many hours to put together and I knew I’d be too exhausted after I exercised to put them together. Tonight, I’m finishing the last two waves and tomorrow … HOT YOGA in the a.m.!!!


  3. Okay ladies. I’ve always been good with honesty and must do just that! I’ve been awful. Absolutely, shamefully awful. Have I worked out? No! Kept up with my diet? Besides the 32 oz of water, I have not paid attention to a diet at all. I have been so off track but I am going to get it together, for my sake 🙂

    Thanks for the welcome Etoile! Help me through this. Lol!

    Shelli, awesome job on organizing this AND keeping with your regimen. Good stuff!

    Okay ladies, I’m going to get it together!

    Let’s grow!


  4. LL, I soooo did not keep with my regimen, but thank you! LOL!! I stayed up too late on Saturday, so didn’t go to hot yoga on Sunday morning. But, I did go last night … and it kicked my butt. Post on said butt kicking later this morning!!

    As to your first week, I struggled too. But that’s what we are here to do, motivate each other. So, it’s the start of a new week and another chance to get on track. One step at a time, so even if it’s only 1 good meal with veggies and fruit or 15 minutes of activity, it’s something. Go for it!! And hey, you did well with your hair regimen last week! So, that’s something! Now, let’s keep up the good work=)!


  5. I have been keeping up with my hair regimen quite well. However, my weight loss regimen leaves ALOT to be desired! Instead of exercising tonight, I had a frosty, chicken mcnuggets, and two glasses of sangria. I will definetly get back on track tomorrow.


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