Daily Archives: August 6, 2011

GOC Contenders – The Eighth Wave


And it’s the next to last wave of GOC Contenders (added a ninth wave at the eleventh hour as we now have 45 participants).  Anywho, wrote a song about it.  Wanna hear it?  Here it go …



Current State: Hair – Lip length (front), chin length/CL (sides), collarbone length/CBL (back); Health/Weight – 190 lbs, size 14/16

Goals: Hair: Chin length/CL (front), collarbone length/CBL (sides), armpit length/APL (back); Health/Weight – Run a marathon in October, go down to a size 10

Hair Regimen:


  • Dampen hair and twist into large twists using Oyin Handmade Hair Dew every night
  • Sleep on a silk scarf covered pillow
  • In the morning, separate the twists, apply Giovanni Leave-in, coconut oil and go
  • On important occasions, add Kinky Curly Curling Custard (KCCC) to define curls


  • Co-wash or wash with diluted shampoo (depending on how scalp feels)
  •  Deep condition every week
Bi-weekly (every 2 weeks):
  •  Cassia treatment

Starting in September (when my budget imposed purchasing ban is over), I’ll maintain my nightly routine. But I plan on switching to DevaCurl’s No-Poo cleanser, DevaCurl One Conditioner for DCs and the Kimmaytube recipe for a leave-in (substituting Argan oil for jojoba oil). When it gets cold, I plan on twisting my hair and leaving it for a week, moisturizing as necessary. 

Health & Fitness Regimen:

  • Run 4 days a week
  • 30 min of strength training or cardio on “off” days (ex. speed walking with the dog, exercise bands, etc.)

Reward: I turn 30 in December and plan on rewarding myself by being in a 2-piece on a beach somewhere.

Journal: I’ll maintain a weekly journal to document my progress.

L u v . L y f e

Current State: Hair – armpit length (APL); Weight – 144 lbs

Goals:  Hair – Bra-strap length (BSL), improved moisture, shine and better health overall; Weight – 130 lbs

Hair Regimen: I am new to all of this (blogging, forums, natural hair care) and am in need of much help in the area of natural hair care. I’ve never relaxed my hair, but I pressed my hair for years. I am leaving the world of straightening and trying to care for my hair naturally!


  • Finger detangle
  • Co-wash
  • Deep condition
  • Detangle and stretch
  • Protective Styling


  • Shampoo
  • Henna (Pending the results of the next two hennas. My color has changed quite a bit since my first one and I’m concerned the color may not look too hot on me)
  • Trim as needed

(I’m hearing a great deal about Kimmaytube’s leave-in.  I’m strongly considering it and if it is worth a try.  This may be worked into my regimen on the next co-wash day.)

Weight Loss Regimen:

  • Drink at least 32 oz of water daily (It doesn’t seem like much, but I’m not a big water drinker AT ALL!)
  • Work up to 64 oz of water per day, within three months
  • Stay away from fast food restaurants
  • Eat more fruits and veggies
  • Eat fewer sugary snacks and fried foods
  • Exercise 3-5 days a week for at least 30 min. (cardio)
  • Toning exercises 3-5 days a week
  • Stress less
  • Live, luv, laugh

This challenge has inspired me to change in many other areas of my life. I’m looking forward to this!!!

Reward: A very small shopping spree.

Follow me online:  www.mylyfemygrowth.wordpress.com (My brand new blog!)

V a l e n c i a

Current State: Hair – A little longer than armpit length (APL), but back is longer than the front

Goals:  Hair – Fuller and healthier bra-strap length hair; Weight – Lose 20 lbs

Hair Regimen: I want to have a trim by August 6th/7th. I have suffered a lot of breakage over the years so I want to focus more on the health of my hair and hopefully that will bring along the length that I desire. I love wearing my hair out but it just doesn’t protect my ends enough, so I will need to sacrifice style for growth and strength. I will allow myself to wear my hair out on Saturday and/or Thursday, if I have the itch. My plan is to moisturize like a maniac, do strengthening treatments on a regular basis and protect, protect, protect!

Weekly (Thursday-Friday):

  • Pre-poo with coconut oil and a cheapie conditioner (afternoon)
  • Finger detangle thoroughly while applying the mix
  • Wash in sections with a diluted low-sulfate shampoo (night)
  • Rinse the shampoo completely
  • Apply deep conditioner mix
  • Twist into four big twists, put on a shower cap, a scarf and a winter hat and go to sleep
  • Rinse with cold water and apply diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse (next morning)
  • Apply leave-in and set in approx. 6 large braids
  • Leave it in braids unless planning to wear it out on Saturday
  • Wear braids, updo styles and buns the rest of the week
  • Moisturize and seal nightly  (I use the layering technique for moisturizing: water-based, oil-based, heavy cream or butter)


  • Henna (Jamila or Dulhan)

Staple products:

  • Tresemme Naturals shampoo and conditioner
  • Herbal Hessence’s Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner
  • Aussie 3-minute Deeeeeep Conditioner
  • Cholesterol
  • Organic ACV
  • Vatika coconut oil
  • Organic coconut, olive, sesame and castor oil (I mix a little oil in everything)
  • Glycerine
  • S-Curl moisturizer
  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In
  • Elasta QP Mango Butter
Weight Loss Regimen: I would also like to lose 20 lbs over the next 6 months.  I would like to lose more but I can start with 20 lbs. I have definitely slacked on maintaining a healthy diet, so I want to start fresh and new by making better food choices for myself and my family, and cooking more at home! I will also start  with at least 30 minutes of activity a day. In general, I need to move more period. I sit behind a desk at work and I absolutely hate it.  I would rather be on my feet all day than on my behind! Soooo, I need to get moving…because my 18 month old is showing NO signs of slowing down.
  • Limit eating out
  • When eating out, no fries on the side, no bun, grilled and not fried
  • Eliminate unnecessary sugars and fried foods
  • Fruit and veggies need to be the bulk of meals
  • 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week (dancing, brisk walking, Tae Bo, Zumba, elliptical, etc.)
  • Try to incorporate at least 15 minutes of yoga and meditation every day

Reward: We are attempting to save as much money as possible over the next 6 months, so the satisfaction of my achievements will have to be the reward in itself *lol.* When I can splurge, I will definitely reward myself with new clothes. I am using this challenge to focus more of my time on planning out the rest of my life (which is exhausting). So, maybe I can treat myself to books when I reach mini-goals (I may be a closet nerd :)).

Journal: I will keep daily tabs on my progress and will take pictures (body and hair) weekly.

K i m   R e n e e'

Current State: Hair – Eyebrow length (front), Ear length (sides), Nape of neck length (back)

Goals: Hair – Nose length (front), jaw length (sides), shoulder length/SL (back); Weight – lose 15 to 25 pounds

Hair Regimen: I BC’d on April 2, 2011. After that I really didn’t take time with my hair. I immediately put braids to get more length (good results). I’m still trying to figure out what products my hair likes/dislikes.


  • Moisturize hair with water or a water-based moisturizer
  • Seal hair with oil or butter
  • Scalp massages


  • Pre-poo treatment
  • Shampoo
  • Deep condition


  • Mini-wash or co-wash (depends on how my hair feels)

Bi- weekly:

  • ACV rinse


  • Protein treatment

Weight Loss Regimen:

  • Continue using My Fitness Pal to track calories, weight and exercise
  • Exercise 3-4 times a week
  • Drink a minimum of 64 oz of water daily
  • Take a multivitamin daily
  • Possibly do 2 days a week eating no meat *fingers crossed*

Spiritual Regimen:

  • Daily meditation on the word
  • Daily prayer
  • Attend mid-week service

Reward: For every 5 lbs lost, I will buy a new accessory (hair, jewelry, handbag, etc), outfit, or heels. At the end of the challenge, I will buy a Platinum Stages Dance Pole.

Journal: I will take monthly length check pics and will maintain a hair journal. I will also use My Fitness Pal to journal my health/fitness activities and weight loss progress.

N i c o l e

Current State: Hair – Between chin (CL) and shoulder length (SL); Weight – 125 lbs

Goals:  Hair – healthy and long, like I had when I was a kid! Between shoulder (SL) and armpit length (APL); Weight – 110 to 115 lbs (lose 10 to 15 lbs)

Hair Regimen:  My last perm was 2 years ago (2009). But, since then, I have received highlights and semi-permanent color, so I’m experiencing a lot of dryness and hair damage due to excessive heat (I loved Dominican blowouts, but since my hair is fine, excessive heat is not my friend). In January 2011, I set a 6 month no heat challenge for myself and so far I have remained faithful to my challenge.


  • Pre-poo with Vatika or coconut oil (15-30 minutes)
  • Shampoo (currently experimenting with different ones: Jane Carter, Shea Moisture Moisture Retention and Natures Gate Nourishing Shampoo)
  • Detangle with Pantene Hello Hydration conditioner
  • Deep condition with Curl Junkie HIbiscus & Banana Deep Fix or Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment (minimum of 30 min. using my heat wrap)
  • Rinse deep conditioner
  • Apply leave-in (currently experimenting with different one: Giovanni Direct Leave-In and Paul Mitchell The Conditioner)
  • Seal with extra virgin olive oil or shea butter
  • Style: Mainly twist outs or wash and go’s (WnGs) with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.


  • Moisturize with water
  •  Seal with jojoba oil

Weight Loss Regimen:

  • Exercise at least 3 times a week
  • Cardio: Biking, Tae Bo, walking, etc. (minimum of 30 min.)
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (this is going to be hard for me)
  • Take a multivitamin
  • Eat 1200 calories a day
  • Prepare and bring lunch to work
  • No fast food, sodas
  • Reduce sugar intake and white carbs (i.e. flour, bread, pasta, etc.)

Reward: SPA DAY!!

Journal:  I will make sure I write in my journal at least once a week.


Okay, for real this time, one more wave to go!!  It’s 9 pm and I’m going to try to finish this up before midnight so that everyone is up for the first week of the challenge :)!!  


And the HairStory Contest Winner Is …


L A K I S H A   H I L L ! ! ! !

Lakisha, you’ve won an item of your choice from the Etsy shop, Threadmill! What are you going to do now?!?!?!  … uhmmm, no, I don’t mean Disney World.  Instead, visit the shop, find something you can’t live without and e-mail the link and your mailing address to me at hairscapades@gmail.com. I’ll forward the information to Threadmill so that the item may be shipped post haste!

8/13/11 UPDATE: Check out Lakisha in her Threadmill swag!!

And to all of you who sent in your wonderful HairStories, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! I randomly selected the winner out of a hat (we’re low tech around here;) as it would have been impossible for me to choose my favorite story!! There surely would have been a three, four, five or fifteen way tie!! Keep your eyes open for YOUR HairStory as they will all be featured over the course of the next several weeks!!!

And don’t forget, the Threadmill coupon code has been extended for Hairscapades readers until August 31st!! So, for any orders you place from now until then, you can still receive 10% off of your entire purchase (excludes S&H charges) when you enter coupon code:  HAIRSCAPADES10!!

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