Daily Archives: September 19, 2011

Bazinga!!

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You know, on Sundays, I usually post something random that I like. But, nothing came up that I felt particularly moved to share. Then, when I got home, I saw an e-mail from Wei with these pics and the message, “i thought you might dig this.”

Tee hee!!  He knows me so well! These are my people y’all!! LOL! I’m not a genious, nor quite as dorky, but I totally get these guys!! LOL!!

And I’ll leave you with this, one of my all-time favorite, The Big Bang Theory moments (couldn’t embed, so just have to share a link to the video :))!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlhHTdDqoBc

Sofistafunk Swag Bag Giveaway Winners!!

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Sofistafunk & Houndstooth

Can you believe that Sofistafunk decided to give away not one, but three  Swag Bags?!?! It just keeps getting better and better!!

The lucky winners are:

@wondercurl

@ss_dal

@DailyCurlz

Each of you will recieve a Sofistafunk Tote Bag & Skirt*!!! Please email Etoile at Curvesruntheworld@gmail.com, to learn how to redeem your prize.

CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!!!

*Y’all know you better send me pics of you in your skirts ;)!!

GOC Contenders – Tenth Wave

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And now here it is, without further ado, our long awaited, “Super Sized” Tenth Wave!!

J e n


Current State: Hair – Currently transitioning to natural; 7 months post relaxer; armpit length (APL)

Goals: Hair – APL natural hair, so that I can get rid of the relaxed ends and be fully natural. I want to really learn about my natural hair, how to style it and above all, learn to love it. I want my hair to be big, healthy, and beautiful!; Fitness – Due to my recent medical condition, the only thing I’m concerned with is getting back to the level of fitness that I was prior to taking ill and maintaining the current goal weight that I have reached. Anything else will be added bonus. Continue clean eating and coffee/tea/water/milk (soy, almond, coconut) intake only.

Hair Regimen: Subject to change because I am transitioning):

  • Co-wash 1-2 times a week
  • Shampoo once a week
  • Deep condition once a week
  • Bun 5 days a week as protective style; try other styles on weekends.

I am still trying different products but my current staples are Organix Pomegranate and Green Tea Shampoo, JBCO, Eco Styler Gel with Moroccan Argan Oil, coconut oil, and the Kimmaytube leave-in. I definitely intend on incorporating henna and other Ayurvedic products.

Fitness Regimen:

  • Resume exercising 6 days a week
  • Weight training
  • Cardio
  • I also want to get into hot yoga and Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Arts).

Reward: Hair – I know it sounds corny, but if I can achieve this goal and chop off my relaxed ends and be fully natural again, that will be the best reward ever. I’ve hated my natural hair all my life, which prevented me from totally loving myself — I will be complete; Fitness – A mini shopping spree but once again, my health is most important and as long as I can maintain my current weight I will be happy.

Follow me online: http://www.thekoiexperience.com

J o s i e


Current State:  Hair – Shoulder length (back), ear/chin length (front)

Goals: Hair – Length retention, bra-strap length (BSL); Fitness: Exercise at least twice a week.

Hair Regimen: 
  • Co-wash weekly with Giovanni Deeper Moisture conditioner
  • Moisturize with Kimmay’s leave-in or Shea Moisture Curl Smoothie
  • Seal with raw shea butter, jojoba and EVOO

Fitness Regimen: Plan to work out at the park district by my school once on the weekends, and then once during the week, wake up a little earlier on my late-start day of classes to go running.

Reward: Hair – Once I reach my hair length goal, I will treat myself by straightening it, since I have gone without heat for about 6-7mos now. Fitness: A shopping trip splurge item.

Follow me online: http://finding4ever.tumblr.com/

D r .   B .   N a t u r a l e


Current State: Grazing bra strap length (BSL); Skin – I get bad acne on my cheeks periodically.
Goal: Full midback length by the end of the challenge; Skin – Improve skin long term.
Hair Regimen:
  • I am an avid shampoo-er. I love washing and conditioning my hair every week. However, I plan to alternate shampooing and co-washing each week, including cowashing two or three times in a single week periodically.
  • I always deep condition with every wash (not necessarily with a conditioner intended for deep conditioning). Again, however, I will not deep condition with each mid-week co-wash, only the weekly wash at the beginning of each week.
  • I usually always twist immediately after DCing, but will attempt to do more bunning.
  • I will use a leave-in (varies, but prefer cantu shea butter).
  • Seal with castor oil or castor oil mix.
  • Style with fragrant moisturizer (aroma therapy).
  • I rarely wear my hair down/out/loose, because it doesn’t look good on me UNLESS it is a twist out from small or medium sized twists worn all week. Then and only then will I wear my hair out, but only for about two days.
  • I’ve added henna glossing to my regimen (first attempt September 1st).
Skin Regimen: I’m not too sure about my skin. I’m trying to use all of my Noxzema now before trying anything else. But, may do the following:
  • Wash with baking soda twice daily
  • Moisturize with shea or coco butter lotion
  • Weekly peel masks.

Reward: I will straighten my hair. I’ve only straightened once since being completely natural. I am 3 years post relaxer and 1.5 years natural (or post BC).

Follow me online: Working on it (honestly!).

C h a r e l l e
Current State: Hair – A little past shoulder length (SL); Weight – 143 lbs

Goals: Hair – Mid-back length (MBL); Weight – Lose 10 pounds; Personal: I’m applying to medical school this cycle, so it would be really great for an acceptance to coincide with the end of the challenge.

Hair Regimen:

Weekly:
  • Wash with TreSemme Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Deep condition with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Styles:
  • Wash N Gos
  • Curlformer Sets
  • Straighten (about once every two months)
  • Protective styles (buns)
Fitness Regimen:
  • Go the gym at least 3 times per week
  • Cut out fast foods
  • Drink 64oz of water per day

Reward: Buying new products! Also, I’d like to end the challenge with a mini-vaca, though I’m not sure where yet!

C a r l a


Current State: Hair – Bra-strap length/BSL (back); Weight: 5’5″, Size 8

Goals: Hair – Mid-back length/MBL (back), bra-strap length/BSL (front); Weight – Size 6, Lose 1-2″ off of waistline (I don’t weigh myself since I do weight training and probably weigh much more than what’s considered “average” for my height). I would like to continue to manage my MS as best as possible.

Hair Regimen:

  • Cowash 2-3x a week: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine, Trader Joe’s Tree Tea Tingle and Aussie Moist conditioners
  • Deep condition once a week
  • Shampoo, when needed: CON Argan Oil and Giovanni 50:50 shampoos
  • Henna: Full treatment or gloss every other week (Jamila mostly)
  • Moisturize and seal daily: Oyin Hair Dew, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Hair Milk, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Hold & Shine Hair Moisture Mist, Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion, Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Honey Butta, Claudie’s Hair Revitalize Moistening End Insurance, and jojoba, castor, olive, grape seed, and sweet almond oils and various homemade butters.

Weight & Fitness Regimen:

  • Start the day with protein: Eggs, fish or chicken (farm raised eggs and meats, wild fish)
  • Try to get in as many serving of organic raw veggies in the day as possible (Salads and green smoothies mostly).
  • Snack on raw, organic nuts and seeds.
  • No sugar (I don’t eat sugar anyway, but this is a good reminder for me to stay on the path.)
  • No grains, especially gluten (Something I do anyway, but want to keep up.)
  • Drink a gallon of water daily
  • Keep up with going to the gym every other day: Weight training, cardio and stretching.

Reward: A modest shopping spree for clothing.

Follow me online: http://public.fotki.com/CarlaAR/

A s h l e y   F . 


Current State: Layered, longest part is a little longer than shoulder length (SL) when straight.

Goal: APL or longer by December 31 (that’s taking into account at least one good trim). I got a major cut (over 12 inches) in March of this year as a result of health-related hair loss that occurred in 2010. Ultimately, I want to get back to my pre-hair trauma/pre-cut length (mid-back) and thickness.

Hair Regimen: For the most part, I’ll continue to do what I’ve been doing.

  • Co-wash about 1x a week if I’m doing a twist out, and 2-3x if I’m wearing a wash ‘n’ go
  • Clarify with an ACV rinse about 2x a month (love those!)
  • I will be incorporating Cocoveda shampoo bars on wash days, and I will still only use gentle sulfate shampoo when I need to remove silicone.
  • I rarely use heat to style and I plan to keep that up.
  • I usually get regular trims, but since my cut, I haven’t gotten any. Since I don’t really heat style, my ends have held up well. But, I don’t like any sign of scraggly-ness, so as soon as I straighten again, I’ll be getting trimmed.
  • In terms of improvement, I would like to be more regular with my moisturizing and deep conditioning. I try to steam condition my hair 2x a month, but lately it’s been sporadic, if at all. I just purchased a cordless Hair Therapy heating cap. So, hopefully, that’ll make things easier, since I’ll be able to be mobile while doing deep conditioning and oil treatments.
  • I’d also like to get twice weekly scalp massages to increase circulation. If I’m lucky, my hubby will agree to do them. If I’m not, I’ll likely buy a manual scalp massager.
  • I’m on a high intensity fitness program, so I workout 5-6x a week. I’m pretty health-conscious and I do my best to eat well.

Reward: Hmmm, like I need another excuse to spend money. I’ll keep it simple, maybe a couple of slouchy beanies from Threadmill and a cute head scarf along the way. Reaching my goal is reward enough.

Follow me onlinewww.PurelyFab.com. (It’s a new site, so I’m still developing my content. It’s coming very soon though. Hopefully you can check it out once it’s ready.)

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That’s it!! The “Official” GOC list is closed. Please welcome our new GOCers!! I hope we can all learn from each other over the course of this challenge.

And, remember, even if you aren’t an “official GOCer,” you can still play along and get featured as an “At Home Player” by sending me details of your personal goals, progress, challenges, successes and don’t forget the pics! 

My Hairstyle Dilemma!!

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I mentioned a couple of times that I had a styling issue last Thursday in my preparations for the NYC Sofistafunk After-Party and Fashion Show. See, what had happened was … I had put my hair in 8 large braids on Tuesday to try to get a nicely defined braid out like the one from the prior week. I rolled my ends on flexis the first night and I kept my hair in the braids for 2 days, spritzing with distilled water in the morning and evening to encourage a firm set.

Well, on Thursday morning, I released the braids … to be underwhelmed by the resultant braid-out. You see, it didn’t look much different from my normal 4 twist twist out. In fact, in my opinion, it didn’t even look as good as that.

Also, I realized that an updo would really look sooo much better with the gorgeous dress Sofistafunk had sent me! Inspiration struck. The curly faux hawk!!!

OMGawh! That would be the perfectly edgy and funky updo for the dress and party!! Why hadn’t I thought of that sooner?!?! *Bopping head* Dang!! EMERGENCY SET!!! So, I put my hair up into a high ponytail with a banana clip and proceeded to pin curl it. Then, I spritzed the pin-curls with water and allowed them to dry. A couple of hours later, I spritzed with water again and allowed to dry. Yet another few hours later, I checked a curl. It had a nice, lush curl on the end, but the length just hung! Okay, spritzed again, with more water, pulled out the bonnet dryer and sat under it for 20 minutes on medium temperature.

Now it’s getting close to the time when I needed to start getting ready. The event started at 7 and I knew we needed to leave a good 2 hours prior to that to be on time. I released the pin-curls and … *flop.* Dang, dang! What to do, what to do?? Ultimately, I put my hair up with the banana clip and attempted this lovely updo that I saw on CurlyNikki a little while ago. I pinned the hair loosely around the clip into a bun of sorts and swooped three front sections back towards the bun separately, securing those with bobby pins as well. Not as cute as hers, but, it’ll work!

So yeah, that’s the story of “The Time My Emergency Set Didn’t Work and I Had to Go to Plan C!!!”

Now, it’s time for me to wash out my deep conditioner! I tried Zizyphus for the first time. Will it enhance volume? Restore curl? Increase shine? Join us next time for, “The Review!!” *Duh, duh, duuuuuuhhhhhhhh*!!

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So, what did you do with your hair this weekend? Try anything new, style or product-wise?