Daily Archives: February 13, 2012

British Curlies/Wonder Curl Giveaway Winners!


And the winners of the Wonder Curl sampler kit via British Curlies are …

Lisa-Marie Aldred
Nancy Pinthieve

Congrats ladies! British Curlies will be reaching out to you via Facebook for shipping address info, if they haven’t already done so! Hope that you love the products and I’ll be expecting reviews ;)!


Mershauna’s Final GOC Update


by Mershauna (First Wave) of The Dancing Optimist

My bangs have grown all the way down to my chest. The front is now fully bra strap length and I believe the back is mid-back length (MBL). My hair has been very moisturized since I’ve added my leave-in back into my regimen and I also added rosemary and grapefruit oil. I mix that in an oil blend and it keeps my hair sealed and moisturized. I also use it as a pre-poo. I plan on dusting my ends in February and flat-ironing and trimming in March for my birthday. I hope to be closer to full MBL by then.

End of July 2011

End of January 2012

 I’ve been sticking to my word on going to the gym. I definitely feel stronger, But I don’t see any new progress visually. I’m hoping to change this by eating better and keeping track of everything I do. My new goal is to be down to 120 by summer. We’ll see how that goes *lol*.

Final Thoughts:
I’ve spent the past couple months evaluating how I go about accomplishing my goals as far as health and hair. I’m starting to realize certain habits I have and what I’m consistent with. I’ve been going to the gym at least 3 times a week, always doing 45 minutes of cardio and then weights. Right now, I’m focusing on slimming my thighs and toning my butt, which I consider my problem areas. My hair has been growing nicely and is behaving now that I’m being more consistent with my regimen.


If you would like to see all of the updates of any of our GOCers, just enter their name in the “Search” box on the right ——->>>>! The results will return all of their updates (and guest posts) since the beginning of the GOC!! See where it all began and how they’ve progressed over the course of the challenge!

Dr. Phoenyx Austin: Special Guest at Hairscapades Meet-Up!


So, are you ready for this?!? Dr. Phoenyx Austin is going to make a special appearance at the Hairscapades Meet-Up on Saturday, February 18th in Washington, DC!!! And, she’s not coming alone!

It’s finally here – a book that takes a holistic approach to afro-textured hair care! Dr. Phoenyx Austin has a fabulous new book out titled, If You Love It, It Will Grow! A Guide To Growing Long Afro-Textured Hair. The book is available on her site, DrPhoenyx.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You’ve probably seen Dr. Phoenyx (and her hair) mentioned on a few popular natural hair blogs, and now she’s written a book that shares all her personal and professional knowledge on growing and maintaining healthier and longer hair! Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a medical doctor and her book, unlike many others, is all about holisitic hair care. What does that mean? It means she covers healthy hair growth from the inside out – not hair growth based on whether hair is natural or relaxed. For example, she teaches women to use principles of nutrition, natural and organic hair products, as well as alternative medicine principles, such as aromatherapy and Ayurveda, to achieve healthy hair growth. She also addresses issues such as hair loss in Black women, as well as how to treat forms of scalp dermatitis (i.e. eczema). Overall, Dr. Phoenyx’s book is a fun, down to earth and informative read for women who are looking for a straightforward and educational guide to growing healthy, stronger and longer hair. Without a doubt, ALL women will benefit from this book.

Furthermore, Dr. Phoenyx emphasizes that her book is about a deeper message – a message of self-love and self-acceptance. She says that for many women, hair is not just hair. There is a great interconnectedness between how women feel about their hair and how they feel about themselves. In many ways, our hair is an extension of who we are. And in this book, she’s advocating that women love themselves, love their hair and treat their bodies well to achieve their beauty goals. In this book, she teaches women to start seeing and approaching their hair care from a place of mind, body and spirit!

About the Author:
Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, author, media personality and entrepreneur. She enjoys discussing women’s topics related to beauty, relationships, culture and life and is widely known for engaging audiences with a witty, conversational tone and the intellect to back it up. Dr. Phoenyx has been featured in countless publications, lifestyle e-zines, beauty blogs and online magazines such as Essence. She has also been featured on popular syndicated television and radio shows on networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and Radio One.


Okay, first and foremost … LOOK AT THAT FRICKIN’ GORGEOUS HAIR!!

Alright … okay … whew … now that that is out of the way;), if you’re interested in picking up a copy of If You Love It, It Will Grow! at the meet-up, please comment here so that she knows how many copies to bring!

Hairscapades & sneakpeeq Giveaway Winners!


I know, I know! *LOL* I didn’t forget, there were just a few moving parts with this giveaway! But, got it all worked out now! So, without further ado …

The three runners-up and winners of $10 sneakpeeq gift card are:

Nicole Franklin
Elise Lisa
Carla Rose

And the Grand Prize winner of the $25 sneakpeeq gift card is … *drumroll please* …

Marcia Huff

Congrats ladies! Your sneakpeeq accounts will be credited with your gift cards within 24 hours!!

And don’t forget the African Pride, My Pride My Way Black History Month Giveaway!!! Click the link for details on how you can enter to win!!

Blow-Out Maintenance and Salon Review


Yup, it’s still “straight.” *lol* The above pics are of my hair on Sunday afternoon after a morning of house cleaning.

As I indicated the other day here, I’ve been wrapping the edges with a scarf, pin-curling the length and covering it all with a satin bonnet. I’ve been using a real silk scarf (instead of a satin hair scarf) as I think the real deal works better to keep my edges smooth and frizz-free.

The last two days, I applied a teeny tiny bit of Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter to the flyaways around my temples and edges and a little grapeseed oil to the length. I also lightly oiled my scalp with my EO mix on Sunday after taking down the pin-curls because my scalp was feeling a little dry. Even though I went light on the oil, I still think it weighed down my hair a little. So, I don’t think I’ll need to apply any more product for the next couple of days.

Jewels Studio Review:

Now for a recap of the salon experience. I haven’t had my hair pressed in about a year and three months. The last time I had it done was at a Dominican salon for a Dominican blow-out. The woman passed the flat-iron over my ends over and over again. I probably really needed a trim, but didn’t get one. Anyway, when they told me that I should get a trim at my next appointment, I told them that I won’t straighten my hair for a while again. The woman working on my hair said, “Why?” I said, because I wear my hair curly. Again, she asked, “Why?” I said, “Because I like it curly.” She said, “But I think it looks better this way, better straight.” Need I say more?

The Search
So, I hit the internet to search for salons catering to natural hair. I landed on Jewels Studio in South Orange, NJ after finding a few reviews on Yelp. I debated about whether I was going to get it pressed and trimmed. However, by Friday, I decided I would just get a blow-out and press so that I could trim it myself, if necessary. I just didn’t feel comfortable allowing someone who I’d never seen before go at my hair with a pair of scissors. My biggest concern? I anticipated that the stylist would want to “even” out my perimeter due to aesthetics and an assumption that my thinner, longest length was due to breakage. As this would be completely contrary to my goal of testing Chicoro’s Goal Point Method of trimming, I decided to not even go down that road.

The Pre-Service
I called on Friday to find that they had openings and booked my appointment for after work. I asked what products the stylist used and the receptionist advised Kenra and Paul Mitchell. I arrived for my 5:30 appointment at 5:40 (traffic and parking issue) to enter a small, but clean and cute salon. I was given a questionnaire to complete about my hair and visit. I quickly answered the questions and began to release my twists. The stylist, Jennifer, proceeded to touch and examine my hair. Her other stylist/assistant (?) walks to her with a comb … wait a minute, hold up… and Jennifer proceeds to tell her, “Wait, no, we’re not combing her hair dry. Comb it after you wash and condition it.” Okay, I was about to say …

The Shampoo Bowl
So all was going very well. But, then, here is where it started to get a little iffy. Both the stylist and the shampoo woman (umm, girl just doesn’t feel right ;)) had long nails and I swear they were snagging in my hair. Also, I didn’t feel like the combing was consistently performed from ends to roots, nor was much conditioner used. When they were combing my ends, it was nowhere near as gently as I would have liked and I felt like they were raking them like leaves :(. When you finger comb your hair almost exclusively, it can be really anxiety-inducing to have someone combing through your hair. My body was tense throughout the entire process. As to products used, I haven’t a clue, but I think they were Kenra.

The Issue of the Trim
I’m still in the shampoo sink and Jennifer asks about the last time I had a trim. Heh heh heh … I know where this is going. I tell her that I haven’t had a professional trim in a year. She says that she’ll need to trim it to even it. I tell her, I don’t want it even; I don’t wear my hair straight and I’m not worried about it being even. I tell her that I conduct search and destroys to eliminate knots and splits on a weekly basis. She says that I don’t need to trim my hair that often. I explain my reasons. She then explains that she thinks she may need to trim it. She explains that she doesn’t mean trim it even, but “balance” it so that it will look right. I tell her, “Ummm, no.” So, she then says, let’s see what happens when I flat-iron it. *Side eye* “Okay.” *lol*

The Blow-Out and Flat-Iron
Now to the blow-out and flat-iron. When I was getting shampooed, I asked the stylist whether she used a heat protectant and she assured me absolutely. She indicated that she used heat protectant twice, for the blow-out and prior to flat-ironing. About that, I made an appointment for a blow-out and press and curl. When I was getting shampooed, the stylist indicated that I just needed a “blow out” and not a “press and curl,” because I have soft hair. So, I asked her what she meant and she advised that she would just use a flat-iron to straighten and curl it at the same time. Okay, sounds good to me.

For the blow-out, she used a round brush and concentrator nozzle on the blow dryer. However, she essentially just dried my hair with these tools, she wasn’t trying to get it straight with them. Once my hair was dry, she proceeded to flat-iron using a Baby Bliss, spraying heat protectant on each section before pressing. But, she seemed to spray it more at the roots than the ends. I thought it should have been the other way around given that the ends are the oldest and most fragile. When pressing, there was some steam at times too, which was due to the heat protectant. However, I couldn’t help but think, “Is this cooking my hair?” And then there was the smell … it wasn’t burning hair and it may have been the heat protectant, but it was still the smell of heat and hair. I was not fond of the “scent” and it didn’t dissipate until the next day. Oh, but the matter of a trim was not raised again.

The Bill
Finally, as I paid the $55 and $10 tip about 1 1/2 hours later, I belatedly asked her what heat setting she used on the flat-iron. “About 450,” she said. O_o!!! “Natural hair can take more heat.” I thought, “Didn’t you say earlier that I had soft, fine hair that didn’t need that much heat?” I knew I should have asked that question before she even put the flat iron in my hair the first time, so that one was on me.

My Conclusions
Ultimately, my hair turned out great. It was flowy and soft, straight, but full of body. The service was quick in every way (from the availability of an appointment, to the service beginning, to the time it took to complete), the salon was clean, good products were used, the employees were professional and the price very reasonable.

That being said, although all turned out well, I have become so anal about my hair anymore that I think that the next time I go straight, I’ll do it myself. I wasn’t a fan of the way that my hair was combed and think the heat used was too high. If I just prepped my hair like I did for my blow-out in November, I think I could go straight to the flat-iron and do a decent job. Or, I might just do a roller set like so many seem to do successfully (yes, you Elise and Sham;). So, you know, in another year or so, I’ll give it a whirl;). Now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the 450º flat-iron didn’t cause any heat damage and my curls will return with no problem on my next wash day!!


When was the last time you straightened your hair? How did/do you maintain it? Did/do your curls bounce back your next wash day?