GOC Contender #36: Mekale

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Name: Mekale, but most people call me Kale.

Goals:

Hair
At this moment, I am at waist length and my goal is tail bone length. I am just really curious to see how long my hair can grow.

Health & Fitness
Well, I lost 30 lbs already. My husband came home a few days before New Years (he works overseas) and I went back to cooking full meals and not going to the gym. Add in traveling and my new fave addiction, Call of Duty, and you get a 10 lb weight gain. I was okay with that amount and stayed steady at that weight, making sure not to add any extra on. Then came a few health issues that called for steroids as a treatment and I put on another 5 lbs. With that being said, my goal for the next 6 months is to lose 25 lbs. I do plan to lose more, but I feel that is a reasonable goal to set.

Regimen:

Hair

  • Pre-poo on Friday with coconut oil.
  • Sunday, wash with Silk Elements Mixed Silk  followed by that brands conditioner, Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner or  whatever I am experimenting with at the time (I am currently trying out Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner. I am also using it as a leave-in at this moment).
  • I detangle while the conditioner is my hair using a wide-tooth comb and Tangle Teezer and then dry using an old t-shirt.
  • Next, I apply a leave-in, which is usually the Kimmaytube recipe (I use Silk Elements Mixed Silk Leave-in in my version) or Giovanni Direct Leave-in Weightless Moisture Conditioner. But, I am always trying something out.
  • I seal my ends using argan oil and style my hair.
  • If I do any type of twist, I usually use Curls Cream Brulee. Sometimes I use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and/or the Style Enhancing Milk.
  • For bun styles, I use any of the above products and Eco Styler Gel and a satin scarf for a smooth look.
  • Throughout out the week, I spritz my hair with water, apply oil to the ends and moisturize as needed until Friday, when I start the process over.
  • Once a month, I use ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor followed by Proclaim Argan Oil Intense Hydrating Masque and use Silk Elements Mixed Silk Conditioner for the cool/condition/seal method.
  • I also do a deep treatment every two weeks using the Proclaim Masque.

Health & Fitness

  • At the moment, I work out three times a week.
  • I drink a lot of water and no sodas.
  • 2 weeks ago I download My Fitness Pal app onto my phone and it helps me keep track of my calories. My current caloric goal is 1460 calories a day, but I come under that on a normal day. I am on a Lean Cuisine kick for my weekday lunches.

Rewards: That’s a tough one. I don’t have any rewards for my hair goals, because it’s not a chore or a task that I dread doing. As for weight, I always try to treat myself to a dinner once a month of anything I want. That way, I don’t feel like I am on a diet, because I am not. I am on a lifestyle change, but I  do think being able to buy smaller size clothes is a huge reward.

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  1. Hi Kale! Your hair is beautiful and congrats on your 30lb loss, if you can do that you can anything! I would absolutely, positively DIE without sodas, that’s my biggest vice, oh and cupcakes, oh and…shoot, I’m a foodie! I was wondering how long have you been natural? Any tips you want to share about how you retained your length? Wishing you continued success in reaching your goals!

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    • Thank you so much. I completely understand, because I am also a foodie 😉 I have actually been natural all my life. My dad was super strict with the whole chemicals in hair thing. I did go to a salon and had a “Caucasian” deep conditioner treatment. That’s what the beautician called it, but I had an awful reaction to it that cause my scalp to be damage. My hair broke off around the perimeter of my head, and what was left was so brittle and damange. When I went back I found out she had been fired. I am sure what she used but the salon owner assured me it was not a “chemical process”, but I am still a little skeptical. After my scalp healed, I went to another salon where my hair was nurtured back to health. She end up cutting up to my shoulder (a little at a time), and it grew back, but my textured had changed. I had that break an Afro comb, kind of hair and it grew back a litte thinner ( it’s thinner to me, but people still call it thick), but I made it more manageable.

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  2. Hey there Kale.. your hair is gorgeous. I can’t believe you actually want more?..LOL. I’m just kiddin’ I think you can offer a few tips on how you were/are able to maintain your current length. Were you always natural? Have you ever had a relaxer?…We got questions here Kale… Good luck on your weight loss journey.

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    • Lol, thanks 🙂 As I explained on my reply to curlychellz comment, as far as I know of, I have been natural all my life. But I just started in the latter part of 2010 embracing and taking care of my hair. I am a recovering flat iron junkie. After discovering Curly Nikki and Hairscapades, I learned to put the flat iron down and appreciate my strands for who they are. For me length retention comes with me keeping my busy hands out of my head. I go through periods where I am only doing low manipulation protective styling. I hope that help ome, sorry it took e so long to reply. It just slipped my mine to check the comments.

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    • Thank you. I have gotten washing, detangling, and conditioning ( not deep, just regular conditioning) down to about 15 minutes. Styling is the time consuming part. That’s why I am usually throwing it into a bun, or wearing some type of braided style with a maximum of four braids, lol.

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  3. Kale, your hair is absolutely beautiful!!! I would love to see the tips in maintaining your current length also. 🙂 I wish you the best and blessings in acheiving your goals and in overcoming your health problems.

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    • Thank you. All is well over here, thank you for your well wishes. What I have noticed over the years is when I am not bothering my hair it grows the best. Rather it’s wearing braids, a wig (I had a wig oppression for a while), buns, or twist, my hair responds best to me being “lazy”. To me the keys are, moisturizing and low manipulation. I hope that helps some.

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