Category Archives: Sixth Wave

Marsha’s Final GOC Update

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Marsha (Sixth Wave) of Hairoly (aka 24 Hour Hair)

So, the last few months I was a member of the GOC on Hairscapades. The challenge started in August 2011, which was a spin off of the Kim Coles/Curly Nikki GOC that took place at the start of February 2011. I vowed to protect my hair more in order to have a healthier outcome. I also vowed to eat better and exercise more in order to lose only a few pounds.

Weight:
I failed at exercising. However, I have continued to eat right, cheating from time to time. I am currently 121.5 lbs as of this morning, not the 118 lbs like I wanted to be.

Hair Regimen:

  • I still henna monthly.
  • I shampoo or co-wash my hair every 5-7 days.
  • I deep condition every wash day.
  • I steamed my hair with the steamer maybe twice since the start of the challenge.
  • I purchased a hooded soft bonnet drier and I actually prefer it over the steamer.
  • I pre-poo maybe every other wash day or when I have time to do so overnight.
  • I do more scalp massages more now than before, since my setback with my new found love,  rosewater and peppermint oil, sealing with jojoba oil and/or CD Some of Marguerite’s Magic.
  • I have learned that sticking with what works also increases the health and growth of my hair.
  • I have been doing more protective styles which includes, flexi rodsupdos and mini/microtwists without extensions.

I might not have reached the length that I would prefer, but I definitely feel like my hair has more fullness to it … Anyway, my healthy hair journey and GOC will always continue.

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Flexi Rod Set

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Remember Marsha’s experiments with Curlformers? Well, now she’s back with a Flexi-Rod set!

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by Marsha of Hairology (aka 24 Hour Hair)

So, the last few weeks I have been trying more low manipulation hair styles. The first weeks I have done curlformers and my styles, although simple ponytails, have saved me in the mornings. At nights, I wouldn’t do anything with my hair, only put on my satin bonnet. In the past, after having a two strand twist set, I would re-twist each night to untwist in the mornings, repeating the process for, like, 3-4 nights in a row. Too much manipulation. Although it has been, like, almost 4 weeks of doing the roller/curlformer sets, I have definitely seen some improvements. Oh, another thing, I have been doing a lot more search and destroy methods. Doing this, I would get the little split ends or shabby ends before they attack the rest of my hair.

Okay, so this week’s set was done using flexi-rods. I have tried flexi-rods in the past, but never attempted a full head. Applying the flexi-rods were easier and quicker than the Curlformers. The curls were popping, yet my roots were really puffy. I started to use the Motions foam setting wrap lotion and my CD Healthy Hair Butter, but I had to rinse my hair and start again without the setting lotion. When I placed the setting lotion on my hair, it instantly felt coarse and dry, even after I added the hair butter. So, I decided to only use the hair butter. Flexi-rods on my head remind me of the lady with worms and snakes in her hair.

NOT CUTE.

So this is what my set looked like after removing rods:

Okay, I know, my roots were awful. I separated and it looked a little better.

My hair felt uber soft and really moisturized. I think I might have been too heavy-handed with the hair butter, because my hair was very oily.

So using some hair tools, I pinned my hair up because my hair down had a weird uneven shape.


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Learn how long Marsha’s flexi-rod set lasted here and see her update about her newest gorgeous style, mini twists, here.

November GOC Update: Marsha

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by Marsha of Hairology

Well, I haven’t done a post in a while for the simple fact that I have been up to nothing much. I have been wearing my hair the majority of the days in my infamous banana clip bun. My hair care regimen has been oh so simple. I add moisture every day, shampooing and doing a deep conditioning treatment once a week. I took pictures of any new hairstyles that I tried in the last few weeks. I am not sure if my hair has grown much, however it seems healthier.

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October GOC Update: Marsha

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by Marsha of Hairology

What have I been up to? Well as far as healthy eating … you see what had happen was … hmm … long pause …

I am not the greatest at a healthy challenge, because some days or weeks are better or worse than others. I couldn’t tell the last time I exercised. I was reminded by this after cleaning out my bathroom cabinets last week. I did a lot of squatting while cleaning out the cabinets and I felt really sore the next day. Yet the days still pass with me being nothing but a couch potato. Well I guess I would make more effort if I wasn’t 119 lbs as I am right now. I would still like to be maybe a few pounds lighter. Oh well, I have these phases that I go through. I would either work out and eat healthy like mad for a few months straight, and then I would just get bored and slack off. I wish I could get more motivated. What are good motivators?

As far as my hair…Well after I found that spot in the crown of my head (see here), I have tried not to stress about it, because that would only make it worse. However, I have not been ignoring it. It seems as if my hair grows far less than half an inch per month. I don’t know, I think genetics is the cause. Nevertheless, I would rather a thick healthy head of hair over long waist length hair any day.

I have been doing more pre-poo sessions to see if that helps. I have returned to my Kimmaytube’s leave-in, which I modified. Instead of using jojoba oil, I added avocado oil. No real reason for the modification. I have been wearing my hair in a textured bun during the days I work, which amount to four days a week. I simply twist my hair at nights in like 8-10 twists and curl the ends with satin rollers. In the mornings I would use my banana clip and tuck the ends under the clip, securing in place with hairpins or bobby pins.


So, today I was off from work and I undid my twists and I was really liking how soft my hair felt and looked.


So, I had to get my car washed because it hadn’t been washed since I drove it off the lot in over a month, and being that it’s black, it shows all the dirt. Heck it has been raining like every other day for quite some time now (excuses, excuses). Anyhow, this is how I left the house.

So after returning home I pre-pooed for  two hours, shampooed my hair and am currently sitting with Nupur Henna in my hair. I have another hour out of three to go.

Until next time … Happy growing.

September Update: Kayla

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Here’s Kayla of the Sixth Wave, with her September update (which was sent to me at the beginning of October and I somehow failed to post! Sorry Kayla!!).

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Flat twist out

Fitness:
I still haven’t been working out consistently. I probably worked out 5 times in September. Most of those times were recently, though, so I’m starting to get back into going to the gym. I’m also still working on drinking enough water.  One thing I have been good about is taking my vitamins.

Hair:
My regimen hasn’t really changed. I don’t have any new products, but I did add some sulfur powder to my castor/coconut oil I’ve been applying to my scalp. Since my hair is a couple of inches longer in the back than it is on the sides, it’s has a mullet-like shape:(. I don’t want to cut it yet, so I’ve been experimenting with different styles to blend the different lengths. I tried my first roller set since I cut my hair earlier this year. I used medium/small rollers to wear it curly and I really liked the results. A week later, I tried a roller set/silk wrap with large rollers.

I think this turned out really nice, but it didn’t really help the mullet situation. The last thing that I tried was a flat twist-out I saw on acurlsbf.com. Instead of 2 flat twists, I did 3.  This is the first time I’ve had a successful twist out.  Before I guess I was doing too many twists. I can see myself doing this style on a regular basis as my sides grow out. Overall I’m happy with my hair progress.

My goal for October is to incorporate trips to the gym into my schedule.

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What are you talking about? I see no mullet! I see nicely layered and gorgeously shiny hair! Love both the roller set and the flat twist out! Can’t wait to read how October went:)!

September Update: Marsha

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Marsha (Sixth Wave) updates us with her new loves, technique and purchase!

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G O C   U p d a t e

by Marsha of Hairology

So, what have I been up to lately when it comes to my hair? Well nothing much. I have been protecting my hair by wearing really low manipulation hair styles. I work more times than I actually go out, so it has been quite easy to do simple styles that don’t add too much stress on my hair.

New things and regimen:

  • I fell in love with my banana clip.
  • I have been using my fingers more to detangle my hair.
  • I purchased a soft bonnet-style hair dryer to do my deep treatments or dry my hair when I have no time to air dry.
  • I have fallen in love with Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia leave-in conditioner. If I am out of my Kimmaytube leave-in, I resort to my KBB. Both products leave my hair OBER soft and shiny.

I recently did a length check, which is more like a healthy hair check, and I have [had] great success. My hair feels and looks so much more healthier compared to a few months ago. Oh well, I guess I’ll continue my new routine, tweaking here and there as needed.

HAPPY HEALTHY HAIR LADIES! Until next time.

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Okay Marsha, I need you to submit full details about the bonnet dryer, as well as a review!! I know Sally’s has a few, but I wasn’t impressed. There’s a standing one on rollers that I’ve been eyeing for months, but it’s almost $130 and I just haven’t been able to bring myself to buy it. I went to Harmon’s on Sunday to see if they had any (they did not). So, I’m still in the market. Therefore, review please (which, of course, I’ll share with all of you;))!!

GOC Update: Marsha

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Here’s Marsha (Sixth Wave) showing us how she got creative with protective styling in August!!

Ok the last couple of weeks I have been wearing my hair up and in a bun. Absolutely no hair ends exposed. I have been trying to be more creative so that I wouldn’t get bored. I will only wear my hair out probably once or twice a month and see if I can retain more growth/length. The first pic above is of my hair with flat twist in front and mini twist in the back.  I then undid the twist after three days.

These next pics were taken after I undid mini twist.

Another protective style…

Just roll and tuck those ends away.

I flat ironed my hair because I simply felt like it. Lol. Well on 9/4/11 I celebrated my 1 year completely natural. Yay me. I did henna treatments twice in August and I loved the results. My hair feels so silky and dark. It seems fuller since my last straightening session back in the end of July. Here is an official length check. I think I will do two henna treatments this month also.

I bought some new products. Yes I’m officially a product junkie. Don’t judge me. I got a coupon from Curlmart for buy one, get a free full-sized bottle. I got a free Olive You light conditioner and I purchased Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia leave-in conditioner. I LOVE the KBB. Definitely a keeper.

I shampoo instead of co-wash every 5-7 days. I only co-wash if I have shampooed less than a couple of days prior.

I have lost weight, but it’s not due to exercise. I am ashamed to say, but I haven’t been good with keeping up with that routine. I’ll try to do better. I weigh myself, like, everyday religiously. My scale said 117 lbs this morning, but add 2 lbs to that because, when I weigh-in at the doctor’s office, it’s always 2 lbs higher. Go figure.

Happy Growing Ladies.

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Check out this protective styling dynamo on her new personal blog, Hairology, at  http://24hourhair.wordpress.com/.

Are you employing protective styling as a length retention technique? If so, what styles did you rock in August and how often do you wear them?

GOC Contenders – The Sixth Wave

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M a r t i n i q u e

Current State: Approx. an inch short of bra-strap length (BSL), major split ends and heat damaged due to straightening 2-5 times a week for the past 2 months

Goal: Bra-strap length (BSL) to mid-back length (MBL), healthy hair

Regimen: I’ve been wearing my hair straight for about 2 months and, honestly, haven’t been properly maintaining it.  I will be trimming my ends to begin the challenge. I usually do WnGs and didn’t notice any damage from them, but want to explore more styles. Finally, I want to keep up with the great routine I had before I started straightening my hair.

Weekly:

  • Co-wash hair with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH)
  • Deep condition with JessiCurl Weekly Deep Conditioner
  • Style with Uncle Funky’s Daughter products

Monthly:

  • Protein Treatment (this is new to my regimen)

Reward: This was a hard one as I have no idea of a reward to give myself. If I think of something, I will definitely update you on that!

S h a n n o n   S a n d e l l
aka
S h a y S h a y S w e e t i e 0 4



Current State:  Hair – Chin length/CL (sides), shoulder length/SL (back), lack of natural shine; Weight – 177 lbs, size 13/15

Goals: Hair – Shoulder length/SL (sides), armpit length/APL (back), natural shine (no dullness); Weight/Size – 140 lbs, size 9

Hair Regimen: I usually wear my hair in protective styles with half wigs and ponytails. No more glue in weaves. I want to start wearing my natural curls more often, so I need to find a cream/lotion for my hair as well as a mousse that won’t leave my hair crunchy.

  • Wash every 2 or 3 days with Biolage Hydrating Shampoo and Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo
  • Condition every day in the shower with Biolage Conditioning Balm or Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Cream Rinse
  • Style with Biolage Hydraseal Softening Mist & CHI Keratin Mist (I also use Matrix Design Pulse Hair Spray & Matrix Fiber Shuffle)
  • Deep condition once a week using Biolage Aqua-Immersion Creme Masque
  • Hot oil treatment twice a month (if I can remember!)

Weight Loss Regimen:

  • Exercise at the gym 4 days a week
  • Cardio (walking, jogging, eliptical, bikes) at least 30 minutes each day
  • Begin “Power 90” exercise program
  • Eliminate fast foods
  • Prepare meals for lunch and dinner
  • Prepare more fresh meals (grilled chicken breast and salads are my favorite healthy foods)
  • Eat more fruits and veggies for snacks.

Rewards: Splurge on a new hair/beauty product (hair); A girls day out – spa, mani/pedi, shopping, nice lunch/dinner (weight)

Follow me online:  youtube.com/user/shayshaysweetie04 and
http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000962121358

(p.s. My sister, Kayla Sandell aka KurlyGirl85, and I are doing this together. We will see who sticks with the challenge!!!)

K a y l a   S a n d e l l
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K u r l y G i r l 8 5

Current State: Hair – Jaw length (front), neck length/NL (back)

Goal:  Hair – Shoulder length/SL (front), between shoulder/SL and armpit length/APL (back); Fitness – Tone muscles, Exercise at least 30 min, 3-4x a week, improve stamina in order to be able to run/jog 2 miles

Hair Regimen:

  • Shampoo/condition- 2x a week alternating TRESemme Curl Moisturizing Shampoo/ Matrix Conditioning Balm (DC) and ElastaQP Creme Conditioning Shampoo/ElastaQP Intense Fortifying Hair Conditioning Treatment
  • Alternatively, replace shampoo with a rhassoul clay mask/Lustrasilk Cholesterol (with oils added)
  • Condition and detangle at least every other day with Mane N Tail or Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze (plan on trying different cheap cone-free conditioners)
  • Leave in- Usually my homemade leave in (aloe vera juice, glycerin, a little bit of oil and conditioner), or Mane N Tail Conditioner
  • Stylers: Ecostyler Krystal w/added oil and flax seed gel mix (shea butter, avocado oil, and argan oil), TRESemme Flawless Curls mousse or flax seed gel
  • Styling: Primarily WnGs
  • Diffuse on cool/high speed and/or air dry
  • Finish with Shealoe mix to get rid of crunch
  • Sleep with satin scarf on a satin pillowcase
  • Massage hibiscus infused coconut/castor oil mix onto scalp 3x a week
  • Hair, Skin and Nail vitamins (Nature’s Bounty) 3x a day

Special treatments:

  • Hot oil treatment with avocado or coconut oil 2x a month prior to shampooing
  • Cellophane (Matrix PrizmsPlus in Clear) 1x a month
  • Protein treatment (Neutral Protein Filler and I would like to try ApHogee 2 Step), as needed

Fitness Regimen:

  • Drink 64 oz. of water a day (use refillable container to drink three 20-24 oz bottles)
  • Weight train (15 min)
  • Cardio (20 min)

Reward: Flat iron my hair once some pieces reach 10″ and buy some virgin organic argan oil (hair); Girls day out with my sister, ShayShaySweetie04 (fitness)

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S t e p h a n i e

Current State: I just got my TWA exactly 2 weeks ago, so this is perfect timing. I am loving my hair and am looking forward to my hair growing in its natural state. My last perm was April 10, I transitioned for 14 weeks and then did the BC on July 15. No regrets!

Goals: Hair – Grow and retain 3″ of healthy hair; Fitness – Resume and maintain regular exercise routine, 4 to 7 days a week. Tone and improve overall health.

Hair Regimen:

Daily:

  • Morning:
    • Co-wash every morning I exercise with KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner (min. 3 days/max. 6 days)
    • Wet hair with water mixed w/EVOO
    • Comb through Kimmaytube’s leave-in conditioner made with Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk, aloe vera juice, jojoba and castor oil
    • Smooth in (using fingers) Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter
    • Seal with organic coconut 0il
    • Occasionally use Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel and ORS Olive Oil Sheen Spray
    • Style: TWA (will begin to coil/twist as hair grows)

  • Evening:
    • Wet hair with water mixed w/EVOO
    • Comb through Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer
    • Massage scalp with Bee Mine Hair Growth Serum (minimum of every other day)
    • Seal w/Organic Coconut Oil
    • Cover with 2 satin bonnets (hair’s still a little damp)

Weekly (usually Sundays):

  • Pre-poo using Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment covered with plastic cap (minimum of 15 min.)
  • Shampoo with KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
  • Protein condition with Rusk Keratin Care Deep Penetrating Treatment (5 min. max)
  • Deep condition with Bee Mine Bee-U-Ti-Ful Deep Conditioner (minimum of 20 min. with heat)

Monthly (last Saturday or Sunday of month):

  •  Clarify with Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo
  • Planning to add Henna treatment

 Health & Fitness Regimen:

  • Take Hairfinity hair vitamins and Nature’s Code multi-vitamins every evening
  • Glass of hot water with lemon to start every morning
  • Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water every day
  • Eat a minimum of 3 fruits and 3 vegetables every day
  • Turbo Fire 7 days week, every morning
  • Toning exercises 3 to 4 days a week, in the evening

Reward: For each month I manage to grow at least 1/2″ of hair I will reward myself by taking myself out to dinner.

Journal: I will maintain a journal on a bi-weekly basis. As the challenge progresses, I will to try to learn how to chronicle my journey online.

M a r s h a


Current State: Hair -Various lengths due to layers; Weight – 123 to 126 lbs

Goals: Hair – Fuller/more volume and even length; Weight – 118 lbs

Hair Regimen: I want to listen to my hair more, such as when it needs something (i.e. moisture, shampoo, co-wash, etc.).

  • Co-wash at least once or twice a week (every 3-4 days)
  • Shampoo every other week
  • Deep condition after shampoo
  • Steam monthly
  • Henna monthly

Weight Loss Regimen:

  • Continue using My Fitness Palto document my food intake and exercise daily (this has helped me a lot in the past)
  • Exercise 3-4x a week (I love Fitness Tv  on On Demand)

Reward: A hair therapy wrap.

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