Category Archives: Third Wave

Etoile’s Final GOC Update


Etoile (Second Wave) of The Curvealicious Chronicles

All I can say is #LOVINGIT!

After transitioning for over a year and a half, I booked an appointment at the start of the GOC to see the hair guru herself, Tameeka of Jaded Tresses at Christo Fifth Ave for my big chop; it was the single best hair decision I have EVER made.

Tameeka has taught me how to style and care for my curls and she gave me an absolutely incredible hair cut! And, as a result, my hair has truly flourished and grown in the last six months!  Additionally I seem to have cured my severe case of PJ’ism (well at least for hair products); and I stumbled upon the  Condition, Shampoo, Condition method, which works really well for me.

My Hair Care Regimen & HG Products


  • Pre-Poo overnight with olive oil, jojoba oil, or Treasured Locks Argan Oil.
  • Wet my hair under the shower stream and apply either HEHH or Pantene Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Conditioner, then finger detangle.
  • Shampoo with Doris New York Reconstructor Shampoo. For winter I have modified this step and dilute with water in an applicator bottle and apply to my scalp, massage my scalp to evenly distribute the product and rinse under the water stream allowing the product to cleanse my hair length as it rinses out.
  • Detangle in the shower with HEHH Conditioner or Pantene Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Conditioner.
  • Step out of the shower and deep condition my hair with Doris New York Mud Minerals Pack or Doris New York Extreme Deep Conditioner. (I recently discovered Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask and I LOVE it. I will be adding this to my list of HG Deep Conditioning Products.
  • Apply leave-in conditioner, Doris New York Leave-In Conditioner or Kinky Kurly Knot Today or my Modified Kimmaytube LIC recipe (I substitute olive oil for the castor oil).
  • Apply Doris New York Olive Oil Cream to seal and add additional moisture and sheen.
  • Lightly diffuse my hair with the blow dryer on medium warm.

Umm, well, what had happened was … the holidays came, I started baking and cooking and fell completely off the diet plan and onto the, “Well at least I am getting a healthy dose of protein with this Truffle Butter Mac n’ Cheese Plan.” And the, “Sweet potatoes are good carbs, so I am getting a healthy dose of good carbs from this Sweet Potato Pie That I Just Ate By Myself in Three Days Plan.”

Yea, I know … *hangs head down in shame*

I participated actively in sit-butt-on-couch-and-channel-surf-with-the-remote-control-for-finger-dexterity over the holidays.

But I am happy to say that I have gotten off the couch and started moving my body again! I recently purchased the Brazilian Butt Lift DVD and have discovered muscles that I did not know I had. I have also signed up for Zumba at my gym!

New Goals:
On the diet front, I have resumed my healthy eating habits and set a weight loss goal of 25 pounds by July 1, 2012 and a reward of a shopping spree once I achieve it!

Thank you so much Shelli! I love your blog and sharing my healthy hair and body journey with this amazing community! I CANNOT WAIT until the GOC PT2!!!!!



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!

November GOC Update: Terysa

by Terysa (Third Wave) of The Glam Garage

I didn’t know I reached my goal of MBL until I straightened on the 19th and saw the middle was grazing waist length! GREAT SURPRISE!!

I added apple cider vinegar/cool distilled water to my regimen. The first half of fall, I wore my hair straight and maintained with 2 flexi-rods: Blue for a straight look, purple for layered look. The second half, I am wearing different ponytails/braided styles on stretched hair, with little to no bunning.

I returned back to work, so I have less time/energy to work out. I’m only walking 15-20 miles a week; haven’t started training for the 5k as of yet. I don’t eat anything after 5 pm.


Nobody likes a show-off Terysa!! LMBO!!! Dang girl! Get it! Your hair is stunning and can’t believe you had a baby a few months ago!! You are killing it!!

October GOC Update: Etoile


by Etoile (Third Wave) of The Curvealicious Chronicles

Ok, I know, I know … I am, shall we say, just a wee bit late with my update … *coughs, clears throat* … ok VERY LATE!

The hair … easy … the fitness … well let’s just say that is a horse of a different color entirely.


When I first decided to go natural, I made the decision to transition as I knew that I was not going to be comfortable with big chopping … and along with that decision came my addiction to products … yes I am a licensed, card-carrying, certified product junkie. But, as I embarked on my grow out challenge, I decided to curb my ‘hair’ PJ ways, enroll in a 12 Step Program and try to utilize the products that worked for my hair.

My Current Regimen & Products:


  • Pre-Poo overnight with olive oil, jojoba oil, or Treasured Locks Argan Oil
  • Shampoo with Doris New York Reconstructor Shampoo
  • Detangle in the shower with HEHH Conditioner or Pantene Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Conditioner
  • Step out of the shower and deep condition my hair with Doris New York Mud Minerals Pack or Doris New York Extreme Deep Conditioner
  • Apply leave-in conditioner, Doris New York Leave-In Conditioner or Kinky Kurly Knot Today
  • Apply Doris New York Olive Oil Cream to seal and add additional moisture and sheen
  • Lightly diffuse my hair with the blow dryer on medium warm


I pineapple my hair while I shower and allow the mist from the shower to dampen my hair. Once out of the shower, I mix a quarter size of the Doris New York Leave in Conditioner with a nickel size of the Doris New York Olive Oil cream in my hands to emulsify and work through while scrunching/setting my hair. Alternatively I will do the same with my modified Kimmaytube, if my hair is feeling extra dry. I will wear my wash n go for 2-3 days and the remainder of the week I will either bun or wear my signature afro puff.

Now that the weather is getting cool, I am planning on switching to protective styling for the remainder of the winter, either flat twists or 2 strand twists, which I will wear with my very large collection of beautiful Chapeaux (including the one I saw on Threadmill today that I plan on ordering).

I recently saw my stylist Tameeka McNeil Johnson of Jaded Tresses for a trim and I had approx 2+ inches of growth before she cleaned up my ends. YEA!!!

For me, less has meant more. Less manipulation + Less products = more growth!

Health & Fitness

My diet has been pretty good. I have lost approx 12 pounds and 1 jean size (insert happy dance here).

My Weekday Meal Plan:

Breakfast: Oatmeal or yogurt with fruit or cold cereal with fat free milk

Lunch: Soup and salad or soup and half a sandwich on multi-grain bread

Dinner: Chicken or fish with vegetables and brown rice or a baked yam

Snacks (2-3 during the day): Hummus with sliced veggies; 1 piece of fresh fruit; small cup of Yogurt or baby food (I make my own)


Walk 2-3 miles 3-4 days a week

I have taken a few classes here & there (Pilates, kickboxing, belly dancing) but have not made it to the gym nearly enough … sooo I am going to work on that as we wind down the challenge.

Huge thanks to the divine Ms. Shelli of Hairscapades for starting this blog. I have met some amazing naturals and learned so much. #texturerocks!



Twelve pounds lost and down a size?!?! Get it gurl!! And those curls are looking absolutely lovely! Your hair has grown so much already!

And, awwww, thanks Etoile!! I feel the same! I have met so many wonderful, kind, supportive, enthusiastic and intelligent women since starting this thing and I thank you all!

Miche’al’s HairStory


Miche’al (GOC Third Wave), shares her journey from texturized to natural.  


Describe yourself in 20 words or less.
Miche’al (Michelle), shy and quiet, but once you get to know me I am a down to Earth friend.

How long have you been natural and why did you chose to go natural?
I have been natural for 12 years. I decided to go natural after finding out that I was pregnant with my first child. Being my first, I was a paranoid freak! I READ all of the books on being pregnant and thought that everything I did had to be safe for the baby. Now, I have heard some odd  stories about chemicals in a woman’s hair while she is pregnant. One was that the fumes from the chemicals breathed in can harm the baby and another was that the chemicals seep through the scalp O_o! So, in my eyes, there went my texturizing days.

Did you transition or big chop?
I transitioned for a year and slowly snipped off the texturized ends. So, I never big chopped per se.

What is/was your biggest hair challenge/obstacle? How did you overcome it or what are you doing now to try to address the problem?
My biggest hair challenge is styling. I am not good at styling my own hair, but I feel that is due to the fact that I honestly really don’t know much about my hair. When I read about porosity, hair types and so on I’m like “what the heck is all this about?” To overcome this obstacle, I have officially turned into a Natural Hair Stalker. I am constantly on YouTube and natural hair website learning all I can to help my hair.

What do you love most about your natural hair and/or about being natural?
I love that my natural hair can get wet in the rain and take a sweat beating at the gym. I can let it do its own thing most of the time and not have to worry about it.

What is your current regimen? Has it changed in any major way since you first went natural?

Bi-weekly (2x a wk):

  • Pre-poo with Dabur Vatika Oil or Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) mixed with other oils (overnight or 30 min).
  • Co-wash with Suave Almond Shea Butter conditioner or Aussie Moist.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) or Black Tea Rinse (20 min).
  • Apply leave-in (Kimmaytube recipe or Salerm 21) and oil mix (2 parts JBCO, 1 part coconut oil and 1 part almond oil).
  • Apply moisturizer and twist in protective style for 4-5 days and twist-n-curl 2-3 days.


  • Deep condition, applied on top of regular conditioner) (30 min)


  • Shampoo
  • Henna
  • Protein treatment

What are your Holy Grail and staple products?
I love, love, love Dabur Vatika Oil and Henna. They are my Holy Grails. Products I keep in my staple are Aussie Moist, Aubrey Organics, Yes to Tomato Conditioner, Shea Moisture, various essential oils, Aloe Grow Spritz and Shea Butter. I have been trying a lot of different product to achieve that perfect TnC and twist out. I would like to try Darcy’s Bontanicals, Wonder Curl and  Moxie Products.

What is your “go to” style?
My go to style is a protective one. I usually bun or do a twisted up-do for 5 days and then, on the weekends, I let it flow.

How often do you cut/trim your hair? How do you cut it?
I usually do the CN method: SEARCH AND DESTROY. If my ends are totally misbehaving, I know it is time for a trim.

Has going natural impacted other areas of your life? If so, how and in what ways has it affected your lifestyle?
Going natural has made my life so much easier. Being a mom/wife/educator always on the go, the one thing I know will be consistent is my hair.

Do you have a “hair crush?” If so, who?
Tracee Ellis Ross. I love her whole style. She (or her stylist) just does amazing things with her hair.

Who do you follow online?
Oh, boy there are so many.  If I HAVE to name a few, I would say my top ones are CurlyNikki, Naptural85, The MopTop Maven (her Ayurvedic info is great) and, my new fave, Hairscapades.

Where can we find you online?
Twitter: @Miche_al
Facebook: Miche’al McMorries

I don’t have a hair blog, but since I am an educator, I do have a blog dedicated to that:

What advice would you give someone who is contemplating going natural and/or becoming discouraged with their natural journey?
BE PATIENT! Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is your hair. If you big chopped it will grow. If you transition, it won’t be easy, but trust me, in the end, you will love the rewards.

Anything else that you’d like to add?
Enjoy your hair! Let it represent who you are! Thank you for this opportunity!

September Update: Terysa

Here’s Terysa (Third Wave) with a September GOC recap!

by Terysa of Glam Garage

I did absolutely nothing to my hair in September. I washed every weekend and bunned. I didn’t have time to deep condition *slapping myself on the hand.* But I did see a lot of length retention. Hair is little past BSL. I actually think it grew, but I’ll know for sure when I straighten in November.

Hair Regimen:

  • Pre-Poo with Grapeseed Oil and Hair Cholesterol
  • Wash out and detangle in shower with Hello Hydration
  • Apply Kinky Kurly Knot Today Leave in Conditioner from root to length
  • Cantu Shea Butter around edges and dry parts without rubbing in (I like to let it melt on its own – lasts longer.)
  • Finish with Miracle 7 Leave in Mist (Smells divine, contains silicones though. But I don’t mind, my hair likes some.)

In October, I plan to shampoo my hair and hopefully deep condition :).

Health & Fitness:

I’ve reached my pre-pregnancy weight, but I have not reached my pre-pregnancy size … how weird is that???

I haven’t given up yet. But, I’ve created a workout schedule where I only exercise Monday through Thursday. So, I don’t completely give up. The C-section scar has left me with a flap of skin that drives me CRAZY. I don’t think I’ll ever have a completely flat stomach again, but I’ll still try and see what happens. Enough complaining. After the doctor gave me the okay to exercise again, I started:

  • Preparing for my 5k by running on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Lean and tone by taking Yoga twice a week

When I’d skip a day, I’d use the hubby’s Xbox Kinect. When I needed fun exercise, my top picks were:

  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved
  • Zumba
  • Dance Central

Taking this into October as well!


Sounds like you’re doing pretty good to me Terysa! That’s awesome that you reached your pre-pregnancy weight already! Though you might not be the same size yet, I’m sure you’ll get there with continued perseverance. Stay tuned for my review on Lauren Brooks Kettlebell DVD in regard to reclaiming your flat tummy after a C-Section!

Etoile’s HairStory!


The vivacious and entertaining Etoile (GOC Third Wave) shares her Hair Crush and pseudo Big Chop HairStory!!

(And yeah, I jacked and cropped a pic from the Sofistafunk party for this post;)!!)


Describe yourself in 20 words or less.
Sorry no can do…I am one wordy chick! My name is Etoile and I am a certified, card carrying, licensed Product Junkie, daughter, lover, friend, sister, magic dust sprinkler and paid rain maker … marketing professional by trade.

How long have you been natural and why did you chose to go natural?
I chose to go natural because the chemicals had eaten away at my hair and it was over-processed, dry and damaged almost beyond repair. Going natural or going bald were the only two options … I decided going natural was the only route for me.

Did you transition or big chop?
I transitioned for 18 months. I have had long hair for the majority of my life and I was not ready to lose my length. I transitioned for so long so that I would be able to continue to wear my two signature styles … buns and ponytails.

What is/was your biggest hair challenge/obstacle?  How did you overcome it or what are you doing now to try to address the problem?
Keeping it moisturized.  What worked on my dead relaxed ends did not work on my natural hair. For now, I am pre-pooing with oil (evoo or jojoba) and I am also making sure to deep condition without fail every single week.

What do you love most about your natural hair and/or about being natural?
I LOVE my coils and curls, I LOVE my big hair, I love the versatility and I love, love, love that no one else in the world has my head of hair.

What is your current regimen?  Has it changed in any major way since you first went natural?
When I began transitioning I had no clue as to what would work or would not work for my hair. Name a product and, yep, I’ve tried it. I did not have a set regimen, I washed too frequently and I did not deep condition often enough. My current regimen consists of: Pre-pooing weekly with oil, either evoo or jojoba. I then wash, shower detangle and deep condition. I apply leave-in conditioner, styler and seal with an oil mix and either wet set on large rollers to bun for the week or do 2 strand twists, which I keep in for 3-4 days and then wear in a twist out until wash day. If I need to moisturize during the week, I do so with a few spritzes of my version of the Kimmaytube leave-in. For more detailed info check me out on the Hairscapade Grow Out Challenge!

What are your Holy Grail and staple products?
Olive oil and jojoba oil. Both products have been LIFE savers for adding much needed moisture to my formerly over-processed locks. I also love my version of the Kimmaytube leave-in condish recipe. Recently added to my mix and I will say are becoming HG products are my Doris New York Leave-In Conditioner and Olive Oil Cream. Both leave my hair very soft, supple and shiny.

What is your “go to” style? Do you wear protective and/or low manipulation styles? If so, how often and why?
My low manipulation style of choice is my bun. I suffer from a serious case of HIH aka Hand In Hair Disease and since I have fallen in love with my coils and curls, I could spend the day playing in them. Keeping my hair pulled up and away keeps my hands out of it and keeps me from having to fuss with it during the day.

How often do you cut/trim your hair and how do you cut it (salon, DIY, straight, curly, in twists)?
I just started seeing Tameeka of Christo Fifth Ave in NYC. She was PHENOMENAL! She listened to me and  gave me a fab cut and color. She cut my hair while it was wet and did an amazing job. I would HIGHLY recommend her. For now I plan on listening to my hair and getting it trimmed every 3-4 months, as needed.

Do you have a “hair crush?” If so, who?
Umm you, Curly Nikki, Tracee Ellis Ross and Yvette Nicole Brown.

Who do you follow online (i.e. blog/website, Youtube, Fotki, etc.)?

Where can we find you online?

What advice would you give someone who is contemplating going natural and/or becoming discouraged with their natural journey?
Be patient, whether you chose to transition or big chop immediately, you will have to learn how to care for your natural hair.  You will encounter challenges along the way.  Do not look at another natural and expect your hair to look like hers. No two heads of hair are the same … but the reward is incredible. I have a thick, full head of healthy lucious curls.

GOC Update: Terysa


The Third Wave gets a new addition ;)!!!

by Terysa of The Glam Garage

I haven’t done much to my hair or regimen this month. When I measured, the length reached the bottom of my bra strap. I’ve pre-pooed with Grapeseed oil and Hair Cholesterol and co washed with Hello Hydration every weekend in August. I wet bunned the entire month with the exception of a 2 day wash and go. I’m applying a deep conditioner now, and will wash it out later this afternoon. My goal for the next month is to try a Curlformers set, I purchased them about 2 weeks ago and they are still in the box.
I was set back for two weeks, as I gave birth on August 13th via Caesarean section. But, part of the healing process involved walking and I also ate as healthy as possible. Now that I’m still healing, it’s so easy to grab fast food when I’m not feeling well. But, overall, I’ve been eating “healthier,” and walking a minimum of 45 minutes, 4 days a week and chasing after my one year old. I gained 28 lbs this pregnancy and have lost 17 of them so far.
I attached a pic of my newest bundle of joy (7 lbs 15 oz, 20.5″).


Look at all of that hair!!  He’s definitely a GOCer ;)! Congratulations Terysa! He’s beautiful!! Oh, and sounds like you are doing better than most of us on your fitness routine! Get it girl! 

GOC Contenders – The Third Wave

A m y   E.

Current State: Bra-strap length (BSL)

Goals: Mid-back length (MBL) and to maintain a healthy, GENTLE (my biggest problem) hair routine.

Regimen: I plan to keep doing this regimen, maybe changing a thing here and there, for the duration of the challenge.

Weekly (Saturday into Sunday):
  • Pre-poo overnight with EVCO, EVOO
  • Section my hair in four
  • Wash with either Kinky Kurly Come Clean Shampoo or Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo
  • Optional: . ACV rinse
  • Condition with JASON 84% Aloe Vera Conditioner or Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner
  • (try to!) Gently detangle each section with a comb applying olive oil for extra slip if needed
  • Rinse
  • Apply a leave-in conditioner mix inspired by Kimaytube
  • Style

Reward: At the end of the week, if I keep up with a healthy regimen, I may just reward myself with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and an evening filled with reading my favorite hair blogs!

E t o i l e

Current State:My hair is currently cut in layers with the longest part being just past shoulder length (SL).

Goals: Hair – 1. Stick to a regimen, 2. Get my hair to its healthiest state, 3. Grow hair 2″ longer; Fitness – Increase activity level.

Hair Regimen:

Weekly (Sundays):
  • Wash with Doris New York The Reconstructor Shampoo
  • Detangle with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH), Totally Twisted (HE TT) or Aussie Moist
  • Deep Condition with Mud Minerals Pack Treatment or Doris New York Extreme Deep Conditioner Treatment (30 min with heat)
  • Allow hair to cool for 15 min
  • Apply a diluted conditioner directly over DC prior to rinsing
  • Apply Doris NY Leave-In Conditioner
  • Apply Doris NY Olive Oil Cream
  • Seal with an oil mix (oil mix TBD)
  • Style: 2 strand twists (wear twists for 3 days, then wear twist out for 3 days) or roller set on large rollers and bun for the week
  • Re-moisturize during the week with Kimmaytube leave-in condish mist, as needed
Fitness Regimen:  Go from full on couch potato to in the gym 3 days a week.

Reward: Spa day to pamper myself from head to toe!

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H u r j u r n e e   a k a   L a  N i t a

Current State: Hair – Armpit length (APL)

Goals: Hair – Bra-strap length (BSL); Weight – Lose 48 lbs (8 lbs per month)

Hair Regimen:

  • Seal ends
  • Scalp massage
  • Wear scarf or satin bonnet at night (never sleep with hair unprotected)
  • Protective style on weekend
  • Co-wash, as needed
  • Brown sugar scalp scrub (to remove buildup)
  • DC with heat
  • Henna treatment (overnight)

Weight Loss Regimen:

  • Currently doing the Clean program detox (30 days)consists of:
    1. Two liquid meals (smoothies, juices, and soups)
    2. A healthy lunch each day
    3. Gluten-free, dairy-free, lots of protein and nutrients from poultry, fruits, vegetables, and legumes
  • Upon completing the detox, I plan to continue making fruit/vegetable smoothies for breakfast and eating “clean” for lunch and dinner
  • Increase my activity level by:
    1. Walking my dog every morning and evening
    2. Parking further away in the parking garage at work and when shopping
    3. Doing more physical activities with the kids on the weekend

Reward:  Blow out at the salon as I haven’t had any heat on my hair in 2 years! (hair); Each month that I lose at least 8 pounds, I will treat myself to a salon pedicure. Upon reaching my ultimate weight loss goal, I will treat myself to a weekend away with my hubby…or let him to treat me to one =).

T e r y s a

Current State: Hair – Bra-strap length (BSL); Weight – 8 months pregnant

Goals: Hair – Mid-back length; Weight – down 50 lbs by January 31, 2012 (post delivery)

Hair Regimen:
  • Massage scalp bi-weekly with coconut oil
  • Apply olive oil to my hair the night before weekly washing
  • Deep condition once a week (1 egg white, 2 spoons of castor oil, 1 spoon glycerin)
Weight Loss Regimen:
  • 45 minutes of outdoor physical activity with my daughter daily
  • Walk 3-5 miles, 3-4 times a week (start of journey)
  • Train for a 5k (mid journey)
  • Jump start diet by juicing 10-15 days (every 3 months)
  • Portion control
  • One fruit and one vegetable juice a day

Reward: TBD

Follow me online:  (I plan to blog about my experiences, but I can’t make any promises.)

L a D o n y a

Current State: Various lengths; middle section of hair is shorter than the front and back.

Goals: Hair – 1. Tame the frizz, 2. Armpit length (APL), 3. Maintain healthy hair for myself and my three girls; Weight – lose 38 pounds.

Hair Regimen: Not sure if I should have it all cut to same length. Any suggestions? Continue to learn my hair and how best to take care of it.

  • Co-wash once or twice per week
  • Twist hair at night
  • Wear twist-outs during the day
  • Henna monthly (last week I attempted my first Henna treatment, which went pretty well)

Weight Loss Regimen: I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which is basically a hormonal imbalance which throws everything off kilter.  There are several symptoms and I have all them. But, a few of the main ones I’m currently battling are: constant weight gain, acne and insulin resistance. It is an uphill battle for me, but one I’m finally prepared to take on. I’ve just recently started back working out (Zumba and weight training). My doctor says that due to PCOS, it will be very hard for me to lose weight without being on medication for life, as well as intense exercise.  So, that’s what I’m trying to do. Wish me luck.

  • Continue with Zumba and Weight Lifting
  • Attend a Spinning class
  • Try to incorporate swimming
  • Cut down on carbs
  • Water (I cannot stand to drink water by itself unless I’m seriously hot.  So, I’m working on getting more down.  This is a serious issue for me.)

Rewards:  To feel like myself again…you know, not uncomfortable in my clothes anymore.  To be able to wear something sexy that doesn’t show the 5000 rolls on my body. I just turned 40 and I need to get my sexy back.

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So ladies, these are the first 15 participants! It is so much fun reading these and learning about all of you (though it’s a lot of work putting these posts together … phew! *lol*). I have about 15 more submissions to post and I plan on finishing them tomorrow (hopefully!!). Thank you all again for your wonderful entries, beautiful energy and enthusiasm!! I’m really looking forward to our next six months together!!!

But now, I have to go do MY hair!!  *LOL*