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Final GOC Update: Miss Leah (#7)

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Screeeeeeeech!! Hold the phone!! Miss Leah is now Mrs. Leah!! That’s right!!!! Miss Leah is now MRS. Leah!!! She jumped the broom this summer!! To see pics from her special day and learn more, see below.

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by Mrs. Leah of Curly, Creative, and Homemade (formerly A Diamond through the Fire)

I finally straightened my hair and put on my trusty white tee to tally up my length retention. In total I retained … (drum roll please) 2 1/2 inches … womp womp wooooomp. lol. I was looking for more retention, but I need to factor in the trim/cuts I did throughout the year that equal about 2 inches. When I started the GOC, my longest strand was 8 1/2 inches. Now it is 11 inches!! The shorter hair on the sides have finally made it down to the red line. I desperately need a trim and that will probably take about an inch of growth too. I am currently looking for a stylist to do that for me. After the trim, my hair will be more even and the ends will be healthier looking. lol.

Going into this winter, I’m all about the protective styles! Buning will be my go to style. I’m also in search of more conditioners and hair cremes to get me through these dry months. I plan to continue the GOC for the rest of my life, even if I don’t record on the blog. It’s really exciting to see what hair can do if you take good care of it. I’m still learning how to take care of it, but I’ve come a long way!

New Hair Goals:

  • Wash weekly, Co Wash as needed (once a week)
  • Deep condition weekly (Saturdays)
  • Spot Snip (see a single strand knot and snip that joint lol)
  • BUN
  • Research new products
  • Make my own hair creme
  • Retain more length this WINTER

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And now, what you’ve all been waiting … or scrolling forward for 😉 …

Beautiful!!!

To read more about Mrs. Leah’s special day, go here!! To find out what she did for “honeymoon hair,” go here!

CONGRATULATIONS MRS. LEAH WILLIAMS!!

Final GOC Update: Faye (At-Home Player)

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via Faye of That NY Poet Girl

I haven’t been updating on the GOC and need to before school starts because I am going to be busy and it will be over in September!

Hair Goals and Regimen:
I have been washing my hair every 7-10 days using the Sauve Naturals Shampoo and condish with HH as a detangler and Shea Moisture/coconut oil as moisturizer/sealer. I have experienced extreme drying due to the high heat and humidity and then blow drying my hair. I attempted to go with it for a while, but the combination of wearing my hair out and being in the hot sun was not a good look. I haven’t been wearing as many protective styles and as a result my hair has been frizzy and dry :(.

In other (GREAT) news – My hair has grown almost back to where it was before I cut the layers, which is impressive! Overall, I am happy with my growth thus far after cutting off about 1 inch in the layering process! I also cut off another 1/2 – 3/4 inch on a search and destroy mission that went too far O_o! I have seen about 3 inches of growth over the past 4 months!! And overall I retained about 1.5 inches of growth!

I’m getting braids today for the month of September and October, so I am going to miss the end of the GOC! Therefore, I am going to chart my progress in photos from May until September 1st.

First Length Check 5/12

Pre-layering Braid-Out 5/12

Pre-layering Pic 6/12

Post-layering Pic 6/12

Post-layering Braid Out 6/12

Traci Ellis Ross – Inspired Look 7/12

Braid-out Grown Out! 7/12

Take 2 with better lighting! 7/12

This is my hair now! 8/12

Health & Fitness
I wasn’t as diligent in my workout routine unfortunately, but I am going to get back on the horse this fall. Overall though, I have dropped the ball on my fitness goals. Partially, because I had nowhere to go this summer (i.e. Miami or LA), which sucks for me and is sooo horrid! LOL! I usually start in the Spring with a full body cleanse and only have very little to lose. But, this spring, I didn’t cleanse, had gained so much over the winter due to my accident and physical limitations and was way more busy than I expected to be this summer.

I am still 155 lbs! SMH! But, at least I have not gained any weight! (-_-)

Also, to compound the issues – my son had gone through a traumatic experience and wasn’t sleeping well, which meant NO ONE was sleeping well! LOL!

Anywho…. The fitness goals I have now are for the end of the year at this point. I read an article from Wellness Mama on Hormone Balance, which discusses supplements and alternative exercises like walking and weight lifting instead of intense workouts which seem to exacerbate the problems.

I also found a video on Leptin that says that perhaps I need to change my diet first and keep my exercise to a minimum in order to restore my hormone levels, because I was having problems with my insulin and sugar levels.

Final Thoughts
Things that I will do differently with the next challenge for my hair:

  1. I will be consistent with my protective styling.
  2. I will be consistent with my regimen.
  3. I will NOT cut my hair in the middle of the challenge! LOL! ^_^
  4. I will measure my hair with a measuring tape so that I can more accurately measure my growth and make a tank top for measuring as well.

For my fitness goals

  1. I will monitor and correct my hormone imbalance so that I am working smarter and not harder!
  2. I will work out consistently and work on building muscle.
  3. I will make sure that I eat well and when I fall off the wagon, I will get back on immediately!

That’s it! That’s all folks!

GOC Done!
~Faye
TNPG

Will follow up with pics of my new hair (as soon as its done!)

Thanks for playing Faye!! Best of luck as your journey continues and, we’ll “see” you around ;)!

Check out Faye’s other GOC-The Sequel posts here:
Initial Submission
May Update

And if you want to see  how her braids turned out, see her results post here!

August GOC Update: Cococrispecurl (#32)

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Hair
Hi Ladies! Checking in for the month of August! After seeing Adrienne’s Yarn Braids at Shelli’s DMV Hair Meet-Up earlier this year, I became obsessed with them. I researched them on YouTube for months and came to the conclusion that I needed a professional installation; however all the braiders I spoke to didn’t know what I was talking about. I ended up reaching out to my oldest and dearest friend’s sister, Samara, who is a loctitian, and she was happy to give it a try.

The day before I was still scouring YouTube for installation tips, preparation and maintenance and I came across GranolaHeads2010 installation video:

via Granolaheads2010 (aka StayWoo: GOC Contender #1)

I noticed that she was doing something different: Yarn Wraps! I liked this idea better than braids, because my hair would be completely covered, thereby protected from the elements. And, with the length of my hair being what it is, seeing my hair mixed with yarn all the way down may not have been as visually pleasing as I imagined it to be. After a quick text and sending GranolaHeads2010’s video to Samara, I was getting Yarn Wraps!

The first thing I did was to get a trim.

The week prior to getting wraps, I went swimming and the chlorine really stripped my hair. I coated it with conditioner, but I should have worn a swim cap. To get it back on track, I did the following:

  • Separated hair into 2 sections.
  • Cleansed and conditioned with Curls Cleanser and Conditioner (first time use: 2 thumbs up).
  • Deep conditioned with Aveda’s Dry Remedy, under the dryer for 30 minutes (first time use: 2 thumbs down. BOO! I returned it the next day for a refund.)
  • Re-applied Curls Conditioner for 5 minutes in the shower.
  • Rinsed and finished with cool water.
  • Applied a teaspoon of Curls conditioner.
  • Separated hair into 4 sections.
  • Applied Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Butter (mixed with my own oils) from root to tip and braided each section.

It was still damp in the morning, but that’s okay. I don’t like it to be totally dry when I take it out.
At night, I braided my hair into 4 sections and applied hair butter to the ends and edges.

The day before getting braids:

  • Pre-pooed for 15 minutes under the dryer with EVOO and coconut oil. I focused on my edges, kitchen and ends.
  • Shampooed scalp with Head N Shoulders.
  • Cleansed hair with Curls cleanser and conditioner.
  • Deep conditioned with a homemade concoction
  • Applied Bed Head Moisture Maniac for 5 minutes in the shower. Rinsed lightly.
  • Separated hair into 4 sections, and followed the L (water), O (coconut oil), C (Karen’s Body Beautiful Creamylicious) method from root to tip.
  • Loosely twisted each section so it would dry by my appointment.
  • In the morning, applied another layer of KBB Creamylicious to each section.

Installation Day:
After 29 hours (Day 1 = 13 hours; Day 2 = 16 hours), it was finally done! I love, love, love them!! I forgot how tender-headed I am, especially around my edges and kitchen. Samara was careful and used bigger sections. After a week, I was able to move them around and begin playing with styles. Side note: Africa’s Best Organics Itch Relief Cornrow & Scalp Remedy is a lifesaver. I plan on keeping them in for six weeks. Hopefully, I’ll see some growth and my ends will be in good shape.

I’ve been going to Samara weekly for maintenance and styles. My original intention was to try new styles (braids, ponytails, buns) on my own, but after seeing all the styles that can be done with locs, decided to treat them as such and have been getting loc styles. I cannot stop touching them!

Yarn Wrap Regimen:
After two weeks, I cleansed my scalp with a toothbrush and Head and Shoulders and used a mixture of KBB Sweet Ambrosia, Giovanni Direct Leave-in, coconut oil, jojoba oil and water from scalp to ends. Next month, if I wash it again (wraps are painfully heavy when wet), I’ll use my sulfate-free shampoo and add castor oil to the mixture. Head & Shoulders was way too drying.


Health & Fitness:
I’ve started a new meal plan/program and have lost 13 pounds so far.

Happy Growing Ladies!

Check out Cococrispecurl’s other GOC-The Sequel posts here:
Initial Submission
April Update
May/June/July Update

And stay tuned for her September update to learn about the Yarn Wraps take down and hear her final thoughts on this protective style!

July GOC Update: Krystal K. (#12)

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by Krystal K. aka KaliGirl1980

Hair
So I have been sticking to my old regimen for the most part (except I’ve really slacked on the henna). I am a Tightly Curly Method fanatic and I wear my hair in a TC Method WnG 90% of the time. I still straighten my hair once a month to check my progress. I’ve gotten back to where I was before the dreaded hair cut. The one thing that I have changed significantly is that I’m using a leave-in conditioner that works well with my hair for WnGs, rather than the traditional rinse-out conditioners. I’ve been using the generic brand version of Paul Mitchell’s The Conditioner thanks to MahoganyCurls on YouTube. I got the generic brand from Sally’s and I love it. I use that instead of rinse-out conditioner when doing the Tightly Curly Method.

I did a video on my slightly modified Tightly Curly Method that cuts the product application time in half for me:

What I really love about this natural hair journey is that I now prefer my hair in its natural state, rather than the stringy straight hair that I was wearing a year ago. I feel much freer and more confident in myself. My hair is really thriving in its natural state and starting to look full. At this length, a stretched WnG is starting to look different on me than it did a year ago. There is a lot to be said about experimenting with your hair at every stage of this process, because the styling techniques and methods really do look different as your hair gets longer.

Health and Fitness
Not much change right now. The summer heat really puts the brakes on my workouts, because it’s too hot after 10 am for me to work out. I don’t like the large evening crowds at the gym, so if I don’t get my workout in before work or before I start my day on the weekends, it just won’t happen. I think that maintaining is a good goal for this kind of heat. We’re regularly in the low 100’s out here. I’m swimming regularly and still running at least once a week. I have really committed to incorporating strength training into my workouts, so I’m not sure how much of my weight is muscle rather than fat.

As far as diet is concerned, I read a book called Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and I really like what he has to say about us getting the majority of our nutrients from fruit and vegetables. He suggests eliminating all animal products, but I’m not going to do that. I like eggs and yogurt too much. But, they now only make up about 10% of my diet. I find that following his eating plan is simple in that he recommends a pound of raw fruit and veggies and a pound of cooked veggies each day, as well as limited beans and grains (including tubers like sweet potatoes). While the plan is easy to follow, it means that I have to make sure that I visit the grocery store more often than I like. Other than the frequent trips, I’m enjoying the experience. I’m experimenting with a variety of seasonings to keep things interesting and have started incorporating tofu into my dishes. I’ve really been pleased with my results.

Want to see all of the Krystal’s updates? Just enter her name in the “Search” box on the upper right >>>>! The results will return all of her updates (and guest posts)!! See where it all began and how she’s progressed over the course of the challenge!

May/June GOC Update: Gina (#40)

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Hair
Welp, Kenzi (my hair ) and I have been at odds for the last 2 months. Everything went downhill once I took out the two strand twists that I had done. I kept them in for 3 weeks. Did a wash and deep condition and there was some shedding. But that was to be expected.

Now when it continued every single day, I freaked out. All of a sudden I have single strand knots, which I dont recall ever having. So, I concluded that it was time for the overdue TRIM. In the meantime I started using Aubrey Organic GPB (thanks Shelli!).

So, my regimen switched up a bit. I wash once a week, rather than every other week. I deep condition with the Aubrey GPB prior to shampooing. Then, I condition with Aussie Moist (love it). I’ve seen a bit of improvement, but we shall see. I’ll keep you all updated with the TRIM and shedding.

Health & Fitness
I have been maintaining my weight of 130 lbs. I went down 5 lbs and was very uncomfortable with how it looked on me. So now I think I will work on toning and that’s all!

Pray for me ladies! Smooches & God Bless!

April-July GOC Update: Mershauna (#14)

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by Mershauna of The Dancing Optimist

Summer is going by so fast. I cant believe that we’re practically halfway through July! I’m enjoying time off from school, but I’m missing my dance classes. A lot of changes have been going on as far as fitness and hair. I also moved into my own apartment! I will say that I am definitely ready to be back in school. Summer is making me lazy, lol.

Hair
I’m so excited, because I’ve reached goal of MBL before september! I’m hoping to be full MBL by then.


It feels like it has taken AGES to reach this mark. It’s probably because I’ve always based this off my sports bras, since that’s what I’m always wearing, and they come down pretty low. I want to be waist length by 2013, which should be easy. Since I barely have a torso, my waist is about 3 to 4 inches away from MBL.

Because of this lofty goal that I’ve set, I’m really buckling down when it comes to my regimen. No more down and out styles for me. I will be rocking twist or box braids since I can wash my hair easily without having to take them down. I’m also trying to strengthen my hair, so I bought Aubrey Organic GPB conditioner and their J.A.Y. shampoo. I haven’t tried them yet, so my fingers are crossed. I’ve also been using Aussie’s Split End Protector since I’m prone to split ends. But, I haven’t been using that long enough to tell if it’s a keeper.

Fitness
I’ve been really slacking lately. I’ve been working out only twice a week. That really has to change. I’m maintaining my weight of 136, which is good, but I want to be down to 120 by next year.

My diet has changed a lot. Jon and I have cut out red meat to only once a month and he’s lost around 20 or more pounds! I’ve been eating mostly vegetarian in hopes to get healthier and help with the weight. It’s also a way to force myself to eat more vegetables. There’s free yoga at a farmers market here on Saturdays, so I’m hoping to start that soon.

Goals

  • Drink more water.
  • Walk more.
  • Workout more (gym and dance).
  • Stick to my regimen and diet.

Check out Mershauna’s initial GOC – The Sequel submission here.

Want to see where it all began with the first GOC? Find Mershauna’s entrée into the first GOC here.

June GOC Update: Adrienne (#4)

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by Adrienne of Natural Embrace

Hair
Another month gone by so quickly! June was a busy month for me, since I had a lot of birthdays to celebrate, went on vacation, had family visiting, etc. The first half of June I spent a little time in twists and twist outs, but during my week long vacation, I started doing more WnGs. Since my trim, I’ve been sticking with the WnG as my main style. Normally I don’t like WnGs, because the front half of my hair is more wavy than curly, so WnGs can look kind of silly. But, since WnGs are so easy and time saving, I’ve just accepted this wavy hair and try to make it work. The added bonus of my current WnG regimen is that I’ve been able to get 3rd and 4th day hair out of it, even managed a 5th day puff.

I was always a little iffy about the Eco Styler gels and, in the past, I hated how crunchy they made my hair feel. Plus in the past, I was using the raking method for my WnGs and not getting the look that I wanted. Now I’ve been using the smoothing method, applying both my leave in and then the gel and smoothing it along the hair so as to not disrupt the curl pattern. I was watching MahoganyCurls on Youtube and she demonstrated how she then goes section by section, smoothing small sections of hair even more. I tried this and bam, the WnG was suddenly working for me. I’ve also found that the key for me is to let my hair dry completely, then smooth my hair and fluff a bit to get rid of any crunch.

In addition, I’ve finally figured out the whole pineapple thing and every night I lightly spritz my hair with water and aloe vera juice, apply my JBCO to my nape and edges and use a silk scarf to pineapple. In the morning I’ve been using a little Camille Rose’s Curl Milk to fluff my hair. My hair does tend to get a little dryer by day three and four, but not to the point where I really need to worry about it. I could co-wash around this time and refresh the WnG, but going a week without having to mess with my hair is working for me. I’ve been seeing a few single strand knots, but nothing too terrible and nothing I don’t get from any other hair style I do. Since this seems to be a low manipulation style that is working for me, I’m going to stick with it for the rest of the summer.

I’ve really been seeing a difference in my edges, finally. They are still thin, but filling in. As for the Viviscal I’ve been taking, I still think it’s a little early to tell if they are working or not. I haven’t even been on them for a month yet.

Health & Fitness
And as for fitness … yeah, not even gonna go there. I work out here and there, but nothing too consistent (like I said, its been a busy month). My weight actually dropped a bit … probably muscle loss. I’ve got two weeks until I have to attend my step-dad’s wedding, so I’d like to try to tone up a bit for that. On the bright side, I’ve been eating very well and see a noticeable difference in my skin.

You might also like Adrienne’s other GOC posts:
Initial Submission
April Update
May Update

June GOC Update: Miss Leah (#7)

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by Miss Leah of A Diamond Through the Fire

I can’t explain how thrilled I am with my hair growth process! Almost a year ago, I told my fiancé I wanted to get a sew-in (weave) for our wedding day. His reply was, “Why don’t you grow your own hair?” Wooooow, I’d never thought to grow my own … CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

I began searching online for assistance in growing out my own hair. While stalking Curly Nikki for hair tips, I saw a post with Shelli of Hairscapades. It was love at first curl! Looking at her hair and reading her story encouraged me. If she could do it, I knew that I could attempt to do it. At the time, she didn’t have a blog, so I went to Curly Nikki’s site to see if there were any updates from Shelli. After some time, Shelli started up her own blog, Hairscapades! I was thrilled to say the least! She began the GOC sometime after that and I decided to join. I didn’t have anything to lose (besides straightening my hair weekly!).

It has been a long road, but it was totally worth it. It took months of experimenting to find the right balance for my hair. TRIAL and doggone ERROR before I finally perfected my routine. Loads and loads of patience was needed to perfect my unruly day 2 twist-outs and tons and tons of products to get my curls to lay just right. I didn’t know what I was in for in the beginning, but I STUCK IT OUT.

I am sooooo glad that the GOC was my starting point. If I hadnt joined, my hair would probably be shorter than the 08/10/11 picture. I went from heat damaged to healthy hair. Though it’s been a rough road, it’s been well worth it! I want to thank all of the hair gurus for their constant encouragement though this journey: Shelli of Hairscapades, Nikki of Curly Nikki, Wes of Spiced Honey, Michelle of Radiant Brown Beauty, Rece of A Hair Story (she is also the reason I started this blog) and countless gurus on YouTube: Naptural85, Haircrush, LeobodyC5 and Longhairdontcare2011. I literally went on all of these pages DAILY searching for assistance with my tresses :). I look forward to waist length by next year!!!

THANKS LADIES!!!

Want a sneak peak of Miss. Leah’s wedding day hair?!? Check it out here!

And check out her other GOC- The Sequel posts here:
Initial Submission
April Update

Want to see where it all began with the first GOC? Find Leah’s entrée into the first GOC here:
GOC Contenders – The Fourth Wave

May-June GOC Update: Margaret (#5)

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I am providing a combination May/June update, continuing to work toward my goals and staying focused on the prize.

Hair
My hair loves summer. However, living in a humid, hot city causes my hair to become more thirsty and need spritzing with H2O/aloe vera juice (AVJ) mix more often. I totally drench my hair with the H2O/AVJ once a week (in doing my modified co-wash) and spritz, as needed, in between. I can’t explain it, however I love H2O/AVJ. This combination does it for me. I also notice I have been doing a modified LOC method without realizing it. L-Liquid, O-oil, C-conditioner/butter. For me, oil has to be last though. Got to have that sheen.

I am no longer diluting the Terressentials Mud Wash, just using small amounts as Naptural85 does in her updated hair wash video. I only use apple cider vinegar monthly and continue to heavily dilute this. A little scared of the effects of using ACV too often or not diluted enough.

My HG leave-in, Giovanni Direct, has changed its formula :(. I hate it when this happens. Can someone tell me how the new formula has worked for them? I realize the formula has been changed since last year, however I was able to obtain the old formula from Massage Warehouse until recently .

In my last update, I indicated I needed to decrease the time it takes to finger detangle. This will come with time and expertise. No need to stress about it. Finger detangling/combing almost means you can’t have long nails. I am meticulous about making sure my nails are short and without ridges or any means to snag, break or tear hair. I noticed a post on another forum regarding using the fingers where vinyl gloves were recommended. This may work, however I want to be able to feel any tangled areas and I am not sure if gloves will allow this. Umm … sounds like a possible experiment.

I have not been able to bring myself to do the trim I need, so I am continuing to dust with each weekly wash while my hair is wet. Shelli, you have inspired me to find someone to do this or just suck it up and do this myself. I wish I knew a stylist in Memphis, TN that could do this without trimming too much. Anyone with recommendations, let me know. Continuing with protective styling in braids as it makes things easier, especially during work days. I have not used the Curlformers or flexi-rods at this time, however I will report when I do. I will be experimenting with Bantu knot-outs and will share pics when satisfied with the results. Length checks will be provided next update (maybe). Healthy hair will lead to length and I will not stress about this either.

Health and Fitness
Love Carlson’s and plan to reorder. I am drinking more H2O since summer is here. I will be working harder towards my fitness and nutrition goals. I continue to walk 6 days a week, however I have not been doing the fitness classes 2x a week and eating consistently healthy. No excuses … I have equipment at home and can use that if I can’t attend class. I realize I can’t eat what I want once a week … maybe once a month as a treat.

Spring Cleaning … Extended
I am redoing areas of my home while participating in recycling of my electronics, paper and giving away items to Salvation Army and women’s shelters. I have not completed the discarding of clutter and will continue to focus on this. Personally, I was faced with some family issues, which brought about some negative thinking, exhaustion and resurfacing of self-destructive habits. I am constantly seeking Spiritual guidance with this, as well as staying away from toxic situations and maintaining perseverance in these goals.

All in all, confession is definitely good for the soul. This challenge and updating helps me to realize the improvements that need to be made in working toward my goals. All of you ladies participating in the 2012 GOC inspire me and I love reading your updates!!!

Blessings and Healthy Hair Growing!!!

Check out Margaret’s other GOC-The Sequel posts here:

Initial Submission
April Update

May-June GOC Update: Michelle (#13) & Chloe (#13.5)

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Ok, so May and the beginning of June have been super busy for me and the fam! My oldest son graduated from UMD (go Terps!) in May and my middle son graduated from high school, my niece had a beautiful baby girl a month early, I wrapped my Spring semester of classes with a 3.5 GPA and Chloe wrapped up her first year as a Brownie with the Girl Scouts at an event with over 200K Girl Scouts on the Mall in Washington, DC … whew, I’m tired!

Hair Onto hair deets. With the super warm weather season peaking earlier in the DMV area, I’ve been rocking my WnGs more and more. I tried two different products for this season’s debut of my WnGs, Hair Rules Curly Whip (Target-$17.99) and Let’s Jam Curling Custard (Walgreens $3.89) that Mahoghany Curls did a few vids on. I liked both, but the Let’s Jam CC was really the best on my hair and the price, YOU CAN’T BEAT the price. Plus, I got 2-3 day hair out of it and then I banana clipped it up for the rest of the work week!


I applied both in the shower on soaking wet hair, squeezed out the excess water with a white tee and air dried. I’ve been pineappling at night and it does help to stretch my WnG.

I also did a few rollersets after watching one of my faves, ShamIAmGlam’s posts (Don’t Call it a Comeback) inspired me to try the style she was wearing for my son’s graduation. I hope I did it some justice Sham!!!

Chloe’s hair for May and June has been a hodge podge of braids, WnG for her middle brother’s graduation, a twist-out for her oldest brother’s graduation (he had two!!!) and just recently rope-twists with rubber bands.


I have not been pre-pooing Chloe like I normally do … her schedule has been cray! I have not done a henna treatment since March!!! But we’re back to our regularly scheduled program, I just re-upped on my henna stash and got in on Henna Sooq’s Friday deals (this one was $5 off any price order) and then I won a $10 credit for a future order!!! Khadija (Henna Sooq partner) is really sweet and responsive; she has a blog that is very informative (maybe we can get her for the next DMV meet-up *hint-hint*). And, Chloe and I are getting a haircut for MY birthday in July! More deets in my July update – can’t wait to debut those pics!! Health & Fitness Ummmmmmm, health and fitness … I’m still breathing and eating … lol! But, I just joined Black Girls Run in my area and I went and was fitted for some running shoes that will offer me some support (low to no arch – I love my flip flops – #dontjudgeme and #lovemyhavianas) and will help with my shin splints. So, keep hope alive that I’ll report increased physical activity for moi! Oh, and Chloe may be resuming her All-Star Cheering again (we missed try-outs in May, I did say we were busy as ISH, right?!). ChloChlo is a bean pole with hair, but we all need to get up and move, right? Until next month, continued success to everyone!

Chloe with her Michael Jackson hat,
for the Anniversary of his death.

Check out Michelle and Chloe’s other GOC-The Sequel posts here:

Initial Submission
April Update