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Final GOC Update: TerrificLady (#6)



This is the end of the challenge and I should say I did not reach my goal of 8″ long hair. However, I am close. My front section reached 6″+ and the rest of the areas are 7 to 7″+ long. Keep in mind that I dusted my hair in July and August and lost maybe a 1/2″ only. Here is a line up of progress pics from April to September.

I did not continue using the JBCO and WHGO … for no apparent reason. However, I will try them again for a longer period of time. I guess I was not consistent. Dunno.

Anyways, a new product that I like is the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I kept the same hairstyle for this month, which is the one where I pull half of my hair and hold up in the middle and leave the back area loose.

I flat-ironed my hair with my Solia flat iron. The ends were terrible. Too many knots at the ends. you could feel and see them on the pic I took :-(.


Health & Fitness
Now that we are at the end of the GOC, I started going to the gym finally on Ocotber 5th. My weight varies between 137 to 140 pounds, depends which scale I step on. Does not matter, I don’t really want to loose weight, I just want to tone my body and lose belly fat only. I am from the Caribbean, I like to have curves. lol.

(By the way, I also did my medical tests and got good results. Hope to keep it that way with Jehova’s help. Nobody wants to get the big C.)

And my two beautiful daughters are going natural as well. The youngest 1 year before me and the eldest about 7 months after me.  At the left is my eldest and at the right my youngest. My niece is in the middle.


Want to read TerrificLady’s GOC-The Sequel journey from the beginning? Check out her initial submission and updates here:

Initial GOC Submission
April Update
May Update
June Update
July-August Update

Final GOC Update: Madison (#38)


Once again, I have to start out a post with an apology because I am absolutely horrible at giving updates. I’ve just been busy with school and now midterms have kicked in, so I’m trying my best to juggle everything.

My routine is a little different now. I did go ahead and get those ends trimmed n July and my hair really thanked me for it. It was much easier to manage and detangle, even though it barely looked shorter. My stylist gave me a dry Deva cut and I loved it.

March 2012

September 2012

She used Mixed Chicks to style it, which left my hair kinda dry. I went back to Shea Moisture. This time I’m using the African Black Soap Shampoo because I had some dandruff issues (it cleared it right up!), the Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner, the Anti Breakage Mask and the Coconut & Hibiscus and Anti-Breakage Milks. I got most of these in a CVS BOGO sale. They all work much better than the Curling Souffle and the Raw Shea Mask did for me. I also tried the beloved Curl Enhancing Smoothie a million different ways and I couldn’t find a single way that worked for me, so I had to return it.

I also bought some Curl Junkie in a CurlMart sale: the Cleansing Conditioner, Smoothing Conditioner, Smoothing Lotion, Curl Rehab and Curls in a Bottle. I love the Smoothing Lotion and Curls in a Bottle – they have become my HG leave-in and finisher. They’re on the pricey side for my budget, but a little goes a long way and my hair appreciates the love. The Smoothing Conditioner worked as well as the Shea Moisture Conditioner, so I probably won’t repurchase if it’s not on sale. The Cleansing Conditioner works well, but I’m sure I can find a cheaper co-wash. The Curl Rehab was okay, but I want to try the Banana & Hibiscus DC to compare.

I’ve also had a lot of success with homemade DCs. I blend a mixture of avocado, banana, plain yogurt, coconut milk, honey (or molasses) and oils (not all in one mix; just depending on what I have). Then, I sit under a heat cap for about an hour and then wash and condition as usual.

As far as styling goes, I tried to do more twist outs, but they didn’t look right to me. I guess practice makes perfect. I revisited the Argan Eco Styler Gel with the CJ Smoothing Lotion under it and really liked it! Much softer and no flakes, which I would get after day 3 with KCCC. I also did a lot of buns with the SM Milks.

The biggest change has been that I have become a sports anchor for my campus’s nightly newscast, so I decided to get my hair professionally flat-ironed. I would have liked to wear my curls, but I don’t know them well enough to where I can rely on a particular style or method so that my hair will look great on camera. Last month, I went to a place where I got it flat ironed and it turned out well, but the stylist was so rough with my hair. My scalp was a little sore from the pulling. I also felt uncomfortable with the use of a pressing comb and flat iron rather than just a flat iron. I like to know exactly what temperature is being used. On the bright side, I was able to keep it straight for a little over a month without reapplying heat! Yesterday I went to a new salon to which I will be returning. For about the same price, I got an all-natural deep condition with a steam treatment and the stylist blow dried and flat-ironed my entire head in 35 minutes. That has never happened to me in my entire life. She was gentler and only used natural products. In the end, it looked just as good, if not better, than the other salon’s, so that will be my go to salon for straight styling from now on.

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

Initial Submission
May Update

Final GOC Update: Gina (#40)


Clearly i’m not good at updating *lol*. So I did end up getting my hair trimmed by Tameeka of Jadded Tresses. Came out great and now I think I can appreciate the power of a good trim. I’ve been keeping my hair in updos once I realized that I had enough hair to do so *lol*. Between that and twist-outs, I’ve been going with the flow of this grow out challenge. I kept up the regimen for the most part.

The product junkie in me got to try out Wen and fell in love with it. The shedding minimized some, but was still ongoing. I believe I figured out why!!!! My town has hard water and I’m sure that’s the cause of all this mess. So, I will be purchasing the Aquasauna shower filter that Shelli posted last year. My edges thinned a little, so I have been using JBCO even more than usual.

Overall I almost got to my goal of being able to have my hair touch the tip of my nose. So I’m happy! I’m where I wanted to be at my one year Nappyversary. I do see the growth and have paid even more attention to what my hair likes and doesn’t like.

Left: March; Right: September

I’m also scaling down on the amount of the different products I keep buying and trying. ETA: But, Gina FINALLY got a CurlBox subscription this past Friday after trying for MONTHS! PJ Powers Activate!!

My greatest accomplishment … wait for it……I made a puff!!!!! *LOL* My girlfriend, Monet, and Shelli kept reassuring me that I had enough length to make one, but I wasn’t trying to hear it *lol*!! Whoooppwhooppp Praise God!

Reward!!! Lol! I’m prioritizing and buying the filter instead of my Huetiful steamer. I’ll just get that for myself for the holidays *lol*!

Health & Fitness
Maintained my weight 🙂

Pray for me ladies! Smooches & God Bless!

Want to see how far Gina’s come in a year? Check out her Big Chop Hairstory here!

And check out the rest of her GOC – The Sequel posts here:

Initial Submission
April Update
May/June Update

July-August GOC Update: Deborah (#27)


This is waaay overdue!

I’m having a hard go of it learning my hair, it’s texture and what is best. However, I won’t dwell on it. As I am a somewhat healthy person, my hair has grown in spite of me not knowing what to do with it! Now, will I get points for retention? I don’t know…

My biggest challenge right now is keeping it moist. Here’s my current regimen:

  • Currently I co-wash twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. It drys out if I go any longer than that and I notice more hair going down the drain.
  • While it’s wet and with plenty of conditioner, I detangle with a wide tooth comb.
  • I have learned that my hair is very dense and I’m beginning to section it to make sure any oil or other product used actually gets in to the roots.
  • Once I put the oil and leave-in conditioner in my hair by sections, I let it air dry.

I’m looking for styles to wear. My little afro is getting bigger. In my initial post, my hair was about 1 1/2 inches long. Now, when I measure it, I have about 3 inches. In the front, it comes down below my eyebrows. On the sides, it’s earlobe length and, in the back, it can reach my shirt collar. It’s funny, because I can feel it on my ears during the day and find myself reaching up to see what that is touching me at times.


I can tell that shrinkage will forever be my partner in crime (lol). I tried a twist out and was not happy with the results, but will try again at some point.

That’s pretty much it. Your posts as of late have been really encouraging. It’s good to know that you’re not alone with having to have patience with your hair, regardless of length and texture. I am looking forward to finding a “sweet spot” in my journey. But don’t get me wrong, I have not had the urge to perm my hair at all.

Thanks for the opportunity to share and good luck to all on your journey!!


July GOC Update: Adrienne (#4)


by Adrienne of Natural Embrace

It’s August already? This challenge is almost over huh? Well let me get to it!

First, I’ll begin by saying July was an awesome month for me simply because I got engaged! My hair could have been a bird’s nest all month, but I wouldn’t have cared.

Since getting engaged my hair focus has intensified. Yes, I’ve been partaking in this challenge. But, I feel like I’ve been doing a half-hearted attempt to grow my hair. I know that protective styles work best for me, but do I do them? Nope. I like manipulating my hair and changing up styles and I knew that the length would get there eventually and I was in no hurry. Well, now that I’m engaged, I really want to have longer, bigger hair for my wedding and I’ve got about a year and a half to do it (plenty of time). I want to retain every single inch of growth I can get and for that I need … protective/low manipulation styles.

Half of June and all of July were Wash and go hair only. I loved it. I would get to wet my hair every other day, use a new product, and show off my curls. Was my hair growing? Yes it was, a little. But, at the end of July, I was feeling my hair while on vacation and noticed TONS of single strand knots. I’d been feeling them before, but it didn’t bother me But now, it felt like every other strand had a knot on it! I tried oil rinsing and deep conditioning more frequently, but still the knots appeared … so, I figured maybe it was my hair’s way of telling me to retire my wash and go.

So, I decided to put in mini twists and self-trimmed my ends to get rid of the knots I was feeling (instead of snapping them off with my fingers … shameful I know). So far the twists have been in a week and I will find the strength to make them last three weeks before taking down, washing and conditioning and putting them right back in. My goal is to keep my hair mostly twisted up until the end of the year so that I can hopefully claim full shoulder length. If I manage this, then I know I can get to APL next year and hopefully approaching BSL by the time I get married. Who knew that all it took was a pretty ring to get me focused!

On a side note, while on vacation in San Diego visiting family, I got my younger sister Kyky to Big Chop! She’s been wearing weaves for years and not taking care of her hair. She finally stopped getting weaves, but resorted to wigs because her hair was so damaged (try matted, broken off). Her hair was so broken around the perimeter, it was barely reaching an inch, but the crown/center area of her hair was longer. It was an awkward look to say the least. She told me she wanted to go natural, but she wasn’t sure what to do. I told her there was no point holding on to the longer hair with so much hair broken off around her. I offered to pay for her chop and told her she’d look cute and it’d grow out in no time. She agreed and voilà!

The cut suits her. She still wasn’t on board with the short hair, but it’s growing on her and she keeps texting me, asking what products to use. I sent her a few things, explained how I follow the curly girl method and told her she’ll have to figure out what works for her and that moisture is the key. I can’t wait to see how it looks in a month or two.



If you would like to see all of the Adrienne’s updates, just enter her name in the “Search” box on the 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!