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Wash & Go’s and Combat Boots

By January 27th, 202193 Comments
My fam is still in town and yesterday I forced requested that Aunt Toney (fellow natural diva, henna’er and Twist-n-Curl rocker) take my new Wash & Go routine for a test drive.  She used Tresemme to detangle, rinsed thoroughly and then applied Living Proof’s Thickening Cream prior to plopping.  She then added As I Am gel to the frizzy bits along the crown, dried for a while under the bonnet and now…

She’s sexy!
Wash & Go's and Combat Boots

 LOL! But seriously, she really loves the results.  Like me, she hadn’t rocked her fine, single-strand-knot prone hair in a Wash & Go since like 2007… it’s a good look on her!

Now, in #RandomAssNews…

Remember this retro insult?

‘…that’s why yo momma wears combat boots!’

Takes you back to the playground, doesn’t it?  That throwback diss was popular when I was in middle school and to this day, well… I don’t get it.  Someone school me please!  At any rate, I took it there because the other day my Dad retorted, ‘Gia’s Momma really does wear combat boots…and in the summer, hahaha…’ Yeah, yeah, yuck it up.  Y’all know I go through phases and go harder than a mug on one thing or another and since last fall, that thing’s been my black Steve Madden Boots. I’ve worn them to the club, to several beaches (I can explain) and almost… like I came really super close, to rocking them to Hubby’s graduation (Syl wouldn’t let me out the house) and the E.P.I.C. NYC Meetup (Hubby wouldn’t let me out the house).  Seriously, I wear them everyday and saved a ton this summer on pedicures.

At any rate, I was walking through Macy’s last week and looky what I found…

Wash & Go's and Combat Boots

 Yeah buddy! Momma’s got a new pair of boots!#ChargeItToTheGame #Troopa


We left the boys and Boog at home to go on a Happy Valley adventure and found ourselves at Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery.  My first ever winery experience.

Scenic drive. Beautiful estate. Just enough wine to induce a raging headache.

The view- 

Wash & Go's and Combat Boots
Wash & Go's and Combat Boots
Wash & Go's and Combat Boots

Wash & Go's and Combat BootsWash & Go's and Combat Boots
Wash & Go's and Combat Boots

Wash & Go's and Combat Boots

’bout to partake in the hair of the dog that bit my butt earlier.
Wash & Go's and Combat Boots


  • Dominique Mitchell says:

    although you replied 5 days ago.. this just made my day that you actually responded to my post…now i have to go brag to all my friends πŸ™‚

  • CurvyCurly says:

    Whaaat!?! Ya' learn something new everday! Thanks for the history lesson. Okay, that's definitely an insult ;-( and I can assure you that 90% of the kids who were saying it had NO idea what it really meant.

  • Jaide says:

    Nikki…in my younger days, i rocked a good quality pair of cowboy boots. Loved them. In hindsight, I guess I didn't always protect my feet. .I guess my socks were not thick enough?..Anyway, the shape of the toe (slanted) my feet..Afterall, they are heavy. You all need to be cognizant of that possibility. I wish someone had cautioned me…moderation is key.

  • MsCurlyKat says:

    Combat-style, granny boots, cowboy boots-I wear them all! Love the curly hairstyle, the cute boots, the vineyard…and the beautiful white hair on the lady in the photos! I used to be a stylist and some of my favorite customers were the ones who chose to keep their white hair white.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    shut up!!!! Really??! Great minds…

  • Sweetdrk1 says:

    Shelbey wanted me to tell you she has those boots in black! AND that you REALLY are her big sister! LOL

  • melissa_mak007 kemp says:

    Those boots are just what I'm looking for! And I walked through Macy*s yesterday! *shakes fist*…OK.I am back to my normal self now. Auntie's hair looks cute!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    They are easy on the feet! LOVE that! Hope all is well with you!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Gwenn!!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    #HeckYesCombats !!!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I'll let her know! Thanks Jessica!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks CurvyCurly! Mountain sized headache indeed… I need more than a few sips, lol.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    agreed! agreed! xx

  • CurlyNikki says:

    WOW! teach me teacher! Thanks chica πŸ™‚

  • blackkrose1 says:

    The phrase "yo momma wears army boots" as an insult is attributed to the civil war, and the groups of prostitutes that were allowed to travel with the troops of one gen. Joseph Hooker. Some of the "ladies" were reputed to wear the same footgear as their clients

  • Shashou says:

    I love this type of boot. I mean really why couldn't you wear them with almost anything. They aren't to high on your leg to wear them during a non winter month. And not to short to be considered a bootie boot. An absolute love!

  • CurvyCurly says:

    LOL, same here! Chicken legs is what kept me from wearing booties and any boot that stopped half-way up the leg or didn't have stretchy material to fit snug on the calf on tall boots. Now I'm a bit too old for combat boots.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    V ~ my mom was the opposite of your mom! LOL. If I would have askedHER for combat boots she would have looked at me with a blank stare as if I was straight crazy.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    Love Auntie's wash-n-go, the color, and cut. Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing conditioners is one of my favs and holy grails! The combat boots comments took me waaaay back, hilarious; but no boo, not to graduation!
    I have yet to visit a winery. Nice scenery. I would end up with a mountain-sized headache and need a place to take a 'buzz' nap afterwards.

  • Ludny Charles says:

    I know that trick too! I went out to dinner and wore some flats. I thought I was cute trying to paint them myself. Mind you I am blind as a bat with glasses on. They too came out so thick and gunky…I had no choice but to go out like that. It was dark enough lol *weeps*

  • Jessica Coletrain says:

    The WnG is absolutely gorgeous!!

  • roo08 says:

    heck yes combats! I had an encounter like you with the first pair of combats I ever bought (blue steve madden boots <3). It was love at first sight! I'm so so happy summer is coming to an end. I live in texas so the weather is almost never enjoyable and I can rock my combats!

  • Gwenn4ya says:

    I love your Aunt's hair! Nice color too!! I also love me some boots! I thought I was the only one…..only I really do wear boots for my job daily!! That still doesn't stop me from rocking a nice pair when not working.

  • Mama Naturalista says:

    I love those boots!! I def need them in brown now. I wear my combat boots from the military all the time and love it! It's easier on the feet, looks sexy when paired with the right clothing and rigid/sexy/chic all at once! Grey Choice Mrs. Nikki πŸ˜‰

  • Hilary B. says:

    Thank you!!

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • RI says:

    "Home boy wore combat boots to the beach"!!! (in my best Lauren Conrad LC voice) lol sorry I had a moment! They're supastar cute. I wish I could pull them off!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    LOL! We are twins! Scary! hahaha, well keep me posted! I tried it on my aunt's hair (thin too) and we think it did 'something', but yeah, not sure if it's worth that lofty price tag. Talk soon!

  • nylse says:

    you know, it is! i'll have to report back…and I have ashy skin too! πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    ha! Well if your hair is thin, try that Thickening cream and report back! Trying to test my placebo effect theory, lol.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    neither pic does them justice! They're perfect! And they don't look or feel 'cheap'… good materials and quite sturdy AND you don't have to lace and relace because there's a nifty zipper on the side πŸ™‚ Thanks Chica!

  • Derika says:

    Those boots didn't look cute to me in the picture alone. Then I saw them on you at the vineyard and I fell in love! Those are some fly boots! Lol I am gonna have to cop me some for the fall/winter. I thought that was you in the first pic! You guys have a similar grade of hair!

  • nylse says:

    i knew we were twins – we wear the same shoe size. just got to get my wng to look as good as yours. πŸ™‚

  • H.SWABY says:

    Ur Aunty hair is awesome!!!! Like niece like Aunt lol.. About the Combats boots every since I see u in them at the Club I hve being chking them out.. I keep seeing them everywhere chk out Steven Madden brand. I Definetly getting me one. Nice with skinny jeans

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • CurlyNikki says:

    *raises fist* Go Momma!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Hillary! I'll let her know! I wear a 6.5 or 7 pump and a 7 or 7.5 boot and in these boots, the 7 was PERFECT and true to size.

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol @ jones! I forgot about that!!!! Nice. And it probably was a STL thing πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    You're right… terribly misleading and random title, lol. Email me πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    LOL! Hush yo mouth, my feet don't sweat πŸ˜‰ hahah!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I LOVE them both, but will definitely consider getting these in black too…

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks chica! But why am I still confused?!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Nope, I was out, lol!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Hell yeah! Thanks girl πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • CurlyNikki says:

    THANK YOU! Hatin' on us… my sister was DONE with me when I got dressed for the club that night, she looked at me like I had officially lost it. And I was like, 'yeah, I'm ready.' hahah! They don't get it πŸ˜‰

  • totallitoni says:

    I have boots that look just like those in charcoal grey…and my family HATES them…although I haven't worn them in the summer (I probably woulda, if I didn't get the stink eye from my friends and family) I freaking love them…the most comfortable shoes I own idk why everyone is hatin!!??

  • abrunnin says:

    CUTE BOOTS!!! You plan to wear these to the club too?

  • Earth218 says:

    looking good! Did she do the yogurt thing first?

  • Angelina McDowell says:

    I was was just looking at those yesterday at Macy's in the Mall of America. Instead I got these at the Dr. Martens store. They look clunky on the shelf, but when I tried them on…I am still on a new shoe high right now. They look so bad-ass and sexy with my skinny jeans!

  • Rhonda C says:


    That's hilarious….Girl, run ~ don't walk and get a pedi!
    Remember that scene where Martin's "Gina has to work off debt by working at Sheneneh's Sho' Nuff Hair Salon and she has to give Mirah a pedi" has been dancing in my head. #yougottogotoworkonMirah'sfeet
    Dont let some tech have to pull out a jackhammer …..

  • NYC says:

    That line is nearly as old as history itself, it says your mother followed the drum , camp follower, and originally was a military insult/compliment.
    Depending on who said it or how it was said it was a compliment/killing affair (sort of like the famous "Smile when you call me that" line).
    Liken"Ring around the Rosie" it's now a children's insult instead of something potentially deadly.

  • KP says:

    I prefer the brown ones to your black…
    While I don't wear boots during the summer (unless it drops to 60 here in DC during the summer months), I will admit that I am quite ready for fall. I'm itching to break out my boots + dress + blazer combo again.

  • Rela says:

    Combat boots in in 80-and 90 -degree weather? I hope y'all busting out the Odor Eaters, too, so the family doesn't need hazmat masks. LOL

  • LadyM says:

    I thought this article was going to be about natural hair ladies in the military (combat boots). I'm in the process of enlisting into the air force so if you could call out and ask natural hair women in the military to submit their hair stories that would be fabulous…I have no clue what I'm going to do with my hair during bootcamp and after bootcamp πŸ™ please help Nikki!

  • A.J. says:

    I remember that "jones". If I remember correctly it was an insult cause if your mom wore em' she was "the crazy lady". Maybe it was a STL thing?!?! who knows.

  • Sam Walcott says:

    I am with you on the boots all year long. I bought 2 pair this month.

  • Hilary B. says:

    Your aunt's hair looks great, I love the color that the henna gives her! I also have nooo idea what that insult means, maybe urban dictionary can help? lol. I've been eyeing these boots for a while and hoping they'll go on sale! Do you find that they run true to size, or big, narrow, etc? I'm a 6 but sometimes a 6 can be too big, plus I don't wanna spend $100, have them shipped, and then have to return them. Thanks!

  • Vancouverite says:

    My mom forced me to get a pair many many years ago back when I was in HS. I was teased mercilessly, but I grew to love those boots. I wore them until I was in college!! They also were a conversation starter, I can't tell you how many artsy, alternative, interesting people I met because of those boots, It made me seem hip and ahead of the curve, because nobody wore those then. Yay mom!! BTW, she's been natural since the 60's, because according to her relaxed hair was just too much work. So I guess she's alway been fashion forward. Rock your boots!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    oooh! short motorcycle boots?! Sign me up!

  • Dominique Mitchell says:

    Lol @ Charge it to the Game…Nik you are a riot!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I hear you and I apologize for getting you all curious, lol. The best thing about Steve Madden is that their styles hang around forever and even if they don't have the exact boot in 6 mos, they'll have one really close to it.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    WORK! lol, at least I'm not alone! Hope you're well! We NEED to catch up!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    in my (crazy) head, when I said 'sexy' I heard Eddie Murphy's voice as Donkey on 'Shrek' say, ' so then I drank the potion, and now… I'm sexy!' I died laughing. Thanks Megan!!!

  • Megan M. says:

    When you said she sexy, the song I'm sexy and I know it popped up in my head lol! When I saw the boots I thought the same just straight sexiness. Werrk those boots!

  • ShoeHOTLINE says:

    Love your aunt hair I may have to give this routine arty in the near future.

    OAN thanks to you fiercely rocking ya combat boots this summer I jumped on the combat band wagon and got the Steve Madden Tarnney's which I love.

  • dschubba says:

    I don't need to be seeing these boots right now… I've had my eye out for a new pair, but my course load is light and it's going to be a tight semester. *sigh*

  • MissT1806 says:

    I've been dying for a pair forever but somehow always find that my skinny (chicken) legs become over pronounced in them! maybe this fall I'll try again – I'll rock it w/ confidence! Overcome the skinny lol

  • Barbie says:

    I have a pair the same pair of boots bought them last year and lemme tell you I lived in those boots. This fall I want a pair of short motorcycle boots.

  • Davina916 says:

    True! True! lol

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Rhonda! I'll get deets on the color, I think she had a little box dye left over. And LOL @ #stomptheyard

  • CurlyNikki says:

    LOL! Girl, my toes are ridic right now, like embarrassingly so. I almost wore peep toes to the press conference last week, but my polish was all chipped. So I decided to paint the first two toes on each foot (the only ones that would be showing) but my polish was so thick and gunky that I only managed to get one big toe painted. #fail
    I need a pedicure bad.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    what u waiting for?! Today's as good as day as any πŸ˜‰

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Try it and report back!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Mel, girl! And THANK YOU! I'm not an UGGs girl, so let me have my combat boots!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    thanks Asia!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    LOL! I know your 'situation', but ! LOL! Actually, I got you on the thickening cream…

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks chica!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks I'll let her know! I'm sure she'll pop in and share! I'm also pretty sure her henna process is the same as mine!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Shea butter and/or coconut oil are so effective with my ashiness issues and my skin is DRY!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    holla!!!! πŸ™‚

  • ss says:

    LOL @ the pedicure savings!
    Auntie's hair is beautiful – I love how the henna is bringing her highlights!
    I live in the Mid-Atlantic area where they have an outlet chain called "Forman Mills". Last year I snagged a pair of 'Bucco" combat boots for $20.00! I was like, holla!

  • PennieNotPenny says:

    Um. I don't get it either! lol I'm lost

    I have a pair of Doc Martens that my husband got me, because he wants the whole family to dress like him πŸ˜› In the summer he wears Vans mostly, but the rest of the year? DOCS. I haven't worn them much because it is waayyy too hot for actual shoes. I've been in flip flops all summer. Shea butter to help the ashiness πŸ˜›

  • monniej says:

    great results! i wonder if auntie can post her henna process, too. that color is gorgeous! i can't think of anything i love better than a fresh wash-n-go now that i've got my reggie down! πŸ™‚ oh, and i have a serious love for combat, motorcycle and cowboy boots, myself! yeah, mama does wear combat boots and she loves it! any questions?

  • Anike Clark McKoy says:

    Those boots are super cute! I've never had a pair of combat boots, but I would rock those (trying to step my game up). And your aunt's hair looks fab! I can't wait to get some length like that.

  • Sweetdrk1 says:

    OK PLEASE stop tempting me! You know I am in a *situation* LOL! I am going to get those boots AND that thickening cream. Tell Aunty that hair looks FAB!! OMG I am drooling over here!!

  • Asia Monique Mays says:

    YES for these boots!!! Want them! But your aunt's hair looks fab!

  • Mel says:

    Nik, your aunt's hair is beautiful! As for the combat boots, I just told my husband yesterday that I was going to get a pair that I saw in Tarjay. If people wear their Uggs all year long then you can rock your combat boots too. They look better anyway!

  • Ashley says:

    Okay I am convinced I'm going to try it…n those boots I have wanted for a long time but I'm cheap…

  • Davina916 says:

    I bought some black combat boots yesterday, and I can't wait to wear them!

  • Ludny Charles says:

    lol I love combat boots! I remember back in middle school they used to crack jokes. "You wearing them stomping out the roaches boots…ready for war!" Idk why either but I am glad they have made a push back. sidebar: I need to #chargethesepedicurestothegame cause combat boots can't hide my toes forever. *weeps*

  • Rhonda C says:

    Aunt Toney's hair is gorg! Deets on the color ~ is that solely from henna? As for the boots, continue to "do you boo boo". #stomptheyard

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