Hello! It`s another wash day experience. This wash day I tried a new leave-in conditioner plus I also tried the LCO moisturizing method. Harmattan is here and my hair needs a new strategy to boost its moisture level.
Cleansing: I skipped the pre-poo session firstly because I was in a hurry and I had a lot of build-up on my hair and scalp already. After detangling and removing shed hair, I shampooed my hair in 8 sessions.
Deep Conditioning: I deep conditioned for about 2 hours, 30 minutes. My initial plan was to deep condition for 2 hours, but the never-ending house chores extended it. I rinsed off the product and soaked up excess water with a towel for a minute. I then wrapped my hair with the Magic Hair Drying Cap (See review here) for 45 minutes.
Moisturizing: It was time to try out my new leave-in conditioner. A little amount of this product actually goes a long way. I sprayed it on my palms before applying it to my damp hair. I then sealed in the moisture with Shea butter. To finalize the process, I sealed my strands with the coconut oil and olive oil mix. This is called the Liquid, Cream, Oil. LCO moisturizing method. I twisted my hair in about 8 sections for it to complete its drying.
The next day, I took out the twists and styled my hair into a bun for the week.
Did you wash your hair recently? How was your wash day experience?
I decided to transition for as long as I could for various reasons. I wanted to give my self a lot of time to get used to managing my natural hair. I am used to having my hair long, so a big chop might have been too shocking for me. Most wash days, I discover a new way to handle my hair. At 73 weeks post relaxed, I discovered that sectioning my hair into 8 places did a lot of good for it. The deep conditioner sank into every strand of my hair when I applied it. I was also able to detangle properly and easily.
Deep Conditioner: Creme of Nature Strengthening Milk Mask, Honey and Olive Oil
Sealant: Grape Seed Oil
How it Went
Prepoo & Cleansing: I applied a mix of coconut oil and olive oil to my hair in sections. i covered my hair with a shower cap for 40 minutes. I mixed my favorite shampoo with some water in a bottle and soaked my scalp in it. The minty feel is really amazing.
Deep Conditioning: I needed to pamper my 73 weeks post relaxed hair, so I added honey and olive oil to my deep conditioner. I applied my deep conditioning mix in 8 sections of my hair and covered with the shower cap for 2 hours. I rinsed it off and used my newly acquired microfiber head cap (review coming up shortly) to dry.
Leave-in conditioner: I am yet to buy a leave-in conditioner. So I used a DIY leave-in conditioner and sealed in the moisture with grape seed oil. I then twisted my hair into 8 chunky twists and silently prayed that the twists outs will come out well because I did not use any holding product.
The next day, I took out the twists, fluffed them out and styled them with hair pins. At 73 weeks post relaxed, my hair is long enough for me to hide the straight ends of the previously relaxed hair.
Happy new week ladies! For many, Fridays are for `turn-ups` & hanging out with friends. For me, it is wash day for my hair. At 69 weeks post relaxed, I seem to need a third hand to handle the thickness of my hair when washing it. I now section my hair in 4 places for better washing. I also gave twists out another try this week using Eco Styler Gel.
ORS invigorating shampoo
Crème of Nature Hair Masque
Heat Therapy Wrap
Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin Olive Oil
Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 Lean in Conditioner
Eco Styler Gel
How it went:
Cleaning: Due to the thickness of my hair, I sectioned it into 4 places. As usual, I mixed my shampoo with water in a spray bottle before apply it on my scalp. Instead of scrubbing your hair with the shampoo, use your fingertips to clean your scalp. When you rinse the shampoo, it will clean the strands of hair.
Deep Conditioning: I made sure I used my fingers to detangle my hair once I applied my deep conditioner in it. The deep conditioner made detangling easier. Instead of deep conditioning overnight, I used my Heat Therapy Wrap instead for about an hour. I then rinsed off with warm water. I used cold water for my final rinse.
Moisturizing & Sealing: While my hair was still damp, I applied my leave in conditioner in the 4 sections I initially did. I am currently experimenting with the Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1. It contains mineral oil which many hair enthusiasts have criticized. Well, it is its advantages and disadvantages. I will do a review on it next week. At 69 weeks post relaxed, I need all the moisture I can get. I then sealed in the moisture with olive oil.
Twists Out & Bun: I used Eco Styler gel on the twists. However, it did not hold well like the one I did last week. Even the curls were looser compared to when I used Africa’s Best Curl Styling Gel. After a day, I styled my hair in a bun.
Hi guys! Yes. It’s been 67 weeks that I last relaxed my hair. Phew! If I was told a year ago that I would stretch my hair for this long, I would have doubted it. But then, it happened. I have gotten used to seeing and feeling the texture of my hair. I am not sure whether it is 4B or 4C, but the coils are there. I also did Twist Out for the first time. Let’s head over to this week’s wash day.
Deep Conditioner: Creme of Nature Strengthening Milk Mask
Leave in: Hawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14-in-1
Sealant: Grape Seed Oil
Butter: Shea Butter
I started by mixing coconut oil and some water in my spray bottle because my hair was really dry. I sectioned my hair into 3 parts. I then applied the mix all over my hair and covered with a shower cap for about 10 minutes. I used that time to microwave and eat my dinner.
I mixed my shampoo with water in my bigger spray bottle and sprayed on my scalp. This makes sure that the shampoo gets to every part of my scalp. I usually shampoo with warm water. Next, I applied my deep conditioner to each section of my hair and then covered it with a shower cap. I wrapped my cotton t-shirt around the shower cap so that water does not drip to my pillow case while I slept.
The next morning, i rinsed off the deep conditioner section by section. I had to be sure that I had none left in my hair. I toweled dried my hair for 2 minutes. I wrapped it in a t-shirt for about 15 minutes. I prefer to do the L.O.C (Liquid, Oil,Cream) method on my wash days. I applied my leave in conditioner in the sections and then sealed with grape seed oil before applying the Shea butter on it.
The Twist Out
I recently bought the African Pride Curl Styling custard and used it while doing the twist out. While my hair was slightly damp & moisturized, I applied the custard to each part I wanted to twist. At the end of each twist, I rolled my relaxed hair around itself towards the end of the twist.
Once I realize that my weekend will be a very busy one, I come up with ways to spend less time washing my hair. This weekend was one of those busy ones. I brought out my deep conditioning cap to save time on deep conditioning and also preheated my conditioners before using them. Since I will be installing Marley twists this weekend as well, I made sure I used a protein treatment as well.
Started off by sectioning my hair into 3 parts and applying coconut oil to each for pre-poo. After 15 minutes, I shampooed my hair and proceeded to deep condition. I already put my conditioners in a bowl of hot water to heat them up.
I applied my protein treatment and wore my therapy cap for 10 minutes before rinsing out the treatment. I applied my moisture deep conditioner to each section of my hair and covered with the therapy cap for twenty minutes before rinsing it out.
I t-shirt dried overnight because I was feeling so sleepy by the time I was done. The next morning, I detangled my hair and applied my leave-in 7 olive oil. After this, I did a faux length check of my hair before installing Marley twists at the salon.
While at the hair salon, I asked that the twists should not be done too tightly so that I do not lose my hair in the process.
Hello! Thank God it’s Friday! It’s been a very long week both at work & school. Now I have some time to blog. For this week’s #WashDayExperience, I finished off by protective styling with a new wig. At 14 months post relaxer, my new growth always seem fuller by every wash day. Sometimes, I wish I had a third or extra hand in order to wash my hair.
Here are the products I used.
Shampoo: ORS Invigorating Shampoo
Deep Conditioner: Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment + Coconut oil
Sealants: Olive Oil & Shea Butter
How it Went:
I started off by dividing my hair into three parts to make my washing easy. Instead of pre-pooing my hair, I mixed the coconut oil with the deep conditioner and applied it to my hair in sections. I covered my hair with a shower cap and wrapped a towel around it for 1 hour 45 minutes. I used this time to sort out my laundry.
When I took off the shower cap, my 14 months post relaxer hair felt really healthy but my relaxed tips felt a bit mushy. I then shampooed with my ORS shampoo. The mint in this shampoo is so soothing. Mixing my shampoo with some water before using helps the shampoo to reach every part of my scalp. It also prevents wastage of the shampoo.
I wrapped a towel for 5 minutes around my hair when I rinsed out the shampoo. I did not not want to use a t-shirt because I wanted my hair to still be very damp. My 14 months post relaxer hair was still damp compared to the relaxed ends. I applied Olive oil on the damp hair & sealed in the moisture with shea butter.
I styled my hair into a bun before going to purchase a wig I decided to wear throughout this week.
Hello! It’s another wash day recap! Last week, I came across something interesting on the web. A hair blogger mentioned that she pre-heated her deep conditioners before applying them to her hair. It made lots of sense because heat lift up the cuticles of our hair, thereby making it to absorb the goodness in the conditioners more. Wow! I was so excited to try it try this wash day. The last time I used a protein deep conditioner was 2 months ago, so I also decided to get one this week. This wash day, I will be preheating deep conditioners before using them.
ORS Invigorating Shampoo
Aphogee 2-min keratin reconstructor
Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment
Vitale Hair Mayonnaise
Grape Seed oil
Pre-Poo: Firstly, I divided my hair into 3 sections. I mixed my coconut oil with some water in 50/50 parts and then sprayed it all over my hair. I covered my hair with a shower cap for 15 minutes.
Shampoo: I shampooed one section after the other. One thing I like about my shampoo is the cool feeling of the peppermint in it. It does good justice to my scalp too. I then wrapped a towel around my hair to soak up excess water.
Deep Conditioning: Before the shampoo, I already put some hot water in a bowl. I put my 3 bottles and jar of my deep conditioners into the water to heat them up. The deep conditioners were warm when I applied them to my scalp. I applied the Aphogee first on my hair and covered with a shower cap for 20 minutes. This Aphogee is my protein treatment.
I rinsed it out with warm water before applying the remaining 2 conditioners. I went to bed with them on. After rinsing them out the next morning, My hair felt & looked really healthy. It was not too hard or too mushy. This is my new way of deep conditioning henceforth. I must say that preheating deep conditioners worked.
Sealing: I am out of leave-in conditioners, so I applied the grape seed oil to my hair while it was still damp to seal in the moisture. I then styled my hair when it was almost 100% dried.