Wash Dayaries #13- When in doubt, Curl it Out!

This washday was a pretty basic one. I am scheduled to have a relaxer next week as I will be 12 weeks post but my hair is quite fine and I want to relax as close to Christmas as possible so I definitely see a 16 weeks stretch in my future. As I am preparing for exams, my hair routine isn’t as exciting as it usually is but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do….. So let’s do it!

Status: 11 weeks post

Focus: Moisture

Pre-poo: I heated my COC oil mix for 15 seconds and applied it to my scalp and hair shaft in four sections. I then coated the least 5 inches of hair in each section with my L’oréal Paris Damage Erasing Balm and secured the section with a bobby pin. I put on m plastic cap and it sit in my hair for about an hour without heat.

Shampoo: I washed my hair in four sections. I shampooed, rinsed and repeated on each section.

Deep Conditioner: I then applied my Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair DC to each section at the roots and then the hair shaft. I coated the conditioner with my Africa’s Best Growth oil and twisted each section. I placed all four sections in my plastic cap and sat under my Gold N’ Hot Deep Conditioning Cap for 30 mins. I rinsed each section while detangling with my shower comb under running water.

Drying: I placed my hair in two loose twists and dried it using the t-shirt method for about half an hour.

Styling: I sectioned my hair into four sections: two at the back and two at the front. I divided the two sections at the back in two two further sections to get four sections in total at the back. I then moisturized and sealed  each of theses sections using the LCO method where I used my Creme of Nature Argan Oil Leave-In, my ORS HAIRepair Intense Moisture Cream and my Brazillian Keratin Spray Treatment Hair Oil. After which, I wrapped each section unto a flexi-rod and secured. I repeated the same moisturizing process for the two sections at the front except I divided each section further  into three sections so that I had 6 sections in total. I wrapped each onto a flexi-rod and allowed my entire head to dry for the remainder of the day and overnight. Here’s the results:

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Overall thoughts: When prepooing without heat for an hour I noticed that my hair responded almost as it did when I heated my oil mix first.Washing my hair in is four section method as wells as applying my DC is going great! It reduces tangles and knots, frizz and my hair is just easier to work win especially with all this new growth. I had no idea what to do with my hair this week so I turned to my trusty flexi rods. My hair did not completely dry even though it was in the flexi rods for over 15 hours…. And I have no idea why! I’m not sure if it’s just the thickness of my hair or if I need to allow my hair to t-shirt dry a little longer before setting it. However the results still turned out to be wearable. My shedding is where it should be for 12 weeks post but because I stopped my black tea rinses due to lack of time and laziness, I think my hair has the potential to shed less.

 

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Wash Dayaries #12- Laziness Pays Off

Hey everybodayyyyy!!! So this post was due for some days now but life so…. let me just share my wash day with you!

Status: 10 weeks post

Focus: moisture

Pre-poo: I heated my COC oil mix for 20 seconds in the microwave and applied it to my hair in four sections while lightly finger detangling my hair. I then proceeded to apply my L’oréal Paris Damaging Erasing Balm to the last 5 inches of my hair and I braided all four sections. After putting on my plastic cap, I allowed my hair to sit for about 45 minutes without heat.

Shampoo and Condition: I shampooed my hair in four sections. I washed and deep conditioned ach section one at a time. On each section, I shampooed my hair twice using my scalp massage brush, added my DC which was the Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner and sealed in the DC with my Africa’s Best Hair Growth Oil. I then tucked in that section and proceeded to the next one. I repeated this process until all sections were covered.

Deep Condition: I quickly hopped out of the shower, sat under my Gold N Hot Deep Conditioning Cap for 20-30 minutes and then did a cool water rinse while detangling each section under running water with a shower comb.

Airdry: I had some errands to run so I allowed my hair to airdry for this washday instead of t-shirt drying. I added my Creme of Nature Argan Oil Leave-in and coated my hair in the Africa’s Best Growth Oil and left it down.

Styling: When my hair was dry, I simply pulled it into a ponytail and that was it!

Airdried ponytail at 10 weeks post!

Airdried ponytail at 10 weeks post!

Overall thoughts: this washday was a pretty lazy one but I saw great results. I noticed that my hair responded better to me heating my COC oil mix instead of just applying at room temperature. The shampoo and condition process seemed like if took a lot of time but it minimized my knots and tangles( which I have a lot of at this stage in my stretch), it made my hair feel soft and moisturized and it was pretty easy to do. By adding the oil directly to my hair after applying the DC instead of mixing it in with the DC, I felt as if my hair retained more moisture and definitely felt soft…. Detangling was a breeze! When Airdrying, I decided to apply the oil to my hair just to see how it would work when helping me to retain moisture while I airdried. At first when I put it on wet hair, my hair felt weighed down and yuck! But as my hair dried, it felt soft, manageable, light and fluffy so I was definitely impressed with the oil in the Airdrying department. Not to mention, my ponytail was super easy to make( at 10 weeks post) and looked pretty nice. However, I no longer airdry my hair weekly so I am not sure if I will be using it very often.

Wash Dayaries #11- Who’s Up for Some Heat?

Hello! So this week washday came a bit early because I had an event to attend. I actually used heat on my hair during this washday to style my hair. So let’s begin…

Status: 9 weeks post

Focus: Moisture

Pre-poo: I began by doing a hot oil treatment on my hair where I applied my heated COC oil mix to my scalp and hair shaft. I coated the last 5 inches of my hair with my L’oréal Paris Damage Erasing Balm and covered my hair with a plastic cap. I sat under my deep conditioning cap for about 15 minutes.

Shampoo: I washed my hair in two sections using my Suave Morrocan Sleek Shampoo using my updated shampooing process which you can check out

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Deep Condition: Since I was going to apply heat to my hair, I used a conditioner with silicones in it for part of my deep conditioner as the silicones would act as a barrier between my hair and the heat. I used the Suave Morrocan Sleek Conditioner which contained dimethicone ( a silicone). I mixed it with my Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditoner and applied it to my hair using the relaxer method. I then covered with a plastic cap and sat under my deep conditioning heat cap for 40 minutes.

Drying: After rinsing in cool water, I applied a new leave-in to my hair, The Creme of Nature Straight From Eden Leave-in (post to follow). I then covered with a cotton t-shirt and dried my hair for about an hour using the t-shirt method. It was beginning to get really late and I was dying for some sleep so I removed the t-shirt and of course my hair wasn’t fully dry, so I began to airdry with hopes that it would dry faster. Before I knew it, I was fully asleep on my couch with 60% Dried hair so washday had to resume on the following day.

Styling: I hate using hot tools in my hair so this is where my mother came in. After detangling my hair the next morning, she blowdried my hair in four sections using the Carol’s Daughter Cupuaçu Blow Dry Cream. She then worked in small sections , curling my hair with a one and a quarter inch barrel curling iron. Before curling, she applied a small amount of the Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Protectant to each tiny section. At the end, my hair was super bouncy, shiny, fluffy and it just looked and felt A-MAZING! Here are some pictures:

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