2-for-1 Wash Day

What’s good everyone? As the title aptly says, we’re getting 2 wash day posts this week. I wasn’t able to post last week so I decided to add it to this one.

Wash day #1 (May 12)

My hair was feeling dry so I decided to try a co-wash. I haven’t done one in quite a while (March 26) so I thought it would help. The weather in Abuja is quite sunny and hot and I think it’s affecting my hair. Here’s what happened.

[1] There were the remnants of a braid-out so I detangled using my fingers. Before detangling, I sectioned my hair into 4. No pre-poo this week because I was concerned about buildup.

[2] I wet my hair thoroughly then co-washed with Aussie Moist twice.

[3] Rinsed with black and green tea, which was steeped for 3 hours. Kept on my head for about 10 minutes.

[4] Deep Conditioned with a mix of KeraCare Humecto + Crème of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment + olive and castor oil. After applying the conditioner mix, I wrapped my hair with cling film and covered with Turbie twist for 1 hour.

[5] Rinsed with cool water and towel dried until damp.

[6] Applied leave-ins (Giovanni Direct Leave-in, Infusium 23, grape seed oil) and allowed my hair to air dry to about 50%

[7] Put in 6 braids (2 in the back, 4 in the front) for a braid-out.

The braid-out turned out fine. Unfortunately, there aren’t any pictures because of my camera. The braid-out didn’t last long. It’s pretty hot and humid so my hair tends to frizz up easily. The rest of the week, I just had poofy hair. When I was moisturizing, I noticed that my hair felt like it had some build up. This likely happened because I didn’t shampoo and I was moisturizing my hair often. Even though I increased my moisturizing sessions, my hair felt very dry and crispy. The sun can be very intense here in Abuja. That extreme heat can suck all the moisture out of one’s hair. So, I had two issues to tackle: build-up and dry hair. For the next wash day, I knew I had to clarify and add LOADS of moisture in.

Wash Day #2 (May 20)

I decided to change things up and dry my hand at a roller set. It was okay until we started having issues with the electricity in the house (no generator and no NEPA 🙁 ) Here are the deets:

[1] Detangled very gently on dry hair. I used my fingers first then a wide-toothed comb.

[2] Pre-poo/Dry Deep Conditioned with Organics by Africa’s Best Cholesterol Tea Tree Oil conditioner + honey + olive oil + castor oil covered with a plastic bag for about 30 min without heat.

[3] Shampooed twice. Once with ORS Neutralizing Shampoo and once with Crème of Nature Argan Oil shampoo

[4] Rinsed with green and black tea (steeped for an hour). Kept on head for about 15 minutes with plastic bag. (I did this to avoid tea from dripping everywhere)

[5] Squeezed off the excess tea and applied my Deep Conditioner: ORS Replenishing Conditioner, Crème of Nature Argan Oil Intensive conditioning treatment, olive oil, castor oil, Vatika oil. Covered hair and kept for about 2 hours with Turbie twist. Normally, I would have only kept it on for an hour but there was no electricity. I didn’t want to fumble around in the shower so I decided to wait for a bit.

[6] Rinsed with cool water then did apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse with about 1 part ACV/10 parts water. I kept the ACV rinse on hair for 1 min and rinsed it off. The vinegar smell was a bit strong. This is the first time that I’ve done an ACV rinse with relaxed hair. I tried it a few times when I was natural because I saw it on a forum. However, I didn’t keep up with it and I never noticed a difference.

[7] Towel dried and applied leave in (Infusium 23, Cantu Shea Butter Creamy Hair Lotion, Crème of Nature Style and Shine Foaming Mousse.) Detangled and distributed the product through my hair.

[8] Roller set and allowed to air dry

IMG_1892I just bought the Crème of Nature Style and Shine Foaming Mouse and it seemed to do a decent job. It felt a bit sticky at first but once it dried, it was alright. It smells very similar to the Argan Oil shampoo. The roller set turned out fine. It seems my hair has retained some length because I’m using more of the larger rollers and it still stays on tight. (Yay for progress!) The roller set didn’t last because of the humidity and I didn’t try to preserve it with pin curls. However, my hair is still moisturized 2 days later so this moisture in the air has helped. The roller set also helped straighten my hair without heat. 🙂 I did notice the breakage at the crown and some of my ends are still not so great. I may need to self-trim but the last time I did, I ended up with a weird haircut. I want to have a professional do it. Hopefully, I can get it done before I try a protective style. I’m thinking of either Senegalese twists or crochet braids. I need a style where my scalp can breathe. Do you have any suggestions?

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