After almost 5 weeks, I finally got to wash my own hair again. It was pretty arduous because I just took out my Senegalese twists. There was still so much shed hair despite all the detangling I did when I took the braids out. The major focus of this wash day was to add strength and moisture to rebuild the hair after protective styling. Here’s how everything went:
(1) Pre-poo with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner and coconut oil. I kept this on overnight and sectioned my hair into four.
(2) Rinsed off pre-poo and washed twice with Giovanni Golden Wheat Deep Cleanse Shampoo.
(3) Tea rinse with green tea (one bag of mint green tea and one bag of jasmine green tea steeped for about 2 hours). I allowed the tea to stay on my hair and dry slightly before adding conditioner.
(4) applied Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor in sections and kept on for 2 minutes then rinsed thoroughly.
(5) Applied Dabur Vatika Naturals Virgin Olive Deep Conditioning Hair Mask in sections and deep conditioned with heat for 30 minutes. The conditioner is fine but the smell is way too strong for me. I didn’t feel the intense moisturization that I was expecting but I need to test it out a few more times before reaching a final opinion.
(6) Rinsed out the conditioner with warm water then cold water. Then, I did an ACV rinse and towel dried for 20 minutes.
(7) Applied Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and Organix Coconut Milk Anti-breakage serum and detangled with 2 combs and a Denman brush. I used 8 sections to detangle.
(8) I used the tension blow dry method to stretch the roots. The blow dryer was set to cool. Then, I put my hair in a bun.
The shampoo and conditioning went quite smoothly. I didn’t lose much hair during the process. The real issue came when I had to apply the leave-ins and detangle. It took me over an hour to detangle my hair properly. During the shampoo, I noticed some tangles at the crown which I suspected would cause some problems down the road. My hair did not feel so moisturized after the detangling. In hindsight, I should have used a sulfate-free shampoo or co-washed instead. I also noticed crown has sections with broken off bone straight ends. This may force me to cut off all the bone straight ends or get a haircut. I really need a trim. I’m planning to get one next week. Hopefully, the stylist will trim off just the damaged parts. My new growth is quite full. I want to continue this stretch until next month but I need to find a way to keep my new growth moisturized. Right now, it’s a bit dry. My plan is to moisturize it daily and possibly co-wash during the week. How do you keep your hair moisturized during a relaxer stretch or transition?
How was your wash day?
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