Wash Day

How have you been? Things are well over here. Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who commented on my last wash day post. I had a pretty tough time with the tangles and dry hair. Your suggestions, especially baggying and co-washing, really helped my hair get moisturized. It’s not there yet but it’s coming along. Thanks again.

This wash day was another experiment. I used Shea Moisture products for the first time. I recently purchased their Raw Shea Butter & Argan Oil Repair & Transition Kit. It includes sample sizes of the popular products. I was really looking forward ti using it. Here’s how it went.

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(1) After putting my hair into 8 sections, I lightly finger detangled. Then, I applied wheat germ oil, coconut oil, and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner as a pre-poo. I kept it on with heat for about an hour. Then, I detangled each section with a wide tooth comb. This is my first time using wheat germ oil. I read all the results from the 30 Days with Ceramides and I was so impressed. I just had to try it.

(2) Rinsed out pre-poo and washed in sections (2x) with the Moisture Retention Shampoo. The first wash was fine but after the second one, it felt a little dry but not overly stripped.

(3) tea rinse with green and camomile teas steeped for 2 hours. I allowed the tea to stay on my hair for about 5 minutes.

(4) Towel dried and applied the Deep Treatment Masque. My hair was covered with a plastic cap and kept with heat for 30 minutes. Rinsed out thoroughly. The masque doesn’t have much slip and it didn’t rinse out well. My hair felt really coated and it started to tangle a bit at the roots. I did a brief co-wash with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle to add some slip and smooth my hair under the shower stream.

After using the Deep Treatment Masque. No bueno

After using the Deep Treatment Masque with heat. No bueno

(5) Applied a clear rinse using Clairol’s Jazzing and covered with a plastic cap. Kept this under heat for 30 minutes. Clear rinses help to smooth the hair which helps me when I detangle, especially this far along in a relaxer stretch.

(6) Rinsed thoroughly with warm water and did a final rinse with cold filtered water. Towel dried for 15 minutes.

(7) Sectioned hair into 8 and applied the Restorative Conditioner and detangled with my 2 combs and a Denman brush. My hair felt much so better. The conditioner has more slip than the masque and it softened my hair. Then, I applied the Reconstructive Finishing Elixir and combed through each section to distribute the oil.

(8) Blow dried the roots on cool using the tension method. I applies some ECO Styler Krystal gel and tied the edges with a scarf. I put my hair in a bun and left it to air dry.

All set to air dry

My first impression of the Shea Moisture line is Meh. The only thing I really liked was the restorative conditioner. The Deep Treatment Masque was the worst. It didn’t sink into or absorb in my hair. It left a coating that was really awful. I don’t like using conditioners that don’t have slip and don’t leave my moisturized afterwards. It defeats the purpose of a deep conditioner. I was pretty disappointed. I will try it again using olive oil as recommended for extra slip. We’ll see how it turns out.

Detangling this week was so much better than last week. I think the combination of the clear rinse and the leave-in added enough slip to make it a breeze. Also, smoothing my hair and removing shed hair during the entire process made detangling better. It took about 40 minutes and considering that I’m about 4 months, this is great. I hope to relax my hair by the end of this month so I need the remainder of this stretch to go a smoothly as possible. Kudos to everyone that can transition for years.

How was your wash day?

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