Wash Day

It’s Wash Day time!

(1) Sectioned hair into 6 and I did a scalp massage with Lavender JBCO, neem oil, and tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils. Neem oil is known for helping scalp conditions. It smells TERRIBLE. I used more than I used in a previous wash day. It was awful. I felt like I was still smelling like it after I finished. For those of you than can use neem oil and not wash it out, well done. I’m not on that team. 

(2) Applied hemp oil to each section and detangled with a wide tooth comb.

(3) Applied a mixture of Organics by Africa’s Best Cholesterol and Tea-Tree Oil Conditioner, Vatika Naturals Hot Oil Treatment conditioner, coconut oil, olive oil, and honey to each section and covered with cling film and a towel.I left it on for an hour without heat.

(4) Rinsed out pre-poo. Shampooed with Carols Daughter 1-2-3 Transitioning Kit Purifying Lo-poo Cleanser and Shea moisture 1x each. I was very surprised how soft my hair felt after using the Shea Moisture shampoo. When I first used the Shea Moisture shampoo, my hair felt bleh. It didn’t really wow me. However, this time is a complete turnaround. I suspect it is due to the water used this time. It is much softer than the water where I was in the US. I need to try it a few more times before I’m sold on it. I also finished the Carol’s Daughter Shampoo. My stash is diminishing one product at a time. 🙂

Star of the show!

Star of the show!

(5) Tea rinse with black and green tea + 2 tsp glycerin. Left on head for 10 minutes under a plastic cap to help catch the excess tea.

(6) Applied Carols Daughter 1-2-3 Transitioning Kit Restoring Anti-Breakage treatment and Profectiv MegaGrowth Anti-Breakage Strengthening Deep Conditioner to the ends of my hair, edges, and nape. I looked at the ingredients for the Carols Daughter and Profectiv conditioners to see where the protein is located. I figured if it’s in the top 5 ingredients, it will be helpful in strengthening my ends.

Restoring Anti-Breakage Treatment:
Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Tocopherol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Arginine, Glutamic Acid, Steartrimonium Chloride, Octyldodecanol, PEG-6 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, PEG-90M, Retinyl Palmitate, Biotin, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Limonene, Fragrance (Parfum)


The first few ingredients of  the Carols Daughter are moisturizing and the proteins are way down on the list. The Profectiv is a bit better in terms of protein. I know it has some “bad” ingredients too but I have other conditioners with mineral oil etc. and they work fine for my hair. Products with mineral oil mess up my hair if they are a leave-in or moisturizer but that’s a post for another day. Based on the ingredient information, I’m not sure how well they will strengthen my ends and edges. Only time will tell. . .

(7) Applied a deep conditioner mixture of Keracare Humecto, Creme of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment, olive and castor oils all over my hair. Wrapped with cling film and towel. Kept this on for about 2 hours without heat.

(8) Rinsed out conditioner with cool water. Then, I sprayed diluted ACV on scalp and massaged in slightly. I poured the excess on my hair. T-shirt dry for about 20 minutes.

(9) Using 6 sections, applied my leave-ins: Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer, Infusium 23, Giovanni Direct Leave-in, and Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave-in Conditioner. Detangled each section. While detangling, I noticed that I lost the most hair in the middle where it’s under processed. 🙁 Applied Creme of Nature oil treatment to each section and combed thru.

(10) Roller set and air dry overnight

The next day, I took down the rollers and used grape seed oil to style. Sorry there aren’t any pics. I was rushing and I didn’t have time to take pictures. By the time I got back, the curls fell. I went through my hair and dusted the ends. I mentioned in my 30 Days Without Split Ends update that I needed a dusting. Better late than never.

This wash had some ups (Shea Moisture Shampoo) and some downs (neem oil). Overall, it was a good one.

How was your wash day?


To read more healthy hair wash day posts, check out The Wash Day Experience.

The Wash Day Experience


5 October 2014