What’s good, everyone? I hope you don’t think I’ve abandoned this blog. I plan to be more consistent with my posting. I will at least post my wash days and keep you in the loop. For my most recent wash day, I decided to try out my curlformers again. The first time didn’t give me the results that I wanted so I thought about what I could do differently to improve the results. SPOILER ALERT: It went much better this time. 😀
The week before this wash day, I did a modified tension blow dry on low heat. I used Renice’s method with the denman brush and my ends turned out pretty smooth. I don’t usually get smooth ends with the tension blow out. However, my roots didn’t stretch too well. They shrunk up by the next day and felt a bit dry.
This wash day, I wanted to add moisture and stretch my 13 weeks of new growth with the curlformers. Here’s how it went.
(1) Detangling and Pre-poo: I dampened my hair with water and combed through with my seamless comb to detangle. My pre-poo was a mix of the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir and Organics Cholesterol and Tea Tree Oil Conditioner. I wrapped my hair with cling film and used my conditioning cap for 20 minutes.
(2) Shampoo: I rinsed out the pre-poo with warm water and shampooed twice with ORS Neutralizing Shampoo. I used a serum last week and I wanted to use a sulfate-based shampoo to remove it.
(3) Deep Condition: I used the ORS Replenishing Conditioner mixed with jojoba, castor, and coconut oils to deep condition with heat for 30 minutes.
(4) Rinse and Leave-ins: Rinsed with cool water and used a t-shirt to dry for about 10 minutes. I applied my leave-ins (Giovanni Direct Leave-in and African Naturalistas Leave-in) and detangled each section with my seamless comb.
(5) Styling: With my hair in four sections, I added ORS Wrap/Set mousse to each section. I had a sample of the mousse from an old relaxer kit and I used about half of it. Then, I installed the curlformers. I made sure each section was wet and combed through before putting the curlformer on my hair. I used 37 curlformers in total and some of the sections were a little bigger than when I first did them. I used my blow dryer to dry them for about 30 minutes.
At night, I pinned my hair up and wrapped it with my scarf. The next morning, I put it into an up-do with looked pretty nice. The curls started falling by the end of the day.
The results were exponentially better than the first go around. My hair felt soft but had some hold and the curls lasted for about two days. 😀
Right now, my hair is feeling overly moisturized and extremely soft. Does that ever happen to you? It usually happens to me especially during rainy season with all the moisture in the air. I haven’t done a strong protein treatment since APRIL. 😯 So, next wash day will be all about protein and dusting my ends.
How was your wash day?
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