After my last wash day, I needed a plan to tackle my matting new growth. This wash day was my first real attempt at trying braids for washing. I tried it once before but the braids didn’t stay intact. I was starting with my braids and leave-out from my U-part wig. Here’s what happened…
(1) Pre-poo and detangling: Before removing the braids I used for my wig, I applied a mixture of lavender JBCO, peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus essential oils to my scalp with my Roots Only comb. For my hair, I used a mixture of olive, coconut, and hemp seed oils which I warmed in hot water. I wrapped my hair with cling film and used my heating cap for 30 minutes. The oils softened and lubricated my hair in preparation for detangling . I took down each braid and sectioned it into two. I added more oil to each section and detangled with my wide tooth comb. Then, I braided each section (box/Calabar braids) and tied the end with a rubber band. I had 12 braids in total.
(2) Shampoo: I diluted some ORS Neutralizing shampoo in an applicator bottle and applied it to my scalp. Some of the shampoo got into my eyes (ouch) and I rinsed my hair and applied the undiluted shampoo to my scalp. I did a second wash with Crème of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo for my scalp and hair. I was very concerned about getting my scalp clean because part of it was obstructed by the braids. My scalp felt and looked clean. The braids did not unravel; some of the rubber bands slipped off but the braids still held together.
(3) Protein Treatment: After rinsing the shampoo, I towel dried my hair and applied Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor all over each braid. I kept it on (uncovered) for about two minutes before rinsing it off.
(4) Deep Conditioning: Towel dried my hair for a few minutes and applied Hairveda Sitrinillah over each braid. I covered my hair with cling film and kept it on for 30 minutes with heat. I noticed while I was using my heating cap, some water was dripping out. It seems like my hair needs to be a bit drier before applying the deep conditioner. I thought the conditioner wouldn’t penetrate my hair very well. I rinsed out the conditioner and followed up with an ACV rinse.
(5) Leave-ins and Styling: I dried my hair with a t-shirt for 30 minutes to make sure most of the excess water was gone. Then, I applied Giovanni Direct Leave-in and African Naturalistas Leave-in Conditioner to each braid and allowed them to absorb for a few minutes. I took down each braid and applied OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum. Then, I detangled with my wide tooth comb. This detangling session was so quick. 😀 When I use sections, the matting will have me detangling for over an hour. I don’t have that time. There was some matting with the braids that were larger. However, it wasn’t nearly as bad as my last few wash days. I blow dried my hair on low heat using a modified tension method.
This wash day went pretty smoothly and quickly. I didn’t have to spend the entire day battling tangles. I will definitely try this method again but I may do some slight changes. I’m not wearing my wig now. I decided to give my hair a rest from my wigs. 7 weeks is enough. 🙂 I ordered a new one which is coming soon. Currently, My hair is in a bun and I have a lot of new growth. I still haven’t decided if I want to relax my hair. My hair is doing alright now. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
How was your wash day?
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