For this wash day post, not much has changed. My new growth is 6 months post relaxer! I pretty excited that I made it this far and I’m considering transitioning. How long has your longest relaxer stretch been? Here’s how my wash day went . . .
(1) Pre-poo and detangling: My scalp was a bit itchy so I wanted to use neem oil. Neem oil is known to help with scalp issues, like dandruff. I think my scalp was itchy because I didn’t wash it for over two weeks. 🙁 For my scalp massage, I used neem oil, JBCO, and tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils. I sectioned my hair into four and applied warmed olive + coconut + hemp seed oil to my hair. I wrapped my hair with cling flim and used my heating cap for 30 minutes. I detangled my with wide tooth comb and braided my hair.
(2) Shampoo and tea rinse: On dry hair, I applied Dark and Lovely 3-in-1 Shampoo and rubbed it into my scalp. Then, I rinsed and washed scalp with the same shampoo. I shampooed a final time with Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo. I did a tea rinse with green and black tea. I allowed it to stay on for 5 minutes and towel dried for 15 minutes.
(3) Deep conditioning and protein layering: I applied Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor. to my ends and my hairline. Then, I applied ORS Replenishing Conditioner mixed with olive + castor oil over my hair. I wrapped my hair with cling flim and used my heating cap for 30 minutes. and heat. Rinsed with cool water and did an ACV rinse. Is there a shortage of Heinz apple cider vinegar in Lagos? I can’t seem to find it and I had to use my Braggs vinegar which I prefer drinking.
(4) Leave-ins and styling: I used a t-shirt to dry for 15 minutes. Then, I applied my leave-ins (Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Aphogee Green Tea Restructurizer) and sealed with my oil mix. I took down each braid and roller set my hair. I used my hooded dryer on medium to high heat for an hour and left my hair to dry overnight. It seem like my hair takes longer to dry, especially my new growth. The next day, I moisturized and sealed my hair and put it back in my braids.
My hair is doing very well for 6 months post. My longest stretch was 6 months and it was rocky. With this stretch, I can definitely keep going. I am really curious to know how long my hair is but I’m not ready to flat iron. I’m saving that for December.
My scalp, on the other hand, is not too great. It’s only happening in the front part of my hair. I notice some flaking. 😯 I’m planning to use fenugreek (methi) powder for help. I hope it doesn’t add too much protein. Do you use ayurvedic powders and oils? What has your experience been like? It may also be an issue with exfoliating my scalp too. We’ll see how it goes next week.
How was your wash day?
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