Wash Day | Perm rods … again

Last wash day, I mentioned wanting to try a curly style that will last more than a day. Eventually, I decided on perm rods. In order for the style to last, I needed to use products that are moisture-based. I didn’t want to keep moisturizing my hair and disrupt the curls. Here’s how everything happened.

(1) Pre-poo and Detangling: For my scalp, I used the rest of my neem oil mixed with JBCO and my essential oils. On my hair, I used Creme of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment plus my oil mix (olive, coconut, and hemp seed oils). I used 8 sections to apply the conditioner and oils. I paid extra attention to my crown because it’s been extra tough to manage. More details about that in an upcoming post. I covered my hair with cling film and used my heating cap for 30 minutes. Afterwards, I detangled (in sections) using my fingers, seamless comb, and Denman brush.  Then, I put in 16 box braids. My hair felt so soft after the pre-poo. I’m basically deep conditioning twice but it seems to help because I’m able to retain moisture longer. Before, I would need to moisturize every day especially after a wash day. Now, I can go 2 – 3 days without moisturizing. I’m gonna roll with it. 

(2) Shampoo and coffee rinse: I knew I wanted some tingle during my shampoo. So, I washed with diluted Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo mixed with 2 drops each of tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils. I also used my massaging shampoo brush. That thing makes shampooing my hair so relaxing.

I did a coffee rinse and allowed the excess liquid to drip off for ~5 minutes. Then, I wrapped my hair with my towel and allowed it to dry for 10 minutes. I wanted the bulk of the liquid absorbed before starting my deep condition. It seems like the coffee rinses and fenugreek are working because I’m noticing less shed hair. 😀

(3) Deep conditioning and ACV rinse: Once the bulk of the liquid was gone, I applied my bae, Hairveda Sitrinillah conditioner, on each braid and wrapped in cling film. Again, I used my heating cap for 30 minutes. I rinsed out the conditioner with cool water and did an ACV rinse. I kept the ACV on for about 2 minutes and rinsed again with cold water. Then, I used a t-shirt to dry my hair for 20 minutes.

(4) Leave-ins and styling: I applied my leave-ins (Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer and Giovanni Direct Leave-in) to each braid. Then, I took down each braid and detangled it. Since my planned style was perm rods, I applied a little ORS Wrap/set mousse to each section. Then, I put in the perm rods with end papers wrapped around it. Once all the rods (32 purple + 20 white) were in, I sat under the dryer for 30 minutes on medium heat plus 10 minutes on cool air. I left the rods in overnight to fully dry. The next day, I took out the rods and separated the curls after applying oil to my fingers. Then, I used some hairspray to help set the style further.

I watched so many YouTube videos to help me out. I also looked at the comments of my last perm rod post and used some of the tips KLP mentioned. I put in the perm rods with end papers wrapped around it. Another tip I saw was twisting the hair while putting in the rod because it falls better. I did that for some of the rods in the back because I couldn’t get the hang of it at first.  However, the twisted curls did stretch my new growth.

The rod set looked pretty good on the first day. I’m not used to wearing my hair curly like that but the curls fell a bit throughout the day. At night, I did attempted the pineapple method. The curls got a bit smashed but I was able to see some curls and I put it in a ponytail. By the third day, most of the curls were gone and I put my hair in a “messy bun”. I’m happy it lasted this long. Normally, I can’t get curly styles to last a day. I noticed that my ends felt a bit rough. I may need a longer trim or it may be how I rolled the rods. 🙁

The process took FOREVER. It took me close to 3 hours to put in the rods. Curlformers and magnetic rollers are far easier for me to put in. I think I need to practice more before I can figure out a way to do it faster. I think part of the time issue was that I was being EXTRA gentle with my hair. Normally, I don’t have too much patience but lately I have tapped into some patience stores. 🙂

I liked how the curls looked with the larger rods. I don’t have enough to use all over my head and I couldn’t find anyone selling the purple rods. I got the white ones which are smaller. (7/16 inch vs. 9/16 inch) All in all, the rods turned out pretty well. I want to keep working at it so I can the style to last a bit longer.

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