January is almost over and I nearly missed all the wash day experience themes. 🙁 I actually did the a theme for last week but I was rushing to finish my hair and I never took pictures. This time, I told myself I wouldn’t miss out. The theme this week is “Tea for Two” and we’re supposed to use a tea rinse during the wash day. I actually stopped using tea for some reason so it was interesting to bring it back. Here’s what happened.
(1) Pre-poo and Detangling: I applied ORS Replenishing Conditioner mixed with coconut, olive, and castor oils to the 6 sections of my hair. This combo is an oldie but goodie. I wrapped my hair with cling film and used my heating cap for 15 minutes. Then, I detangled with my seamless comb.
(2) Shampoo and Tea rinse: I rinsed out the pre-poo and washed my scalp with Nizoral shampoo. I kept the foam on my scalp for 5 minutes as indicated in the instructions. I followed that up with my Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo and my scalp massaging brush. After shampooing, I used my tea rinse. The rinse had green tea with lemon, hibiscus powder and apple cider vinegar. I’m trying to find a new place to do my ACV rinses during my wash routine. I noticed when I didn’t use it after deep conditioning my hair felt really moisturized. The moisture lasted for days!
(3) Deep Conditioning with Steam: I applied my DC bae, Hairveda Sitrinillah, to each section and pinned up my ends. I used my steamer for the first time 😀 As I mentioned in my post about the steamer, it was very warm and I had to open the vents. I know that it should get hot. It’s boiling water. However, none of the reviews I read mentioned how hot it felt. I steamed for about 20 minutes and I noticed that the back did really feel the steam. I rinsed out the conditioner with cold water and t-shirt dried for 10 minutes
(4) Leave-ins and styling: I applied African Naturalistas Leave-in and Giovanni Direct Leave-in to each section. Then, I sealed each section with my oil mix. My go-to transitioning style is a braid-out. I used 8 “cornrows” for the braids and I applied ORS Wrap/Set Mousse to each section for hold. My cornrows are a work in progress. After I finished, I left it to air dry overnight. I took the braids out and put my hair in an updo.
My braid-out has lasted and I haven’t needed to moisturize my new growth for a few days. I can’t say if this is because of the steamer, though. My hair seems to be holding up pretty well with this transition so I’m pretty happy. I’m also excited to see how my growth progresses throughout the year.
How was your wash day?
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