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We are finally rounding up the March Wash Day Experience Themes. I slacked a bit and only did 2 out of 5. This week is all about smooth and sleek curls. Normally, my go-to method for smooth and sleek curls is a roller set with magnetic rollers. However, being 11 months post relaxer, I didn’t think that magnetic rollers were going to do the trick for my new growth. KLP has been sharing her love for curlformers lately. I decided to try some of her tips for a great set.

I needed to infuse some protein into my strands. Lately, breakage and I are 5 and 6 and I don’t really want to be that familiar. Usually, I clarify before I use protein to start with a clean slate. This wash day, I wanted to try using bentonite clay. It’s KLP to the rescue again with her mud wash recipe which I modified it a bit. Here’s how it went down.

(1) Pre-poo and Detangling: I sectioned my hair and finger detangled each section. Then, I applied my Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment and coconut oil, covered my hair with cling film, and wrapped my head with a towel. I kept this on for about 2 hours. I detangled with my seamless comb to make sure that most of the shed hair was gone.

(2) Shampoo and Mud Wash: For the mud wash, I used bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera gel, olive oil, and water. I mixed the mud wash like KLP suggested. I rinsed out the pre-poo and shampooed once with Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo. After I rinsed the shampoo out, I applied the mud wash and kept it on my hair for a few minutes. When I rinsed it out, my hair felt soft and a bit oily. It didn’t have the feeling of being clarified. I think adding olive oil to the mixture was a mistake.  I washed my hair again with my ORS Neutralizing shampoo and it felt a bit better. I was able to see my curl pattern a little better immediately after the mud wash. However, this didn’t last too long. It looked the same as if I washed it with shampoo.

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(3) Deep Conditioning: After towel drying for a few minutes, I applied ORS Hair Mayonnaise to each section and sat under my steamer. The steaming session lasted about 20 minutes. I rinsed my hair with warm water and used cold water from the shower for the final rinse. I forgot to put the water in the refrigerator for my super cold but useful final rinse. 🙁 After rinsing, I dried my hair with a t-shirt for 15 minutes.

(4) Leave-ins and styling: Since I wanted my curls light and smooth, I decided to limit the number of leave-ins I use. I chose to use Aphogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer because I planned to use heat to dry my hair and it doesn’t have humectants in the first 5 ingredients. I wanted to minimize frizz as much as possible. I also used OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum. This breakage thing is no joke.

Following many of KLP’s tips, I installed the curlformers and set them with water. My hair was pretty wet. I remember getting the best roller sets when my hair was soaking wet. I also detangled each section with my Denman brush. I did not heed her advice on sectioning and I ran out of curlformers and had to use flexi-rods. To dry, I dusted off my hooded dryer (literally :shock:) and used it on medium heat for an hour. It was pretty late by that point and I went to sleep.

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The next morning, I woke up to a rainy day. That did not bode well for my curls and they frizzed almost immediately.

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I got a pretty decent up-do out of it. Later that day, I played tennis and it was essentially a wrap for the curls. Over and done with.

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Curlformers really stretch out my new growth. The downside is that it also stretches my relaxed ends so the two textures don’t blend as well as a braid-out.  My elasticity is back and my hair seems to be retaining moisture better. I didn’t need to moisturize my hair for almost 3 days. I usually moisturize every other day. This will hopefully teach me not to slack on my protein treatments.  This was a pretty solid wash day overall. 🙂

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