Hair Regimen

Wash Day Chronicles: WEEK 1

This is week 1 of 52 wash days chronicling what I’ll be doing to take my bra-strap/arm pit length fine natural hair to waist length. Subscribe to this blog to be notified when future posts are published.

pre-poo products wash and style products

Pre-Poo: Coconut Oil, Shea Moisture Purification Mask, Wild Growth Hair Oil
Cleanser: curLUXE Naturals Jojoba Mint Moisture Rich Cleansing Tea w/ Cocoa Butter & Rosemary (this was a sample I used up)
Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10 in 1 Renewal System Hair Masque
Rinse Out Conditioner: Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10 in 1 Renewal System Conditioner
Leave In Conditioner: Used Rinse Out but left in
Sealant: Jojoba Oil applied to my Rinse In/Leave In Conditioner
Styler: None – Used Eco Styler Crystal Gel
Tools: Plastic bottle with applicator, satin bonnet, plastic cap, Hot Head Thermal Conditioning Cap, small clips, bowl, spatula and my fingers

Having fine natural hair makes the goal of achieving waist length hair a little more challenging due to the fragile state of the hair. It’s my hopes to educate, entertain and inspire ladies of a similar hair type looking to achieve longer, strong hair. And so I start with sharing my Wash Day Chronicles.

Wash Day Procedure

pre-poo hair in sectionspre-pood natural hair

    • I started off this wash day with a scalp massage. I used a bit of Wild Growth Hair Oil. I will probably not be repurchasing this oil because Jojoba Oil performs much the same and I use it in a number of my other hair care routines. Since I’m scaling back on the products I use, I’m making other products work double duty (some triple). #OperationScaleDownMyStash
    • Next Step was to apply the pre-poo to my hair in sections. Normally, I work my pre-poo through the hair and lightly finger detangle but I’m going to try something different for a while. I smoothed the products down my hair with no detangling and then twisted up the sections (3 on each side as shown in the photo above). I covered slept in the pre-poo over night on a satin pillowcase and when I woke up in the morning I went to the gym (pre-poo still in) for a 60 minute Pilates class & 30 mins of cardio.
    • Upon returning home, I hopped in the shower and washed my hair in the 6 sections with the cleansing tea. I washed section by section and loosely bantu knotted the section after it was clean.
    • Deep conditioned for 15 minutes with the Shea Moisture Masque. Sat with the product on with a plastic cap and my Hot Head.
    • Hopped back in the shower, rinsed out the mask and heavily applied my rinse out/leave in conditioner. I mixed some Jojoba Oil into the conditioner in a bowl using my spatula. This aided with slip and sealing.
    • Paid careful focus to the crown area which tends to be more dry and tangles more than the rest of my hair.
    • Finger detangled hair in the 6 sections with the aid of the conditioner.
    • Left conditioner in my hair and put clips on the ends of some of my curls (the shorter sections of hair). This provided a little hang time.
    • Allowed my hair to dry.

Drying time: Approximately 4 hours to fully dry

wet hair wash and go

Focus, Thoughts & The Curly Girl Method

While my focus is on doing what I can to grow my hair healthy to waist length, each week I’ll have a micro-focus to get me to that goal. This week’s micro-focus was balancing out my hair.

Next wash day I’ll be making some changes. While I love how the Shea Moisture Purification Masque helps to detangle my hair when I’m applying pre-poo, it was kind of useless since I only finger detangled when I styled with the conditioner. As a matter of fact, when combined with the coconut oil, my hair felt too oily. I don’t blame it all on the SM though. The curLUXE cleansing tea is very oily. The Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter in it was just too much for my fine hair.

Recently, I’ve been thinking about how I can get closer to waist length by following the Curly Girl Method. This is what I did this wash day and will be following the Curly Girl Method for the next month or so. I now have to buy some silicone free conditioner because almost all of my conditioners contain cones! More money more money! LOL)

I’m interested to see if there will be a change in my growth rate and length retention.  When my hair was completely dried, I did a light trim snipping my individual curls using the Curly Girl Method. This is very time consuming and I’m pretty sure I didn’t get every curl since my curls are pretty small but it’s better than what I started with.

curls on fine natural hairTime to trim 🙂

The Curly Girl Method, summarized:

      • Washing the hair with conditioner only or a co-wash product (no shampoos with sulfates)
      • Don’t use hair products containing silicones. These are typically found in conditioners and stylers.
      • No styling tools (blow dryer, flat irons, combs, brushes). Use your fingers to style.
      • Leave conditioner in your hair and allow it to air dry undisturbed in it’s natural state
      • Alcohol free gel can be used to set the curls

Buy The Curly Girl Handbook with DVD here. (There’s even a kindle version 🙂 )

All in all I give today’s wash day a 3.5 out of 5. Hair was easy to detangle and I really missed my curls which were popping’ by the end. It was just too oily. I’m going to wash mid-week and do an ACV rinse to clarify. I won’t include that in my wash day chronicles though. Just know that it IS Curly Girl friendly!

wash and go on fine natural hair


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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