Hair Regimen

Wash Day Chronicles: WEEK 10

This is week 10 of 52 wash days chronicling what I’ll be doing to gain length on my fine natural hair. My length goal is waist length within the next 2 1/2 years. Subscribe to this blog to be notified when future posts are published.

fine natural hair wash day products

Products Used

Pre-Poo: Coconut Oil + Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner + Shea Moisture Strengthen, Grow & Restore Serum

Cleanser: Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Cleansing Co-wash

Protein Conditioner: None

Deep Conditioner: 22nd Century Natural DIY Conditioner

Rinse Out Conditioner: None

Leave In Conditioner: That Curl Leave In Conditioner

Sealant and/or Styler: Natural Divinity Moisture Whipped Hair Parfait

Tools: Fingers :-), Silver Conditioning Cap, Hot Head, Plastic Bowl, Spatula, Hair Claw

Wash Day Procedure

prepoo'd hair in bantu kots

  1. Applied SM serum throughout the scalp and massaged.
  2. Smoothed coconut oil into hair (no detangling) followed by smoothing the conditioner into hair in sections.
  3. After applying the coconut oil/conditioner,  bantu knotted the section and ended up with 3 on each side of my head.
  4. Hopped in the shower and took down 1st bantu knot in the font and washed hair with co-wash, focusing on the scalp while smoothing down the length of the hair.
  5. Rinsed section and re-knotted
  6. Repeated on remaining knotted sections.
  7. Took down 1 knot in the back and smoothed the deep conditioner down the length of the hair and re-knotted. (I keep this DIY conditioner in the fridge so prior to washing, I put some of the conditioner in a plastic bowl and allowed it to sit in hot water – just beneath boiling) while I washed my hair.
  8. Repeated applying the deep condition to each section, re-knotting
  9. Put on silver conditioning cap
  10. Heated Hot Head in the microwave for 90 seconds. (30 secs on one side, turned inside out and 60 secs on the other).
  11. Left Hot Head on for 15 minutes.
  12. Removed Hot Head and allowed hair to cool for 5 minutes.
  13. Hopped back in the shower and rinsed each section out while finger detangling.
  14. When done, exited shower, dried off and applied leave in conditioner throughout hair.
  15.  Smoothed the hair parfait over hair using the praying hands method.
  16. Sectioned a small area of hair at the base of my head out and clipped top of hair up.
  17. Began loose two strand twisting hair in 1/2 inch sections. Started off by braiding the roots. TOTAL TWISTING TIME: 2 hours.

loose twists

Focus & Thoughts

Today’s micro focus was get my hair nice and moisturized and set up to protective style. The goal is for it last for 2 weeks. Next week I don’t plan to wash my hair. I want to see if I can go 2 weeks with my loose twists. I haven’t done loose twists on my shorter hair so I’m interested to see if I can keep the style in longer. For next week’s wash day, if all goes as planned, I will only wash my scalp with an ACV (apple cider vinegar) solution. Stay tuned.

I give today’s wash day a 5/5. My hair was very tangled from laying on it at the hospital (more on that in the next post). Simply allowing my pre-poo to sit for about an hour, made my hair very easy to wash. Detangling was also a breeze after co-washing. Most of all, I absolutely love how my loose twists came out. This cut is proving to be pretty awesome 🙂

loose two strand twists


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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