Wash Day Chronicles: WEEK 12

This is week 12 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.

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Products Used

Pre-Poo: Coconut Oil + Luv Naturals Don’t Be So Clingy + Shea Moisture JBCO Strengthen Grow & Restore Hair & Scalp Serum

Cleanser: As I Am Coconut Co-wash

Protein Conditioner: DIY Goat’s Milk Conditioner Recipe

Deep Conditioner: 22nd Century Natural DIY Conditioner

Rinse Out Conditioner: Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Leave In Conditioner: None

Sealant and/or Styler: CurlPrep Sweet Buttah + Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10 in 1 Renewal System Hair & Scalp Serum, Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil (not photo’d)

Tools: Fingers :-), Silver Conditioning Cap, Plastic Bowls, Spatula, applicator bottle, Goody Flex Barrettes

Wash Day Procedure

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  1. Applied coconut oil throughout hair a day before washing.
  2. Next morning, applied Luv Naturals to hair in small sections and lightly finger detangled hair. Ended up with about 8 twists
  3. Squirted SM JBCO serum throughout scalp and massaged with finger tips.
  4. Hopped in the shower and washed hair/ scalp with diluted As I Am Coconut Co-wash, releasing the twists.
  5. Applied DIY goat’s milk conditioner throughout hair and put on silver conditioning cap. Allowed it to sit for 1 hour
  6. Rinsed out goat’s milk conditioner with warm water and applied 22nd Century Natural DIY conditioner through hair.
  7. Smoothed conditioner down hair and allowed it to sit for a few minutes while finishing my shower.
  8. Rinsed conditioner out with warm water while smoothing product down hair.
  9. Sprayed, then poured ACV rinse over hair and allowed it to sit for 4 minutes. Rinsed
  10. Clipped hair up and applied SM Superfruit Complex serum throughout hair and scalp.
  11. Applied Sweet Butta to nape hair and braided that section into 2 small corn rows.
  12. Flat twisted front of hair with Sweet Butta applied to the section before twisting.
  13. Applied Sweet butta to separated and twisted sections of hair that was put into 4 large twists that were braided at the root.
  14. Sealed ends of hair with JBCO.
  15. Clipped flat twists, middle 2 twists and back 2 twists with Flex Barrettes
  16. Aired dry and went to sleep on satin pillowcase.

Focus & Thoughts

Today’s micro focus was to strengthen my fine hair and balance it with moisture.  I was initially going to use heat with the DIY 22nd century conditioner but decided it wasn’t necessary. My DIY goat’s milk conditioner is pretty moisture balanced so I only allowed the DIY 22nd century conditioner to sit on my hair for a short time.

While preparing my goat’s milk conditioner, I discovered that I was out of honey (a critical ingredient). I substituted Organic Blue Agave for it (stay tuned for a future post for more details on this) and proceeded as usual.

When it was time to set my hair for the style (I’m going for a flat twist out in the front/twist out in the back that will eventually become a bun in the back by mid week), I decided it would be good to seal my ends so I whipped out my Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Since I’m still working on #OperationUseUpMyStash, I figured it would be good to plug away at this. I’m also protecting the back of my hair. Since, that are is the most fine hair on my head, I  need to protect it from breakage. Hence, the 2 back cornrows which I will leave in when I take the rest of my hair out.

setting a flat twist outcornrowed nape hair

I give today’s wash day another 5/5 . My hair was easily managed throughout the entire wash process (especially after applying the SM Superfruit Complex serum), I didn’t have any SSKs after a week of rocking’ my wash ‘n go and I shed a LOT less (Score for Fine Natural Hair!) using the As I Am Coconut Co-Wash. I used to use this a while back and replaced it with Eden Bodyworks Cleansing Co-Wash. Decided, it would be good to rotate.

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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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