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