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Wash Day Chronicles: WEEK 13 – “Hendigo”

This is week 13 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 Used

Pre-Poo: Vatika Oil

Cleanser: Bentonite Clay mixed with Apple Cider Vinegar

Protein Conditioner: None: Henna Used as an alternative

Deep Conditioner: Generic Matrix Biolage conditioner

Rinse Out Conditioner: TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

Leave In Conditioner: Kinky Curly Knot Today (not pictured)

Sealant and/or Styler: Alikay Naturals Berry Styling Gel

Tools: Fingers :-), Remington Blow Dryer, Conair hooded Blow Dryer, Plastic Caps, Plastic Bowls, Spatula

Wash Day Procedure

bentonite clay wash on fine natural hair

bentonite clay wash
After the clay wash…
henna head
Full strength Henna w/ Indigo


  1. Applied Vatika oil throughout hair.
  2. After about 2 hours, washed hair with bentonite clay wash (mixed with Apple Cider Vinegar/Water mix – no particular measurements)
  3. After 1 wash, rinsed hair and applied henna/indigo (aka hendigo) mix throughout hair.
  4. Put on plastic cap and allowed hendigo to sit in my hair for 2 1/2 hours.
  5. Rinsed out hendigo with warm water and applied Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm throughout hair.
  6. Sat under dryer for 20 minutes with another plastic cap.
  7. Rinsed hair with warm water.
  8. Out of the shower, applied leave in conditioner by sections followed by styling gel.
  9. Wash and go is the style of the week!
henna gray coverage
Henna covers my grays 🙂

Focus & Thoughts

Today’s micro focus was to strengthen this fine natural hair while covering up my grays.  My edges were starting to reveal my “wisdom” and it was time for a gray cover up 🙂 I also hadn’t done a henna for quite some time so blessing my fine hair with the conditioning benefits was well overdue..

I love bentonite clay washes. My first bentonite clay wash was quite an experience but I’ve since learned 🙂 I added some lavender essential oil to it and it was very similar to the Terresentials Mud Wash I purchased a while back.

Upon mixing my henna, I realized that I had a lot of indigo leftover that I bought a while back. I don’t really care for indigo. It feels funny in my hands and is hard as heck washing out of my hair. However, I’m not about throwing away perfectly good product (unless it’s damaging to my hair). So, I mixed in the remainder of the indigo with the henna.

Henna does typically have a loosening effect on curls such as mine (mostly classified as type 3C with some 4a lusciousness up in there) but it’s temporary.

fine natural hair after henna

I give today’s wash day 5/5 . I would give it a 6/5 if it would make sense (lol) but that’s because I got the absolute most bangin’ wash ‘n go ever! Not only is my hair soft and super defined, it’s obviously thicker. (Henna has that effect). Now, of course this one henna application isn’t fully responsible. I’ve been using a henna tea every 2-3 days. Yes mam (or sir), I’m thoroughly pleased with the state of my 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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