Wash Day Chronicles: WEEK 2

This is week 2 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: None
Cleanser: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo (sulfate free)
Strengthening Treatment: Henna Sooq Organic Rajasthani Indian Henna, 100 grams
Deep Conditioner: 22nd Natural Woman Citrus Deep Conditioner (Handmade)
Rinse Out Conditioner: TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner (not pictured. I decided to use this after the photo was taken)
Leave In Conditioner: Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In
Sealant: Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter
Styler: None
Tools: Fingers, Plastic Bowl, Spatula, Plastic Gloves, Plastic Wrap, Plastic Cap, Hot Head Microwaveable Deep Conditioning Cap, Satin Scrunchee, Satin Scarf

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Wash Day Procedure

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  1. Applied shampoo over canopy of hair and massaged into scalp.
  2. Leaned over tub and allowed warm water to run down hair for 3 minutes and then completely shampoo’d.
  3. Rinsed thoroughly, blotted hair with an old t-shirt and applied henna to hair, focusing on the roots and working down to the tips
  4. Wrapped head in plastic wrap followed by putting on a plastic cap and sat around with henna in my hair for 3 hours while watching Netflix all afternoon 🙂
  5. When the time was up, I rinsed out most of the henna with lukewarm water kneeling over the tub. After most of the henna was out,  hopped into the shower and rinsed the remainder out of my hair.
  6. Applied deep conditioner to hair from tips to root and put on plastic cap to deep condition for 30 minutes using my Hot Head.
  7. When finished, partially rinsed out the deep conditioner, applied rinse out conditioner and finger detangled hair in 4 sections. Rinsed thoroughly.
  8. Applied leave in conditioner and further defined this fine natural hair with my fingers using a raking motion.
  9. Applied a small amount of hair butter, smoothed into each section and pulled the front of my hair up into a high ponytail while leaving the remainder out.
  10. Added a little more hair butter to edges and tied down the edges with a scarf. (At night, pulled back of hair into a loose french roll with the ends up to meet the top ponytail to sleep)

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Focus & Thoughts

This week’s wash day micro focus was to clarify my hair and cover my grey :-). Since, I started the Curly Girl Method last week, I realized that I hadn’t given my hair a deep cleansing so that’s why I used the Shea Moisture Deep Cleansing Shampoo.

Some people will say to use a shampoo with sulfates to clear your hair of any build up or silicones before starting the Curly Girl Method but I didn’t want to do that since I’ve not used silicones in my hair for a number of years. Besides that, I did a bentonite clay wash just a few weeks ago and had barely used any products with silicones in them. I may have used a conditioner with silicones in it once or twice. That’s why I opted for a gentler, sulfate free shampoo to remove any mild build up. It’s a good thing too because my hair still felt a little stripped after using the SM Deep Cleansing Shampoo. I’m definitely returning to co-washing with Eden Bodyworks or clay washing.

Last week I mentioned in Week 1 of my Wash Day Chronicles that I was going to wash mid-week because my hair felt oily. Well, I did so following the #CurlyGirlMethod and I used gel to set my curls.

One of the biggest concerns that curly girls have is frizz. Especially curly girls with fine natural hair like me! That’s where the conditioner and gel come into play. It’s the main method of styling hair on the Curly Girl Method.

While I like the control that gel provides, I decided to set today’s wash and go without gel and use a hair butter for the “weight.” I wanted my hair to have the extra weight without having to scrunch out a gel cast.

wet curls

wet fine natural hairLast off, I know I said I’m using up my products so I wouldn’t be purchasing anything new but I have been wanting to try Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter for the longest! I hate the smell though and definitely won’t repurchase it. It’s just nothing special to me.

I also purchased the deep conditioner made by Youtuber 22nd Century Natural Woman because it’s handmade with no preservatives and I wanted to try it first before committing to make it myself. She provides a tutorial on how to make the deep conditioner on her channel.

So, I’m  still working on #OperationScaleDownMyStash. I just took a short detour 🙂 However, I didn’t really go backwards since I threw away 6 or 7 almost finished hair products that I didn’t like anyway!

I give today’s wash day a 3.5 out of 5. My curls have a semi-firm (not crunchy hold) but they are slightly loosened at the nape due to the henna. I’m OK with that because the conditioning effects and grey coverage that henna provides is more important to me. I wish my crown had loosened though because it’s the most coarse and tangles more than the rest of my hair. Also, I had high hopes that I could finger detangle my hair using the deep conditioner before rinsing it out but it didn’t have enough slip for the task. However, it is a good deep conditioner. It’s just not meant to be a combing conditioner.

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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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