This is a recap of week 24 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: Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
Cleanser: Brahmi shampoo Bar
Protein Treatment/Deep Conditioner: DIY Avocado, Banana, Honey, Coconut Milk & Oils
Rinse Out Conditioner: TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisturizing Conditioner
Leave In Conditioner: Kinky Curly Knot Today
Sealant and/or Styler: Avocado Oil + Kinky Kashmere Betta Butta
Tools: Fingers :-), Plastic cap, Hot Head, Handheld Remington Blow dryer, Rollers
Wash Day Procedure
- Applied coconut oil throughout hair the night before washing and put hair in a bun.
- Next evening (after running around), hopped in the shower and saturated hair with hot water.
- Rubbed shampoo bar all over scalp and massaged scalp with pads of my fingers.
- Let shampoo bar suds run down hair while using a squeezing motion down the hair shaft.
- Rinsed and applied DIY protein/deep conditioner.
- Put on a plastic cap and Hot head and sat with it on for about 20 minutes.
- Hopped back in shower and rinsed out some of the conditioner.
- Applied rinsing conditioner and lightly finger detangled hair.
- Rinse the rinsing/DIY conditioner out of the hair together
- Pat hair dry with old t-shirt and applied leave in followed by avocado oil
- Used same t-shirt to squeeze excess water and product out of hair.
- Used hair dryer on cold to blow hair dry in small sections using the tension method (took about 30 minutes to do my entire head).
- Clipped hair in 2 sections to prep for my twist ‘n curl style.
- Working from the back, applied styling cream in medium sized sections, finger detangled and twisted hair.
- Rolled the end of the twist with a perm rod.
- Continued until my entire head was done.
Focus & Thoughts
My micro focus this wash day was to stretch my hair after deep conditioning. I really thought I was doing something by stretching my hair to prep it for the twist and curl.. I get a nice elongated twist out with this method on my fine natural hair.
The problem was it was so hot out that my twist and curl out wound up looking like an undefined wash and go! Humidity really took over. I should have done a wash and go vs. a twist out. Going forward I will be saving my twist outs and braid outs for cooler weather.
That’s why I give today’s wash day a 3/5. Because of the humidity I had to re-twist my hair the next day. Fine natural hair doesn’t like a ton of manipulation but I didn’t have much choice. So, I twisted my hair and pinned the twists up for a protective style the following day.