This is a recap of week 27 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: African Black Soap scented with Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Protein Treatment/Deep Conditioner: DIY Goat’s Milk Conditioner
Rinse Out Conditioner: Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Conditioner
Leave In Conditioner: Shea Moisture Curl JBCO Leave in Conditioner
Sealant and/or Styler: Eden Bodyworks All Natural Curl Defining Creme, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Eco Styler Curl and Wave gel
Tools: Fingers :-), Plastic cap, Hot Head, Plastic Bowl, Plastic spatula, handheld blowdryer, clips, claw clip
Wash Day Procedure
- The night before washing, worked coconut through hair in 6 sections, bantu knotted the sections and went to bed.
- Washed hair the next morning section by section over the kitchen sink and put each back into a knot until hair was thorough cleansed. Focused on scalp more than hair.
- Released the sections one at a time and applied goat’s milk protein treatment.
- Combined hair into two sections, put on a plastic cap and put on heated Hot Head for 15 minutes.
- Rinsed hair thoroughly and applied rinse out conditioner.
- Hopped into the shower to wash up while allowing the conditioner to remain in hair.
- After about 5 minutes, finger detangled hair working from back to font.
- Rinsed out conditioner and hopped out of shower.
- Worked leave in conditioner throughout hair.
- Separated hair into 4 loose twists and put a t-shirt over my head.
- Twisted the t-shirt tightly and rang out excess water.
- Clipped t-shirt shut tightly on hair with a claw clip and allowed to sit for 30 minutes.
- Removed t-shirt and used blow dryer to cold air dry each unraveled section of hair to about 80% while simultaneously stretching the hair .
- Separated hair into two sections, clipping one side up and starting from the back, taking a medium sized section, clipped rest of hair on that side up and applied styler.
- Braided the section tightly at the root but loosely down the length.
- Sealed the end of the braid with Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- Completed one side of my hair and repeated on the next – resulting in 5 braids on each side. Front two braids were smoothed further with EcoStyler Curl and Wave Gel at the top of the braids.
Focus & Thoughts
My micro focus this wash day was to set hair in braids for a 2 day protective style leading to a braid out. When braiding fine natural hair, it’s important to take your time as to not cause breakage. It’s also best to braid hair that’s slightly damp vs. wet or dry. The dampness will help you manipulate the hair vs. when completely dry. Ensuring that the hair isn’t overly saturated with water also helps to protect the hair from breakage when handling.
I thought I’d get much more elongation with my braids but by day 2, shrinkage was occurring due to humidity. As of the writing of this post, I have yet to release the braids. When this posts publishes, it will be day 3 and I’ll release the braids for a braid out which I will convert to an updo thanks to the humidity. I’ll post pics on my Facebook page Fine Natural Hair and Faith.
So, a funny story…I thought the Eden Bodyworks Curl Defining Cream was the coconut co-wash! I had used it multiple times to wash my hair before I realized I had gotten the wrong product LOL! My daughter actually commented that her hair didn’t feel clean. I hadn’t noticed on my own head. Sad.
While the curl defining cream is almost gone, I was thrilled to try it for my braid out. The jury is still out as to if I like this styling product. It will take a lot for me to stray from my normal holy grail stylers but we’ll see.
I’m giving today’s wash day a 5/5. My hair and scalp absolutely loving the African Black Soap. Not only is my hair clean, it doesn’t feel stupid and it’s very easy detangle, even before applying my conditioner. This is definitely a new staple for me.