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Wash Day Chronicles: WEEK 3

This is week 3 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. (I normally post on Mondays but someone I forgot to publish this one!)

Pre-Poo: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Conditioner & Vatika  Coconut Oil
Cleanser: Taproot Organics Charcoal and Tea Tree Shampoo Bar
Deep Conditioner: DIY Goat’s Milk (Protein) + 21st Century Natural Deep Conditioner
Rinse Out Conditioner: Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose Conditioner (diluted)
Leave In Conditioner: Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In / Henna-Amla-Shikakai Spray
Sealant: SDotBeauty GlossBoss High Shine Pomade
Styler: None
Tools: Fingers, Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap, Plastic Cap, Hair clips for sectioning, bobby pins (to hold pre-poo’d hair), Blow dryer, Soft bonnet blow dryer attachment

Wash Day Procedure

deep conditioned hair

deep conditioning under soft bonnet dryer

 

henna tea

  1. Pre-pood hair by smoothing conditioner/oil mix down length of hair. No detangling. Just smoothed throughout hair and put in 6 twists pinned up and tied down with a satin scarf. Slept on a satin pillowcase
  2. Got up and went to the gym (Pilates & Cardio)
  3. Returned home and washed hair in the shower using melted down shampoo bar, section by section  bantu knotting each section loosely after cleansing.
  4. Applied protein conditioner to each section and sat with plastic cap under soft bonnet attached to handheld hair dryer for 15 minutes on warm.
  5. Hopped back in the shower and rinsed all of protein out of hair and applied deep conditioner section by section re-bantu knotting.
  6. Put plastic cap back on and used Hot Head Thermal Conditioning Cap for 15 minutes
  7. Allowed hair to cool for 15 minutes.
  8. Hopped back in shower and rinsed hair section by section with the diluted AO (I only had a small amount left and needed to stretch it).
  9. Twisted rinsed sections loosely.
  10. Spritzed hair by section with henna/shikakai/amla spray
  11. Applied leave in conditioner by section
  12. Sealed hair with gloss by section
  13. Began twisting in sections (breaking each section into smaller sections for my protective style…..small twists.

small twists on fine hair

Focus & Thoughts

This week’s wash day micro focus was to continue to protein treat and moisture balance my hair.

With respect to washing, I tried something different that I saw another Youtube do with her shampoo bar. (I’m blanking on her name right now). I melted down the shampoo bar in water to make it a creamy mixture. it’s easier to apply this way. Using the shampoo bar directly on my hair left pieces of hair on the bar that were difficult to remove. These could be shed hairs but then again rubbing the shampoo bar on my hair and scalp may have caused breakage so the option of diluting it down to a cream is genius.

Concerning my strengthening I have a DIY strengthening spray recipe using herbs (henna, shikakai and alma) that I got from Curly Proverbz on Youtube. I mention it in this post. Using this spray several times per weeks helps keep my fine hair strong. it can be a little drying which is why I used it beneath my leave in conditioner and sealant.

Since I have fine hair, I use a lot of protein in my regimen. I’m just careful to balance it with moisture.

Also, I’ve been protective styling for months but took a few days off from traditional protective styling to focus on wash and go’s while I was getting my hair acclimated to the Curly Girl Method. It’s time to do a little more protective styling now that the cold is really kicking up.

As you can see, my protective style this time around is small twists. It took me about 4 hours to do these. I didn’t make these too small because again, my hair is fine and detangling will be damaging if I make them too small. Remember, the goal is to get to waist length 🙂

I give today’s Wash Day a 2.5/5. The products weren’t the issue. The condition of my hair was. The twists you see looked awful. Notice the frizzy ends. On top of that, the twists were all different lengths. It’s the deep layers.

twists on fine natural hair

UPDATE: The next morning after twisting my hair (a 6 hour process), I took it all out. I removed the twists and I hacked 6-7 inches of my hair off. I didn’t intend to cut but 3 inches but the short story is I should have let a professional do this.

Stay tuned for next wash day where I will reveal my new length. Let’s just say I have cutters remorse and my goal of waist length natural hair has taken a serious curve ball. I can’t see it happening by year end now. I just set myself back by at least a year and a half 🙁 Back to square one…

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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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