This is a recap of week 30 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 + Kimmaytube Don’t Be So Clingy (not shown)
Cleanser: Shea Moisture 10 in 1 Renewal Shampoo (not shown)
Protein Treatment/Deep Conditioner: Generic Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm and Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Conditioner
Rinse Out Conditioner: None
Leave In Conditioner: Shea Moisture Curl Memory Leave in Conditioner
Sealant and/or Styler: Thirsty Roots Apricot Castor Oi
Tools: Fingers :-), Plastic Cap
Wash Day Procedure
- Worked coconut oil followed by Don’t Be So Clingy through hair and twisted in 6 sections (3 on each side) the night before washing.
- Hopped in the shower the next morning and washed scalp with shampoo, releasing the twists.
- Applied both conditioners throughout my hair and put on the plastic cap.
- Sat under my dryer for 15 minutes.
- Allowed hair to cool for 5 minutes before rinsing.
- Lightly finger detangled hair while rinsing it out.
- Outside of shower, generously applied leave in to soaking wet hair all over.
- Section back of hair into one large section and further worked leave in throughout hair followed by sealing with oil.
- Proceeded to front and finger parted hair in the center following my natural part.
- Worked leave in followed by oil in the front of my hair, starting on the left and then the right.
- Allowed hair to air dry.
Focus & Thoughts
My micro focus this wash day was to make it 1 last time doing a wash and go! Yep, I’m pretty tired of it now. I’m ready to return to protective styling. I’ve had such an issue with my hair splitting lately, that I need to stop all this manipulation.
I recorded a video about what’s been going on over on my Youtube Channel. You can check it out here: single strand knots or split ends?
My hair is pretty uneventful these days. Other than my little issue, it’s been relatively easy to care for.
Now, a word on the products in my intro pic! I initially was going to wash with my african shea butter (which I Looooove) but decided to give the Shea Moisture 10 in 1 Renewal shampoo that I received as a sample at BlogHer15.
It’s OK. It cleanses the hair just fine but one of the reasons I stopped using the conditioner in the line is the smell. It’s not that it smells bad. It’s just too strong for me.
I also decided at the last minute to use my Kimmaytube Don’t be So clingy cream. It helps to detangle the hair. It’s effective but no more effective than my coconut oil/conditioner application so I won’t spend the money repurchasing it.
Now, let me tell you about my deep conditioning. I literally ran out! i didn’t have time to whip up a DIY recipe so I was stuck. I had a little bit of the Generic Matrix Biology Conditioning Balm left but it was only enough for about half of my head. I typically use this product after a henna. I’m not repurchasing it though. I’m not fond of the ingredients.
So, to make up for the lack of a DC, I decided on a regular conditioner and what better one to use than my Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex! This is seriously my favorite rinse out (but I leave it in sometimes) conditioner of late.
I mixed in the Zanzibar conditioner over the Matrix and smoothed throughout my hair. I then proceeded to deep condition as usual. My hair felt very soft after and was very easy to manage.
I’m giving today’s wash day a 4/5. I love how extra fluffy my hair is. My curls are a lot less stringy than they normally look when I use gel. I am however looking to see more growth but because I had to trim quite a bit last week, I am set back yet again.