This is a recap of week 32 of what was to be 52 weeks of wash days chronicling what I’ll be doing to gain length on my fine natural hair. Normally, wash day is every Friday/Saturday or Sunday. It just depends on if I’m working from home or traveling. I decided to try something a little different for the next 2 months for the sake of low manipulation. Instead of washing weekly, I’m going to wash every 2 weeks. I’m still going to keep the mid-week oil rinse as I mentioned in this post on growing my fine hair back. 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 + Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner
Cleanser: Unscented Amla Shampoo Bar
Protein Treatment/Deep Conditioner: DIY Goat’s Milk, Honey & Oil Conditioner
Rinse Out Conditioner: Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Conditioner
Leave In Conditioner: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave in
Sealant and/or Styler: Avocado oil
Tools: Fingers :-), Plastic Cap, Hot Head Conditioning Cap, Goody Flex Barrettes, Plastic bowl and spatula
Wash Day Procedure
- Finger parted hair on the side.
- Worked coconut oil throughout hair in sections followed by spritzing with a little water.
- Applied the Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner next.
- Finger detangled and put 3 twists on one side and 5 on the other.
- Washed hair over the kitchen sink by wetting it thoroughly with warm water followed by massaging the shampoo bar over my scalp.
- Rinsed and used my t-shirt to ring out excess water.
- Removed one twist at a time prior to applying my protein treatment.
- Applied DIY goat’s milk treatment to hair and put on a plastic cap.
- Heated Hot Head conditioning cap for 90 secs (60 on one side and 30 on the other).
- Put Hot Head on for 10 minutes before reheating another 10 secs.
- Put Hot Head back on for another 5 minutes.
- Removed Hot Head and rinsed hair with tepid water.
- Worked the Zanzibar marine complex conditioner through hair, working from left to right.
- Smoothed hair with fingers while rinsing with cool water.
- Wrapped left section in a loose bantu know and then the right section.
- Released the right section and used t-shirt to squeeze out more water.
- Applied leaved in to the section followed by oil.
- Split the right side into multiple sections (right side was the largest side since I parted on the left).
- Twisted bottom section into a two strand twist and wrapped into a bantu knot.
- Clipped the bantu knot down with a Goody Flex barrette.
- Repeated the twisting process until entire head was done and clipped with a barrette.
- Ended up with 3 on the right and 2 on the left.
- Allowed hair to dry over night, tied down with a satin scarf.
Focus & Thoughts
My micro focus this wash day was to add some strength to my hair with little manipulation. First off, wash day didn’t happen as planned. I had went away and hit the pool. I was supposed to wash when I got home but I was just too tired so I pre-poo’d with coconut oil and planned to wash the next day (Monday). That didn’t happen either!
Fast forward another day and I guess my pre-poo is no longer a pre-poo 🙂 So, I started again with the pre-poo process but decided to pull out an old friend…Aubrey Organics GPB. It’s been on sale at Whole Foods but sold out. I have to keep checking. Thank God, it’s on sale for a month.
When, I finally got around to washing, I pulled out some products I won’t be repurchasing so I could just use them up. Shampoo bars – yeah, I can do without those. When I’m not co-washing with a co-wash product, I like regular shampoo (sulfate free) much better. I also think I’m going to stick with Kinky Curly Knot Today leave in, Shea Moisture Curl Memory leave in and the Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex rinse out conditioner for my leave in conditioner rotation. My fine natural hair tends to respond best to these products.
Before washing my hair, I melted down my frozen goat’s milk cubes (two of them) and mixed my recipe together. By the time I finished washing, my DIY mixture was ready for application. It thickened to just the right consistency.
Now, let’s talk about this protein treatment! All I can say is WOW. The strength I get from goat’s milk, paired with the moisture I get from the honey, coconut oil and olive oil is unmatched by any store bought product. My hair felt so silky. The slip in this combination of natural ingredients (I also added guar gum) really added in smoothing my hair. I really should have photographed it after the rinse. I will be sure to do so when I repeat this treatment in two weeks.
The morning after washing, my hair had not dried. I was OK with it because after releasing the twisted bantu knots, my hair looked a bit like a wash and go. So, I wore it as such.
I’m giving today’s wash day a total 5/5. In spite of previously feeling like my hair was stripped from the shampoo bar, this time around it wasn’t an issue. On top of that, I was reminded of how absolutely awesome this DIY Goat’s Milk conditioner is. Smooth, defined and manageable curls. What more can I ask for?