Hair Regimen

Wash Day Chronicles: WEEK 6

This is week 6 of 52 wash days chronicling what I’ll be doing to gain length on my fine natural hair. The goal is still waist length but it will take a little longer due to my recent cut. Subscribe to this blog to be notified when future posts are published.

fine natural hair wash day

Pre-Poo: Luv Naturals Don’t Be So Clingy Hair Detangler + Coconut Oil

Cleanser: Taproot Organics Shampoo Bar (liquified)

Deep Conditioner: 22nd Century Natural DIY Conditioner

Rinse Out Conditioner: None

Leave In Conditioner: None

Sealant & Styler: Jane Carter Nourish ‘n Shine

Tools: Fingers, Plastic Cap, Handheld hairdryer, Bonnet attachment, shampoo massage brush

Wash Day Procedure

Pre-Poo’d Hairprepped natural hair in twists close up of twists

  1. The night before I washed, I pre-poo’d in medium size sections by misting my hair with water, followed by applying Luv Naturals Don’t Be So Clingy.
  2. Applied coconut oil and finger detangled each section followed by twisting them up.
  3. Slept with twists in overnight.
  4. Early the next afternoon, I released the twists and  performed a scalp masage on dry hair using my shampoo massage brush (I prefer using this brush on my dry hair since fine natural hair is more prone to tangling when wet).
  5. Washed with liquified shampoo bar while leaning over the tub.
  6. Rinsed and applied my 22nd Century Deep Conditioner and sat under my soft bonnet attached to my handheld dryer (pictured in week three’s chronicle).
  7. After 10 minutes, rinsed hair with warm to cool water.
  8. Applied Jane Carter Nourish ‘n Shine to each section before braiding to prep for a braid out.
  9. Finger detangled a little more before braiding up the sections. Two cornrow braids in the front on each side and box braids on the rest of the hair (all braids done loosely)
  10. Slept in braids and released the next morning

scalp massage brush shampoo in fine natural hair

Focus & Thoughts

Today’s micro focus was to heavily seal in the moisture. That’s why I opted to use the Jane Carter Nourish and Shine instead of the Karen’s Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream. The Nourish and Shine is a heavier sealant which while it may weigh my fine hair down a little, I prefer it during these cold months.

setting braids with jane carter nourish and shine

It was a last minute decision to change products for sealing and twisting and I didn’t feel like retaking the photo again so that’s why there’s an X over the Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream. :;-)

I also decided against using those conditioner samples. I almost forgot that I was following the Curly Girl Method when I decided to check out the ingredients…Silicones. Yep, these are being given away. No silicones for me 🙂

Last of all, I don’t think I mentioned it before but the 22nd Century DIY conditioner leaves a bit of a coating on the hair if you don’t rinse it well or rinse it with a rinsing conditioner. That’s due to the heavy amount of shea butter in the product. I chose to leave the butter residue to help with my micro-focus of sealing that moisture in heavily.

braids for a braidout braids on fine natural hair

I give today’s wash day a 4/5. My hair was easy to detangle and washing it was a breeze. My hair did feel a little stripped from using the liquified shampoo bar.

There are no sulfates in the shampoo bar but I have been noticing that when I use it, my hair isn’t as soft as I would like. I’m going to do more co-washing in the future.

I also feel I may be on to something by using less products but I will keep an eye on that. Think I still need my leave in but will be trying something different next wash day. Stay tuned…

braid out out on medium length natural hair


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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