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.
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
- 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.
- Applied coconut oil and finger detangled each section followed by twisting them up.
- Slept with twists in overnight.
- 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).
- Washed with liquified shampoo bar while leaning over the tub.
- 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).
- After 10 minutes, rinsed hair with warm to cool water.
- Applied Jane Carter Nourish ‘n Shine to each section before braiding to prep for a braid out.
- 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)
- Slept in braids and released the next morning
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.
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.
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…