Wash Day Chronicles: WEEK 9

This is week 9 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.

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Products Used

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

Cleanser: KJ Naturals Brahmi & Amla Shampoo Bar

Protein Conditioner: See DC

Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture JBCO Hair Masque

Rinse Out Conditioner: Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner / Apple cider Vinegar

Leave In Conditioner: Kinky Curly Knot Today

Sealant and/or Styler: Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Styling Custard

Tools: Fingers :-), Silver Conditioning Cap, Spray Bottles, Hair Clips, Hot Head, Snappee Hair Ties

Wash Day Procedure

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  1. The evening before I washed, I pre-poo’d and finger detangled my fine natural hair with coconut oil smoothed into each section (6) and then applied Don’t Be So Clingy.
  2. Lightly finger detangled the sections and twisted up
  3. Braided the 6 twists together (3 on each side of my head) and went to sleep on my satin pillow case
  4. The next morning, I released the braided twists and washed my scalp with the shampoo bar while leaning over the tub.
  5.  Rinsed and released the sections.
  6. Applied SM deep conditioner/strengthener to my hair and wore the silver conditioning cap for 30 minutes and then added the Hot Head for an additional 15 minutes. (Read more about Hot Head here).
  7. Hopped in the shower and rinsed hair with warm water and applied Suave conditioner.
  8. Allowed the conditioner to sit on hair while finishing my shower ritual.
  9. Rinsed hair with diluted apple cider vinegar (I mixed 1 part ACV to 2 parts filtered water prior to washing). Spritzed every strand of hair with the ACV mix and allowed it to sit for 3 minutes.
  10. Final rinse with cool water to rid my hair of the vinegar smell.
  11. Applied leave in conditioner to hair followed by my styler in small sections working from back to front to set my curls for a wash and go.

Focus & Thoughts

Today’s wash day micro focus was to keep hair strong and moisturized.

I’ll get right to the point. I don’t think I can use this shampoo bar anymore. I feel like my hair is shedding more than I would like and I’ve never been a big shedder. I don’t know if it’s the Brahmi or the Amla. My henna strengthening tea contains Amla and I don’t shed so maybe it’s the Brahmi. Then, again, I don’t apply the tea to my scalp, only my hair. Regardless of the culprit, my fine natural hair doesn’t like this shampoo bar and since I can’t spare the added shedding, I have to give this up.

Aside from the shedding, I absolutely LOVE the Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Styling Custard! OMGEE, when i tell you the slip. Lawdy mercy, this stuff is wonderful. I can’t believe I’ve had it for almost a year before even touching. I think this is going to be a staple. Not only does my hair feel super lush and soft, it’s super defined.

The Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Styling Custard is indicated for all curl types but I especially think fine natural hair will love it. It’s really a light custard. I was so heavy handed that I thought my hair would feel tacky. On the contrary, it just defined it even more. Additionally, my hair dried super fast after the product was applied. Plus it’s curly girl friendly 🙂

So, in spite of the added shedding, I give today’s wash day a 5/5. I just have to. My results are stellar. At least, IMO :-).

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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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