This is a recap of week 31 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
Cleanser: As I Am Coconut Co-wash
Protein Treatment/Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Rinse Out Conditioner: Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Conditioner
Leave In Conditioner: Kinky Curly Knot Today
Sealant and/or Styler: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie + Curling Soufflé, Jamaican Black Castor Oil (not pictured)
Tools: Fingers :-), Plastic Cap, Conair hard dome hair dryer
Wash Day Procedure
- Worked coconut oil throughout hair and bunned over night.
- Separated hair into 2 sections an Co-washed each section.
- Rinsed and applied deep conditioner.
- Sat under dryer for 15 minutes with plastic cap on.
- Hopped back in the shower and applied conditioner.
- Finger detangled hair and applied more conditioner.
- Rinsed and then applied leave in throughout hair.
- Sectioned out bang and clipped aside.
- Twisted rest of hair in medium sections using the Smoothie followed by the Soufflé.
- Put twists in a ponytail.
- Released bang section of hair, applied products and twisted hair into smaller sized twists.
- Smoothed edges with get and tied hair down in a scarf.
- In the morning, released the front twists and pinned in a swoop
- Put remaining twists into a side ponytail with a banana clip.
Focus & Thoughts
My micro focus this wash day was to impart lots of moisture and set my fine natural hair for a short term protective style. I realize that I need to cut back on the wash and go’s. In my last post on Dealing with Incomplete Split Ends, I mentioned how I needed to start stretching my hair more and going back to protective styling.
If I’m ever going to get to waist length hair, I need to do as little as possible. As a matter of fact, starting now I’m going to be wearing my hair in twists or braids for 3-4 days a week and then releasing them for a twist/braid out which I will NOT separate but will put up into either a bun or banana clip.
Now, a quick word on my deep conditioning session. I realized why I stopped purchasing Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque. My hair was not nearly as soft as it is when I use their other deep conditioners. It was also a bit difficult to finger detangle. I had to use loads of the Zanzibar Marine Complex to get the job done. That is why…
I’m giving today’s wash day a 4/5. My twist out was wonderful, my hair was well moisturized and shiny but I had to do far too much manipulating to detangle thanks to the Deep Treatment Masque. I’m sorry I purchased it. I wasn’t up to making my own DC and when I went to the store to buy one, this was all they had. Now, I’m stuck with it.