Wash Day: The Last One of The Year!

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My hair is currently in Marley twists. Long, fat, not so many twists. Apart from the classic fro, I think I’m happiest (hair wise) with my hair when it’s in this state. Faking it till I make it, Rasta baby!

Last Wash day, the last one of the year, was one I took very seriously because I was washing in preparation for this protective style which I’ll wear for about four weeks. Harmattan was playing games with my hair and scalp, and I wasn’t ready! See, Harmattan never really comes to Lagos and even when it does, it’s like fairly used Harmattan lol (when you compare elsewhere) so, I was surprised that this time it came early and that my hair was acting up. It was all good last year!!

Anywayyyy. Here’s how it went. 🙂

FIRST, HAIR PREP!

First, I really love this photo. Haha.

First, I really love this photo. Haha.

I finger detangled very carefully. I lightly misted hair with water, and then applied olive oil section by section, for slip. This took about an hour or longer, watching The Grand Budapest Hotel as I did so. Washday is really like the only time I actually watch “TV”. I twisted up each section as I went, because I had no bands. This approach to detangling is the longest for me, but I really appreciate it on days when my hair really needs that work! I was able to remove all the shed hair, without breaking any. I wish I could be this patient all the time!!

Shed hair :)

Shed hair 🙂

It’s easier for me to detangle efficiently when my hair is not wet. This way, I can feel my strands properly, and identify all the knots and tangles. You can say I killed two birds with one stone at this step, finger detangling & prepooing.

All detangled and twisted up

All detangled and twisted up

DOUBLE POO?

I contemplated using a very sulfatey shampoo to deep cleanse since I’ll probably not wash my hair for the duration of these twists, but changed my mind. Maximum moisture was the goal last Wash day. So I used my sample sachet of Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream. I had about 0.5oz of that, and forgetting that it takes a lot to lather, I’d mixed it in a bowl with some water. Hair was super dirty because of the dusty Harmattan breeze, and so my 0.50z wasn’t enough. What to do, what to do…. So I remembered the Miss Jessie’s samples MeeMee sent me. I decided to risk the Creme De La Curl. It surprised me by being a really thick paste. Truly, thick like a creamy leave-in.

Miss Jessie's Creme de La Curl

Miss Jessie’s Creme de La Curl

It is a no-suds formula, so I applied it to my scalp very well, and then bent over to rinse it off. The results, very clean hair with no brown dusty water in the sink. Plus, my hair did not feel stripped!

OIL RINSING

I still don’t know if Oil Rinsing is going to become a regular part of my routine. I like the Wash, DC & seal life. But it helps a great deal with moisture and this season I need all the help I can get! So I oil rinsed- applied olive oil generously with the help of an applicator bottle (favorite tool!) and rinsed off with not so warm water, 5 minutes after. Hair felt great but we weren’t done yet,

DC, DC

I deep conditioned with the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque, which I can officially say I love. I have one use left, so when I try that without oil rinsing, I’ll give my review. I smoothed the masque into my hair, doing a little finger detangling and then twisting to secure. The Miss Jessie’s ingredients are not exactly 5 star, so I was happy to still get some cleansing action in with this masque. I applied it to my scalp too.

After finger detangling again with DC

After finger detangling again with DC

I tied two plastic bags around my hair, and with the aid of a blow dryer, applied heat. Don’t go too close or forget the dryer in one spot, it will burn the plastic, lol. I did this for 30-40 minutes as I finished the movie (RIP Monsieur Gustav!!) and when I was done, I rinsed off with cool water. Hair was happy and super shiny.

MOISTURISED AND SEALED

Finally, I put my hair in chunky twists, moisturizing each section with Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and sealing with Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade. Its been a long time since I used a leave-in after Washday, but I had to this time. It was also at this point that I used my comb, to go over after smoothing/ finger detangling, just to make sure I got all the knots out.

At the end of the night, when my hair should have still been butter soft, I could feel the base of the twists drying up again (ugh) so I applied more leave-in to those parts.

The next morning, I went with my slightly damp hair to the salon. I didn’t let them blow-dry it, had them twist just like that. So bye bye fro, see you next year. 😀

How did your last Washday go? How is the weather at your end? Have you made any changes to cope with it?

A very merry Christmas to you and yours, from the both of us!

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Wash Day | I’m With The Bands!

Over the last few months, I’ve become more laid back about hair care. I could say I’ve become a lazy natural but “lazy” is not the word. I still do the needful but with limited time, I’ve become more creative about it.

Since my hair left the TWA stage, I’ve been trying to wash in twists. The idea is that washing in twists keeps hair sectioned and stretched, resulting in easier detangling. This sounds nice in theory, until you try it. I start off shampooing in twists, but by rinsing time, I always want to unravel the twists to make sure I get all the lather out. Rinsing and re-twisting is such a long thing, I end up loosening all the chunky twists when hair is 70% clean so I don’t miss any bits with the final rinse. Then I apply my DC and detangle as I do so and then twist again, but by rinsing time, I loosen again, and re-twist.

*Rolls eyes* Ugh, is this life? Can’t be! Note that hair is wet, so at this length, if the twists are too chunky, they won’t hold.

I knew that I wanted my last washday (Thursday) to be as uncomplicated as possible. Plus, I was in the process of making dinner, I had no time to waste. I thought about it and thought about it and *blink* an idea, rubber bands! 😀 Yes, rubber bands. Not the best but I didn’t have other elastic bands at my disposal. I went around the house, found 4 and I was good to go.

I’d worn my hair in Le Shrunken Fro for two days, so I was prepared for the worst. I was dreading washing my hair but if I was going to style my hair for the meet-up on Saturday, it had to be no later than Thursday night. So I womanned up, put my hands in there and pulled it into 4 puffs, using the rubber bands. I did a little finger detangling as I did so. The aim wasn’t to detangle though, but to stretch the hair out a bit, so I could separate it into the puffs.

Four puffs

Four puffs

Le Poo

My sulfate free shampoo- L’Oreal Ever Creme Nourishing Shampoo– is pretty gentle (Review soon!) so I did not pre-poo.

I shampooed, focusing on my scalp, and let the rest of the lather spread to the length of my hair. Then I rinsed clean with warm water, generally, and then one puff at a time. My hair was already mostly shampoo free but just to be sure, I rinsed each puff individually, removing the rubber band to do so and re-puffing it when I was done. I wrapped an old tee around my head to soak up the excess water.

Now, after shampooing, my hair had shrunk greatly.

Shrunken Puff, after Shampooing

Shrunken Puff, after Shampooing

Double Ds- Detangling & Deep Conditioning

One puff after another, I liberally applied Olive Oil to my hair, and followed with a generous dose of my fave deep conditioner, the Nothing But Intense Healing Mask, detangling as I did so. I finger detangled first, and then used a wide toothed comb. By the time I was done, my hair was not so small anymore.

Same puff, after detangling

Same puff after detangling. Isn’t shrinkage amazing? 🙂

To finish, I twisted each puff, still with the rubber bands holding base.

I went off to finish dinner, eat, and watch some Africa Magic with the parents LOL.

The Nothing But instructions say to leave it in for 5 to 20 minutes but I ended up carrying it for almost two hours, yikes. The way I ran to the bathroom when I realised I’d had it in my hair for 2 hours. With ready made DCs and even my DIY Honey and Olive Oil DC, I normally rinse off with just water. But because it had been so long and my DC was already beginning to dry in my hair + I didn’t wear a shower cap over it, I think the interaction of hair and DC with the air conditioning made it feel a little weird. So back in the bathroom, I rinsed off with a little Hello Hydration conditioner and cool water. I did the same thing I did with the shampoo, generally- and then, puff by puff.

A little Post-Wash Weirdness…

After rinsing off the DC, I noticed that my ends felt crunchy. This was very strange. So I applied JBCO to my hair to seal, paying special attention to my ends. In a few minutes all was well, and my ends felt good again. Yay! 😀 To finish off, I bunned each puff, and settled in front of my computer to get my weekly Shonda fix. (Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder) Imagine I was JUST seeing the previous week’s episodes after having them for a week- this is my life now, and I haven’t even really started the hustle. Sigh.

Little bunned puffs. Hair nice and soft and shiny :D

Little bunned puffs. Hair nice and soft and shiny 😀

The bunning helped my hair not to shrink too much, and as I watched my shows, I put my hair in about 12 braids with Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La Curl Defining Custard, in preparation for a braid out, more about this later. Braids done, shows done, I wore my satin cap and called it a night.

I think this puff-bun situation is here to stay. I should get elastic bands though (not cloth ones that will soak up water) Till I find them, I will keep being gentle with the rubber bands, and not make the puffs tight. Oh and here’s half the hair I lost detangling, really. Not bad, eyy? 🙂

About half the hair I lost detangling. I kid you not. The other half I didn't photograph because I hadn't taken it out of the sink drain yet.

This was ALL the hair left on my comb after detangling. The hair I recovered from the sink drain was also about this same amount.

How was your last Wash Day? What tricks have you discovered lately that make Wash Day easier for you?

Love,

AB,

xx

This post is part of a healthy hair link-up, The Wash Day Experience! For more Washday posts, click here 🙂

About Last Washday

Hey guys!

It has been ages since I did a Washday post. My Washdays are pretty much routine: henna & moisturising DC every 4-6 weeks, Wash and deep condition every other week. Same routine, same products- but this time, I did a little extra extra.

The Warm Up

After I took out my weave, my scalp was itchy. So I oiled the space between the cornrows with coconut oil. Soothing an itchy scalp is the only thing I actually like to do with coconut oil that I don’t do with anything else. But, I like to oil my scalp at the beginning of Washday, itchy or not, with whatever oil I have when my hair is somewhat sectioned- easiest way to get to my scalp.

Then I loosened my cornrows, and spritzed the super dry hair with plain water. Then I held my hair in two puffs.

Four hours before I took the weave out, I’d mixed my henna and left it to set.

For this, I brewed some hibiscus tea. I put a handful of hibiscus or sorrel or zobo leaves to simmer in some water, on low heat for a bit. Then in my designated henna bowl, I poured the tea over 100g of henna, one dollop of conditioner and a generous drizzle of castor oil. I mixed it all with a plastic spoon and left it alone. For more about my henna process, you can go here.

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