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?




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