Let me first apologize for being absent for the past weeks. I have been really ill, off and on for the past three weeks, and after it all, I went for a little holiday from which I just got back. I planned to post this wash day experience last week but in between being weak and trying to pack for my trip, I couldn’t pull it through. Anyways, although I have washed my hair again since then, I still think this is post could help some people so I am posting it now.
This is a two in one wash day, how to care for your hair before and after taking out braids!
Remember I had kinky twists installed towards the end of last year? And I was a bit lazy with taking care of my hair (I washed, or rather co-washed my hair twice during all of the five weeks I had them)? Remember also when I said you can be a little less strict with your hair in braids, IF and ONLY IF you do a proper care right before and after you take them off? That was exactly what I did.
WASH DAY BEFORE TAKING OUT BRAIDS
- I cleansed my scalp and the length of my hair (not braids) with a sample shampoo I got, Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo. I figured with was a clarifying shampoo because of the ingredients, which are not the best btw but I figured I could get away with it just this once. I needed to get rid of the buildup, and avoid having those dirt balls at the root of the braids
- Followed up with a deep conditioner using my Cream of Nature Argan Oil intensive Conditioner Treatment. Sat under my steamer for about 20mins (got a bit antsy towards the end and got out right before it went off).
- Rinsed my hair with lukewarm water to seal in some of the moisture from the deep condition treatment
- Moisturized with ORS Shea Butter Softening Hair & Scalp Lotion
Next day, my hair was not fully dry, but I still took out the braids. I was so easy and I had little to no breakage. The picture below is the amount of shed hair I had after five weeks. This is a smallest amount I have had, and I attribute it to the tea rinse, but mainly the Manetabolism pills I took (Check out review and comparison pictures -> http://youtu.be/KNSN5Mb3U30 ).
WASH DAY AFTER TAKING OUT BRAIDS
- I did an overnight hot oil treatment with my oil mix of almond oil, JBCO and Jojoba oil.
- Shampooed with my ORS Olive Oil Creamy Aloe shampoo, to make sure that all the buildup was gone.
- Next up, I did a protein treatment, which is necessary to restore strength to your strands after any long protective style. My treatment consisted of avocado, coconut milk, oil mix and another sample protein conditioner I got, Elasta QP Soy Oyl ULTRA HYDRATION Conditioner, as I was all out of my ORS mayonnaise and I always like adding a conditioner to my protein mix just for the extra oomph. I left this on for about an hour to two hours and rinsed it off.
- My hair is a bit sensitive to protein, so I always do a moisturising treatment on days I do my protein treatment because of the fear I have that my hair will break due to too much protein (might be in my head). Oh well, I finally made use of the Manechoice Natural Nourishing Growth & Retention Green Tea & Carrot Deep Conditioning Mask for my moisturising treatment. Deviating a bit from my usual treatments, I skipped adding the extra oils and honey, just so I can have a good judgement of this product and I must say, I LOVE it. So much so I went and bought another one on my recent trip. I will post a review on this after I have used it a few more times. So look out for that. I sat under my steamer again for the whole twenty minutes this time and after, covered my hair with a shower cap and beanie for an extra twenty minutes to trap in the heat. At the end, I was left with super soft moisturised hair (I was in love, LOL)
- Rinsed the conditioner off with lukewarm water and immediately applied my Kinky Coily Knot Today, Jojoba oil and Jane Carter Nourish & Shine (THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH).
- Banded my hair right after applying my LOC products and left it in all night (didn’t dry all the way but I was okay with that). The next day I pulled it into a puff and did this cute “cinna bun” puff so as to protect my ends.
PS: My lovely 4C-4B in very little areas-hair is coiling up guys. I have started finding little coils here and there. Although I absolutely love my afro, I am really curious to see if my strands really do coil up all the way. I have heard a lot about the Max Hydration Method and I am currently doing research to find out everything about it. I have heard mixed reviews, but seen great results. I am all for anything that adds moisture (low porosity and all) and if they say one can reach 100% moisture level, then sign me up (minus the time duration though side eyeing that part so bad), defined coils are just a side dish.
So guys, let me know, has any one tried it? How did it work for you? I am having major issues with the time duration, 7 days? Every day? Who has that time? Did you do all 7 days? Or do you have a cut down version? What about baking soda? Can’t I just do a protein treatment? HELP!!!!!!
PSS: In case you missed the link, heres my review on the Manetabolism Hair Vitamins! Go check it out -> http://youtu.be/KNSN5Mb3U30