Like I said I conducted what I call a moisturising wash (named so because I don’t use any protein treatment during such wash) yesterday. Here are the steps I took:
1. PREPOO: I always, always prepoo. I prepoo because I use sulphate based shampoos but I don’t think I would stop even when I eventually get sulphate free shampoos. Anyway I prepooed with hot oil on my scalp and Emily millionaire’s coconut oil cream. I learnt about using the Emily millionaire cream from Uzoma at http://dontthehair.com and I cannot begin to tell you how soft my hair feels after the mix has stayed for about 30-45minutes. Apparently my natural and relaxed hair love it as a prepoo.
|Prepooing after 45mins....check out my pink phones in the background|
2. SHAMPOO: I heard that black soap (real black soap) doesn’t strip the hair like sulphate based shampoo so I decided to try it with the remaining amount I had left from a bar I used to use to have my bath (coveringmyeyes….i didn’t want to open a new one). My hair didn't feel any different after using it to cleanse my hair twice. I guess it might be as a result of the prepoo. It cleaned my hair and it wasn’t dry. I guess why I might have not noticed any difference is because I prepoo and my shampoo is always diluted or mixed with conditioner.
3. TEA RINSE: I try to always do a black tea rinse (using Ahmad strawberry flavoured black tea). I can’t drink tea because of caffeine…..*wailing. Hey! That reminds me I have teas that have no caffeine. Yippe!! Tea time. Tea rinses help to stop excess shedding.
4. DEEP CONDITIONING: After the tea rinse which I let drain for a while and used a micro fibre towel to soak up the excess liquid running down my neck, i applied my moisture deep conditioner that I had mixed with a little amount of honey. I applied it on, covered my hair with a plastic bag, 2 shower caps and my mother’s old electric conditioning cap that I had cut of the wire since it was not working and kept it on for 30 minutes. I don’t understand the cap, it gets hot even without the electricity. One day I would dip it in hot water and see how it goes. My hair felt incredible after keeping it for 30mins. I detangled for less than 2 minutes.
|Organics Olive oil Deep Conditioner and Honey|
|Before the shower caps and conditioning cap|
5. FINAL RINSE: I rinsed off the deep conditioner with cold water to close the hair cuticles, did a diluted apple cider vinegar rinse and half rinsed with water. ACV rinse helps to give your hair shine. It also helps with dandruff, however I don’t have dandruff I use it for the shine.
|Check out my curls.....|
6. USE OF DIRECT HEAT: I used a tshirt to soak up the water from my hair, applied my make-up(since I was planning on going out), added my protein and moisture leave in when my hair was dry a bit but damp. Applied a little of my growth lotion, packed in a side puffy ponytail and headed off to the salon to get my hair flat ironed. While waiting for the stylist I applied a bit of my heat protectant and was placed under a hood dryer for my almost dried hair to dry. I wanted to blow dry my hair first but apparently her hand dryer had spoiled. She then proceeded to flat iron my hair. To each section she took to straighten she applied my heat serum. That action she took without me saying a word has made me believe that some of these Nigerian hairstylists know the right thing but refuse to do it because they are trying to cut corners.
|Broken hair while Straightening|
Well that is how my wash day went, here are pictures of my hair.
|Poof!! Out of the hood dryer|
|Front view....I am crying! This is so sad|
|Back view....This hair is in serious trouble|
|Is that a ponytail or something else?|
It is official I am at shoulder blade length….*crying. Oh well, here is to a massive hair growth challenge. I am even considering the inversion method. I want to be at bra strap level next year November.
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