Another Good Washday, Pleasant Surprises.

Hey guys!

How is the going going?

I currently have my hair in mini-twists, just three weeks after I swore “Never Again!” LOL- so let me tell you the story about how I got back here, after my last Wash Day.

I started with tangled, very shrunken, soft but kind of greasy hair. This is the typical state of my hair after a week or so. *Kanye shrug* We’ll talk more about this later!

1. Sections first!

First, I sectioned my hair into four puffs.

2. Poo!

I squeezed the last of my L’Oreal Ever Crème Shampoo, to give myself a nice poo. I’d used Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La to style the week before, and it was still very much present in my hair, so the poo was necessary. Working my scalp, and getting the lather all over my hair. I rinsed it off with very warm water.

3. Finally Got Oil Rinsing Right

After rinsing out my shampoo, I put Olive oil on, trying to cover every bit of my hair from scalp to tip. 3-5 minutes later, I rinsed with very warm water. I guess I used too much oil because my hair was still oily afterwards. On the bright side though, it was super soft and amazing to run my fingers through. Great slip thanks to the oil. Now I see the hype about Oil Rinsing. I’d previously been doing it wrong- putting oil and then deep conditioner before rinsing.

4. Deep Conditioning, dum dum! The step of my Washday that I do not dare miss!

I finally opened the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque that I was gifted by The Kinky Apothecary in October. A full review will come in due time, but I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t know what I expected from this masque but the end result? Lush soft coils. They were poppin’ and I was so happy!!

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One awesome thing about this masque is the ingredients. When I use conditioners (instant, deep, leave-in), I’m always a little wary of applying down to my roots because I don’t shampoo after I deep condition, and I do not want build up. I love me my silicones, but I don’t want them on my scalp. The ingredients of this masque are 5 stars yo, and it’s actually great for use on scalp too, so I didn’t have to be careful. I smoothed the masque onto wet hair, finger detangling and then going through gently with a wide tooth comb. Look how much hair I lost after detangling! Not bad eyyy?

Amazeballs.

5. Styling Time!

I don’t know why but for months now, when I know I’m going to be using a styling product, I skip using a leave-in conditioner after I wash. Instead, I just seal with an oil, butter or pomade. Not sure what the rationale is, I guess I tried it once and it worked, and so have I continued. I’m enjoying it so far, I like that my hair doesn’t have to wear more layers of product than it actually needs.

After rinsing out my DC, I took down the puffs and chunky twisted my hair, using Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade to seal. I put my satin bonnet over that and went to make dinner.

Done for the day, a few hours later, close to midnight, I put ‘Once Upon A Time’ on (who else watches & loves this show? ^_^) and settled to style.

My hair still felt wonderfully soft! Like erhmahgerrd. Not using a leave-in after a wash is also one way I test a deep conditioner. If my hair still feels 100 without a leave-in after a wash, I’m sold. But, if I still need a leave-in after using a deep conditioning treatment, I conclude that it’s not very moisturising. Duh.

I decided to do a Twist & Curl since it had been such a long time. For this, I used the Shea Moisture Frizz-Free Curl Mousse to do my twists, and perm rods to curl (I got the perm rods from Olori. 350 naira for a pack of 12 over here)

Hair was still damp, but some areas needed a little misting, so I spritzed them with water before using the mousse. I put my hair in 20 twists and curled each twist with a perm rod.

Twisted and then curled
Twisted and then curled

12 hours later, I took down the rods and unravelled the twists.

I had a promising twist out if I do say so myself! Way better than the first time I styled with this mousse. Hair was shiny, felt amazingly smooth (like not just stretched- actually smooth and can I say, polished? It was the first time my hair has ever felt this way, I’m just trying to put the feeling into words.) and the definition was kind of pretty. Wet styling is a big problem for me. My wet styles rarely ever go as planned. So I was so excited with these results!

Ignore my pout lol
Ignore my pout lol

The only problem was that I didn’t like the way it was arranged. I haven’t yet mastered how to combine my braids or twists for a twist out or braid out. So after trying to figure out how to style or arrange, pushing hair this way and that, I had frizzed the whole thing. And I didn’t have an afro pick to fluff the roots. Haven’t replaced mine since it was seized at an airport last year.

🙁 Oh well. It was nice while it lasted.

So smooth!
So smooth, y’all.
LOL sorry guys, but this was my first time of experiencing "smoothness" with my curls. And to think that I'd applied no heat! Loved it!
LOL sorry guys, but this was my first time of experiencing “smoothness” with my curls. And to think that I’d applied no heat! Loved it!

I held my hair up in a very loose undefined puff and covered it with my satin bonnet. The next morning, not in the mood to manipulate my hair again, I decided to do mini-twists. Hair was still well moisturised & smooth feeling & kind of stretched so I did my twists with no additional product as I watched more Once Upon a Time, except a little dab of the Oyin Burnt Pomade here and there, to smooth the ends of each twist.

Voila!

Day 1 hair. I love mini-twists until they shrink and get frizzy.
Day 1 hair. I love mini-twists until they shrink and get frizzy.

Hopefully I’ll let my twists last this time. I don’t want to wash my hair for another two weeks. ( ._.)

I was very happy with this Washday. I don’t know why I dread washing my hair these days. I’m like “Noooo, I don’t want to”, but then I do and it’s really a piece of cake- and I love how my hair feels afterwards. It’s alright to feel lazy about it, don’t feel bad. Just still do the work, lol.

Alright lovers. How did your last Washday go? 🙂

For more healthy hair posts, see more from this week’s link-up on The Wash Day Experience.

Love,

AB,

xx

0 thoughts on “Another Good Washday, Pleasant Surprises.

  1. very nice indeed. i think we have the same hair texture, my hair is growing nicely but i have a problem the front edge is messing me up, what can i do

    1. Thanks Lara! You could try leaving your edges alone for a while & see what happens. Don’t do styles that require your edges to be picked at & pulled too much. They’ll come back. Massaging that area regularly (preferably with a stimulating oil like castor oil or something with peppermint oil) could also help. 🙂

  2. I hate wash day too!!! My sis says i’m the laziest natural ever cos I wouldnt mind extending a hairstyle just to avoid wash day.

  3. I love your mini twists, they look very pretty. I can’t wait to finally chop of my relaxed ends so my twists last and look better. Oil rinsing is great, I don’t do it often (think I’ve done it once tbh) but the results were fab. For twist-outs I found a tip that you should twist the hair in the direction you want the end style to fall, that helps my frizzies….. unless I change my mind the next day and want the part different lol.

  4. Hi AB, pls I have issues with the naijahairdiva site. Could you pls contact them and tell them to fix it? And also, dabs is having a hair day out in PH 28th december.. I dunno what goes into advertising it.. But pls I wouldn’t want my ph hair divas that read your blog to miss out.. Thanks..

  5. Pls I recently had my big chop and is would like you to recommend some products u think I need for hair growth and when you say silicones pls can u explain further want they are and what they do to the hair

    1. Hey Fumnaya!

      Silicones are one of the many chemicals found in some hair and beauty products. They promote shine and help with detangling BUT they aren’t absorbed into the hair, and could create a barrier, preventing your hair from absorbing moisture. For this reason, they aren’t highly recommended. A lot of naturals stay away from products containing silicones but I’ve had no issues so far.

      I can’t really recommend any products for hair growth. Keep your hair healthy and it will grow 🙂 Scalp massages help increase blood circulation and this stimulates our follicles to grow hair faster. You could use stimulating oils like Castor oil and peppermint oil to do your scalp massages. Apart from this, I don’t know. Your hair will grow, just try to enjoy the process 🙂

  6. Very nice girl, your shedding is soooo little, I have like 10 times that amount 😀 but I only wash once every 2 or 3 weeks, so cannot complain (want to but wont cry too much)!! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing with us 😀
    Smiles!!!

  7. See ehn Shea Moisture black soap purification mask is the TRUTH, in fact the last time I used it my hair needed no further detangling even my hair stylist commented on the manageability. I have to say I love your twist and roll style very nice,but I think u might have gotten more curls if u had used the small sized perm rod set.
    On being scared of wash days, I guess it’s a phase ,my hair is not so long yet sometimes I just dread washing it. Your mini twists though, I wish 🙁

  8. I MUST try oil rinsing. These days my hair is always really tangled after washing-conditioning, and I end up losing way too much hair to my comb. It seems like the longer my hair grows, the more stubborn it becomes.

    1. Do try oil rinsing! I’m even beginning to wonder if the Shea Moisture masque was all that or it was just the oil rinsing. I’ll try the masque again, without oil rinsing to confirm.

      “Mo hair, mo problems”- The Notorious B.I.G., 1997.

    1. Longer? Is it? *squints at my hair*

      I’m just lazy these days. But the laziness is making me creative and the creativity has led to new discoveries so, no complaints there! 😀

      But you’re probably right sha. I’m not as eager to soak my entire head as I was when I had a TWA.

      These twists were done on dry hair. I also twist on damp hair. I get more length with dry hair of course, but I can’t say which I prefer.

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