"I can't believe it's been a whole week since my last wash day when I took out my crochet braids. Time sure does fly - I was hoping to apply this sentiment to my wash day today and make it hassle free and speedy!"
My starting point was my 7 day old bun and these are the steps I followed (with a few pictures):
1. Sectioned my hair into four and finger detangled each section.
|Starting point of my week old bun. There is not pony tail holder or hair grips in my hair|
2. I made my conditoner mix which consisted of EVOO, honey, Alter Ego Hot Oil Treatment, Aphogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor, Roux Porosity Control, Silk Amino Acid Powder and Aloe Vera Juice and placed the bowl of conditioner in the sink resting in hot water from the tap to warm it slightly.
|My conditioner at various stages of the mixing process whilst it was sat in a warm water bath.|
3. Next I applied the conditioner in one inch secitons starting at the nape, as though I were applying relaxer *messilly*! As always I started at the roots, applied to all 1 inch partings in that section and then using a squeezing motion I distributed the conditoner at my roots [which had by now warmed up and thinned down so it has more slip and is easier to push/pull down the length of my hair]. I then applied conditioner to the ends to make sure they are thorougly covered before adding more to the length of my hair to cover any strands which are not already coated in the conditioner mix.
4. I then covered with a plastic bag then a scarf and went about my business for an hour. After an hour I decided to remove the plastic bag from my hair and sat under my steamer for 15 minutes. After my time under the steamer I immediately replaced the plastic bag to trap the heat/moisture and kept the conditioner on for a further 2hrs or so with a towel on top.
5. I then rinsed out the conditioner in the shower whilst my hair was still in four twisted setions. Working section by section I rinsed the conditioner, applied Hair One Cleansing Conditioner to the roots, retwisted the section and then moved to the next. Once I got to the last section I squirted some Paul Mitchell Super Strong Treatment into my palms and ran this down the length of my hair and the ends. I only added this additional protein step because a) I plan to blow dry my hair next week [using the tension method] and b) I plan to relax my hair next week. I then rinsed this out after about 3 minutes and followed up with a peppermint tea rinse [cold] concentrating on my roots and I didn't rinse it out. Lastly I decided to do an ACV rinse [after I got out of the shower so I just did this over the sink] then covered my hair with a towel for 5 minutes to soak up excess moisture.
6. I then applied my leave ins in this order; Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk, Bee Mine Luscious, EVCO, Keracare Oil Moisturiser and Organix Coconut Milk Serum [just to the ends and hairline]. I then airdried in four two strand twists for a couple of hours before applying Treseme Heat Defence spray and blowdrying using the hand tension method concentrating on the new growth.
|Air drying with product applied. At this point I've not detangled my hair.|
7. I then lightly dusted my ends before putting my hair back into four 2 strand twists before covering with a scarf and going to bed.
|My bun. I am pretty proud of how full my bun is looking. Still massive room for improvement but leaps and bounds ahead of where I was three years ago!|
|TOP: Hair on the right hand side of my palm is from finger detangling and applying conditioner, the hair on the left hand side is from the remainder of my wash day including detangling, blow drying and dusting. BOTTOM: Total hair combined.|
Today I posted a few pictures of my bun and newgrowth on the Simply Into My HAIR Facebook page. I was asked in the comments section about the tension blowdrying method I used, below is my response:
For the rest of this week I will wear my hair in a bun and continue to moisturise and seal daily.
Ciao 4 Now