Saturday, 13 April 2013

Wash Days @ 1 & 2 Weeks Post: 31.03.13 & 07.04.13

 "I've had two wash days since my last relaxer day, both of which went without a hitch or insane shedding, which is always welcome."
Below are the steps I followed during each:

Wash Day: 30.03.13

My first wash day following my relaxer was pretty straight forward.  Usually this wash at 1 week post consists of a chelating neutralising shampoo to ensure that all relaxer is out of my hair and that it is at a normal ph level.  Therefore, I proceeded as follows:-

1.  Deep conditioned on dry hair I using a mixture of ORS Replenishing Conditioner mixed with a little Roux Porosity control.  When I apply this mixture of conditioner I rarely make up a batch anymore as there is little point, I just mix the two conditioners together on my palms and then apply to my hair section by section.  As my hair was straight from the flat-iron and recent relaxer I washed my hair in just two sections.

2.  I sat under my steamer for 30 minutes without a cap with the conditioner on my hair before rinsing out in the shower.

You can see in the last picture just how much texture is left in my hair.  I am really happy with the texlax results I got during my recent relaxer. 

3.  I then washed my hair with ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo and a little Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo so as not to strip my hair.  I did one lather before rinsing out both sections and applying my conditioners.

4.  The conditioners I applied on this wash day were Nutrine Garlic Conditioner (to reduce shedding), which I applied mainly to the roots as I am trying to stretch this product.  It's my last bottle and I can only purchase it from the USA.  I also applied Elasta QP Intense to the length and ends of my hair as I am trying to use this up as I have two bottles.

5.  I then applied my leave-ins Aphogee Green Tea Resctructurizer, Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk, EVCO, Grapeseed Oil and sealed with Organix Argan Oil serum to the length of my hair and Organix Coconut Milk Serum to my ends and hairline.

The following day I went through my hair and put in my Caruso steam setters to straighten out my hair and smooth my ends.  This worked a treat and made it far easier to bun my hair for the week.

TOP:  Caruso roller setting my hair.  BOTTOM RIGHT:  Total amount of hair lost during 31.03.13 wash day.

This was day was my first wash day trying out my new Chrome Shower Filter Handle from Aquatiere.  I mentioned a few weeks ago that I would be making a purchase when I had made up my mind which one to buy.  I went for this model after speaking to their sales representative on the phone.  This was the perfect choice for my needs!   The water flow from this handle is far better than the previous model I had.  I love it and I've noticed a difference in my hair and skin straight away.

Wash Day:  07.04.13

This wash day was all about adding strength by replacing the protein lost from my hair during the relaxer process.  In addition to this my focus was on making sure I incorporated a tea rinse to combat shedding.  My shedding has been very low this week which is great, but I want to make sure I keep on top of it by doing these tea rinses regularly as part of my schedule i.e. at least every other wash day.

This is how I wore my hair last Saturday (prior to wash day on Sunday).

1.  I deep conditioned on dry hair using ORS Replenishing Conditoner mixed with Roux Porosity Control Conditioner & Corrector using the same process as the wash day above.

2.  I then sat under my steamer for 30mins without a cap.

I tried something different this time, I added a few drops of vinegar to the water.  I used regular malt vinegar as I didn't want to add my ACV which I purchased from Ostlers Cider Mill as it contains the 'mother' in it [which looks gross by the way!].  The last time I put this stuff into an appliance (my Caruso steam setter) it had damn ACV particles in it for months!  I will buy some more ACV to use with my steamer but I will get the more refined stuff which doesn't contain the 'mother' in an attempt to save my appliance from grossness!

3.  After steaming I cowashed out the deep conditioner.  I didn't use any additional conditioner, just the ORS that was already in my hair. 

4.  After all the conditioner was rinsed out of my hair which remained in two sections, I poured my brew of lukewarm black tea onto my scalp and hair and left it for 5 minutes before adding Redken Deep Fuel protein treatment on top, which I left on for 10 minutes as instructed on the tube.

5.  When the 10 minutes had passed I rinsed the protein treatment and black tea rinse out and immediately followed up with my moisturising deep conditioner, Keracare Humecto.  I then sat under my steamer again for 15 minutes this time with regular plain water.

6.  I then rinsed out the deep conditioner with warm water, following with a shot of cold water all over my scalp and then covered with a TShirt for 45 minutes to soak up all the excess moisture.  It was bedtime so I didn't have time to wait hours for my hair to dry.

I then applied my leave-ins in this order, Infusium 23 Maximum Body Formula, Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk, EVCO, Organix Argan Oil Serum on the length of my hair and Organix Coconut Milk Serum on the ends and hairline and finally Keracare Oil Moisturiser (which I forgot to add so added after detangling).  I then detangled using my HS Jumbo Rake comb and put my hair into two low pony tails to straighten my tex-laxed roots, two strand twisted the ends and then put on my scarf before jumping into bed.

TOP:  My hair the morning after wash day still in two pony tails with the ends two-strand twisted.  BOTTOM:  My hair in a bun, which is how it has remained all week.

In the morning my hair was still damp in places so I just scooped my hair back into a low bun and went got myself off to work!

Total amount of hair lost during 07.04.13 wash day.

Again, I won't be adding heat to my hair this week I will just keep bunning for the rest of the week and maybe throw in a different protective style here of there so my hair is not always being held back.

This week signaled the start of my growth aide application.  I have been applying Bee Mine Growth Serum every other or once every two to three days. I don't want my hair and scalp to be too greasy so I will apply as and when for the next four weeks. 

Ciao 4 Now



  1. Your curls came out so nice! I love easy breezy wash days

  2. Your hair looks really good and healthy! I like your texlaxed results. I think I will try airdrying in two ponytails to keep my hair stretched since I'm 12 weeks post.

  3. Your curls are GREAT.

    You're hair just looks so healthy in general, so jelous!

    Mixed Beauty


  4. Your hair is so healthy and thick. Your curls are so nice! You're doing a great job

  5. @Tomes Edition


    Thanks. I do like the results that the Caruso gives me. I always feel like I am giving my hair a treat when I use it as the steam from the rollers just feels like it is doing good things to my hair.

    Yes, these wash days were easy! I much prefer the wash days between 0 and 4 weeks post as they are usually quicker due to me having less steps, quicker detangling and fewer sections of hair to deal with separately.

    Thanks for commenting!

  6. @LaToya


    Yeah, I think I will continue to do the same. Two ponytails were much easier to manage than one large one. Although I still seem to be forever parting my hair down the middle!

    Thanks for commenting about how healthy my hair looks. If you had told me this time last year that anybody would be saying that about my hair I would have thought you were crazy! What a difference a year makes..... My hair feels and looks healthier and just seems to be behaving at the moment.

    Thanks again!

  7. @Chantelle


    Thank you so much! It's taken me a long time to get to this point and there is still a long way to go as my overall goal length is full BSL.

    My hair didn't feel or look like this a year ago. I am really encouraged by the fact that it's growing more and shedding less that it has in the past.

    I love your blog by the way!

    Thanks for commenting

  8. @Jenijen


    Wow, thanks Jeni!!! For you to comment on my curls is amazing! I decided to take your advice from last year and take photos of my 'roller set' even though it was with my steam setters. As you can see there is much room for improvement.

    You're right, my hair has gotten thicker - still a way to go though but it's going in the right direction at the moment. I have noticed since my last relaxer that when I'm bunning, my pony tail actually feels thicker. Luckily my hair is playing nicely and co-operating with me and all the attention I shower upon it.

    Thanks for commenting and also for the encouragement.


  9. I absolutely love wash day posts and yours was awesome! Your hair is gorgeous!

  10. @Courtnea2001

    Thank you so much!!!

    I do like to read a good wash day post. I try to take photos during most of mine so I am really pleased to read such positive comments. It encourages me to post more!

    Thanks again for commenting!


  11. Thank you so much for all your insightful posts!


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