Wash day files: A Big Trim and the Heavenly Homemade Deep Conditioner

08:46 Sandra N.U. 31 Comments

Hi guys!
So in my last post I mentioned that I'll do a brief recap of the wash day I didn't post last week. Here goes:

Wash day 1- Big Trim
It started out great, did a 1] hot oil prepoo with olive oil for 30 minutes, twisted the sections
 then 2] shampooed. When my hair is wet my relaxed ends show up really thin and it encourages tangles
Wet hair
    It went wrong when I did a 3] tea rinse. I know I know, I already counted black tea as a 2014 miss; I was just desperate to stop the hair loss I've been dealing with. I took precautions that I thought would help-

  • 1 black teabag
  • 1 rooibos (African red bush) teabag- I've enjoyed drinking this tea since I found it at Shoprite, but this was my first time using it in my hair. I thought it might tone down the hardening and tangling effect of black tea.


  • A large dollop of honey to the brew.

  Despite the precautions, it was still a fail. Hard, tangled hair. Ouch.

4] I applied Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner and covered with a plastic cap for an hour. My hair was softened again. I did NOT rinse out. I sealed with my oil mix and got to detangling.
5] Afterwards, I held each section of hair taut and cut off 8cm (3.5 inches) from each. My hair now feels much shorter. My sis noticed too. She walked by a day after and retorted "Your hair is shorter!"
      I'm just glad I have less of those thin ends to deal with. I still have some way to go before all the relaxed parts are gone though.

Wash day 2
Ah yes, my happy wash day. This was in preparation for a protective style.
Goals = clean scalp, moisturised and stretched hair.
The heavenly homemade dc
      4 bananas
      1 tablespoon of raw, solid shea butter
      An egg for a shot of protein
      Olive oil
      Coconut oil
   This was my first time ever using bananas in my hair! I've recommended it to others based on the experiences of other bloggers but I somehow never got around to it.

      I blended the bananas with the shea and a bit of water until smooth, passed it through a sieve (this took so much time! Was it the shea?), then added the egg and the oils. Didn't measure the oils but about a tablespoon or so each.

      There was instant softening as soon as I applied it to the sections.

I put in 8 bantu knots and covered with a plastic cap and then a towel for 75 minutes.
The coverings came off and whoa nelly! Such soft hair! And so much slip it was unbelievable. I was running my fingers from roots to ends no problem! I would pay top dollar for an all-natural product that can do this and I got it in my own kitchen.

  ****** Meanwhile, the rough banana+shea that didn't get through the sieve ended up on my face and legs as a masque :)

Shampooed with Shea Moisture Red tea and Babassu Head-to-toe Wash and Shampoo.
Leave-ins: Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner, sealed with Olori Deep Conditioning Treatment.
Stretched my new growth with flat twists. I undid them the next day and had this:

Now I know my poor twistout results had to do with my relaxed hair cos I'm really pleased with how the natural part turned out. One more thing to look forward to for when I'm fully natural eh?

So, my questions: Do bananas usually have a hard time going through a sieve? Do you think it was the shea butter? Cos if it was I'll have to leave it out of the blender and probably melt it to mix next time.
Do join the wash day experience over here to see other wash days and share yours.
Xx,
NGND


31 comments:

  1. The last time I used banana on my hair I didn't know it's supposed to be sieved, I just mashed the partly unripe banana because I dont have a blender in school and added to my hair. It was hell washing all the banana off. Had to let the hair dry so that I can shake it off. Thanks for this, because i'd sworn banana off

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    1. Wow. I hope the shake worked.
      I'd heard so many stories about bananas and hair residue that's why I made sure to sieve. Would have been such a mess if not.
      You should try again. I loved it

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  2. Your hair looks so thick and healthy! Are you transitioning to natural? Was it the banana that made your hair soft?

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    1. Hi Rebeca:) Yes I am. 14 months post now. Yes it was the combination of banana and shea butter.

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  3. You can use banana baby food which is very smooth .

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    1. Thanks Abena, so I heard but bananas were more accessible since they're sold right on my street

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  4. Gorgeous twist out. I've never tried any real home made DC's but I here so many great things.
    I've been experimenting with tea-rinsing as well on my last couple of wash day posts. This last time I used green tea, marshmallow root, slippery elm bark, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, and coconut oil. I think the coconut oil actually helped a lot with keeping my hair from feeling stripped, but the con was that I still had bits of marshmallow and slipper elm in my hair when I got done. Think I will layer on a conditioner over the tea rinse as others have suggested. Hope you get your shedding under control soon! :)

    Andrea @ lengtheninglocks.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Andrea! Maybe one day I'll get round to trying some of these other stuff. I'm particularly curious about marshmallow root and slippery elm since they're said to be natural detanglers. If I can find them in Nigeria...

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  5. I'm so scared to use bananas in my hair because it went really bad for me. That banana smoothie is really tempting me to go back to it. Your hair is pretty

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    1. Sorry about the bad experience Tamara, if it was about it sticking in your hair just sieve it; I promise it gets out all those sneaky bits

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  6. Your hair looks very pretty. I'm glad you achieved soft hair with your mix. I suggest you try passing the banana and the shea through the sieve each on its own to see how they fair in terms of time taken to go through the sieve.

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    1. Thanks Evalyne! Like a scientific experiment, I like :D

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  7. My first and only banana experience was a disaster, though i did not sieve. But this your story is really encouraging. Maybe, just maybe, i will give it another shot. Yea, twist out is better with all natural hair, i hope to get there someday.
    Babe, i dey gbadu your hair big time.

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    1. Thank you my sister.
      I hope you do o. Can't wait to get to all-natural and bomb twist outs too

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    2. So, i tried the banana smoothie this past weekend and it was........, you don't want to know. I will just jejely stick with my avacado and egg smoothie which i love so much.

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  8. You managed really well with so much new growth, NICE! I love the mix - definitely a must-try. Have you ever washed your hair in braids (or maybe tried the tea rinse etc while in braids)? maybe that would reduce the risk/likelihood of tangles? Just a thought. great post :-)

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    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for the tip.
      Yes I have washed in twists/braids but haven't done the tea rinse that way. I'm sure it'll help,.Thing is I hate the hardness too so I'm not sure I want to try again. Maybe I'll go back to coffee rinses. Those were nice

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  9. You have so much new growth! Nice job on your flat twist out. I agree with Rachel's suggestion about washing/rinsing your hair in braids to help with the tangling.

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  10. Your twist out is liek 1000x better than mine girl! You're definitely on the right track! Maybe I'm off track here---but maybe you should cook the banana first. I say this because I used to make my own baby food for my kids and bananas were soo tricky to store. If you blitz a fresh banana not only goes the color go gray on you but its hard to get a consistent texture. So, I started cooking the banana first (just bringing it to a boil with a little water), strain off the water, then blitz it. It's so smooth and creamy + the color stayed the same. Just a thought...

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience chica!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

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    1. Nice! I used it before it went grey but I noticed the leftovers did. If I ever want to store it I'll definitely do this. Thanks KLP

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    2. love the idea of cooking it first!! Sandra your new growth is popping!!! Keep it up!!

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  11. Maybe you can try spraying the tea directly to your scalp using a spray bottle or applicator bottle. It's really helped to stop the hardness I get after doing the tea rinse :) I think I'll try the banana masque soon ;)

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    1. Hi Rebecca, thanks for the tip :)
      I hope you try the masque

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  12. Well I don't know much about this but it looks interesting lol, and I really love natural hair when it's gotten right, and you my dear are doing just that.

    www.akinfaminu.com

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  13. Love how healthy your hair looks! Good thing you sieved your banana mix first - also try sieving it before adding the shea; it wont be as difficult.

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  14. i transitioned as well, hair loss is inevitable because the relaxed ends fall out.

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  15. wow! the braidout blends the textures well

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