A full wash day: DIY Everything and bantu knot-out

14:21 Naija girl next door 7 Comments

     I had the most extra wash day recently. I did everything- hot oil prepoo, shampoo, deep condition, leave-ins, style. It had been a long time since I did so much on wash day.
I get the best results when I assess what my hair needs before I start. This time it was a thorough wash because I had buildup in my scalp and hair.
 1.] Detangle. I had week-old loose twists I divided into 4 sections. Detangled gently with olive oil, and twisted up each section when I was done.
Untwisted sections waiting for prepoo

2.] Hot oil pre-poo. With black palm kernel oil heated over a bowl of hot water. I've had this oil for so long because I have to psych myself up for its strong smoky smell. I was desperate to use it all up so my hair was positively soaked. My shoulders too, oyel.
Hot oil in
It was late so I covered my hair, protected my bed, and left it in overnight.

3.] DIY Shampoo: I went through a lot of natural/organic soaps one time. I had half a bar of a particularly disappointing one, so why not make shampoo? I dissolved it in hot water over low heat and it made a wonderful! shampoo. It was quite watery at first, but after a day it had thickened to the perfect consistency.
My diy shampoo. I pinched my sister's empty face wash pump bottle
    It doesn't lather as much as it did as a bar but it now cleans beautifully without the drying effect, even without added oils and stuff.

4.] Deep condition- I was going to do the amazing banana masque I used here and here, but no light so I couldn't blend my bananas. I had to struggle with a manual blender and use more water, so after sieving I had an unimpressive watery filtrate.
I decided to thicken with rhassoul clay, and added a tablespoon each of honey, olive and coconut oil.
I didn't use an egg this time either because my hair didn't need the protein.

5.] Rinsed thoroughly. My hair was so clean and curly, my scalp too fresh for words; but my hair wasn't as soft and conditioned as it is with my usual banana recipe or say, Shea Moisture Purification Masque. Sigh.
Wet 4c hair

Wet 4c hair

6.] Leave-ins. Another diy step. My hair finds the Shea Moisture Superfruit conditioner too light as a leave-in. Inspiration struck to mix with shea butter and I did. 3 parts conditioner to 2 parts shea butter. The result was yum for my hair! I sealed with a drop or two of olive oil per section (6 sections).

7.] Style. I did bantu knots to stretch my kinks and unraveled them the next morning, sunday.

I did a side part and pinned down the front.
People really liked it so yay!

Bantu knot-out, roots gently fluffed.
By evening I put in my loose twists for another week.
This was two weeks ago. The week after I just did a quick co-wash.
My last wash day was friday and I tried out some actual bottled products, including the Cantu masque. I'll put it up tomorrow.

How did your wash day go?

The wash day experience


  1. Your hair is thriving beautifully, its enjoying your love and pampering. :-)

    That smoky smell of black palm kernel oil reminds me of my Grandma's visits. For a short while, I used to add it to my DC mix.

    I washed my braids last Sunday, then spritzed a mix of 911 leave-in conditioner and glycerin afterwards.

    1. That smoky smell can whoop the memories out of one's vault.
      Kudos for taking care pf ypur hair while in braids. I need to be more consistent with that.

  2. I like the way your hair is looking, thick and healthy. What DIY shampoo recipe did you use?
    Your blog is looking nice.


    1. Thanks :)
      I dissolved an organic soap in hot water, and then over heat to really liquefy it. That's it. I added oils to the first batch but it worked better without them since my hair was very oily itself.

  3. I love a wash day when I can really use up some old stuff---mainly so that I can remember what works (and what doesn't) but mostly so that I can get new stuff!!!

    I love the results of your bantu knots and the color of your hair is stunning!!!

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience chica!

    KLP @ www.savingourstrands.com

    1. Heeeey thanks! I used to have very black hair when I was little and I loved it. I don't know why it changed but I'm learning to love it.

  4. I've always loved kernel oil but didn't know I could use it for hair , learned that from your blog and I've been loving it ever since.

    You hair looks so healthy and good.