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

14:21 Sandra N.U. 7 Comments

Hellurrr,
     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?
Xx,
NGND

The wash day experience



7 comments:

  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.

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    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.

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

    https://naturallykinkyme.wordpress.com

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    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.

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  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

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    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.

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  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.

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