The wash day files: happy hair and braidouts

July 24, 2014 Naija girl next door 8 Comments

Hey everyone,
I didn't have the best time with the Beautiful Textures conditioner I used for a while (read review here), so I haven't been inspired to put up a wash day post. This wash day however, I got reacquainted with hair that feels like butter.
     It started with taking down my ghana braids the day before. It was late afternoon on sunday, I was getting dressed to go to the beach with my baby brother and some friends when I suddenly decided I was done with the style.
   I quickly undid the nine braids, taking care not to rip my hair, and ended up with this big bohemian braidout. I didn't comb or anything. I just let it be free. I always get the biggest, fluffiest braidouts after taking down a long term protective style.
  I can't think of any hairstyle more appropriate for the beach. The wind was doing its thing and it was working for me and at some point your girl really began to feel herself. Can you tell?
We came upon an abandoned ship
  By the time I got home my hair felt dry (duh Sandra) and promised me tangles. I knew I wouldn't want to handle it while tired. I covered with my satin scarf and the next day, wash day began.

Hot oil prepoo: EVOO. If I ever again forget how much slip this oil gives, somebody slap me. It melted through my dry tangles and I got out the shed hairs easy peasy. Covered with a shower cap for 30 minutes.
Wash: Creme of Nature Argan oil shampoo. I washed in six sections with comfortably warm water. My hair was clean, not stripped. I wrapped a towel gently around my hair to catch the excess water.
Deep condition: on damp hair with ORS Replenishing conditioner + palm kernel oil+ the little olive oil left over from my prepoo. Yes my ORS is back and I missed it! Covered with two shower caps for almost three hours (I slept off). I rinsed with cool water.
Tshirt dried for 30 minutes.
Leave - ins : Used the LCO method
            L: L'ozrael Hair Rescue
            C : my minty shea butter cream
            O : coconut oil
Detangled : fingers and wide toothed comb.
My hair was the happiest it has been in forever. It was sooft and my new growth was purring. I enjoyed my big braidout so I did two big plaits. The next day I had looser, more defined curls than the beach braidout.
The wind was at it again

Thanks to baby bro for resuming his photographer duties. I shall reward you soon.
     I'm rounding up the eighth month of my transition and I'm figuring it out as I go along. It helps that I take it easy with styling. I like messy curls, fluff, blown-about-and-pinned-up-last-minute-hair. If I were about perfectly put together hair, it would be another story.
How was your wash day?
You know I love when you talk to me :)

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  1. Your hair looks great! I love braid outs they are so easy to maintain and the volume is to die for

  2. Umm...Can I borrow your braid out?! LOL. This is a great look on you! Ain't it funny how just one great hair day can make EVERYTHING feel better?!?

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience chica!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

    1. Thanks a lot KLP, You took the words right out of my mouth- this one day made everything better

  3. I love your hair. Really beautiful. And your braid out looks very nice. Can't wait for my hair to get really long so I can start all these on my hair. Nice

    1. Thanks Moby :D
      You can actually start at almost any length. I ladies online do curly styles with short and medium length hair and they kill it.
      I just got hooked on your blog.

  4. Your braid out is amazing

  5. Looks lovely! Glad to hair you were able to take down your braid with minimal damage. That's always great!