Hey you! I hope you are well and having a great week. It has been a week since I last washed my hair, and my coils need to be drenched with water. Let me paint a picture of my Hair Wash day for you!
Depending on my hairstyle on that day, I will take a spray bottle and fill it with warm water to spray on my head before I go in with a wide tooth comb and detangle my hair from the ends to the roots. Warm water opens the hair cuticle and allows the hair to take in moisture; making my hair relatively manageable.
Step in the Name of Clean
I step into my shower and make sure the water is lukewarm before stepping backwards into the water. I let the warm water run from my roots to my ends until my hair lays flat on my head, then grab a couple pumps of shampoo and rub it into my hands; then distribute the product onto the perimeter of my head and work it into my scalp using my fingertips; NOT MY NAILS. Using nails on your scalp can damage the hair follicle. Lately I have been using Carol’s Daughter’s Rhassoul Clay sulfate – free shampoo, but only because it cleanses my hair without drying it and leaves a beautiful shine on my hair when it’s dry. I shampoo twice before moving on.
After shampooing my hair, I then step away from the water and take a whole bunch of conditioner into my hands, rub my hands together and spread across the perimeter of my hair. I then take more conditioner and form my hands as if I am saying a prayer and spread the product onto my hair shaft and ends generously and evenly. Sometimes I take my wide tooth shower comb and detangle; sometimes I will just use my fingers to detangle. It depends on how lazy I become. Either way, the conditioner melts away the tangles and gives my hair shine and curl definition. For conditioner, I have been using the Olive Oil version of the Garnier Whole Blends conditioner. The conditioner is so thick and penetrates my hair cuticle leaving my hair so soft. I take a shower cap and put that over my head for about 5 minutes while I do my other “shower duties”. After 5 minutes, I turn the water to the cool setting, take my shower cap off, and step backwards into the cool water to rinse the conditioner out of my hair. Just like how warm water opens the hair cuticle and allows moisture to go into the hair, cool water closes the hair cuticle, trapping the moisture from the conditioner inside and leaving the hair super shiny and soft.
After washing the conditioner from my hair, I turn off the water and step out the shower. I then take an old t-shirt and wrap my hair into the shirt; fitting only my hair into the shirt and securing it on the top of my head; almost like a top knot. Drying my hair with a t-shirt avoids frizz that I would normally have if I had used a regular towel on my hair. I let the hair dry a little in the shirt before removing it and beginning to moisturize my coils.
Bring it to Life
Once again, I use a spray bottle filled with warm water to open up the hair cuticle just a bit, and comb through my hair once again before applying my leave in conditioner. I have been using Shea Moisture’s Yucca and Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Styling Milk, and it has been working wonders on my once before fragile hair. I follow up with some Jamaican Black Castor Oil to seal in the moisture and begin to style. Castor Oil is a sealant Oil, therefore it seals in the moisture from both the conditioner and leave in conditioner.
Shoutout to my cousin Kelly for inspiring this post! And as for you, my reader, I hope you have a great day and/or night.
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