Wash day regimen + Routine Update (4 to 6 months)

I wore my hair out for a little while and then decided to go back to wearing my wig daily.  While sitting under the dryer deep conditioning I figured why not document what I’m doing now. 

The players…..

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I do this process once a week, usually on the weekends.
1. Cowash hair with As I Am Coconut Cowash.
2. Deep condition with heat for at least 20 minutes with Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner.
3. Apply Oyin Hair Dew as a leave-in.
4. Seal and twist hair using Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade.
***Tonight will be my first night using the Jamaican Black Castor Oil in months.****

Sometimes I will switch products, but the process and steps are always the same.  I wear a satin bonnet to bed and don’t touch my hair again until the next wash day. 

Having a busy schedule really helps to distract me from having hand-in-fro syndrome.  Wash days are when I take the time to really play in my hair.  At week’s end my hair is still really moisturized without adding any extra product during the week. 

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What is your wash day routine?  What are some of your favorite products to use?

Big Chop Files…Summer Haircare Regimen and Products

It’s been a little over a month (going on 2 months now) since my 3rd big chop and my regimen since has been super simple. I rarely manipulate my hair and it has grown so much already. I’ve been wearing a wig daily, but i wanted to document what I use on my actual hair.  I must mention that I do not moisturize and seal daily…more like on wash day only.

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1. Jamaican Black Castor Oil with Rosemary – I found this at Sally Beauty Supply and it was the last one so I snatched it up.  I use it on my edges occasionally.

2. Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus CoWash – I didn’t bring my cowash from home because I planned on buying a cheap Suave conditioner.  I couldn’t find the one I like, so I purchased this instead.  I co-wash once a week, usually on the weekend.

3. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave In – This was a staple when I was relaxed and I have a lot left so I’m trying to use it up.  I like it on my natural hair too.

4. Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter – Another product from my relaxed days.  I apply this after the leave-in.20140621-230106-82866302.jpg

5. Satin Bonnet – A must for bed.

6. Silk Elements Liquid Styling Gel – I actually got this for free when I purchased the JBCO from Sally’s.  This stuff is really moisturizing!

7. Shampoo Brush – I use this to detangle my hair on wash days.

 

So my regimen is to co-wash, apply leave-in, moisturize/seal, and apply gel since it has extra moisturizing properties.  I sleep with my satin bonnet each night and I don’t use anything on my hair during the week – I simply plop my wig on and go.

The products will definitely change as I use things up and the regimen will change as my hair gets longer, but this is it for now.

Wigs – A Protective Style Option

I recorded this video a little while ago and never took the time to share it here.  Some people may be against wearing wigs because they look fake or take out your edges.

I see wigs as a great option to switching up your style and also as a protective style.  I wore the wig in the video for around two months and my hair grew a lot as a result.  I did not neglect taking care of my hair and it paid off.

Now it is way too hot to even think about a wig, but who knows…I may end up purchasing one for the winter months.

The wig showcased in this video is by Sensationnel and it is the Vivica Lace Front Wig.

Transitioning to Natural

Recently I did the BC due to an unfortunate event with microbraids being glued to my natural hair.

See what I mean?

I didn’t get to do the long transition like I wanted to, but now that I have BC’d I realize that if I were to transition the one I would change is to…

Treat my hair as if I am already natural.  I’ve heard people say this, but I did not think it was possible.  Once I did the BC, I went online to do research and realized that a lot of the tips I could have begun already.

 

I learned so much from watching Kimmaytube’s YouTube channel.  It was through watching her videos that I really learned about the basics of hair structure and properties.  I have read books in the past, but Kimmaytube has some visuals that really hit home.

I have been terrified to reveal my hair simply because I do not like it YET.  Once I am comfortable with it I will reveal.  I know one thing though, I have no plans on going back to the relaxer or using heat in my hair for a long time.  Until I’m ready to reveal, I’ll wear wigs to get by.

Wiggin Out (Part 1)

Lately I’ve been feeling really ordinary and craving for a change.  I wanted to get extensions, but the kind I wanted cost up to $1,400!

Looking for a budget-friendly alternative, I opted for a wig.  My friend has been wearing them a lot lately along with my co-worker across the hall.

When contemplating my decision to dish out the funds for some hair, I thought about the following:

  • I can now experiment with color without doing it to my own hair.
  • I don’t have to worry about doing my hair in the morning when rushing to work.
  • I can play around with a ton of looks, including those I’m too scared to do.
  • I can wait even longer to relax my hair!

I ended up purchasing three wigs and over the next few days I will review each one.  I’m excited about my purchases so far and can’t wait to try them all out!