Wash Day

This weeks wash day went wrong, wrong, wrong!

Here’s what I did:
(1) I pre-pooed with Organix Macadamia Oil Intensive Mask
(2) Shampooed with Organix Awapuhi Shampoo
(3) Black/green tea rinse. Now I did something different here than I normally do. Instead of letting the rinse sit for a few minutes and then rinsing, I opted not to rinse it out, just to try it out, I left it in and then
(4) Applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Treatment over it. This isn’t the part of my way that went wrong. After a few minutes, I rinsed it out and my hair felt fine.
(5) Roux PC for 30 seconds.
(6) Deep conditioned with Hydrating Hemp Conditioner by Kyra’s Ultimate Indulgence for 1 hour under my heating cap. This is where my wash day went all wrong. 

I mentioned in a previous post this month that I was dedicating June to hemp seed oil because I really love hemp seed oil. So, I thought, ‘hey why not get a hemp seed oil deep conditioner!’ Sounds good right? I thought so too. I happily purchased the condish above and set my mind on using it the very first chance I got.

Me and the conditioner got off on the wrong foot as soon as I put in my hair. I’m very picky when it comes to fragrances because strong scents easily trigger migraines for me . . . if I’m honest, about 100 different things trigger a migraine. In a week, if I don’t have a migraine 2 out of 7 days, it’s a great week! It stinks, I know.

This conditioner has a very strong scent, and I wasn’t expecting that at all. It smells sort of like Cola Lacaye (a Haitian soft drink & my fave!) but much, much stronger, and “thicker” if that makes sense. The scent unfortunately made me nauseous and you guessed it, triggered a headache. But, that’s not even the worse part 🙁 After about 30 minutes, I noticed my scalp was a bit tingly, but figured, hey, maybe that’s part of the conditioners mojo, so I didn’t think much of it. I left it in for another 30 before rinsing.

After rinsing it out, I set up to roller set my hair and applied my usual leave ins. Then, I noticed my scalp started tingling again, and it slowly intensified. I naturally grew worried. I hopped back in the shower and for 30 minutes, furiously massaged my scalp, trying to get every scrap of conditioner off that I may have missed. As I’m rinsing, strand after strand of hair is coming out. Note that I did a black/tea green tea rinse before DC’ing and had NO shed hairs coming out. I start freaking out but forced myself to calm down and continue rinsing my hair for another 10 minutes.

After I hopped out, I was so saddened by all the shed hair that I dismissed the idea of roller setting and very gently, detangled and air dried my hair. I parted my hair in 1 inch sections, doing vertical parts, and it took nearly 1.5 hours to detangle, and even being extremely gentle to avoid pulling my hair, I still shed much more than normal.

The only new addition to my wash day this weekend was the conditioner so I’m going to assume that it’s the culprit. I’m honestly never touching the bottle again. Maybe I had an allergic reaction to an ingredient in the conditioner???? The only thing I know I’m allergic to is broccoli – makes me break out in hives. My hair doesn’t even feel normal. I’m just going to keep moisturizing and sealing and babying my hair this week.

Sorry for the rant and lack of pics this wash day post . . . it was wash day from hell.

ETA: thank you for all the encouraging and kind comments!!!! (HUGS)

Edit # 2: I forgot, I actually did snap a couple pics on my cell, hence the quality of the pictures. I hope to get a charger for my digital this week. The shedding has stopped and my scalp no longer tingles. Thank goodness.


  1. Jeni – I'm so sorry to hear about your wash day, but fortunately, since you've been caring for your hair yourself and know it so well, you know best what to do to nurse it back to good health. Hopefully it's not as bad as you initially thought. Keep us posted!

  2. Aww, i'm so sorry that happened to you. difficult wash days are the worst.. sometimes new products can be so disappointing :/

  3. I'm sorry to heat about your bad experience.. I hope it didn't hurt your hair too bad… I know that feeling is horrible :o( Give your hair much needed TLC at this time.

    PS Cola Lacaye is the best! I'm not sure if you ever tired (Cola Choucoune). It's very popular down here in Miami as well as NY!

    Red Flags (for the condish) just on the smell

  4. Oh sorry Jen, I know seeing those additional shed hairs made u cringe. My wash day was bust too. I used some Nioxin products I had pre-hair journey and they contained way too much protein. The leave-in left my hair hard and crunchy. Sticking to my staples from now on.

  5. Oh my, that 's awful.. I really hope u didn't have a setback …and I hope your scalp is fine too!

    1. P.s maybe u were alergic to the preservative optiphen?

  6. Awww Jen, I'm so sorry you had a crappy wash day from hell!! It's so traumatic seeing your hair coming out as you wash it. At least you know what caused it and were able to rinse it out quickly!

    I'm looking forward to your next wash day which I am sure will go without a hitch and produce yet another drool worthy rollerset that I for one never tire of seeing (",)

    P.S. I won't ever be trying that particular conditioner!

  7. Wow @ first I was like I'm not the only one who had a bad wash day…but compared to your experience I have no idea what a bad wash day is. I'm so sorry that happened to you. That must have been horrifying.
    May your hair & scalp make a speedy recovery

  8. Really sorry to hear this. This is one of the reasons why I dont try new hair products unless they are reviewed by you or by someone else. Glad you identified the problem though. By the way, I tried a green tea rinse last week and it went great! It made my hair softer and more manageable.

  9. So sorry about the bad wash day. I feel your pain. I had my worst wash day since starting my hair journey Friday before last. I decided to start using up some old products. I clarified with the ORS Creamy Aloe. I washed with that twice. Then washed with the Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo. Applied the Roux PC for a few seconds and the Shea Moisture conditioner. I washed in two sections in the sink, wasn't the first time doing it. After doing all that my hair was matted in some sections and had knots in the other. I thought after I DC that it might help. I was wrong. I had the hardest time detangling my hair. I know that I have thin areas throughout my hair. I ended my stretch at three and a half months post because of this. I found a solution to my detangling issue that I will further along in my next stretch. My texlax day didn't go as planned either. sigh Sorry for the long rant. lol

  10. Sooooo sorry to hear about your bad wash day Jen!

    Take heart, and look in the bright side — at least you identified the culprit and you can eliminate it from your product stash. Keep babying your hair, and I hope it returns to normal.


  11. Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about your experience with this conditioner.

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