(1) Pre-pooed over night with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner. Remember when I couldn’t find my new growth a couple weeks ago? Well I still can’t tell the difference between new growth and texlaxed hair but boy can I feel it. Guess my eyes are playing tricks on me. Who knows. I opted to pre-poo with Kenra MC because I cringed at the thought of handling my new growth without some type of assistance.

(2) Shampooed with Organix Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo.

(3) Tea rinsed with mix of rooibos tea and green tea. I let the tea steep overnight and rinsed a total of three times using my pour/catch method, pictured here.

(4) Deep conditioned, with steam, using Silk Dreams Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream. When my steamer dies (and I hope no time soon!) I think I’m going to invest in a standing streamer instead of purchasing another tabletop steamer. I love my steamer but I hate piling books under it to get it to a comfortable height, and switching around to reach my nape. The full review of my Secura Steamer is posted here.

(5) Applied Kancechom Ceramidas (KC) to my hair for 5 minutes, then rinsed. I’ve been trying out different methods of using KC and this is the second time (the first being after cowashing) using KC for a few minutes as my final conditioning step. Deep conditioning with VSCMD helped soften out some tangles and using KC helped smooth my new growth.

(6) Wrapped my hair with a cotton t-shirt for 45 minutes.

(7) After t-shirt drying, sprayed my hair the CHI Keratin Mist for some strength, applied Pura Body Naturals Murumura Hair Milk, and sealed it all in with KeraPRO Anti-Frizz Serum. Then I sat down to detangle my hair. After detangling a section, I braided it until I had 16 braids.

Side note: I was Skyping with my grandma while I braided my hair and she suggested I wear these braids in a ponytail the next day. I couldn’t even put words together to respond, I just stared at her – my face looked like this O_o – until she burst out laughing at me. She knew how absurd her suggestion was haha.  Do y’all see my roots?! Wearing these babies in a ponytail would not be a good look. No way, granny. No way.

After braiding my hair, I set the braids on a couple flexi rods to finish up my wash day.

When I first took out the braids and pulled one side and pinned it back… I wasn’t a fan. It didn’t help that I woke up late, had to rush through taking out the braids and fluffing/separating my hair, while dashing around trying to gather my things before I had to leave. I felt like I was caught in a tazmanian devil tornado.

Two minutes before leaving I dashed back into the bathroom and grabbed a Goody Ouchless clip, pinned my hair and then fluffed/separated a bit more. I was finally content.

I don’t do braid outs often but I really like this one. Also, my new growth is stretched really well and my hair is so soft. I’m happy I took up A. Rice’s suggestion (thank you!) and purchased the Pura Body Naturals Murumuru Moisture Milk.

How was your most recent wash day? Are braid outs your go-to style?


  1. I love how the smooth texture appeared even with the braids and of course I love curls on your hair. Its so pretty.

  2. Its nice and full! You did o many braids and they look so nice and neat, I wonder why your hair didn't have more definition the next morning? You did a great job pulling it into that style, I like the final look!

    1. Author

      Thanks Ebony! I think I'd have more definition if my hair was damper when I braided it. Next time I might spray and re-wet before braiding.

  3. such gorgeous hair! I'm half a year into my journey and hope to catch up to you in a year or so!

  4. I'm having the same issue, I can only identify my new growth up to a little point. My cousin couldn't believe that it's been over three months since I've relaxed my hair because she could barely see my new growth. Beautiful results by the way!

    1. Author

      Thank you! We're in the same boat 🙂

  5. Wow. Can't believe you did a wash without either of your Paul. Mitchell staples. Had to read through twice to see if I had missed them.

  6. I had my wash day today (9/29/13). I did a coffee rinse and then shampooed with "anti-breakage keratin oil shampoo" (it's moisture and protein). Then I washed it all out. Now i'm adding tree oil, African pride moisturizer, a light detangle spray moisturizer, and, castor oil. Then i'm wrapping it and letting it air dry. Tomorrow morning i'll add some more moisture and detangle with a comb. 🙂

  7. Can you do a post on how to deal with breakage and how to stop it? Please I would like to know how can go about stopping it. And I also would like to know what is a moisture treatment for dry hair?

    1. Author

      Hi Amanda, there are a number of posts on breakage, here's the link to a few with the tag "breakage tips" http://www.justgrowalready.com/search/label/breakage%20tips#.UkiuJWTF1tE but I'm sure there are probably more on here that each post will probably link to at the bottom.

      For moisture, check out my "deep conditioner" section for a number of reviews on some pretty good moisturizing deep conditioners I've tried over the years. http://www.justgrowalready.com/search/label/deep%20conditioner#.Ukixh2TF1tE

  8. I love how your braid out turned out! Also, I have the same steamer. I always sit it on my ironing board so its easy to adjust the height. I do want a standing steamer when mine eventually dies too.

    1. Author

      Thanks Andrea! Sitting it on an ironing board is a good idea!

  9. How long will wear your hair like that? And would you blow it out or flat iron it to get it straight to wear it after this?

    1. Author

      For a couple days, until I co-wash/deep condition on Tuesday or Wednesday evening. No I wouldn't flat iron or blow dry right after a braid out… unless it's a new wash day. Flat ironing my hair to straighten a braid out would do more harm than good because it would take more heat to smooth out the texture of the braid out and my hair would be stiff because of the product (moisturizer) from maintaining the braid out. When using direct heat, it's best to start of freshly washed and conditioned hair.

  10. Yaay!! I am so glad it was a winner. I absolutely LOVE it. NICE Results!

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