Wash Day

(1) Pre-pooed with Hair Trigger on my scalp and Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque on the length of my hair. After applying both the oil to my scalp, and SM Masque to my hair, I sat under my steamer for 15 minutes. This wash was my first time using the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment
Masque and I don’t really have any thoughts about it. No thoughts on a product? I think that’s a first for me haha. I just could not determine what impact it had on my hair. As you can see, it just sat on top of my strands. After rinsing it out my hair didn’t feel any different than before. Weird.

(2) Shampooed with Redken Hair Cleansing Creme Shampoo. It’s been I think about 4 weeks since I shampooed with a clarifying shampoo so I grabbed my trusty Redken HCC Shampoo for this wash to remove any product build up and minerals (I live in area with moderate hard water) from my hair. For more on hard water and clarifying/chelating, check out these posts: Clarifying & Chelating | Dealing with Hard Water | Using Baking Soda to Clarify Your Hair | Shampoo 101: Clarifying Shampoos

(3) Tea rinsed with mix of lavender, fenugreek, chamomile, green tea, and sage. I used a new tea mix for this wash and I liked it. It helped with shedding and did not stiffen my hair a bit. Can’t say I liked the smell or taste of tea mix though (note to self: do not open your mouth when pouring tea over your head lol).

Before rinsing with this tea mix, I used a strainer to catch the loose tea leaf material.

(4) Applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment to my hair for a few minutes, then rinsed.
(5) Deep conditioned with Silk Dreams Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream under my heating cap for an hour.
(6) After rinsing out the deep conditioner, I wrapped my hair in a t-shirt for an hour.

(7) Applied CHI Keratin Leave-In Conditioner and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum and detangled my hair. I shampooed my hair in 8 sections this wash and it helped reduce tangles so that detangling was a bit easier. I think it took me 40 minutes to fully detangle, which I think is great at 10 weeks post.

(8) Applied aloe vera gel to my edges, gently brushed it in with a wet brush, tied my edges down and let my hair air dry. Per the norm, I ended by loosely bunning my hair as it air dried. I don’t use hair ties or pins, just loosely twist and tuck the ends into the bun to avoid  creases or bends that hair ties or clips cause.

Just another regular wash day. My hair dried smooth and fluffy so I’m a happy camper.

How was your most recent wash day?


  1. Hi Jen,
    Your blog has been a great help to me with my hair. I am so thankful I found it. I love Shea Moisture Deep Treatment and use it after a tea rinse and how my hair just sucks it up. I tend to pre-poo with a co-wash by shea moisture. Thanks for the advice again!

  2. Hello Jeni, lovely post. Thanks for sharing. This is my first time here, I'd like to find out if your routines work for natural African hair.

  3. I have used Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque and I couldn't tell if it worked either. If anything, my hair felt really dry

  4. Hi Jen, I'm a great fan. The tea rinse mix seems interesting. I will try some mixing of my own the next wash day. So far I have only tried Black tea. It leaves my hair a little hard but I don't mind.

  5. Very informative as always Jeni – just wondering, do you lather just 1x or 2x when you clarify? Thanks

    1. Author

      Thank you, Avery! A majority of the time I only later up once, but I lathered twice for this wash… no really reason why, just felt like it lol.

  6. Ohh that tea mix sounds lovely! I've been thinking about venturing out from my usual green tea rinses. Maybe I'll give this mix a try!

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands

  7. are you still using your shower filter and if so do you think it helps with the hard water situation to a noticeable degree?

    1. Author

      Hi there, I am. I have a review to post this week on it too. My shower filter most definitely helps. I forgot to replace the filter a few months ago and my skin, scalp, and hair were much drry for the 2 weeks I didn't have my filter working properly.

  8. Your hair looks yummy! I can't believe the small amount of bone straight ends you have left – it's hardly anything!! Your hair has grown so much since you started texlaxing. (",)

    By the way, did the tea rinse with fenugreek feel slippery? When I used it in deep conditioner it gave great slip – using it in a tea rinse sounds like a fantastic idea.

    1. Author

      Thank you! I just can't believe it's already been 2 years since I started texlaxing. I'm looking forward to the day I cut the last bit of bone straight ends off!

      I purchased the tea leaves premixed and was hoping it contained enough fenugreek for a little slip but I don't think it has enough. I do plan on getting my own fenugreek (and mashmallow root) to add for more slip. I'll report back when I do!

  9. hey jeni, am a huge fan!
    washed my hair afer pre-pooing with ORS tea tree oil mayonnaise, washed with aussie mega cleansing shampoo, and my hair has been kinda dry-ish and tangled-ish!, kinda confused because i have also oiled with coconut oil!

    1. Author

      Hi there, ORS Mayo is a medium-heavy protein conditioner and alone it doesn't provide hair with much moisture. From your comment, it doesn't appear that you used a moisturizing deep conditioner after you shampooed which is most likely why you're experiencing dry hair. It's beneficial to follow up any use of protein with a moisturizing deep conditioner. HTH!

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