Wash Day

Happy hump day! This week’s wash day theme is “Air Drying Perfected.” I used to be able to detangle and then air dry with a silk scarf and achieve smooth results without much fuss but I have way too much texture and new growth for that now. Now, the perfect air drying routine for includes using the tension method and cold air from my blow dryer to stretch my new growth and then air dry the rest of the way. As for my “perfect leave-ins,” over the last couple of months I’ve found that I get the softest and smoothest blow dried/air dried results when I use Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In + Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.

[1] Hot oil treatment with sunflower oil.
[2] Shampooed with Bobeam Goat’s Milk and Honey Shampoo Bar.
[3] Wrapped hair with a towel for 20 minutes to absorb all excess water.
[4] Applied Silk Dreams Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream to my hair in sections and deep conditioned with my heating cap for an hour.
[5] After rinsing out the conditioner, I sprayed my hair and scalp with apple cider vinegar + water.
[6] T-shirt dried for 40 minutes.

[7] Applied leave-ins (Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner + Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum) and then detangled my hair. While after detangling a section, I used the tension method to stretch just my new growth and then clipped the section to keep it stretched while it air dried as I worked on the rest of my hair. After removing the clips I finished air drying overnight in a bun.

The next day I tucked my ends under (I didn’t braid the ends this time) and styled my hair into my trusty faux bob. As usual, I used only my fingers to tuck my hair into this style (my combs are only used for detangling on wash days). The night before, I applied aloe vera gel to my edges (well just the one side) and wore my hair in a loose bun to bed. The side with my side swept bang was smoothed down by my headscarf; the next morning all I had to do was gently finger comb and sweep my bang into the spot/curve I wanted.

Bottom right: the “fluffy halo” around my head dropped as the day wore on lol

Results: soft, moisturized, fluffy hair. This was my first wash using Bobeam’s Goat Milk and Honey Shampoo Bar and I liked it. It didn’t strip my hair (which I was worried about) but I wonder if that is because my hair was coated with oil from my hot oil treatment. Even if that’s the case, that still works for me because I always pre-poo with either oil, conditioner (or my marshmallow root detangler + oil) so there is always a “protective layer” on my hair before I cleanse it. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes with the shampoo bar.

How was your wash day? What is the perfect air drying method for you? 

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  1. Hey Jen!:) your hair looks sooo pretty in the faux bun! wow i gotta try that sometime…quick question, how long do you tension blowdry for before you let it air dry the rest of the way? i'm almost 1 yr post as well, but what ive been doing is putting my hair in 4 braids and then i go under my bonnet dryer on cool and low setting, then i pin the braids around my head and go to bed and pray they're dry by morning lol…i dunno how long to do the combo of drying & airdrying to ensure dry hair in the morning…maybe i need to get a satin pillow case so more air can hit it at night? and do you think being under the bonnet dryer is more damaging than a tension blow dry?

    thanks for the tips!:)


    1. Author

      Thank you Yvonne! Which shampoo bar did you get?

  2. Hi! You're so good at transitioning! You've definitely mastered it! My favourite method is to let my hair dry in my turban for as long as I've things to do (80% dry). Then I apply my leave-in and I'll either do 4 twists or style my hair if I have to go out.


    1. Author

      Hi there! My easy wash days might change as more new growth comes in lol! I love how simple your air dry routine is!

  3. I love using the cold air tension method to dry my hair—even though it takes sooo much more work. LOL. I think that I win in the end because my hair stays tangle free all week and styling is super easy.

    LOOOVVEEE that faux bob…makes me want a real bob…kinda Ha-ha!

    Thanks for sharing chica!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

    1. Author

      I agree, it takes longer but definitely a win!
      Thanks girl!

  4. You only have a few weeks left 'til 1 year post! Congratulations! I learnt about tension blowdrying off you and it's been brilliant in terms of managing new growth in a stretch.

    1. Author

      I know, I can't believe it! I'm glad to hear the tension method has worked well for you!

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