Pre-poo: with coconut oil for 45 minutes. I warmed the coconut oil in a bowl of hot water and applied the oil to my scalp as well as the length of my hair (especially my ends).
 Shampooed: with Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo. I haven’t used this shampoo often… maybe three times? But it doesn’t really stand out to me. I bought it months ago hoping to find a moisturizing shampoo available in store but it’s just “eh” to me.
 Tea rinsed: with marshmallow root tea. I poured the tea over my hair twice and left it in.
 Deep conditioned: with HairVeda Sitrinillah under my steamer for 15 minutes. When sitting under the steamer I do not cover my hair with a plastic cap because the purpose of steaming is to treat the hair with steam for a boost of moisture. After steaming, I allowed my hair to cool before hopping in the shower to rinse out the conditioner.
 ACV: After rinsing out the conditioner, I sprayed my hair and scalp with apple cider vinegar + water. I use a 28 oz (828 mL) spray bottle I grabbed at the dollar store and add 50 mL of ACV and then fill the water bottle with 778 mL of water – filtered water since my apartment has hard water.
 After t-shirt drying for 40 minutes, I applied my leave-ins (Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner + Creme of Nature Argan Oil Heat Defense Smooth & Shine Polisher), detangled, and blow dried + stretched my hair using the tension method. For more on the tension method, check out this post: The Tension Method When Blow Drying: How To & Benefits.
Per usual, after tackling my hair I applied Eco Styler Gel to my edges and wrapped my hair up with a silk scarf for the night.
I’m going through an “ending this transitioning sounds really good right now, I don’t want to do anything to my hair, yet I’m tired of my usual buns” phase at the moment so this week’s style is a simple two-braid/pulled back thingamabob that you’ve certainly seen before. There’s nothing fancy about this style, but eh, it’s a simple departure from my norm and I’m all about simplicity (aka I’m lazy lol) when it comes to styling. Keeping in line with my goal to continue protective styling as a means to reduce split ends for the 30 Days without Split Ends challenge, I only wore my hair down for one day and have been wearing it in a faux bob or a fluffy side bun the rest of the week.
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