Wash Day

After 2 weeks without washing my hair, when it came time to rinsing my hair I swear my follicles shivered with glee.

[1] Pre-poo: I was running low on both Aussie Moist Conditioner and L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner so I combined what I had left of the two and applied that to my hair. On my scalp I applied a mix of jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, and peppermint oil. Time: 1 hour.
[2] Clarify: Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo. 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 rinse:

[4] Wrapped hair with cotton towel to soak up all excess water.
[5] Deep condition: HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner.
[6] T-shirt dried for about 45 minutes.
[7] Applied leave-ins: Komaza Care Matani Leave-In Conditioner + Organix Shea Butter Liquid Glass Serum.
[8] Detangled, and stretched hair using the tension method. I finished up my applied aloe vera gel to my edges, tying my hair down with a silk scarf, and finished air drying over night.

I didn’t stretch my hair out all the way, I was too tired to tackle it, so the next morning my hair at the crown of my head was puffy making my big head look even bigger lol.

Thanks to the nearly un-stretched hair at the crown of my head, my big head looks even bigger -_-

I’m slowing sliding into a hair rut where I don’t want to bother with it at. all. I either need to chop, straighten it, or do SOMETHING to get rid of the hair funk I’m in.

How was your recent wash day? Don’t forget to join the wash day link up festivities!



  1. Hi Jen! I LOVE your blog, its so informative and fun. I used to do pre-poos before but I don't know where I got lazy and would just head to the shampoo stage. I am all natural (I BC'd) but I also feel you about being a hair rut…I have been throwing my hair in a bun and twisting my bangs, I just cant think of what to do to it blegh..

  2. I had forgotten all about adding peppermint oil to my pre-poo until reading this. I don't remember why I stopped, but I do miss that tingling sensation. I hope you get out of your hair rut soon, Jen! Hang in there, lady 🙂

  3. It never ceases to amaze me how you tackle the different textures on your head. I would have "big-chopped" a loooong time ago. Or I would have relaxed my hair. Either ways, you are amazing. Don't give up!

  4. You gave me motivation to go to Whole Foods and explore the bulk tea section! I just did my first green tea rinse and my hair and scalp feel awesome. Oh, I so remember the transitioner's rut. My solutions were either doing a curl set, getting braid extensions, or snipping away my ends. As time passed, snipping became the easier choice which eventually ended my transition at 11 months. When I went through the process back in 2002-03, there were little guidance on how to manage between the two textures. It is amazing how far information as come! Nevertheless, you are doing great! What is you ultimate transition goal?

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      Snipping my ends has definitely become easier! Makes chopping all the more attractive lol. Ideally I'd like to be APL/BSL before chopping but eh, who knows at this point whether I'll actually hold off that long. My nape (which is all natural) is SL right now.

  5. Your pre-poo sounds invigorating! Did you let it sit on your hair with or without heat? I really need to get back into pre-pooing with conditioner. It's not like I don't have an obscene amount in my stash!

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands

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      It was very invigorating, my scalp tingled lol. I let it sit without heat. Pre-poos are a great way to use up your stash!

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