Wash Day Catch Up

My wash day recaps are all backed up and out of sorts, so to get back on track this post will be a recap purge of sorts. I had planned to post a video of how I install my marley twists instead of this post but after editing it I didn’t like it so I scrapped it, sorry y’all. I’ll re-record the next time I remove and re-do my twists.

On to the wash days.

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[1] Applied Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Conditioner to my hair and Jamaican black castor oil mixed with a few drops of peppermint oil to my scalp. This wash day was the first after I flat ironed my hair back in July. The SM Conditioner reverted my hair perfectly. The full review is linked above.

[2] Co-washed with SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co‑Wash Conditioning Cleanser
[3] Deep conditioned for a couple hours with SheScentIt Curl Moist Conditioner
[4] Applied leave-ins: HairVeda Whipped Creme Hair Moisturizer + Kurlee Belle Kurl Defining Creme. I’m still in the process of finding what products help define my hair but so far I like KB’s Kurl Defining Creme. It smells great, is moisturizing, and is light enough that it doesn’t weigh down my hair with repeated use.

I no longer have a set “detangling” step. I don’t even use a comb on wash days if it’s not to part my hair when installing my marley twists (and that’s just for the front half of my hair). Rather than having a dedicated step solely for detangling, I finger detangle at every step during my wash day. When my hair was relaxed, I detangled after applying leave-ins + letting my hair air dry a bit. Now, my optium detangling time is whenever my hair is saturated in conditioner and there’s running water. My curls are far too tight to detangle in the same manner as when it was relaxed.

[5] After working the leave-ins through my hair I had a moment where I looked at my hair and felt a bit overwhelmed because I didn’t know to do with it because I didn’t really want to do anything to it. I wasn’t in the mood to install marley twists, I didn’t want to straighten it, I didn’t want to put in flexi rods, or do a twist out… I just wanted to let it be. In swooped Eco-Styler gel and a headband to the rescue. After applying the gel to my edges and nape, I pulled my hair into a puff and tied my edges down with a scarf.


If you’re wondering where my tea or coffee rinse step has gone (or maybe you weren’t lol), for the last month that I’ve take Manetabolism I’ve noticed that my shed is a small fraction of what it normally is.

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I wore my hair in a puff for 3 days before jumping in the shower to co-wash with Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle. After hopping out of the shower, I applied Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner + Organix Coconut Milk Serum and installed marley twists, which I recorded, and then didn’t like so I will re-do it for you.

I really wanted to move away from marley twists, twist outs, then puffs, but my current boring regimen works and “if it’s not broken…”

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After leaving my hair in the twists for 2 weeks (without spraying my hair with watered down moisturizer) my hair was SO DRY.

[1] I started off my pre-pooing with Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Conditioner with grapeseed oil applied on top for an hour.
[2] Shampooed with Bobeam Apple Cider Vinegar & Bentonite Clay shampoo bar. I had been searching for this shampoo for months and finally found it while packing to move. As much as I hated packing, finding this shampoo made it worth it. After rinsing, my hair and scalp felt wonderfully clean without feeling stripped.

[3] Wrapped hair in a towel to soak up all excess water and then applied HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner to my hair, leaving it for a few hours under my Hot Head Conditioning Cap.
[4] Squeezed excess water from my hair, applied leave-ins ins – HairVeda Whipped Creme Hair Moisturizer & Organix Coconut Milk Serum – and installed marley twists once again.


With this heat, I don’t bother applying anything to my edges because they never stay tame and frizz up all over again.

How was your recent wash day(s)? If you haven’t already, join the festivities by adding your wash day to the link up below!




  1. Hey Jen! I swear your hair is perfection. I have those wash days too where the washing and conditioning my hair is not a problem but what to do with my hair afterwards is where the struggle lies. I can't wait to see your marley twists video. I know it will be great.

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      Thanks! I've found it a bit frustrating when I don't know what to do with my hair, which makes me beyond thankful for puffs and twists lol

  2. Your curls are everything! Makes me want to go natural…

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      I have little "blogging notebook" where I keep notes/drafts on post, otherwise I'd forget what I did the very next day lol. Thank you!

  3. When leaving your hair in a puff, do you go to sleep with it in the puff and your edges laid, or do you you just lay your edges down and put it in the puff in the morning? I'm still trying to figure out ways to keep my edges down, but I've found that it's almost impossible to make a good puff after a wash day the next morning. Thanks!

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      At night I tie a silk scarf around my edges, take out the hair band holding my puff together and slip on a satin bonnet.

    2. Hello Jen, i have a question. When you sleep do you not deal with tangles in the morning ? (Because you say you just put the bonnet ). Thanks

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      Hi there, nope no issues with tangling. I don't move around much in my sleep and the bonnet is pretty secure around my loose puff so my hair doesn't move enough to tangle during the night.

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