Wash Day

[1] I started off by doing a hot oil treatment for this month’s 30 day challenge. My go-to oil for this month’s challenge is grapeseed oil but I’m 78% sure my bottle of grapeseed oil sprouted legs and ran off because I just could not find it. I ended up giving up the search and went with my jar of Hairveda’s Vatika Frosting.

I warmed up the oil in the microwave and applied it to my hair and scalp. I also added a little castor oil + peppermint oil to my edges as well. Oh, before applying the oil I misted my hair with my homemade detangler (I made a new batch and will post the deets this weekend). Damp hair from the detangler + coconut oil on top made it a BREEZE to finger comb and remove shed hairs before hopping in the shower.

[2] After doing a hot oil treatment for about an hour, I co-washed with Shea Moisture Co-Washing Cleanser.
[3] Next I deep conditioned with a new buy: Mielle Organics Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner under my Gold N’ Hot heating cap.

As the name suggests, it has a minty scent and made my scalp feel a bit tingly. It sunk into my hair pretty well and provided lots of slip. My hair didn’t feel as moisturized as I hoped it would when I rinsed out the conditioner but I’ll give this conditioner a couple more tries before I review.

Hair with conditioner still in

[4] After deep conditioning, I squeezed out the excess water from my hair and applied Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture Milk and coconut oil on top. The plan was to flat twist my hair and put perm rods on the ends. I had done this last week – please forgive me, I forgot to post! but I will – and it was a faaaaiilllll because my hair did not dry completely so I’m determined to get it right. Too bad the migraine that started while applying the leave-ins ruined my plans.

I ended up just applying the leave-in and letting my hair do whatever it wanted to do. I loved how soft the CM Moisture Milk made my hair feel but I definitely didn’t know what to do with my thick fro; I’m still not comfy wearing it like that yet :/

The solution: a puff. I’m pretty sure wearing my hair in a puff is starting to be a security blanket because it’s so easy to do, but I’m determined to learn how to style my hair so I promise you’ll be seeing less puff posts.


How was your wash day? What’s your go-to save-the-day style?

You can’t leave without joining the festivities, so won’t you pretty please add your wash day post to the link up? 🙂



  1. I love love your fro!!! It does take some time to get used to the fro after having a relaxer for so long. It took me awhile to be comfortable too. Now that I'm almost 16 months natural, I love rocking my curly fro. I'm also trying to learn new ways to style my hair too. I don't have your length yet ( I do have a lot of shrinkage) but my hair is really thick. Sometimes styling my hair can be a chore so I end up doing the same hairstyle all the time. My goal is to try new hairstyles.

    Thanks for sharing your wash day :)!

    ~Jackie @ http://www.adventuresofanappychica.com/

  2. Try styling the fro differently and see if it will grow on you. Can't wait to see you rock wash n go's

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      I'm definitely going to try. Me too, I hope I can pull them off.

  3. Hi Jen,
    I just washed my hair yesterday as well. What I'm wondering is how much hair loss is normal for a wash day? I've counted about 80 strands lost, broken and fallen out, (ok no, I didn't literally count my fallen hair,but you get the picture lol) I feel like that's a lot. Btw I'm texlaxed, I don't use heat I finger comb using oils for slip.
    Aargh, I feel like I'm doing my BEST to save my hair but it just wont cooperate! Any advice would be much appreciated. xoxo

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      Hi there, 80 strands is in the normal range. On average, 100 hairs are shed daily. It is mostly shed hairs? Or breakage. Tea or coffee rinses are great for shedding and balancing moisture/protein, keeping hair away from clothing, avoiding dry ends for breakage.

  4. Sorry about your migranes,i can relate.love the puff,sorry im not too sympathetic about your styling woes,as long as i get to see and daydream about having a similar-in-size puff once this transition is done with.lol.
    About the afro,i think with time it might grow on ya.

  5. Your hair is gorgeous and thick. I too would not be comfortable weaing my hair in a big, big afro. I'm not a big hair kind of girl, not yet anyway. Baby steps. I wasn't a wig wearer at one point and I now love them. Again, baby steps.

    1. Author

      Thank you. I agree, definitely baby steps. You have every reason to love your wigs, you look great in them!

  6. Your afro looked absolutely fabulous because I can still see the pretty curl pattern of your hair and it's really nice the way you pulled it back. Try it a few times and style the front (twist it back or something to change up the look)… I stumbled across your blog trying to find the I Love My Hair Sesame Street t-shirt for my youngest daughter.

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      Thank you. I tried playing around with it and ended up pulling the sides back. Thank you for the suggestion. I hope you found the t-shirt, it's adorable on little girls.

  7. Your puff looks amazing! I definitely understand tho. But coconut oil is like liquid gold when used as a pre poo/detangler/hot oil treatment. Been using it for years

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      Thank you! I'll definitely be using coconut oil more often now.

  8. Hey if it works for you, keep rocking the puff. It's amazing enough to be featured in as many wash day posts as it wants to be in, lol. Sorry about the migraine though. :/

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