Wash Day | Straight Hair: Third Time’s The Charm

Have you ever been stuck in a rut where you don’t even want to do the things you enjoy? That was me since the last time I posted back in September. As much I love hair care, blogging, and interacting with you all I found myself logging into Blogger and instantly having to close it out because I just couldn’t type a word. Since I last posted, I’ve been doing the bare minimum: shampoo or co-wash cleanser, conditioning, putting my hair in marley twists, remove, twist-out for a couple days. Repeat. I finally ditched my marley twists last week and straightened my hair. Here’s my recap.

[1] Pre-poo: I mixed Organix Vitamin E Conditioner (one of the gems I’ve been using that has saved my hair from setbacks → check back this afternoon for that post) and Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner together and applied it to my hair for about 30 minutes. The Organix Vitamin E Conditioner for moisture and the Coconut Milk Conditioner as my cheat for a protein treatment.

[2] Shampooed with Bobeam ACV & Clay Shampoo Bar. Since ending my transition in April, I have yet to find a shampoo that my natural hair likes other than this shampoo bar. It gently cleanses without stripping, doesn’t dry out or tangle my hair.

[3] Applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment. If you’re a long time reader you’ll remember that my relaxed hair loved PM’s SSDT. Somewhere along the lines, I stopped using it in order to cut out a step and shorten my time in the shower. I forgot I even had a bottle so when I found it before hopping in the shower I decided to use it; I needed all the detangling, smoothing help I could get before flat ironing my hair.

[4] Coffee rinsed. For more on coffee rinses, check out this post: Coffee Rinses for Shedding

Here’s my hair after hopping out of the shower (still full of coffee – I do not rinse it out). I wasn’t expecting PM’s SSDT to clump my curls together, but I loved it.

It’s been 28 months since my last relaxer back on June 28, 2013. Time flies!

[5] Using a towel, I squeezed the excess water from my hair and applied Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair Masque. I left it in for 15 minutes while sitting under my hair steamer. The conditioner sunk into my hair, detangled easily, and left my hair so moisturized.

After rinsing out the deep conditioner, I twisted my hair into 4 sections while in the shower. Then pinned them around my head to stretch my hair before wrapping my hair with a t-shirt for 30 minutes. Working in sections, I applied Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Ginger Mirrorsmooth High Gloss Primer (heat protectant) to my hair and then blow dried (cool setting) using my handle-less dryer. Once dry, I flat ironed with Paul Mitchell Express Ion Smooth+ flat iron, 400 degrees.

Third time’s the charm I guess. This is the third time I’ve flat ironed my hair since big chopping in April and I’ve finally achieved flat iron results that I really like: smooth hair, not weighed down by product. Skipping use of an additional leave-in (normally I use It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In) worked in my favor. My hair felt so moisturized after deep conditioning that I didn’t need one.

As for how long my hair is now, not much has changed since early September: still grazing bra-strap length… hoping I can claim BSL by the end of the year. To care for my hair during the week I’ve been applying a few drops of Organix Vitamin E Penetrating Oil and crossing wrapping my hair every night. It’s now day 5 and I haven’t even bothered to moisturize, I haven’t needed to… three cheers for effective conditioners!

How have your wash days been going? If you have a wash day post, please join our link up below!

22 Comments

  1. Smack me, your hair is beautiful! In every state. I'm drooling. I haven't flat ironed in years and have no idea what will happen if I do, so I'm living vicariously through you right now

    1. Author

      Thanks Sandra! How many years has it been for you?

  2. brilliant results! Your hair looks gorgeous, smooth and shiny. I love your "curly" hair too but this is a lovely change.
    Your hair has grown so much!

  3. Awesome growth and length retention!! With the way your hair is growing you just might reach waist length before your 3yr mark.

    1. Author

      From your fingertips to God's ears! *whispers to my hair… we have 8 months to get it done*

  4. Hey girl! Look at your hair grow!!!! I too was recently in a rut…doing twistouts every week. I finally broke out of my funk with this week's flexirod set and loved it! I haven't braved flat ironing yet so I'll remember you skipping the leave in for the win this wash day. Thanks for sharing, your hair looks beautiful!

    1. Author

      Hey there! Your IG posts of your recent styles have been lovely, what an awesome rut to have lol.

  5. Great you've gotten your techniques down pat.Been craving looking at wash and goes(yes it happens),would doing one be up your alley?
    It really was like yesterday you started transitioning.

    1. Author

      I'm still trying to master styling techniques but I'm getting there 🙂 My hair shrinks up a lot, I'm up for doing one but I'd like to let my hair grow longer so that there's a bit more length after it shrinks up.

    1. Author

      Retention is the name of the game, but 99% of the time I feel like my hair isn't growing, I never notice unless it's straightened.

  6. Your hair looks so smooth! Great results. I had no such luck on my wash day. I think I need to crank up the heat, but i'm so afraid of causing heat damage! So glad you got the results you were hoping for! 🙂

    1. Author

      Thank you! If you decide to take the plunge, I look forward to seeing your results!

  7. You have certainly mastered the art. Your hair is growing like weeds, simply Gorgeous!

    1. Author

      Thank you! Aw i'm definitely still a novice at styling my natural hair, I have a ways to go

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    Your hair is drop.dead.gorgeous! Congrats for finding your "straight hair" regimen! I love the way that the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment made your curls POP! I have a bottle of that stuff in my stash too! Time to bring it back out!

    Happy #Washdayexperience Wednesday!

    KLP @ http://www.savingourstrands.com

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