Wash Day | The “Brush Chase” Method That Saved the Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and took full advantage of the awesome Black Friday sales (hair care edition) I saw posted. I didn’t buy anything this year so I’ve been living vicariously through all IG posts (especially Jay of Relaxed Thairapy’s posts, hers have been making me regret not grabbed at least some conditioner ).

Since I last posted I’ve done nothing new or exciting with my hair. I’ve been wearing my hair in marley twists for a week, taking them out then wearing my hair in a twist out, co-washing/deep conditioning, then wearing my hair in twists out and then a big high puff once the twist out loses definition and gets too fluffy/frizzy. I gave myself a break from the same repetitive routine I seem to have fallen into I decided to straighten my hair to dust my ends/have a full “search and destroy” session.

How to “search & Destroy → With your sharpest shears, sit in front of a bright light or window, and working through your hair in sections, snip off any split ends or single strand knots you find.

[1] To start off this wash day, I conditioned with Organix Vitamin E Conditioner on dry hair for 45 minutes under my Hot Head Conditioning Cap (purchased here).

[2] After rinsing out the conditioner, I shampooed with Shea Moisture . I’m not a fan of this shampoo at all (it tangles my hair) but it was the only moisturizing shampoo I had on head.

[3] Applied Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment for about 5 minutes, then rinsed.

After hopping out the shower I t-shirt dried for about 10 minutes and then twisted my hair into 8 sections and pinned them around my head for 30 minutes to stretch my hair out a bit prior to blow drying it. Once I was ready to dry my hair, I applied very small amounts of the leave-ins blow (just the first two for blow drying my hair: Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth High Gloss Primer + Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Anti-Breakage Serum). To dry my hair I used myhandle-less dryer on the “cool” setting. It’s the same dryer I posted in this post here, and I seriously love it! It’s lightweight and the fact that it’s handle-less makes it a breeze to manipulate/dry my hair. I purchased it on Amazon for $35.98 (editing to correct the price after checking my order invoice).

After drying each section, I put my hair in chunky twist to keep it stretched.

Before straightening my hair I sprayed each quadrant with the remaining leave-in Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray) on the right below. Instead of using a comb for the comb-chase method I chose to use a Denman brush I’ve had for I think a year. I definitely prefer using the brush to the comb. It helped me straighten my ends MUCH better than when I use a comb (with a comb, I’d always have bent ends). I don’t know if it’s due the leave-ins I used or because I worked in small sections but I had no broken hairs while using the Denman brush for a modified comb-chase method. You already know the absence of broken strands is always cause for celebration! To straighten my hair I used my Paul Mitchell Express Ion Smooth+ flat iron.

Once I finished straightening my hair I grabbed my shears and dusted my ends + went through in sections to find and snip off any split ends and single strand knots I saw. I have a special place in my hair filled with loathing just for single strand knots. I used to get them when my hair was relaxed but now that I’m fully naturally, it’s like my hair lives for them. They drive me nuts. And I’ve noticed that they occur more frequently when I leave my hair unstretched because of my curl pattern. GR!

Anywho, after ridding my hair of my sworn enemy, I crossed-wrapped my hair for bed, which thankfully helped smooth it out even more.

As mentioned above, here are the leave-ins I used. I was a little nervous about using 3 leave-ins (my hair gets weighed down easily) but using small amounts + the fact that these leave-ins are very light made for a happy ending.

I can’t remember which model number my Denman brush is (I think it’s the only you’ll see posted on blogs/forums most frequently) but I picked up the tip from Naptural85 to modify it by removing 3 of the rows of teeth, making it a bit more gentler on my strands.

Don’t forget to add your wash day post of the link up! The more the merrier 🙂



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      I wish you all the best on your new journey!

  1. Hi Jen,

    I was at the hairdresser recently and noticed a few of the women with natural hair were getting roller sets with metallic rollers. I think the hairdresser also used a heated roundbrush to straighten the hair. It looks just like my relaxed hair. Have you or any of your readers ever had that done? How did it work for you?


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      Hi Patti, I haven't used metallic rollers/heated roundbrush to straighten my hair but I'd be interested in hearing about people's experience. I think I'd be too nervous about the heat and manipulation it would require to commit to it though.

  2. Hi Jen,

    Wow! you've done it again. Long relaxed hair, and now, long natural hair.

    Well done!

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      Aww thank you Nedoux! I still have a ways to go

  3. ^^I disagree. Her hair is just as thick, and I can't see why it wouldn't be, but everyone is entitled to their own opinions. your hair is great, Jen!!!! Long-time fan and supporter!!

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      Thank you for being a long-time fan and supporter! Totally appreciate it!

  4. Hi Jen,
    I have been following your hair journey for a while now. One thing I notice is your hair is not as thick as it was when you were relaxed. Could it be because of the constant protective style (marley twist). Can you try just twisting your natural hair without the extension for a couple of months to see…..mini/medium twist. When you were relaxed I never saw you use twist/braid extensions. Just my 2cents….I may be wrong….Just my experience as a fine haired natural.
    Your hair is still gorgeous though!!!!!

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      Hi there! Oh wow, I didn't know it looked like that. My natural hair is thicker than my relaxed hair. The marley twists aren't causing any breakage (I check like a hawk after each time I take them out), but I am due to take a break from them. Re-doing them weekly is a hassle now. I avoided twist/braid extensions when I relaxed because I didn't think my relaxed hair could the tension. And thank you!! 🙂

  5. OMG your hair has gotten soooo long and your flat iron results are flawless. IDK why but my ends don't get straight anymore. I am going to try the modified denman brush method. Great results.

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      Thanks! How do you normally straighten your ends?

  6. I had a search and destroy session after the last time I flat ironed. I have a post planned but haven't got around to it yet. Dang SSKs! Lol. Your hair is looking awesome as always! Maybe I will give the brush chase a try.

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      I hate SSKs with every fiber of my being lol. Do you find it easier to search and destroy on straight hair?

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