Wash Day | Something New

Happy Hump Day! Last week’s theme was “something old,” this week’s Wash Day Experience theme is “something new,” challenging you to try a new product, style, technique (I’m definitely singing “you can try whatever you like” in my T.I. voice as I write this post). I chose to use SheScentIt Banana Brulee Moisturizing Deep Conditioner as my something new for this wash.

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Here’s my recap:

[1] Hot oil treatment (it’s been awhile since you read those words on my wash day post huh?) with castor oil, almond oil, vitamin E oil, and peppermint oil blend. After warming up the oil (a quick 20 seconds in my microwave) I applied to my scalp and hair, making sure my ends were coated – ends are the oldest and therefore weakest parts of our hair (aside from the line of demarcation in the relaxed hair) – and then massaged my scalp with the pads of my fingers.

[2] Every couple of months my scalp decides to revolt and drive me nuts. It was time to punch that ticket because so the last week my scalp has been annoyingly itchy and dry. I’ve used Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo for my scalp in the past so I grabbed it for this wash day. I especially like that this shampoo doesn’t strip my hair or cause tangles in its wake once I rinse it out.

[3] After treating my scalp to minty goodness (both from the peppermint oil in my hot oil treatment and PM’s tea tree shampoo) I wrapped my hair in a towel to absorb all the excess water and the applied SheScentIt Banana Brulee Moisturizing Deep Conditioner. Take a glance below. Wondering where the conditioner is? It’s okay, I wondered the same thing! I took that picture right after applying it to my hair.

My hair after applying SheScentIt Banana Brulee Moisturizing Deep Conditioner

This conditioner sunk into my hair so quickly it made me wonder if I’d actually used enough (and I tend to be on the heavy handed side, much to my wallet’s dismay when it comes to conditioners). I ended up deep conditioning for about 2 hours during my Hot Head conditioning cap, popping it in the microwave every 30 minutes for continuous heat.

My hair felt great after rinsing out the deep conditioner – soft, detangled (this conditioner provides slip) and smooth. Below is my hair right after I hopped out of the shower.


[5] Once I’d squeezed out the excess water from my hair, I applied leave-in conditioner – Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner, then applied a small amount of SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Souffle on top. Then I detangled each section with my jumbo seamless comb and braided my hair (12 in to total). I ended up leaving the braids in a day before taking them out. Needless to say, my hair was fully dry this time lol.

I’m starting to learn that I definitely like my braid outs more when it’s day 2, 3, 4, etc. Any day than day 1 basically. Day 1 hair doesn’t have as much volume as days 3 and 4. I guess the trade off is texture definition for volume, but I’ll take that. Below is my hair on day 1 (left) after separating my hair into smaller sections and day 4 (right).

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Day 1 (left) \ Day 4 (right)

As for nighttime care for my braid outs, it’s pretty much nonexistent. I don’t wrap my hair at night. I don’t even pin it up. I flop onto my satin pillow cases and count sheep until I fall asleep. In the morning I fluff my hair with my hands, separate a few sections and then I’m dunzo.


How was your wash day? What new product, style, or technique have you tried recently?


  1. I just revisited this DC after my big chop and I like how moisturized my hair feels but I don’t think it has enough slip. I usually detangle (TWA) after applying my DC and I never get frustrated but this time it was taking sooooo long. The results were great but I’m not sure if I’ll buy more. I’m in the process of trying out all the DC’s I have and keeping a journal so I know what my hair likes, why it likes and it what it doesn’t…hopefully that will curb my inner product junkie. Have you tried the Camille Rose Algae DC? Right now that’s my favorite! Love the site updates btw, very organized 🙂

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      Keeping a journal of your hair likes and dislikes is a great idea! I haven’t tried the Camille Rose Algae DC (yet) but I’ve heard great things about. And thank you for the feedback!

  2. Hi Jen, I noticed you didn’t seal your hair with oil after applying the leave in. Isn’t that a necessary step? I have come across so many bloggers and youtubers who skip this step. They just apply moisturizer and styler and that’s it. I’m just wondering, does your hair get dry quick and how often do you moisturize during the week? Love your hair by the way. 🙂

  3. Every product I used this wash day was new and I liked them all! Here’s the rundown:

    Shampoo: Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo (I love that this product is mostly natural but still lathers really well)
    Conditioner: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner (I was a little wary at first because it’s not creamy like I usually prefer my conditioners, but upon rinsing it out, my hair felt super moisturized, which was awesome!)
    Deep Conditioner: Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment (Very moisturizing)
    Leave-in: Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries (Smells amazing & super moisturizing)
    Styler: Oyin Handmade Hair Dew (Also, very moisturizing).

    So yes, there’s a theme: I’m constantly on the hunt for moisture. If a product makes my hair feel and look moisturized, it’s a win!

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      That sounds like a great moisture filled day!

  4. Your hair is really thick. The braid out style is really nice also.

  5. Tried tht DC while I was still relaxed, my hair LOVED it, especially with heat and provided primo slip. I just BC, hopefully it’ll work on my natural hair too.

  6. I love your day 4 braidout too. So fluffy.
    I’m going to try and get a satin pillowcase too. I keep losing scarves and bonnets.

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      Thanks Sandra! You aren’t alone, most of my scarves have been sucked into some dark hole; they keep disappearing :/

  7. Beautiful results. I commented on instagram asking how you preserved your braid out, but I see now that it took no effort! Gorgeous! 🙂

  8. Your braid out is gorgeous!!! A new product that I've been trying this week is the Shea moisture jbco leave-in conditioner. So far, I really love it!!!

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      Thank you! The SheaMoisture JBCO leave-in is really nice, I love it. SM is B1G1 free at Walgreens (i'm not sure of the end date) but I definitely need to go pick up another jar while it's on sale!

  9. That DC sounds yummy! I thought I was the only one that just fell out on my pillow case without doing anything to my braid out (or twist out) lol I iawd to pineapple it but fur some reason it doesn't look as good when I do it. Pineappling only works for my WnGs

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      I found that pineappling works on my curlformer sets but on my braid outs and twists out it just leaves my hair sticking up awkwardly… falling onto the pillow without doing anything is a great feeling lol

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      Thank you Keoshia! I used to find JBCO too thick for my hair but mixing it with a carrier really helps.

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