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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
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.
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).
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.