Turns out, this week’s wash day was all about saying goodbye. I parted with an old-time favorite product and gave up trying to fall in love with Shea Moisture’s Manuka Masque. Here’s the recap:

[1] Detangled/pre-pooed with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner. When my hair was relaxed, it was of the conditioners my hair responded really well to. With only fond memories of conditioner, about 6 or 7 months ago I picked up a bottle in the hopes that my now natural hair would love it to.

No such luck.

My natural tresses are not a fan. They’re barely a supporter. Where my relaxed hair was left soft and moisturized after using this conditioner, my natural hair is left wanting. ? Not enough slip and not enough moisture.

[2] After pre-pooing, I pulled out another longtime fave: Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo (my review is posted here). I have hard water in my home and over time, the minerals in the water build up on my hair. Redken HCC Shampoo is a chelating shampoo, removing both product build up and mineral build up, and thankfully it’s one product that continues to work just as well on my natural hair as it did for my relaxed hair.

[3] With my hair and scalp fresh and clean, I gave Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque another try. I deep conditioned for an hour with my Gold N’ Heat heat cap and still can’t get past it’s extremely perfumey fragrance. Strong perfumey fragrances trigger migraines for me and while this conditioner does provide slip and conditions my hair, it’s not worth the headache.

Any who. I finished up my wash day by applying leave-ins (Shea Moisture JBCO Leave-In Conditioner + Organix Vitamin E Serum) and put my hair in marley twists to dull the flat-ironing urge I’ve having. I have one more bottle of Mane Choice Manetabolism vitamins to finish so I’ll try to put off straightening my hair for another 30 days.

My hair here is 5 days old so please pardon the halo frizz. It took me 2.5 hours to install these twists. I use Janet Collection marley hair and soak the hair in apple cider vinegar + clarifying shampoo before I install it. Here’s my video on how I do my twists:

Have you said goodbye to any products lately?

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  1. Hi Jen. Your Marley twists look very nice. I can’t believe it takes you only 2.5hrs. I’m going to attempt installing them myself for the first time. How long do you keep yours for and do you still DC weekly?

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      Hi there, thank you! I keep them for a week (max 2 weeks). I deep condition weekly (each time I take them out). I have deep conditioned with the twists still in before (check out this post) but now prefer to just take them out.

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      Thank you! Lol! Mixing duds together is a great way to use them up.

  2. Beautiful style! I love the look but the Marley type hair I’ve found in Holland is sort of rough (hard to explain) and doesnt twist well, curl well with hot water or look smooth unfortunately :-(.
    I’m planning to protective style with “wearable twists” in updos and buns for the next month (redoing after weekly washdays).
    Thats too bad about your favorite conditioner.

    1. That’s a shame! I love the manuka honey deep conditioner. I’ve had a similar experience with Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew deep conditioner. I think it’s the most moisturizing DC I’ve ever used but the scent was so strong and nauseating, I couldn’t buy it again. Have you ever tried that one and if so, did the scent bother you?

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        I haven’t used the CRN Algae Renew, but I’ve read positive reviews about it. I wish more hair care products were unscented but I get that the draw of a product can be a pleasant fragrance.

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      Thank you. Aw I’m sorry to hear that, I’ve come across marley hair that was so unworkable. Very rough to the touch. I have a couple packs collecting dust in my closet.

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