Wash Day | “Smooth Sailing”

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Wash Day | “Smooth Sailing”

[1] Hot oil treatment: Using grapeseed oil. To make application easier/faster, I used my Misto Oil Sprayer. Remember when I posted about it way back when? I still use it, just keep forgetting to mention it. Sectioning my hair into about 10 sections, I sprayed my scalp and hair, and then used my fingers to gently comb through to distribute the oil + remove shed hairs. Once I’d successfully created an oil slick on my head, I put my hair into 4 chunky twists and popped my Hot Head conditioning cap on for 45 minutes.

[2] Clarified/Chelated: Shampooed with Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo to remove product build up as well as mineral build up. I have hard water in my home and although my shower filter does a a great job at remove minerals from my shower water, it’s beeen a while since I used a chelating shampoo so Redken joined the wash day festivities this week.

[3] Tea rinse: Green tea rinse (which I left in my hair).

[4] Deep condition: This week’s wash day theme is “smooth sailing” calling for the products and techniques that give us our smoothest results so when it came time to deep condition, slight panic ensued when I realized I didn’t have enough deep conditioner from both HairVeda Sitrinillah and Kurlee Belle Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment – my two staple deep conditioners that leave my hair nice and smooth.

I had a “RUH ROH” à la Scooby Doo moment and just imagined myself standing in the middle of the Sahara desert with insane dryness and tangles creeping into my mane. Being a conditioner junkie has its perks though because while scrambling around like a chicken with its head cut off, I noticed I had a jar of SheScentIt Curl Moist Conditioner I had purchased during their last sale.

After grabbing the jar of Curl Moist Conditioner and sending up a “Jesus take the wheel” prayer, I applied the conditioner to my hair and then left it in for an hour — 15 minutes under my steamer and then 45 minutues during a sneak attack/unplanned nap. Woke up with notebook spiral creases across my entire cheek. #glamorous

After steaming and leaving in for a total of 1 hour. Haven’t rinsed out the conditioner yet.

Before deep conditioning my hair felt weirdly drier than normal so I was a little nervous about using an untested deep conditioner but I’ll save you the suspense (I know, I know, how magnanimous of me), after rinsing out the conditioner I came to the conclusion that me and Curl Moist Conditioner might have to start going steady. #longwalksonthebeach #3amdeepconditioningconversations #thewaytomyheartisthroughagoodconditioner #whohashtagsinablogpost? #me.

The conditioner melted right into my hair, made it so darn soft and told my tangles to bow down b*tches, à la Beyoncé of course. That dry feeling my hair had going on? Gone. I may have twirled. Confetti might have been thrown. #thankGodmycatwasmyonlywitness.


[5] After rinsing the conditioner from my hair I sprayed my hair and scalp with apple cider vinegar. The purpose of this is to remove any lingering traces of conditioner and balance my scalp’s pH level. I’ve been doing this for months and during that time I haven’t had a single problem with itchy scalp or dandruff like I’ve had in the past. At one point 2 or 3 summers ago my scalp issues were so bad I had embarrassing thick layers of dandruff and I’d wake up from sleep just to scratch my scalp. #sexyright?

[6] Anywho, next I t-shirt dried for 40 minutes (crucial for me if I want to achieve the smoothest result possible) and then applied Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-In + Organix Smoothing Shea Butter Liquid Glass Serum. After applying my leave-ins (I apply per quadrant) I sectioned my hair into smaller sections (about 6 per quadrant), detangled, and then dried my hair using the tension method + cold air.

Once my mane was fully dry, I applied aloe vera gel to my edges, gently brushed it in, and tied my hair down with a silk scarf. The next morning my hair was smooth (I wish you could reach through the screen and touch… in a non-creepy way ya know?) and stretched which at 63 weeks post made Jen a happy, happy, happy lady.

My takeaway for what helped achieved smooth results this day: (1) pre-pooing with ceramides by using grapeseed oil, (2) t-shirt drying. It may seems like a small thing, but trust me, after you give it a try and compare it to either letting your hair air dry naked or using a cotton towel, you’ll notice the difference. (3) Organix Smoothing Shea Butter Liquid Glass Serum is awesome. Y’all know I love Paul Mitchell Smoothing Serum. This Organix serum works just as well, is lighter, and costs much less.  (4) the tension method. Instead of rushing like I normally do, I held my hair taut for the whole drying process (when drying a section). Edited to add (5) tying my hair down with a silk scarf after applying aloe vera gel works wonders! I’d never be able to obtain smooth edges without the scarf.




How was your recent wash day? Don’t forget to link up your wash day post below!

PS: The nonsense in this post was brought to you by WAY TOO MUCH COFFEE. #IfeltlikeIcouldfly #frenchvanillaextraextrea #ohyea,IspeakDunkinDonutslingo #onlybecauseitstheonlythingIknowhowtoorder #lasthashtag #Ilied
PPS: I recorded how I apply my deep conditioner so hopefully I’ll have that up soon!
PPPS: Next week’s wash day theme is “Rollin’ Down The River.” Bring out your roller sets next week! Remember when I used to do those weekly!

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