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

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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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