Hello everybody! I hope you are having a great start to your week!
On Monday evening I had my wash day which was preceded by undoing the cornrows which I have been wearing under my wig for the past 4 weeks. The undoing and detangling part took me 2 hours, I really wanted to get rid of all the shed hair, I did not want a tangled, matted mess like I had previously. I used the Aunt Jackies Knot on my Watch Instant Detangling Therapy which I applied all over the cornrows, then I mixed castor, coconut and peppermint oil and applied that onto the cornrows. I gently took down the cornrows, I tried finger detangling as I went along. Once all my hair was free, I detangled thoroughly first with my fingers then with a wide tooth comb, I did this in sections.
I lost what seems to me like a huge amount of hair and everytime I ran my fingers through my hair, I still came out with some shed hairs. I had to remind myself that I hadn’t detangled in 4 weeks, so the loss is justified.
The rest of my wash day went a little something like this:
 Prepooed under my heat cap for 30 minutes, I had my detangling mixture on the hair and a bit extra oil, I massaged my scalp with my JBCO mix.
 Clarified using ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo and further detangled, my hair was feeling rather dirty, so I lathered up twice. I detangled using a wide tooth comb while I had shampoo in my hair, I was still losing shed hairs.
 Sprayed my tea mix into my hair, massaged it into the scalp and let it sit there while I finished the rest of my shower.
 For my DC, I used the AfroBotanics Repairing & Strengthening Treatment mixed with the leftover oil from my prepoo. I love the conditioner because it is a protein conditioner which doesn’t require a further moisture DC step because it leaves my hair soft – this is a major time saver.
 Applied my usual leave ins – Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave-In Conditioner and Motions CPR Triple Action Leave-In Conditioner and coconut oil and proceeded to detangle… I was never ready for my hair to still have some tangles and I was getting rid of some knots in every section, add to that – I was still getting losing shed hairs. It was particularly bad in my crown area. Nonetheless, I took my time and I was gentle because I think that my haphazard detangling may have caused some hair thinning that I have been experiencing. The whole process took me an hour!
I had planned to do a rollerset, but time got the best of me, it was too late to even attempt a decent rollerset, and I did not want to do a rushed job or sleep in the wee hours of the morning. So I remembered that Yemi from GreatLengthsss had posted a tutorial about wrapping air dried hair in cling wrap to get it smooth and soft, so I decided to try that out. I applied the AfroBotanics Conditioning Moisturiser and sealed with olive oil, I then crossed wrapped my hair, covered it in cling wrap, a satin scarf and a satin bonnet and went to sleep  In the morning, my hair was still a bit wet in some areas, I didn’t mind that though. It was very soft once it dried. I put it in my usual roll, tuck and pin do and I will probably keep it like this for the rest of the week
What I learnt from this wash day:
- Always detangle thoroughly after a protective style, and once you think you are done with detangling…detangle some more!
- I don’t think my hair likes being braided up for too long, I need to decrease the time I have it braided
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