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My first week with natural hair

My first week with natural hairMy first full week of being natural flew by, my ‘twist out’ from last week lasted me 2 days. On Friday my hair had shrunken back slightly and it wasn’t so stretched, I didn’t mind it though. In terms of dryness, I moisturised and sealed 4 times during the week, I found that my hair did not lose a lot of moisture. This is in contrary to what a lot of people with my type of hair usually say about their hair. I guess I have found the right products for my hair and also Durban humidity is helping me out in that regard. On the weekend, I did my whole moisturising and sealing routine and I decided to embrace shrinkage and wear my hair with a young Madiba part. I liked this look, I plan to perfect it soon.

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Here is how this week’s wash day went down…

Prepoo Coconut oil for 20 minutes with heat. Detangling was such a breeze for me – hardly any tangles and minimal lost hair

Shampoo The BodyShop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo – I didn’t have a chance to see if it still left that oily residue on my natural hair as it did my transitioning hair. I will make a note to check next time

Instant Conditioner Watsons Volumizing Treatment Conditioner with Beer

Deep Conditioner ORS HAIRepair Nourishing Cnditioner and a dash of JBCO – I steamed this mixture into my hair. The banana smell of this conditioner did not offend me so much this time around. I found it to be too runny for a deep conditioner. I like my DC’s nice and thick. However, my hair felt good after using it. I don’t think I will be repurchasing it.

Moisture and Sealing ElastaQP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-In Conditioner, Afrobotanics Conditioning Moisturiser and Shea Butter. My hair haze no tangles, I just combed it out to remove some of the shed hairs that I might have missed

Styling I applied some of the Schwarzkopf Smooth ‘n Shine Conditioning Foam Wrap and braided my hair to stretch it out while it dried.

My hair was dry in the morning, hallelujah! It was nicely stretched out and I wore it out. It feels soft and yummy – I can’t keep my hands out of it.
natural hair braid outI have such bad lighting at my house in the morning, it’s hard to get clear enough shots 🙁

30 days of growth challenge
This 1st week of the challenge went well. I used steam for my wash day this week, this helps with stimulating the scalp. I also got all my scalp massages in – 3 times a week. whoop whoop! I find that it helps if I do my massages before I retwist my hair in the evening. I am planning to do much of the same this coming week.

Side note: I thought I was cool rocking my braid out and looking cute. Then someone last night asks me if I’ve had such a busy week that I haven’t had time to do my hair. LOL! He tried me – I can’t deal!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Joie

    Never heard of steam washing of hair before. That’s something I need to try out.

    December 10, 2015 at 18:05
    • Reply Lungi

      Hi Joie – I use a hand held steamer for my DC. It’s much cheaper than the hair steamer

      December 13, 2015 at 13:10
  • Reply Bonolo

    I loved the braid out, you looked cute. How does steaming washing work?

    Happy 1 week!

    December 13, 2015 at 12:44
  • Reply Becca

    your braid out looks cute Lungi, have your products changed much since you are now natural?

    December 15, 2015 at 08:55
    • Reply Lungi

      Thanks Becca, I haven’t changed any of my products or the core wash day techniques, it’s still business as usual as it was with my relaxed hair.

      December 15, 2015 at 14:11

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