Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wash Day

Hello Ladies,

Its been a while since I have graced this blog, in fact, this is my first post of 2015. I should be ashamed of myself #sorry. Nothing exciting going on around these parts and Wash Days have been kinda bleh lately. But I have a few updates for you:

  • Tea Tree Oil has completely cured my itchy scalp, Thank you all for suggesting it!
  • I plan on participating in Hairlista’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Challenge at the Intermediate level
  • I am currently 12 weeks post. I said I would not stretch longer than 16 weeks but I plan on stretching to about 25 weeks. That’s around the time of my 2 year HHJ anniversary and it will also mark the end of Hairlista’s JBCO Challenge (April 25). I want (try) to wait until then to give my hair a major trim (because I am really hating the state of my ends).

On to this week’s Wash Day:099

[1] Deep Condition: Massaged a mix of warm safflower oil and tea tree oil on my scalp. Applied Kurlee Bell Banana Nut and Avocado Conditioner. Covered my hair with my Hot Head Conditioning cap for 45 minutes.

[2]Shampoo: Lathered once using Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-free Shampoo

[3] Condition: Applied Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner (love this stuff, I’ve been using this weekly) and let it sit for 5 minutes and rinsed with cold water

[4] T-shirt dried my hair for about 30 minutes.

[5] Leave-ins: Applied dime size of safflower oil/ tea tree oil/ grapefruit oil directly to my scalp. Sprayed my hair with ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer. Applied Neutrogena Triple Moisture Leave- in and sealed in with OGX Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum.

I put my hair into 4 braids and allowed it to fully air dry over night. The next day I flat ironed my hair. It seems the results of straightening your hair can either make you really happy or make you feel like shaving your hair off and giving up. My feelings were somewhat in between.

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I am really happy to see that my hair is growing and whatnot but I could not stand to look at it--- it looks so flimsy and wispy when its bone straight. I may look into texlaxing my hair. Now to assess the damage--- the left side of my head seems to be healthier than the right side, and I have areas in the back (on the right) where hair is terribly broken off. The culprit?  I have no idea, but I am going to lay off wearing braids for a while and be extra careful while doing my hair. Hopefully (probably not likely), with doing this Castor Oil Challenge it will help these areas fill in. If it doesn’t I am prepared to cut it anyway.

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Hopefully this picture gives you an idea of what I am talking about. Anywhoooo hope you all had a great Wash Day!101

The Wash Day Experience

9 comments:

  1. Girl, I'm experiencing the same thing with my hair, but don't give up, your hair still looks beautiful!

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  2. Your hair looks really lovely! I know how you feel about the ends, BUT hang in there till April so you can do your cut and not lose too much length - at least that's what I'm hoping for too, #hidethescissors! lol! I hope I can continue to stretch my relaxer along with you... (25 weeks post is no joke though!) :-D

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  3. If I didn't already have entirely too many conditioners in my stash I would buy that Aubrey Organics GPB TODAY!

    I actually don't think that your ends look that bad. My hair started to taper a bit at the beginning of last year. Then by the summer, my hemline had thickened up a lot. (Here's a picture) So hold out if you can!

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience!

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands

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  4. Maintaining a thick hempline is hard sometimes unless you do major chops to keep them fluffy. I'll say don't sweat it yet, give it till your next relaxer and make your decision then.

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  5. I'm starting the Castor Oil challenge on Hairlista. I hope yours works well for you

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  6. I am sure the castor oil will help you with the stretch. Tea tree oil is the business when it comes to itchiness. I am still working on getting a good camera for my YouTube videos, but I don't have a tutorial on how to do the crochet braids yet.

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  7. My left side is definitely noticeably shorter than my right, and I have no idea why! I hope the castor oil works for you! It had my hair coming out in clumps!

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  8. I love AO GPB now that I know how to use it. Your hair doesn't look terrible so you shouldn't avoid looking at it. You and I have similar issues going -- the hemline isn't as we would like it. We have to stay on top of trims and protective styling to get it to a healthier state.

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  9. Welcome back, Harlem. I agree with the others that your hair doesn't look bad. Maybe you can try dusting your ends every month/

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