Using the banding method to air dry relaxed hair is a great method for taming new growth and achieving sleek hair. Banding method is not just for naturals!
Check it….I recorded my entire wash day (excluding shower activities). I was so, so proud of me. That is, until I went to access the recording and womp, womp, womp — file was corrupt. Frustration was and continues to be an understatement! I really wanted to show you I air dry relaxed hair with using the banding method. I will definitely try again another time. For now, I will have to settle for pictures. (Edited to Add: click to see banding method to air dry relaxed hair)
(1) Oil Scalp & Length. Saturday night and again Sunday morning, I applied B.A.S.K. Sweet Manna Botanical Hair & Scalp serum to the scalp and length of my hair.
I scored the B.A.S.K. sample sometime ago – so long ago that I don’t even remember when/where. I was very pleased with how it softened my hair even without using moisturizer.
(2) Section & Detangle. I sectioned my hair in 4 quadrants and detangled with my wide tooth comb and Mane ‘n Tail Detangling Spray.
(3) Braid & Tea Soak. I braided each section and secured the ends with a rubber band. I then soaked my hair in tea with using the pour & catch method (pour tea, catch runoff, repeat).
(4) Pre-Poo. I decided to give my hair some extra TLC by pre-pooing with mixologified (ahem, yeah I made that up) Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner. Add-in items included 2 tablespoons each: hemp seed oil, glycerin and honey.
Kenra is a great conditioner that can deliver straight, no chaser. But I know from experience, hydrolyzed wheat protein sometimes act as a hair strengthener. I’m in need of moisture so mixing in some goodies took care of that.
Hemp seed (in the roots only applicator bottle) is a ceramide which smooths the cuticle and offers restoring and strengthening properties. When sealing with hemp, my hair is full of shine. Some suggest this has to do with ceramides allowing the cuticles to lay flat.
Glycerin and honey are humectants and as we know, humectants are awesome for attracting moisture. A side benefit is softness. Glycerin and honey never fail me!
Oh btw, I don’t use the organic or all-natural honey — I use regular honey with no issues.
SN: I used the last bit of honey and tossed the bottle in the trash before snap
ping a pic (sorry!). However, the honey pictured to the right is what I will be using next time. As you
can see, it’s quite generic.
(5) Apply Heat. I allowed the tea and conditioner mix to soak into the hair for 30 minutes under my lovely Hot Head Conditioning Cap. I love this cap – it’s simply heat & go. No boiling water. No hot packs. No burnt fingers. So, so, simple! Love it.
(6) Cleanse Hair. I wanted to sample a new product but my hair felt so good after the pre-poo session that I didn’t want to risk it going south. I co-cleansed 3 sections with HairVeda Amala Cream Rinse, my ultimate favorite co-cleanser. It seriously cleans yet leaves the hair soft. I can’t explain it — it just works!
New Product: Beecology. I was provided the shampoo and conditioner for product review. Therefore, I used the shampoo and 3 minute rinse out conditioner on the 4th section of hair. Overall, Beecology worked well and did not cause my hair to feel stripped or dry.
(7) T-shirt Dry. I truly believe hair has a saturation point, thus I t-shirt dried for 30 minutes. The t-shirt is very gentle and doesn’t rough up the cuticles and absorbing excess water allows room for my lovely conditioning session to do what I set out for it to do — condition!
(8) Condition & Steam. I was a little heavy handed when whipping up my pre-poo mix, thus I had plenty remaining. Therefore, I used it as my deep conditioner. I steamed for 30 minutes and allowed my hair to cool for 10 minutes.
(9) Seal / Rinse / Seal. I always seal in my deep conditioner with an oil of choice before stepping in the shower to rinse. My absolute fav is wheat germ oil, yet another ceramide. Wheat germ is also my oil of choice for oil rinsing.
I rinsed with lukewarm water (low porosity problems!). Using cool or cold water roughs up my cuticles, causes tangles and the end result is pure dryness. I sealed in the water by squeezing the hair with coconut oil soaked hands. This is steps 1 (liquid) and 2 (oil) of the LOC method. Simplifying rocks!
(10) T-shirt Dry & Leave In. I t-shirt dry anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. This absorbs almost all water, allowing my leave-in to penetrate and work as intended.
My staple is Pura Body Naturals MuruMuru Moisture Milk. Awesome, awesome and awesome. Creamy & hydrating. I massaged Hairitage Hydration Jar of Joe to my scalp — I love the coffee scent and it softens the new growth very well.
AIR DRY / DETANGLE
(11) Air Dry. I’ve been using the banding method to air dry relaxed hair for quite sometime now. I’m sure you sick of hearing about it but you definitely should give it a try if you’re still struggling with air drying. It stretches the new growth and yields soft and manageable, air dried hair. No more lion king! The struggle ends now. Get’ta banding. Short or long, everyone can band so long as you can pony your hair. *banding commercial ends now*
(12) Detangle. If pressed to detangle on wash day, I detangle on 90-95% dry hair. This ensures the least amount of breakage. Wet detangling yields way too much breakage.
My preference: detangle on 100% dry hair. I always spritz with a detangling spray before detangling wet, damp or dry hair. Detanglers are a must! My post-wash detangler was Oyin Juices & Berries: no -cones and is hydrating to my hair. I applied a pea size amount of Mizani H20 for breakage control.
The middle is the before pic / outer photos are the after.
Hair is fully detangled in the outer photos.