Washing transitioning hair became a burden at some point and I stopped doing wash day posts. My wash days were lasting so long that I truly felt I had put in 8 hours of work. By the time wash day was over, I had no energy to write a post about it. Now that wash day is manageable again, I will do my best to bring wash day posts back, at least periodically if nothing more.
l decided to live on the edge this past wash day and I was willing to accept whatever punishment came my way. I had been wearing a bun for about 4 days straight. My hair was filled with gel and had not been combed in days nor did I bother to detangle it before washing my hair.
Please do as I say and not as I do on this one — you should properly detangle your hair before washing it. However, I did not feel like it plus I wanted to see if I could have a successful wash day without all the pre-work. I guess you could say this was somewhat of a washing transitioning hair experiment to see what my hair is capable of doing. Knowing the odds were stacked against me, I went for it anyway.
Washing Transitioning Hair Experiment (The Products)
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil followed by Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose. Both were applied to dry hair and stayed on for 15 minutes. I kept my hair covered with a plastic processing cap but I did not use heat. This pre-shampoo step was done to give my hair a moisture boost before starting wash day.
Hairveda Amala Cream Rinse Cleansing Conditioner. Moisture based cleansing conditioner that hydrates while gently removing buildup. This cleansing conditioner performs much like a sulfate free cleanser.
Paul Mitchell The Detangler. Moisture based detangling conditioner that offers outstanding slip. I was able to fully detangle my hair while in the shower even though I did not detangle beforehand.
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose yet again as my deep conditioner for 10 minutes while in the shower.
I air dried in 6 two strand twists.
Washing Transitioning Hair Experiment (The Result)
My shampoo and conditioner routine has been on point for a while. My leave in conditioner routine, however, has been hit and miss. Finding the right product combination takes a lot of trial and error but the liquid, cream and butter combination provides my hair with definition and hydration.
My curls were soft, springy and defined in most places. I have a few more sections that need a little work. Clearly, the relaxed ends are stopping me from achieving greatness but I’m to blame for that. I want to hold on to them for a short while longer until I can cut my hair in a bob that looks worth something. Right now, the natural hair is so varying in length that I would have to cut my hair lower than I prefer to shape it. However, the relaxed ends will be removed with the quickness when I gain a little more length because I’m ready to wear my hair loose and free which I’m unable to do unless wearing a braid out.
How to Maintain a Wash and G0 (Curly Texture)
I did not comb my hair throughout the week because I did not want to disturb the curls. I finger detangled several times per week to remove shed hair. I moisturized and sealed twice daily and kept my hair stretched by banding my hair throughout the week.
My Style for the Week?
My style for the week was a textured hair bun because the ends of my hair are/were too stringy for much else. Plus, I didn’t feel like forcing then to cooperate so I rocked a textured hair bun by simply tucking the straight ends away.