I am about 10 1/2 weeks post my April touch up and boy do some areas of my head have some new growth. I don't plan on getting a relaxer until July or August.
After not washing for two weeks and having over 10 weeks of new growth how did my wash day go? Here's a recap:
Pre-poo: I changed this up and did a hot oil treatment that I left on for about an hour. This was my own concoction of sunflower oil, coconut oil, olive oil, green tea and Design Essentials Stimulations Conditioner. I'm really excited about this mix as it containes sunflower oil which is a ceramide. And I'm participating in the justgrowalready.com 30 Day Ceramid Challenge. The oil really helped me as I detangled. It gave me lots of slip and loosened up tangles that had formed. After rinsing this out, my hair felt wonderful! This will be the formula for my pre-poo mix going forward.
Cleanse: I used the Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Moisturizing Shampoo. This also made my hair feel great. It felt smooth, soft and moisturized.
Green tea rinse: I am incorporating these into my wash day regimen to help with the shedding. This went well, except I forgot the tea in the kitchen and how to get out of the shower to get it (sigh). I had brewed the tea a couple of days before and was keeping it in the fridge till I was ready to use it.
Deep condition: Once again I went back to Eden BodyWorks and used the Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner. I squeezed out the excess water and towel blotted, before applying and wore a shower cap for 30 minutes. My wet hair is now responding positively to the conditioner. As mentioned in my review, the secret is to sop up a lot of the excess water so my strands aren't full of water and are blocking the deep conditioner from sinking in. Still no issues.
Express condition: I had stopped doing this, but my hair seemed to love it. I used the Thermafuse HeatSmart Condition. The great thing about this is it's moisturizing, but also has some protein. Once again, Thermafuse didn't disappoint.
T-shirt dried: Did this for 30 minutes.
Leave-ins: Used my Pantene Pro-V Moisture Mist and Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave In then sealed with Sunflower Oil and air dried for a couple of hours then I had to sit under my hooded dryer for about an hour. I was going out in the evening and didn't want to go out with wet hair.
Related post: Product Review: Pantene Pro-V Moisture Mist Detangler
Final result: Soft, strong hair! Still had some shedding, but it was within normal ranges. We'll see how my hair does throughout the week.
What do you use to keep your hair soft each wash day?