For this wash day I was prepping my hair for the touch up - clarifying, moisture and protein.
First I started with a deep conditioning pre-poo. I divided my hair into six sections and slathered each with Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Deep Conditioned and did some serious detangling. I then braided the sections, pinned them up and went for a morning walk. The Florida sun was up and hot which helped the conditioner sink into my strands.
After the walk I started cleansing with SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo. I mixed some of it with distilled water and applied it directly to my scalp using an applicator bottle. Then I lathered it up good, rinsed and repeated. I couldn't remember the last time I'd clarified so I wanted to make sure my hair was thoroughly cleaned.
Next was a green tea rinse. I usually mix a little apple cider vinegar with the green tea, but due to the shampoo containing some apple cider vinegar I mixed in less than normal.
Without rinsing out the green tea I apply the last of the Suave Moisturizing Conditioner to the middle section of each braid and new growth and Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor to the my demarcation line and ends.
After rinsing I re-braided a few braids that started to unravel, t-shirt dried for a couple of hours and then let my hair air dry.
That evening my hair wasn't completely dry so I unbraided each section, applied Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner to each section and blow dried with cool air.
After each section was dry I applied grapeseed oil and lightly flat ironed my new growth so I could make sure my hair was fully detangled.
For bedtime I did two side braids which I pinned up the next day with a hair clip.
This week I'll be sporting low manipulation styles, such as using hair clips, wearing buns and braids. Hopefully that will help keep the tangles at bay until my relaxer touch up.
How do you prepare your hair for a trip to the salon?