I apologize for the uber huge pictures, but I uploaded them from my phone and continued on the computer.
So I started with Shea Moisture Purification Mask (Say What!). I wanted something to get my hair a tad cleaner than just using the PM Shampoo One alone, especially now since I dilute it, but I didn’t want to clarify. In my last wash day post, I had moisture overload and when it was time for me to rewash again mid-week, my hair turned back to mush. I used some Curl Junkie Curl Fix (contains collagen) and it rectified the situation immediately. I did not want to strip my hair, but get the gook that twist outs leave behind.
So I kept the mask on for 40 minutes and voila, clean soft hair. This stuff is a keeper. SM can give those other masques to the birds because they do nothing for me, and I really wanted to like [no really love] them. The purification masque is what conditioners strive to be.
Followed up with PM Shampoo One in my applicator bottle which is diluted with a large amount of water.
I did a coffee rinse with Breakfast Blend, Burdock, Marshmallow, Slippery Elm, Lavender and Oatstraw. For once, my lazy behind put it in the coffee maker and I didn’t wind up with mucous on my head.
I had mixed some Kizuri Beauty Cocoa Vanilla DC, Kanechom Shea Butter DC, Biolage Cera-Repair and KeraVada Amla oil in a mixing bowl (you know the ones the salons use when they mix color or relaxer) and since the first three products only need 3-5 minutes as per instructions, I left this mix on for 10 minutes then rinsed. It was pretty strong with minimal stretch when wet.
For me, stretching when wet is critical. If my hair stretches at least 25%, whether it snaps back or not, I know my hair will be fine when dry. If it stretches too much when wet, Im in super trouble.
Last, I t-shirt dried for about 40 minutes while I helped my husband with the final touches to a cake he made.
I blow-dried my hair on cool. Because my hair dried a bit much, I dampened it with some water in a spray bottle I normally use for roller sets, then used some SD Wheat Germ Butter Conditioner, then added some CHI Silk Infusion to sections before blow drying on COOL or the LOW setting. Didn’t take forever, but it didn’t take a few minutes either:
This was what I was working with. While flat ironing, I used CHI Keratin Silk Infusion only because I am scared of heat damage. I ironed on 320 degrees this time which left me with more volume. I like this temperature:
I couldn’t get DH to take a picture, so sorry it is so dark, but Im a tad unhappy with my ends. The moisture overload did a number on them. Im probably not going to cut, just dust 1-2x a month and not do a major chop til mid-2014, but until then, I may have to get more serious on my roller sets as I have been getting twist out crazy/lazy.
This was only gonna end one way [Insert Mia’s Comment Here] Bun!All in all, I was happy with the process and results. The CJ Curl Fix was what my hair needed, but collagen is strong so I wanted to weaken my hair a bit because it was too strong. After using 2 heat protectants, my hair is smooth with no stretch, but isn’t breaking and when I wash my hair and all the protectants off, it will most likely return to its normal clumpy self. Im not going to clarify for another 2 weeks instead of 1 and go back to my normal routine of keratin and roller sets for a while. My hair, like its owner, is not big on drastic change.
As my Nana would say “Chile, you got alotta hair on that head? Can you donate some to me; I aint got nothing. After all, Im the reason you have it!”
How was your wash day?
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