I finally removed my cornrows at three weeks and 3 days (about a week ago. don’t judge me :) ). I had just about had it with the style. Its a good PS but I was tired of having the same style for too long. And my hairline was starting to suffer because the cornrows were starting to lift.
The best thing with this style is that it took me less than one hour to take it down. I gave my scalp two days to rest before washing my hair (
the truth is I had no time to do it because of work). When I finally got to my wash day, my scalp was literally screaming for a good wash. I detangled with my fingers and a wide toothed comb after applying coconut oil to my hair (pre poo stage). This is how much hair I lost after three weeks of not detangling.
1. I started by shampooing once with Olive Oil Creamy Aloe shampoo (clarifying shampoo). My hair felt clean after that. I followed this up with shampooing with CoN Moisture & Shine shampoo to restore moisture to my strands.
2. After rinsing off the shampoo, I applied Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner for five minutes and rinsed. I squeezed off the excess water and tied my hair in a t-shirt.
3. I applied my Lory’s DC to damp hair at the roots. I layered with ORS Hair Mayonnaise on the length of my hair for added strength. I covered this with a plastic cap for 30minutes.
4. I rinsed this off and t shirt dried again for 30 minutes as I took a shower.
5. When I removed the t-shirt my hair felt soft and moisturized.
6. I applied my leave ins, a mixture of CoN products (Intense Conditioning treatment, Nourishing conditioner, Oil Moisturizer & Leave-In Creme Conditioner), and sealed with coconut oil.
I dried my hair using the tension method on cool setting on the blow drier. Then I applied some Gel to my edges and and tied with a scarf for a few minutes as I got ready. I’m now officially 11 weeks post relaxer.
I’m officially 2 months post relaxer! This is so easy to say now that I’ve been in a protective style for the last one week. I just realized that when hair is covered it is so easy to reach these goals. I will definitely be covering my hair more.
This past wash day was no fuss. I had literally two steps;
1. Applied DC in between my lines, covered with a plastic bag and let it sit for about an hour.
2. Rinsed off the conditioner and shampooed with a moisturizing shampoo.
I was very careful not to rub my hair because I still need to keep the style neat :). I Just T-shirt dried overnight and then air dried for the day. Here is how my hair looks one week post;
Link up with others over at the wash day experience.
As you all know, I installed corn rows on Saturday at 7 weeks post. The challenge I’m facing now is how to moisturize my hair seeing that I did the corn rows using extensions. I then came up with a plan to mix some of my products to make a moisturizer for my corn rows. I added the following together;
1. Crème of Nature Lemongrass & Rosemary Leave-In Crème Conditioner (For Dehydrated Hair)
2. Crème of Nature Chamomile & Comfrey Nourishing Conditioner
3. Crème of Nature Oil Moisturizer
Crème of Nature Products
Crème of Nature Products Mixed
I am now applying this in between the lines in the evening and it has this cooling effect on my scalp that gives me a relaxing feeling at the end of a long day at work. I apply this in the evening because it leaves my hair looking white ish like this.
After Applying Mix
If I apply it in the morning, then it means I have to overly rub my hair to dissolve it completely and that is not good if I want the style to last me a while. Over and above that, I have mixed some braid spray, water, and EVOO in a spray bottle like this.
Braid Spray + Water + EVOO
I spray this on my hair after applying my moisturizing mix. This reinforces the moisture and helps to get the cornrows really moist and that means moisture gets into my hair that is in between the extensions. I then tie my head scarf for bed.
In the morning, all I do is spray my hair with Chi Keratin Mist and leave it in for the day.
CHI Keratin Mist
How do you moisturize your hair while in a protective style?
I cant believe that its already 7 weeks since my last relaxer! I’m sorry I didn’t link up a post last week on the wash day experience. I still haven’t mastered any technique that makes my hair smooth. I enjoyed reading the posts that you all posted. I even left comments on some of them.
This wash day was long but fulfilling. I shampooed my hair on Friday evening after work. I used Crème of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture & Shine Shampoo (Hydrates & Detangles) that gives me the slip and leaves my hair moisturized and detangled. I shampooed twice. I have recently adopted T-shirt drying instead of towel drying. I have noticed that I have been experiencing fewer tangles. I have also noticed that the t-shirt dries my hair without sucking the moisture out of it and that makes me a very happy girl :).
I then applied my DC mix, which is a mixture of Lory’s Proffessional, honey, and Crème of Nature’s Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment. I was meant to let that sit for an hour then rinse but I dosed off and had it over night.
I rinsed in the morning. My hair felt very soft. I t-shirt dried again for 20 minutes while I took a shower. I applied my chi keratin mist and then detangled in sections as I blow dried using the tension method. I was about to grab my leave-in and rollers for the ‘Rollin’ Down the River’ link up. But then something struck me that I should try a protective style. One of my friends has been protective styling most of the time for the past few months and her hair has really grown! I got dressed and headed to the salon. Lucky for us in Kenya, you do not need an appointment to make your hair because the salons are very many and the hair dressers are also many. Unless you have a specific one that you like to go to then you have to call them and find out if they are free (most of the time they will say yes and then when you get there they have like 2 people ahead of you. You either sit and wait or go back another time #makesmemad!)
I did some corn rows with extensions. I had to instruct the lady to be extra careful not do the front too tight for the sake of my hairline (My hair breaks easy on my front hairline). I also asked her to bun the ends of the extension permanently (sew the bun in place) to avoid tagging at my hair line every morning as I try to style. After that I went home and applied my leave ins just as I would if I was applying grease to my scalp in between the corn rows.
Long story short. These are the results!
My wash day today was probably one of the best I have had in a while. I decided to spend the evening yesterday just pampering my hair. I had started the wash day by applying pre-poo the evening before. I applied Crème of Nature’s Chamomile & Comfrey Nourishing Conditioner (For Dehydrated Hair), sealed in with coconut oil and baggy’d for the night. My hair felt hydrated and moisturised the whole day. And the softness was unbelievable!
Initially, since we are focusing on moisture, I had intended to use Creme of Nature’s Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture & Shine Shampoo (Hydrates & Detangles). But when I got home, I decided to clarify. I grabbed my trusted ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo and shampooed twice. My hair felt very clean.
ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo
I then applied my Bonawell Repair Formula Hot Oil Treatment. I let this sit for just five minutes and then rinsed it off.
Bonawell Repair Formula Hot Oil Treatment (apricot Oil & Pro Vitamin B5)
I towel dried for 5 minutes. I applied my DC. The DC was a mixture of Lory’s Proffessional, Honey, and Crème of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment (Strengthens, Imparts Moisture & Prevents hair Breakage). I intended to wash this off after one and a half hours. However, I was so tired I dozed off on my couch and when I woke up, I proceeded straight to bed. I rinsed my hair off today in the morning.
I then sprayed with my Chi Keratin Mist and dried with my blow drier setvon cool using the tension method. I made sure I detangled each section with a wide toothed comb before drying it. When I finished drying, I applied Crème of Nature’s Lemongrass & Rosemary Leave-In Crème Conditioner (For Dehydrated Hair) and sealed with some EVOO.
Join Jen and KLP for the wash day link up!
I’m already 1 month post relaxer (Happy Dance). I’m happy because its not usually easy to do these mile stones. A hair journey has its own challenges, and any achievement is a cause for celebration. I had a bit of time this weekend so I took time to pamper my hair. I pre-pooed my hair using my newly acquired Creme of nature Chamomile & Comfrey Nourishing Conditioner mixed with some EVOO. I parted my hair in 3 sections (one at the back and two at the front) and loosely braided then wore a plastic bag for 2 hours.
I shampooed my hair twice with a moisturizing shampoo. Then I applied conditioner. I used a mixture of Lory’s Proffessional, Honey, and Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intense Conditioning Treatment. I wore a plastic cap and let it sit for two hours as I did my house chores.
I rinsed off the conditioner and T-Shirt dried my hair for 20 minutes. I then dried my hair using the tension method on cool air. After that, I applied Creme of Nature’s Oil Moisturizer and some EVOO to seal. My hair has never felt softer! I could not get enough of touching my hair. I really loved how it felt. The Creme of Nature products have very good scents. I will be posting reviews on each of the products soon.
How was your recent wash day? head over to Just Grow Already and link up your post.
Sometimes, my hair becomes hard and brittle. I usually experience short broken hairs and when I touch my hair it feels hard. At that point, my hair usually doesn’t stretch. This is how I usually restore moisture, Over and above clarifying and deep conditioning with a moisturizing conditioner;
1. Spritz my hair with some water.
2. Apply an Oil based moisturizer.
3. Seal with an oil and style.
1. Part my hair in three sections (one at the back and two at the front).
2. Apply Carrot oil to each section.
3. Seal with Oil.
4. Cover with a plastic bag and tie my headscarf for bed (also known as baggying).
I always love how my hair feels after baggying. I try to do this as often as possible. I’m joining Jen of Just Grow already on her 30 days moisture challenge. I hope that this will help my hair grow and reduce the shedding.