Wash Day (7 Weeks): Corn Rows

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!

Right Side

Right Side

Front Front

Front

Left Side

Left Side

The Wash Day Experience

xoxo,

Evalyen

Tried & True Wash Day: 5 Weeks In!

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

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)

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.

The result:

Soft Hair

Soft Hair

Join Jen and KLP for the wash day link up!

The Wash Day Experience

Xoxo,
Evalyne

Wash Day: 4 Weeks Post

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.

The Wash Day Experience

Xoxo,
Evalyne

Restoring moisture to Dry Hair

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;

By Day:
1. Spritz my hair with some water.
2. Apply an Oil based moisturizer.
3. Seal with an oil and style.

By Night:
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.

Xoxo,
Evalyne

Product Haul

I have been on a self imposed ban for buying new hair products. I had accumulated a large collection at that time. For the past 4 months, I had not purchased any hair products as I tried to use up what I had. I’m usually a believer in using up products, even when they do not work for my hair. I try to find a way to make them work by mixing them up with other products that work. Anyway, I was running out of products like shampoo and conditioner.

I went on a product haul. I picked up most of the products from the Creme of Nature line after reading a lot of good reviews on that line. However, there were some staples that still featured.

Product Haul

Product Haul

Here is the list of what I bought;

1. ORS Carrot Oil (Staple)
2. ORS Hair Mayonnaise (Staple)
3. Lory’s Deep Miosturising Hair Cream (staple)
4. TRESemmè New Advanced Technology Luxurious Moisture Shampoo (For dry or damaged hair)
5. Milk Protein & Olive Oil Three Layer Growth Oil
6. Crème of Nature Lemongrass & Rosemary Leave-In Crème Conditioner (For Dehydrated Hair)
7. Crème of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment (Strengthens, Imparts Moisture & Prevents hair Breakage)
8. Crème of Nature Chamomile & Comfrey Nourishing Conditioner (For Dehydrated Hair)
9. Crème of Nature Oil Moisturizer (Restores Moisture, Heat protectant & Adds Exotic Shine)
10. Crème of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture & Shine Shampoo (Hydrates & Detangles)

Of Course these products set me back a lot of money. I don’t mind though because I believe that they will be beneficial to my hair. I also know that it will be a while before I make any other purchases.

What have you purchased lately?

Xoxo,
Evalyne

Wash Day: Relaxer Day Preparation

I’m currently 15 weeks post and I’ve just about had it. This stretch has not been easy because I literally had no time to show some TLC to my hair. I have been having tangles like hell and detangling has been an uphill task. During wash days, I have barely done pre poos. All I have had time for is shampoo, a quick DC and then stretching my new growth using the tension method. This is how this wash day went down;

1. I slathered my hair with some coconut oil to help detangle and let it sit for about an hour.

Hair products used

Hair products used

2. I finger detangled as much as I could and then used a wide toothed comb to remove the rest of the tangles.
3. I clarified using the ORS Creamy shampoo. I shampooed twice to remove all the product build up.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

4. Applied Bonawell Repair Formula Hot Oil Treatment as to strengthen my strands. This means that I skipped a protein Treatment and went straight for a DC.
5. I applied my Lory’s professional and left it in overnight.
6. I rinsed it out the next morning, and applied my roux porosity on damp hair. I did not rinse this out.
7. I M&Sed using the LOC method. I applied my chi keratin mist, then some olive oil and the ORS Carrot Oil to seal.
8. I then dried my hair using the tension method on warm setting.

My hair is now ready for a relaxer touch up next week. I cant wait to share the relaxer day with you.

Xoxo,
Evalyne

you can link up to others on the Wash Day Experience. This is my first time :)

The Wash Day Experience

I’m Back! Oh I had missed All of you!

My sincerest apologies for being MIA for so long. I was going through a work and School episode where i found myself constantly running from work to school and then back to work after school. I was so stressed by both that I did not have time for anything else whatsoever. But now I’m happy to report that I’m back and I have some exciting posts to share in the coming weeks.

That said, I have not been neglecting my hair. Somehow, in all that stress, I found time on Sundays to wash and DC my hair. I have been DCeing religiously for the last couple of weeks that i have been MIA. However, I have not moisturized and sealed as often. I found myself skipping M&S for almost a week. as a result, my ends have really suffered and I have not retained much length this stretch.

Bun

Bun


The other side of the bun

The other side of the bun

May be it is all in my head but I will do a post on how my ends look now then post and let you be the judge. :)

Ho have you been?

Xoxo,
Evalyne