My first wash day back in my own space was all about recovery. While in Colorado I wore individual braids for 5 weeks, I did several wash and go’s, and twist outs. Thus in ten weeks time I had not done a single treatment other than deep conditioning with moisturizing products, so I sat down this wash day for a little hair TLC.
I began the night before I planned to wash with an oil treatment. I lightly misted my hair with water and applied the IC Fantasia 100% Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my scalp and slathered my strands in coconut oil. Then I put my hair in a bun, put on a plastic cap, a satin bonnet and slept in the oil treatment over night.
I did not feel the need to warm the oil as my hair would warm with the caps on while I slept. The next morning I went through and separated my strands, while extracting as much shed hair as possible. Then I hopped in the shower and gave my hair a good cleanse. It had been 10 weeks since I used any clarifying shampoo, so I brought out my trusty Qhemet Biologics Egyptian Wheatgrass Cleansing Tea to strip my hair of all of the gunk and to prep it for conditioning.
I then used my Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner (aka old faithful) to give my hair a quick condition and finger detangle. Once my hair was tangle free I hopped out the shower to apply the Ouidad Extreme Melt Down Repair Mask in order to bring my hair back to balance. I put on my Thermal Conditioning cap for 20 minutes and cleaned up my house for a bit. Then I rinsed and styled.
It’s going to take a few hot oil treatments to get my hair back to its usual state, but the Ouidad went a long way in restoring my hair to its usual coily lustre.
What treatments do you use to bring your hair back to life post protective style?