Wash Day Updates | Last One for 2014

Happy last day of 2014! I am back from my 10 day vacay and am so glad to be back to fast wireless internet! While I enjoyed being able to relax, watch (LOTS of) movies, and hang out with loved ones, it is always a pleasant feeling to return home and regain that sense of normalcy.

I have so much to talk about and catch up on so don't be alarmed by the slew of posts coming through over the next week or two.

As far as my hair. Oh. My. Goodness. It was excruciating waiting 11 days to finally emerge my hair under some water. My plan was to keep my hair twisted the entire time I was away and moisturize my hair regularly with my spritz. First my scalp started itching like crazy around day 7 (my ideal wash day) and by day 9 my hair was so oily and greasy and dry. It was horrible. I just could not wait to get back home to give my hair a good full blown "pre-poo, shampoo, deep condition" wash session yesterday. 

Unfortunately my goal was a little too ambitious.

When I come back from a long travel, I usually try my best to unpack everything the same day and find new places for the new stuff that traveled home with us (a challenging feat for an aspiring minimalist). Needless to say, unpacking plus a slew of other things that unexpectedly came up, left me late last night (midnight) settling for a very minimal co-wash session. 

Here's what happened within 1 hour:
  • untwisted my hair from my tuck and roll hairstyle
  • slathered my hair with Suave Professionals Shea Butter and Almond Oil Conditioner 
  • "detangled" using my Knot Genie (I have a bullet to bite with this brush...)
  • rinsed hair and air dried for 15 minutes
  • moisturized with Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Caster Oil Leave-In Conditioner
  • sealed with homemade Shea Butter mix
  • smoothed hair with homemade flaxseed gel + aloe vera gel
  • gathered hair into a low puff (shocker!)
  • tied the bad boy down with a scarf and do-rag (sp?) (after 20 minutes, I had to loosen both because I felt my head throbbing from the tightness...I was doing too much)
Yeah, protective styling was the last thing on my mind. I was tired and my hair definitely was not fully detangled: I was rushing (a big no-no) and the Knot Genie was not producing the results I was looking for. I even found about 10 twists I forgot to take out AFTER I co-washed and "detangled" my hair. SMH Needless to say, my hair situation was a hot mess, but I opted to make lemonade out of the lemons and whip my hair into a puff just so I could quickly get to bed. 

Here are some pictures I had the energy to take:

Shed hair

Tools/products used to moisturize and style hair (flaxseed gel: not pictured)

My hair was relatively flat by the morning. It has been a long time no see for my waves...a trait I definitely got from my mom who has a really loose curl pattern. My puff actually looks like a little fluffy bun. Z asked to touch it (lol) and said it was so soft. I guess that is a positive initial review of the Jamaican Black Caster Oil Leave-in conditioner.

I am planning for a full wash session this Friday God willing. I will probably do a protein treatment then. I hope you all had a better session than what I experience and look forward to reading about them at the following link up:

The Wash Day Experience

Thanks to you all who have left comments over the past week. I have responded to some already but will get to the rest soon. :-)

Happy New Year in advance!

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