Z's Wash Day Updates | Protein and Braids

Z's last hair wash was definitely a cram session this past Sunday as I attempted to get it done between Church services. #didnotwork #hadtobreakupsession 

She had been wearing her hair in twists for the past two weeks (to rest her scalp from wearing yarn wraps last December). For this session, I felt her hair would benefit from a protein treatment as I noticed her hair had a little mushiness to it at her last wash session. I did not want to chance using the same protein treatment I used on my hair my last wash day on hers so I stuck with what I knew. I bought a bottle of the Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor for her hair; it was on sale at Sally's Beauty Supply. #greattiming I am still testing the water with this particular brand/strength of protein treatment on our hair, but she had pretty decent results the first time she used it.

Here's how her session went down:
  • Untwisted her hair (pictured above). Pre-pooed with Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle + Oil (Olive) under Hot Head Heat Cap for 30 minutes. Divided hair into four sections and rinsed.
  • Shampooed hair with Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Clarifying Shampoo (diluted). Lathered really well. She even had just enough shampoo solution in the applicator bottle to shampoo her baby doll's hair. #sheispracticingthewashdaydrillearly Rinsed hair and t-shirt dried for 10 minutes.
  • Applied Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor to hair. Bottle stated to use .5 oz of product for up to 5 minutes (for a heavier treatment). I used closer to 1 oz of product on her hair for 10-12 minutes. Geez, it takes at least 5 minutes to apply it thoroughly through her hair. Does anybody else have this issue??? Rinsed and towel dried enough to catch the drippies.
  • Deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque. This stuff is more pasty than the African Black Soap Purification Masque so it does not glide on as smoothly as I would have liked. It seemed I had to use more to get a good coverage on her hair. Kept on 15 minutes (very short on time) under Hot Head Heat Cap. Finger detangled sections and rinsed.
  • Applied Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle on each section to detangle. I used the Knot Genie for this task. I loosely twisted each section after detangling. Once entire head was complete, I did a final rinse. 
  • Moisturized her hair with Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner and sealed with shea butter mix. Initially, I was going to band her hair but decided after banding two sections that I would do box braids. Took about 2 hours to complete. 
#GottaLoveMySlantParting She really likes her braids because they are different from the typical twists and they show some length. Of course, she swung her hair back and forth in the mirror a few times, enjoying the sway. The next morning for school, she wanted them pulled back into a ponytail. #goodchoice 

I am not sure if these will last for two weeks without redoing any of them, but I will play it by ear. They look really good still, and she has managed to keep all the elastics in at the ends through all her tumbling and playing. :-)

How have you been styling your child's hair lately?

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