- The night I get off from work (when I have the following day off), I will take the time to soak my hair in deep conditioner. For this process, my staple is--of course--ORS Replenishing Deep Conditioner-- the old formula which is either found in the packs or the big bottle for twelve dollars. I will mist my hair with water, then apply the conditioner, not worrying too much about finger combing or detangling at that point. My hair will end up in four (4) big twists, and covered by two plastic caps (for security) and my satin bonnet. Annnnd we're off to beddy-by! =D
- That following morning, I get up and detangle the twists into smaller sections. There's a lot of fingercombing, dividing, separating into smaller pieces and so on but somewhere along this process, I end up with about 8 to 10 twists. I then cover my hair with a plastic cap again because usually, I take this time to clean up and some other stuff. If I have to leave the house, I'll just get a hat, put it on and call it a day.
- Next step is to wash. I've given up on my "creme of nature" shampoo because it just does NOT CLEAN. It continues--wash after wash--to leave residue on my scalp no matter how many times I wash it and I'm not cool with that. So I've gone back to using Suave Professionals Almond & Shea Butter Shampoo for this and in one wash my hair is clean. It's cheaper, comes in a bigger bottle, and above all gets the job DONE. I can't argue with that. =/
- But anyways, I wash at the kitchen sink. I start from the back (nape) and work my way to the front. I separate two twists and wash one at a time. What I do is rinse the twists of deep conditioner, apply shampoo to the twists and squeeze it in, rub at my scalp and then rinse the twists of shampoo. No unraveling of the twists or anything and it comes out CLEAN. I repeat for all other sections.
- After cleansing, it is now time to moisturize. I use my trusty Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave In Conditioner for this job (and will neva... eva.....EVA EVA EVA EVA EVA EVA!!!!!!!!.....give up. >_<) I just soak it in, slather it in, I'm pretty heavy handed when it comes to this step. First I go twist by twist, taking down a section and saturating it in conditioner and making sure I really get the ends of it. Twist it up and continue for the rest of my head. Then afterwards, I take some more conditioner, apply it to each side going by the ends of the twists then up the hair, one side at a time. I'll take a bit more and then twirl it onto each of the ends again. Then I'll take some more and soak my edges and nape in it (a spot we all probably forget about). And then take some more and go over them again. Take some more conditoner and make sure I cover all of my roots. And then take some more and go over it again. -_-" what did I tell ya. Heavy handed! But it's like three dollars, so I can afford to be heavy handed with THAT product. lol
- After putting in the leave in, I think go into each root section of the twists with my oil mix (avocado and castor oil--fifty fifty) which is in an applicator bottle. After applying some drops in each section, then going through my major parts that are normally always exposed (like a center part, ear to parts) and the edges and the nape, I then use the pads of my fingers to massage the oil into my scalp. While massaging, sometimes I'll gently rub whatever excess oil I can down the twists but if I feel enough is not coming down, I will take a dollop of oil and squeeze it into each side. This process can last anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes (depending on how much therapy I need....=/)
- Normally, after step number five, the process is done and completed. But since it's getting colder, I sometimes add an additional step which would be going through each twists and seal in with shea butter. I apply a thin layer of it, not alot, makes my hair too greasy to the length of the hair, but when it comes to the end, I apply a little bit more to make sure they are sealed in. Twist that back up and wallah!
WASH DAY IS FINITO!!! By this time, Nelly is underneath my satin bonnet to let airdry for a moment before I decide to do any styling. I don't like styling on wet hair too much anymore, especially in the winter. So I wait til my hair is damp dry or fairly dry, not bone dry (unless it's like blown out). I do use my spray bottle "when" styling, but not to make it sopping, straight-outta-the-shower wet, just to add in moisture and dampen it a bit. I know people say not to style on bone dry hair, but I don't think it's that safe to style on sopping wet hair either. Both sides can lead to damage if not handled correctly in my opinion.
Since it is getting colder, my style of choice is:: Twist Sets. On damp dry hair (like 50-60% dry), I start on my twists. Since my hair is good and moisturized, I don't really add anything else to it, but I may add more shea butter to it (a little) from the middle of the hair to the ends, never close to the roots for my head. I start itching at the scalp too fast and shea butter does not help when being that close to my scalp. I part sections with a rat tail comb, gently tug at the ends to lengthen the hair, then divide section into two and twist. The only time a comb is near my hair is to part sections honestly. I'm really trying not to lose any length to something I can prevent so the less I need to comb or brush, the better. =)
Happy hair is healthy hair, so take good care of your hair this winter season! Lots of deep conditioning, hot oil treatments, and moisturization! Lay off the gels and bring in the creams. Winter's a coming! lol
And Keep it Coily ♥