I've wanted to change up my wash-day regimen for a while now, but I didn't know where to start. I went back to the basics. When I first chopped off all of my hair, I used Shea Moisture's products. Since then, their selection has gotten bigger. Indecisively, I bought products from three separate Shea Moisture categories: Yucca & Plantain (strengthening shampoo), Jamaican Black Castor Oil (conditioning masque), and Coconut & Hibiscus (soufflé for twists). All of which is on sale at Target!
Shampoo & Rinse. I don't how many of you all do this, but I use my finger tips to massage all the dirt out of my hair. I have a bad childhood experience from WRECK-LESS hair stylists that would wash my hair, and it felt as if they were trying to scratch my brain out! Oh, and don't let them have a hangnail and catch your hair with it! Ouch! I cringe just thinking about it! So, yea... I take that step seriously: massage with your fingertips! Thank me later.
Apply Conditioner & Sit Under Dryer. I used a NICE amount of conditioner on each section, and was very thorough on my roots & ends! Also, you can use this time to detangle as your hair is at its easiest to manipulate with the conditioning masque in it. I enjoyed this step just because my "true" curls showed up and showed out! I twisted all four sections, put on my shower cap, and sat under the dryer for 30 minutes. This is called "Deep Conditioning". The heat/steam that produces under the shower cap from the damp hair opens up the follicles and allows the conditioner to work its magic.
The soufflé was quite the experience! It smelled great and had the texture true to "soufflé". As I twisted my hair, it wasn't shrinking like it would normally do with a moisturizing crème. When I was all done, I almost didn't like my results. It wasn't until the next morning when I fell in LOVE with two-strand twists all over again. Even my Husband said he noticed a difference and he liked it too! All in all, I came up with a new routine for washday that's thorough, effective, and leaves me smelling like tropical paradise, fruit and coconuts!
Wash the Conditioner out with cold water. Studies have shown that washing hair in hot, steamy water damages the hair shaft. So eventually you'll find yourself with hair that is brittle and prone to breakage. A cold water rinse does the opposite of what sitting under heat does. The cold water closes up your hair follicles, leaving your mane shiny and healthy. Wash your hair in the coldest water you can stand. Surprisingly, I can stand cold water so it works for me. Don't catch hypothermia and then tell your Doc you read this on my blog LOL! Know your limit.
I loved the way the conditioning masque left my hair! Have you ever stopped going to the gym for a while, then decided to go back? My hair felt like that first day back at the gym LOL! It was soft, shiny, and since it was already in sections, it dried faster. I personally don't use blow dryers, so after I washed out the conditioner, I applied my (not so) secret oil concoction, braided it into 4 braids and let it air dry for an hour... sitting outside... in TX heat! Once it was dry, I used the to do the Curling Gel Soufflé (for the first time) to do two-strand twists.
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