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This is just a quick update of my *medium* twists on Day 3. People’s first question when they see my twists is: “So, you’re gonna loc your hair?!” Lol NO I’m not gonna get dreads. I’ve seen some sexy looking locs, but that’s too much of a commitment for me. Lol. So anyway, here is my Day 3 hair. So far, I love it.

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Initially, I used the Curl Boosting Jelly by Curls Unleashed to set my hair. Initially, I really liked the twists with that gel. But, it was just too light to hold my hair like I needed it to. My ends were unraveling and frizzing out really quickly. So, I applied some of Carol’s Daughter’s Mimosa Hair Honey to my twists and set my ends with it…AMAZING! My hair is shiny, super soft, and smells great ๐Ÿ™‚ Not to mention, it holds the twists very well. I’m usually not a fan of CD, but I’m LOVING this stuff!

Til Next Time!

XOXO

Well…I think they’re more like “medium” twists lol. I’ve been natural for two years now, but I just twisted up my hair for the first time ever this weekend. I actually really like it. Hopefully I’ll be able to wear these for at least a few days and then take them out for a BANGIN twist out! (*Crosses fingers & hopes for the best*) I’ll keep you posted! ๐Ÿ™‚

Til Next Time,
XOXO

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One thing I’ve realized about conditioners since I’ve been natural: the directions are only suggestions! In my experience, using a conditioner differently than is directed on the bottle can be a great thing to try. For example, Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner doesn’t work for me as a rinse out–it makes my hair feel dry. But as a leave-in, it’s awesome!

If you have a rinse-out that dries your hair out after rinsing, try it as a leave-in. If you have a “deep conditioner” that doesn’t quite give you that DEEP conditioning you’re looking for, you can try that as a leave-in as well. I’ve even used my deep conditioning mixture as a leave in just because my hair loves it so much. I have one conditioner that just didn’t work for me as a leave-in, rinse out, deep–NOTHING. So, I added it to a spray bottle with water and glycerin, which made a GREAT refresher spray for my wash-and-go’s.ย 

I’m not saying EVERY deep and leave-in conditioner can alternatively be used as a leave-in. However, you will never know until you try. Play around with your conditioners! You may make some great discoveries like I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

Til Next Time,
XOXO

Okay, so maybe the fact that this wash-n-go regimen is done on DRY hair disqualifies it as a “wash-n-go”….but whatever. Go with me ๐Ÿ™‚

Background Story

I have to start by saying that this regimen came about due to the fact that for years I’d been doing wash-n-go’s, and couldn’t figure out why my hair was ALWAYS dry when I did them. No matter what conditioner/leave-in I used, no matter how much I deep conditioned, after my hair dried, it was just rough and felt like aย Brilloย pad. Recently, I’ve been researching information on hair porosity, during which I stumbled upon a blog post by Elle of Quest For The Perfect Curl. This was probably the MOST helpful and the information was broken down enough for me understand (Thanks, Elle!).

From my research, I realized that my hair is definitely high porosity. I don’t believe it’s necessarily heat damaged or unhealthy–my cuticles are just often more raised than normal. This causes my hair to suck up moisture very quickly; and since my hair cuticles are raised, the moisture leaves very quickly as well. During this process, by the time my wash-n-go is completely dry, my hair is often more dry than it was before I applied my product(s)! Also, in my research I read that high-po hair holds a LOT of water. The hair strand can only hold so much moisture. So, this is what I figured–if I’m starting my wash-n-go on soaking wet hair, my hair strands are already full of water. Thus, the product I’m applying on top of all that water isn’t really moisturizing my hair like I want it to. I wanted my hair to soak up more of the moisture from the conditioners I’m applying versus only soaking up the water. When my wash-n-go’s on wet hair dried..they completely dried OUT–NO moisture was retained. So this brings me to my solution……..*drum roll*……(lol)

Wash-N-Go on DRY (not wet) Hair

This is a wash-n-go regimen that I’ve been experimenting with. I haven’t seen anyone else do this, it’s just something I made up and hoped would work lol. I’ve been doing it for a few weeks now, and for my hair, it works like a CHARM. My hair is SOFT, moisturized, curls are defined, and best of all–it lasts me ALL WEEK. For the first time EVER, I’m getting 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th day hair. So here’s what I do:

1. Wash and de-tangle my hair the night before I want to style it. For example–to begin the work week on Monday, I wash my hair Sunday night. I blot out as much water as I can, separate it into sections (I do about 8-10), and apply a little water-based leave-in conditioner–just enough to moisturize it a little. Twist it up to dry overnight.

2. The next morning, once my hair is dry, I apply my product to my hair, which is already in sections from the night before. To each section, I apply a water-based leave-in, a thicker leave-in or moisturizer, shea butter mixture to seal, and a gel on top to hold the curls. Shingling, or finger combing, products through my hair works very well for me.

3. At night, I just sleep with my satin bonnet.

4. In the mornings–to refresh, I spritz with a TINY bit of my water/conditioner mix, fluff out, and GO! Literally takes me 2 minutes, if that.

Things to Note:

**The key to this regimen is using products that you know work well on your hair. All of the products I used are ones that I know my hair responds well to. With high porosity hair, it’s necessary to layer moisture into the hair, which is why I use 4 products (leave-in, moisturizer, sealant, gel).

**Because I’m applying product to DRY hair, I had to use a lot more of my leave-in to get my hair to the point that I could finger through it. Water helps to spread product throughout the hair. So, because I didn’t have that water to help get the product around, more of my leave-in (or whichever product is applied first) was needed.

**Even though I had to use more product initially to style my hair, my style lasted ALL WEEK, as opposed to me having to wet and do my hair every single morning before. So, it evens out in terms of how fast I’m going through my products.

**Everyone’s hair is different! This works awesomely for me, but it may or may not work for your hair. If you’re a high-po natural and are having issues with dry wash-n-go’s, I think this is a method worth trying. It works well for my sister & I, so if you’d like to be my guinea pig (lol), feel free to try this, and let me know how it goes! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Answer: YES, another natural hair blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ I went back and forth for months about whether or not I should start this blog. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to; but I kept asking myself–“Why should I become #19,928,553 in a world where EVERYONE seems to have a blog???

Well, here’s how I feel: I’ve watched a lot of natural hair videos and read a lot of natural hair blogs. I’ve seen a lot of routines and regimens, product reviews and hair tutorials, a lot of which simply don’t work for me or my hair. So, I’ve had to develop my own way of doing my hair that I haven’t really seen any where else. Now, my goal with this blog is NOT to revolutionize natural hair care. Lol..not at all. Really, I just want a centralized location to track my hair growth/progress. I know everyone’s hair is different, but mine seems to be…EXTRA different, so I just want to offer my findings and thoughts on certain subjects as *I* have experienced them. If someone can benefit from my years of agony over perfecting my wash-n-go, GREAT! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

I am NOT a hairstylist. I am NOT a hair expert. I am not any sort of hair professional. Everything expressed on this blog will just be my experiences and what I’ve learned over the years from various sources. For detailed info about my hair, please click here: The Hair. If you’d like to chat about hair care or have a question about anything I post here, I’m on twitter and instagram: @trulycoilyme.ย 

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