Thursday, January 05, 2012

My Transitioning Regimen - Wash day

Here is my long overdue wash day regimen.

I don’t really do much and sometimes I can get really lazy. It consists of the normal basic stuff like wash, protein condition, deep condition, moisturize, and seal. I wash and deep condition about every 3 weeks. Early in my hair journey I used to wash twice a week, then once a week, then twice a month, and now about every 3 weeks. These changes occurred because of lifestyle changes (school), laziness or exhaustion, and change in hair’s condition. The latter are connected because as my hair got longer it became more time consuming to care for it. Now I have a schedule that works for me, but most of all I listen to my hair.

When I’m in protective style mode I keep my hair in about 15 small braids and I either wear a wig or a wrap. Every day I moisturize with kid’s organics shea butter detangling moisturizing hair lotion, great stuff. Then I seal with oil. Wash day takes on about 10 to 12 hours of my time. This plus my low manipulation rule are mainly the reason I wash every 3 weeks.

Steps for main hair wash reggie:
1.       Section hair in about 15 pony tails

2.       Wash with unscented  castile soap.

Did a reddish semi-permanent rinse Summer 2010.

      3.    Apply Nexxus Emergencee, shower cap, leave in for 20 to 30 minutes under steam cap.

      4.        Apply Suave Professionals Humectant Conditioner for dry hair.

      5.     Overnight DC for about 6 to 8 hours.
So tempted to big chop

The difference between the two
textures is so weird.

      6.       Rinse and check scalp for conditioner build up.

      7.       If there is buildup, take my very soft tooth brush and scrub my scalp gently to remove as    much conditioner as I can.

8.       ACV rinse if needed for porosity.
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to 64oz of water. This is what works for ME. It may not be standard for someone else so try at your own risk.

9.       Air dry to about 70% or 80%.

10.     Blow dry and flat iron, or detangle and braid back up. I finger comb when I blow dry to detangle. I use a comb only if I feel it's needed. This was acheived with a Revlon Amber Waves Professional Ionic Dryer RV672AW and FHI flatiron.


Now it is imperative that I do all this in sections because the minute I let my hair loose while wet there will be problems. Plus my blow dry/flat ironing is always more organized. When I do the latter, I use Fantasia Heat Protector.

If it weren't for this method I would not have lasted this long through this transition and would have had to big chop sooner. I also finger comb 95% of the time because it lowers the chance of breakage. I also do this in small sections. 


  1. Just what I needed!!!!

    This is so helpful! Thank you!

  2. Looking good
    used to wash my hair in ponytails while i transit

  3. am loving your hair, I have adopted the way you wash your hair in ponytails...... This is just what I need..... Many thanks. Am soooo looking forward to my next wash day.....

  4. Thanks. I hope you find success with this method are able to share your results.


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