Monday, 14 April 2014

Wash Day Saga: Co-wash

This weekend, I had yet another lazy washday. I was exhausted after doing Lent community service with the other youths from my church, and I really didn't feel like making a fuss over my hair. On the other hand, to stick to my Winter Challenge regimen, I had to at least deep condition. So I decided to do a DC/co-wash, and get it all over with at once.

I first put coconut oil all over my box braids (to prevent hygral fatigue and to give my hair an extra shot of protein to strengthen my line of demarcation). I covered my hair with my heat processing cap for 2 hours to let the coconut oil really penetrate my hair.

I then applied my Tresemme Naturals moisturizing conditioner on top of the coconut oil. I let it all marinate under my heat processing cap for another 2 hours, before rinsing out with cool water. I t-shirt dried my hair for about 30 minutes, and then let it fully airdry when I left the house to hang out with a friend. I also redid the box braids on my nape, as there was some hair coming out and tangling which wasn't pretty.  Later on that evening, I did a scalp massage with the Wild Growth oil, and my inversion. This morning, I moiturized with the VO5 daily leave in moisturizing cream, and sealed with castor oil, before throwing on my wig cap and wig. I think I will wear my hair out for Easter (Thursday to Monday) before going back into box braids again. I have now managed to wig it for 4 weeks, and hopefully I have retained length. I want to do a braid out for wor on Thursday (and see whether I can really rock it before including it into my style arsenal.

The long term stretch/transition is still going well. I'm not totally sure I want to call it a transition yet, since I may just chicken out. I will call it an indefinite stretch at the moment, and keep at it. I am now almost 22 weeks post, and the protective styling is definitely one thing that is helping me out the most. I think I am well on the way of achieving my April goal of stretching for up to 24 weeks.

Don't forget to join the #WashdayExperience linkup host by KLP from SavingourStrands and Jeni from JustGrowAlready.

The Wash Day Experience

How was your washday?


  1. Happy you still managed to wash your hair. 22 weeks post is really good! Good luck with whatever you decide!

  2. I agree with the long term PS'ing the deeper you get into a stretch. Congrats on making it thus far.

  3. I love your mini wash! True love means that you pamper your hair even when you don't feel like it! Ha-ha! Congrats on making it 22 weeks post chica! What an accomplishment!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

  4. Great job on stretch, I stretch as well usually 26 weeks ( I only relax my hair twice a year)