Monday, 9 March 2015

Wash Day Saga - Chelating Wash day + Bonus Mid Week CoWash

Last week, I ended up doing two washes. A midweek cowash to boost my moisture levels after my relaxer, and a chelating shampoo day to remove any mineral deposits that may have been left in my hair after my wash day.

Here's my wash day experience...
The #WashDayExperience
Midweek CoWash

On Tuesday night, I did an overnight DC with the Silkness Nutrition and Repair conditioner + coconut oil. I rinsed it out with cold water on Wednesday morning, and t-shirt dried to about 60%, before sealing with baobab oil and damp bunning for work. My hair looked extra sleek on Wednesday, a co-worker even commented on how my hair looked extra sleek.

Chelating Wash day

1. On Friday evening I did the GHE overnight using a tiny bit of baobab oil. My goal was to boost the moisture levels of my strands and move sebum down my hair before my shampoo use. I also finger detangled and braided my hair into 8 sections.

2. On Saturday morning, I shampooed (while in braids) with ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo. I first thoroughly cleansed my scalp, before working the lather onto my ends. I rinsed out the shampoo with warm water, and let the water drip before applying my DC.

3. I DC'ed with ORS Replenishing Conditioner. This is one of my Holy Grail products, I love the slip of this conditioner. I deep conditioned for an hour using body heat under 2 shower caps.

4. I rinsed out the 50% of the conditioner with cold water. I then wrapped my hair in a t-shirt to absorb excess water.

5. When my hair was damp, I would take down a braid and apply my leave in (ORS Take Command Curl Defining Creme) before sealing with coconut oil. I then detangled using a wide tooth comb, before rebraiding that section. I left my hair to fully air dry.

6. I decided to try to straighten my hair for an official length check. I wanted to use my mom's flat iron which is better than mine, but it was broken. So I just settled for one pass (with lots of heat protectant), and my hair really didn't get straight. I ended up doing the ''pull a bit of hair'' length check
Starting Length for my fully texlaxed journey

My hair is currently sitting just under line 1 in the pic, but its actually at line 2 (this method of length check is really painful, esp if you're snapping your own pic as well, fyi). Short term length goal is line 4 aka APL by the end of June.  Year end length goal is line 7, which is grazing BSL.

My next length check will be in September when I do my touch up, so I don't get too obsessed with achieving length goals at the expense of health.


  1. I'm glad you're having an easier time with styling now. Here I am still fighting to bun my new growth. Lol.
    I'm cheering you on with your goals. Can't wait to see your progress

    1. Sandra at least you are great with styling. I have styling envy here. Can't wait to see you fully natural :)

  2. I'm excited to read more about your texlaxed journey chica! Do you plan on sticking to wearing wigs to protective style?

    PS. what is baobab oil?

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience!

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands

    1. Hi KLP. Yes, I definitely plan to wig, especially in winter. And since I will be doing long stretches, wigging is definitely a major part of my regimen.

      Baobab oil is an oil expressed from the seeds of the baobab tree (a tree found over most of sub-Saharan Africa). Its a deep yellow like olive oil, and it has a smell similar to avocado oil. This link bleow explains better the benefits of baobab oil