It was about that time to take my hair out of these box braids and even though I wish I could take my hair out, throw it in a puff and go on with my life— I knew that I had to go through the tedious task of washing my hair. So I thought, why not share with you all how I cleanse my hair after a protective style?
Before you start touching your hair, it is important to make sure that your nails are filed or that you don’t have any chipped polish to prevent snagging your hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
The first thing I do when I’m ready to start washing is part my hair into six sections.
I had my hair in a protective style for almost two months so it needs to be thoroughly cleansed. I don’t use shampoo on my hair, instead I substitute apple cider vinegar. Yes, it smells reeeaaally bad, but after a while you get used to it.
Apple cider vinegar is a great alternative for shampoo. It doesn’t only help clarify your scalp, but it also helps to balance the pH.
ACV is too strong to be used alone so what I like to do is fill up a spray bottle with a little ACV and the rest water. After spraying each section and my scalp, I rub it in and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
Deep Treatment Masque & Hot Oil Treatment
The wait of finally getting rid of the stinch of ACV is over and I go ahead and rinse it out with warm water, put my hair back into six sections and move on to a deep treatment masque. Since my hair becomes very dry and brittle when in protective styles I want to make sure to bring back moisture into my strands so my hair doesn’t break easily.
I usually use Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Masque, but I decided to try something new and go for the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque. I apply the masque starting from my ends and work my way up. When my hair is fully coated, I comb through the section using my fingers. I then take my applicator bottle filled with a mix of my favorite oils (coconut, olive, grape seed, tea tree, jojoba and lemongrass) and apply it directly onto my scalp and my ends.
Next I take a plastic cap or bag, put it on my head and then sit under a hooded dryer for a good 30 minutes.
This is probably my favorite step just because it lets me know that I’m almost done! So I rinse the masque from my hair, again with warm water, put my hair back into six sections and then apply my Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner.
I don’t let it sit for long, only 10 minutes, since I already did a deep treatment masque. You can let it sit overnight if you want to.
Blow Drying & Trim
Finally, running back and forth to the sink is over. After rinsing out the conditioner I apply my go to leave-in condition, Shea Moisture JBCO Strengthen Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner, and plait up my six sections.This is when I can sit back catch up on YouTube videos and new blog posts so my hair can dry a little.
When I’m done chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool I go ahead and prep my hair for blow drying using Creme of Nature: Heat Defense Smooth & Shine Polisher.
I only blow dry my hair when it’s in need of a trim and trust me my hair was in need of a trim. The easiest way for me to trim is after I style my hair in a braid-out or twist-out.
I braided up my hair and then went ahead and snipped the ends of the braid and voila!
I never had a problem with trimming my hair myself. I’m pretty sure if I were to straighten it it would be choppy and I’ll probably need a cut to even it out, but I guess I’ll see when that day comes.
I hope you all enjoyed my wash day routine after a protective style. Go ahead and share in the comments below what your routine is and what you like to use. I would love to read about them!
Until next time,