I can tell when the home schooling period comes around, because I have a lot less time for my hair. This year is the first year that my daughter has daily lessons scheduled, so now I am home schooling two children instead of just one. With added responsibilities, the last thing I feel like doing is spending a lot of time on hair. So what do I do when I have less time to spare on hair? I keep it simple.
I am not currently doing any type of pre wash treatment, other than sometimes applying a bit of Coconut Oil if my hair is feeling very dry. My chosen method of washing my hair is the shower, just because it is easier and I can knock out hair care and bathing at once. Before I step foot in the shower, I divide my hair into 4 to 6 sections; securing them with clips.
This braid-out is the result of last wash/product experiment.
Shampooing & Conditioning: I’ve been using Kinky Curly Come Clean as my shampoo of choice for the past month. I always use a shampoo when I cleanse my hair. I really like this shampoo. Could this be a new “must have” product for me? Time will tell.
Anyway, to shampoo my hair, I remove one clip at a time and shampoo each section, making sure to concentrate on cleansing my scalp. I then rinse the shampoo out using warm water, reapply the shampoo concentrating on my hair and rinse again using warm water. I then apply a handful of condition and re-clip it. Then I move on to the next section of hair, until I have shampooed and applied conditioner to all 4 – 6 sections of hair.
Detangling: Detangling is the next step in my hair care routine. I detangle while I’m in the shower. This is now a “must” in my routine. If only I had known how effective detangling in the shower with a head full of conditioner is earlier in my hair journey, I may not have done a second BC. Lately I’ve been detangling with Tresemme Pro-Vitamin B5 & Aloe Remoisturize Conditioner. It works great for detangling, but I am not attached to it. In fact I just purchased a bottle of VO5 conditioner (from the dollar tree) that smells good enough to eat. I cannot wait to give that a try.
After I have shampooed the sections and added the conditioner, I go back and remove one clip at a time. With the conditioner still in my hair, I gently detangle each section with a wide tooth comb. I then rinse the conditioner out using warm water and loosely twist the section before reclipping it and moving on to the next section.
Deep Conditioning: I am the first to admit that early on in my journey, I have not always been faithful to the deep conditioning process. I have now made this a regular part of my routine. For the past month or so, I had been using the Shea Moisture Hair Masque, applying it to my hair and leaving it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it out. However, I have not been pleased with its results as a deep conditioner. Right before my last shampoo session, I picked up a jar of BioInfusion Olive Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment, available only at Walgreens. I applied this to my hair after rinsing the Tresemme conditioner out of my hair. I added a plastic cap and sat under my table top hair dryer for 15 minutes. I returned to the shower and rinsed out the conditioner, using cool water. So far I like it. I will write a review after using it a few more times.
Styling: After my hair has been shampooed, conditioned, detangled, deep conditioned and rinsed, I dry it using a white t-shirt. The last time I shampooed my hair, I un-clipped my hair before sitting under the dryer. This was a mistake, because my hair ended up having a few tangles by the time I was ready to style it. Next time I will leave the clips in.
For styling, I like to use Coconut Oil, but I ran out, so I skipped that step. Since I had a few tangles, I used Kinky Curly Knot Today and combed through my hair a few times. I proceeded to braid my hair into twelve medium sized braids. I usually use snap clips to hold the braids and pin them down, but I found that bobby pins work a lot better. Snap clips tend to pull your hair.
Creating the braid-out: I left the braids in my hair for a few days (probably more like a week since I was so busy with home schooling), hiding the braids under a hat. This actually served a dual purpose. The weather here in the south was crazy hot for the past few weeks. Keeping up hair braided up under a hat, served as a protective style and it kept my hair safe from the scorching sun (it’s finally cooling down – yay). Also, the longer you keep braids or twists in for a braid or twist-out, the better defined your braid or twist-out will be. Just keep in mind, that if you plan on leaving your braids in for a while, make sure you spritz it every so often to keep it from drying out!
After leaving my hair braided for a while, I finally un-braided my hair and separated it for the braid-out that you see in the pictures above. If I had Coconut Oil on hand, I would rub some of it on my hair before removing the braids. I did not, so I skipped that step.
It has been almost a week and I am still wearing my braid-out; making sure to keep it from drying out by spraying it with a water and leave-in conditioner mix. My routine may not sound simple, but I get two weeks of “hands out of my hair” styling for about 2 -3 hours work on shampoo day. It works for me and I will probably be sticking to this routine for a while, with a few protective styles here and there in between. I hope this helps some of you in coming up with your own routine; adjusting it as needed to make it work for you!