Testing, Testing, 123

Testing, Testing, 123

So I finally got around to washing and styling my very dry, and matted hair. During this wash day, majority of the products were new pickups but will definitely be a keeper in my collection. 

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I've honestly been meaning to wash my hair for about 3 weeks now, but life got in the way. Because of that, I'm starting off with very dry and tangled hair. I took small sections and combed them out, then put them in two strand twist so they wouldn't tangle back up. During that process, I noticed my hair felt much thicker than it was pre-pregnancy, and I also had a lot of shedding. Once my entire head was combed out, I then took the sections of twists and put them into four sections. I find it much easier to wash my hair in sections, than all at once. 

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In the shower, I ran the water over my entire head for about 3 minutes since I have Low Porosity hair. (You can check out my blog post on Hair Porosity here if you're not sure what that is.) Going section by section, starting with the right back section and working my way clockwise; I unraveled my twist under the running water and ran my brush through the section. {TIP: if your hair is really tangled, try detangling under running water.} For shampoo and conditioner I used my favorite Shea Moisture: Raw Shea Butter line for moisture retention. When shampooing, I applied the product to my roots only. Using the pads of my fingers, I gently massaged and scrubbed my scalp clean. I allowed the suds to wash the ends of my hair while rinsing the shampoo out.

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I haven't done a protein treatment in a while, so I picked up a few packs of Doo Gro: Mega Long Extreme Reconstructor conditioning protein treatment. They were $1.99 per pack at my local beauty supply store. I applied the product generously to each section, and finger combed it through ensuring I coated every hair strand with the treatment. The treatment had a thick consistency, and a pleasant smell. Upon applying it to my hair, it did feel drying but that's normal for protein treatments with my hair. On the pack it says to let the product sit for 3-15 minutes, but I let it sit as I worked my way through the sections of my hair. When rinsing the treatments out, I immediately felt a difference. My hair was soft, smooth, and my curls looked more defined. I then applied about 5 pumps of conditioner to each section, gently squeezing the conditioner into my hair, and then rinsing 50% of it out. 

  Texture Shot after rinsing the treatment out and applying a little conditioner.  

Texture Shot after rinsing the treatment out and applying a little conditioner.  

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After squeezing majority of the water from my hair, I applied a mixture of a few leave-in conditioners I recently purchased. The packs of OKAY conditioners were about $1.49 per pack, and the As I Am was around $10 I want to say. The OKAY leave-ins had a very thick consistency, so I applied those generously to the sections of my hair. I finger detangled once more, just to ensure the product coated all hair strands, I then twisted the section up. Once all sections were finished I wrapped a t-shirt around my head and finished my shower. {TIP: always use a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel to dry your hair for less frizzy.} Around 13 hours later (crazy right) my hair was 50% dry. I then applied the As I Am leave-in. The consistency of the product was not too thick, but also not runny. It instantly softened my hair, and provided the perfect amount of slip. 

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My protective style of choice was two strand twist, I free hand the parts with my finger. With each section I used the LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) Method to moisturize. Adding a little more leave-in as my L, I gently ran my brush through the sections one last time. For my C I used the As I Am: Twist Defining Creme, which is a new staple product for me. Using a little at the root of the twist, and then applying some to the strands as I twisted gave me super hydrating twist.  Once I was finished twisting up my hair, I took a little warm water and squeezed it into my hair. For my O I used coconut oil, about the size of a quarter, and applied it to the twist ensuring to focus on my ends. I also used the coconut oil on my scalp. 

  The finished style, pulled back. 

The finished style, pulled back. 

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