Wash Day - Henna & Flat Iron

Since my hair wasn't feeling the greatest after taking down my crochet braids, I knew this wash day had to be an extra loving one. I decided I wanted to henna my hair before doing any more protective styling so I knew that needed to be on the agenda, too. 

{1} Divided my hair into about 7 sections. Pre-poo with hot oil (grapeseed, olive, safflower) and Aubrey Organics Island Naturals Replenishing on the length of my hair. I left it in overnight with a plastic cap and scarf. 

{2} Next morning, shampooed with CON Argan Moisturizing. Ended up lathering 3 times because it didn't lather initially, and my hair wasn't feeling very soft & clean after the first time. It felt pretty good after the third time though. 

{3} I sat with towel wrapped hair for about 15 mins to soak up excess water.

And then... for the second week in a row I found my new growth coiled up on itself. Ugh. It's not quite a tangled mess, but it gives the appearance of being matted and can really freak a girl out if she's not careful! Last week, I thought maybe this whole effect was due to my hair being braided up in crochet braids for about 3 weeks. Nope! With it happening again, I know it's simply a new, disrespectful habit that my new growth has picked up. And I am not a fan. I'm only a little over 9 weeks post, but umm... this new growth is serious! Which is awesome, but it meant I had to detangle my hair before I put henna in it so it wouldn't just be all clumped together as I was trying to apply it.

{4} Finger detangled for close to an hour!

{5} Henna! I used a new kind, Godrej Nupur Mehendi, which is a pretty popular brand with 9 extra Ayurvedic ingredients added to it. I've been wanting to try it for awhile. I mixed it up the day before - using my usual henna recipe, except I only added a spoonful each of honey and Tresemme naturals conditioner for the second mixture. 

{6} Deep conditioned with Silk Dreams Vanilla Cream Moisture Dream and Organix Argan Oil Moisturizing deep treatment for about 1.5 hours with a plastic cap & scarf. 

{7} Rinsed my DC with cool water and did an ACV rinse with cooler water.

{8} Detangled with ease. I am sure the smoothing effect of the henna helped keep my hair from getting tangled again. I didn't really loose any hair, which is normal on days when I henna, too. #reasonsIlovehenna!

{9} I applied Aphogee Green Tea & Keratin, Elasta QP H2 and Organix Anti-Breakage Coconut Milk Serum as my leave-ins. 

{10} Tension blow dry on low

{11} Flat ironed on medium heat with Babyliss Pro Titanium



I flat ironed solely because I wanted to check my ends. I didn't use a lot of heat or get it completely straight since I wasn't trying to do a length check and knew I would be sweating it up soon. I must say I am LOVING the thickness of my hair!! With my nape progressing nicely, I feel like my hair is going to a whole new level of health. Yaaay!! Unfortunately, I was right about my thin bone straight ends... they're ready to go. I think they're begging me to chop them off, even though I was really tryna go for the gradual trimming. I just HATE the sight of those ends in comparison with the rest of my hair. They're probably not even that bad, but I just prefer the look of fresh, thick ends. We shall see when I relax next month. 


How was your wash day this week? Check out other wash day experiences at SavingOurStrands and JustGrowAlready

28 comments:

  1. Your work has paid off. Your hair looks beautiful!

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  2. Wow I can feel the TLC your hair got! my hair is getting envious! Loving loving your hair it looks so healthy!

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    Your hair looks soooo thick, luscious and full!!! Congrats girl! I'm sure that your ends don't look as bad as you think. :)

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

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    1. You are probably SO right KLP! I might just want to cut my hair lol!

      Thank you!!!

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  4. Your hair is too beautiful!! Love the thickness and health=)

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  5. You have gorgeous hair!!! Its so nice and thick, I'm so envious right now.

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    1. Eeek!! Thank you, Harlem!! Can't believe my head is causing hair envy *blushes*

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  6. Melanie we are on some sort of twin thing, I ordered the same henna (which arrived yesterday). I took my twists out yesterday and washed today, I'm going to wait till this weekend to do my henna treatment. I love that your hair color wasn't altered. I will be checking out you other henna posts! So excited.

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    1. That's so cool, Aku!! Hair twins! Yesss now I'm excited to see how your hair likes henna! I really liked this kind, too. Didn't even use the whole pack, but I want to order some more already.

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  7. Love it. Your hair looks fabulous!!!

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  8. So thick and flowy, it looks great.

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  9. Your hair looks great & looks so smooth! I've gotta try henna soon

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    1. Thanks Jas!! You really should go for it!

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  10. Your hair is gorgeous. I have tried finger detangling but it drove me nuts.

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    1. Thank you! And I totally understand that. I only finger detangle during desperate times when I feel like I'd rip my hair out with the comb. It's soooo time consuming!

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