Wash Day - Crochet Braid Prep #2

After having my new growth coil up on itself for the last two weeks, I decided to revisit washing my hair in braids. I hoped that this would make for a lot less time spent detangling my hair. 

{1} Sectioned my hair in 7 sections. Detangled each section.

{2} Pre-shampoo with Aubrey Organics Island Naturals conditioner and a mix of grapeseed, olive, and safflower oils. After applying, I braided each section and put on a plastic cap & scarf overnight

{3} Shampooed the next morning with CON Argan Oil Moisturizing shampoo (hair still in braids) using applicator bottle

{4} Towel wrapped my hair to soak up excess water

{5} Deep conditioned with L'Oreal Damage Erasing Balm. At first, I was going to just apply the conditioner right on the braids, but I ended up actually unbraiding to apply my deep conditioner and rebraiding. I am sure it probably would have done a fine job the other way but... yea I wanted to be sure it was done thoroughly. Put on a plastic cap and my scarf for about an hour and a half.

{6} After rinsing with cool water, I tried something new - ACV rinse diluted with aloe vera juice and I didn't rinse it out. I let it sit for a few mins before squeezing the excess out. OMG my hair was SO SOFT!!!!! 

{7} While my hair was still wet from the acv/aloe vera, I unbraided each section and sealed with grape seed oil, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and my shea butter mix. Knowing I was going to braid my hair up for another set of crochet braids, I wanted to really make sure my hair was moisturized and sealed well beforehand.

{8} Tension blow dried on cool/low. My hair was pretty much still detangled from step 1 which I was very pleased about. 

{9} Braided it up for my next set of crochet braids. 

That ACV & Aloe rinse was ah-mazing!! The only thing about it is I tried two new things at once: leaving the ACV in my hair and using aloe instead of water to dilute it. So I don't know exaaactly which made it so great or if it was the combo of both. I should know better, right? Either way the softness of my hair from that point on was delicious! I just wanted to play in it! It might just be a new staple step in my wash day, taking my beloved ACV rinses to a whole new level. I also loved washing my hair in braids. (Except the unbraiding/rebraiding was probably unnecessary.) I think I'm going to keep that up for the remainder of this stretch. It made for a no hassle wash day.

How was your wash day this week? Be sure to check out other wash day experiences over at SavingOurStrands and JustGrowAlready!


  1. Um, hello gorgeous accidental braid out! It's so cute! I'm no expert on ACV. I don't use it regularly enough, but I can comment on the ridiculously moisturizing effects of AVJ. I love me some AVJ! I use it in my tea rinses and it's simply amazing!

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience chica!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

    1. Lol thank you!! I haven't been using AVJ for very long, mostly just in my moisturizing spray mix. I loved it that way but this is just a whole new level! It seriously is amazingly moisturizing!!

  2. Amazing wash day! I have never used AVJ before and that is high on my list, i have used ACV before, but probably not the right brand of it.
    About the unbraid rebraiding when adding DC, i also do this step, just to make sure that my hair is nicely and evenly coated, never thought if it was necessary or not! Happy crochet braiding

    1. Yvonne, you just made me feel better! I thought I might have been being a little too crazy with the unbraiding & rebraiding (lol) but that's exactly why I did it, too! Thank you!

  3. I need to get some aloe vera juice in my life!! Your hair looks amazing!

    1. Thank you!! At this point, I don't feel like I can be without it in my regimen. Try it out!


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