So its wash day for Yahya, take us through that day highlighting the most significant parts of your wash regimen.
Ummmmm… my regimen is so varying and complicated I never know how to explain it in a detailed but simple way. I wrote it in flow chart form thinking that would make it easier, but I think it only made it look more complicated. Here it is written down:
► I wash once a week, sometimes once every two weeks when new growth starts really blooming.
► I apply a moisture deep conditioner*, protein deep conditioner, or prepoo oil, on dry hair depending on how hair feels. I apply my deep conditioner* on dry hair for better penetration as applying on wet hair blocks deep penetration due to the water.
If doing a deep condition I’ll put on a cap, wet my turban towel with hot water, and go under the dryer for 15-30 minutes.
If I am doing a protein deep condition, I will follow that with a moisture based conditioner after washing.
If a prepoo, I’ll put on a cap and let it sit for 30 minutes. Unless I’m clarifying or there’s build-up, shampoo is only directly applied on the scalp and rinsed into the length of the hair
► After cleansing my hair, half the time I’ll squeeze the excess water and follow up with Roux ph corrector. I will follow up with a normal conditioner or moisture deep condition (if I did a protein one before washing or am clarifying).
If it’s a normal conditioner, I’ll squeeze excess water, apply in shower, and let sit for 2-10 minutes. If I’m deep conditioning* I’ll squeeze excess water and gently towel or t-shirt dry hair, apply, and steam for 15-30 minutes. Half the time, I’ll rinse out half of the final conditioner and do a acv rinse. If I plan to keep my hair tied up all week, I’ll do an oil rinse right after the acv rinse.
► I’ll rinse my hair thoroughly or un-thoroughly depending on how my hair is feeling, t-shirt dry it, and apply my Luv Naturals leave-in usually after it”s at least 50 percent dry. Then when it’s almost fully dried, I’ll apply coconut oil* and/ or grape seed oil and comb.
I know you are a big fan of protective styling, what are your favorite go to protective styles and what do you consider your signature style?
Buns. Because they’re easy. But one problem I have with buns is that I find low buns boring (sorry bun lovers!), and high buns take manipulation to make. I do however try to spice it up by using hair sticks.
I’d say that my signature style is two pocahontas braids, but that would be considered more of a low manipulation style. The reason I like low manipulation styles more is because I think breakage is caused more by manipulation than exposed ends.
I guess it also depends on the person. I do sometimes braid my hair using a ribbon or thin scarf and tie off the ends in a knot to serve as both a low manipulation and protective style.
Ok break it down, give us a run down of your favorite products or just what you have in rotation.
The ones in gray aren’t consistent products in my stash, because I have to buy them online, they’re on the expensive side, or I have something better in mind to replace them.
► Moisturizer : Kimmaytube leave-in