Wash Day in a Protective Style: Kinky Twists

In my bid to retain more length this half of the year, I decided to embark on an 8 week long protective styling challenge. This was simply because I did not want to continually have my fingers rummaging  perfectly through my hair, pulling and tugging at my strands, especially when I’m thinking and trust me when I say that it’s almost always lol🙈. I installed the protective style on the last Sunday of the month of May and I’m proud to announce that I’m celebrating my sixth week tomorrow! (Insert chocolate prize here please lol😎).

[caption width="2000" align="alignnone"] 4 weeks and two wash days later. Source: Personal album[/caption]

I decided to install kinky twists as my protective style for the 8 week long challenge. This is because it has a similar texture to my actual hair and thus, if it gets to the ‘messy’ stage due to new growth, it would not look utterly unpresentable. Today’s post will be looking at my wash day routine whilst in these twists. 

For my challenge, I decided to wash my hair once every two weeks, to reduce the rate at which my hair will be disturbed. As a result, by the time I’m done with my challenge, I should have had four full wash days. Even though I’m in a PS, I try as much as possible to stick to my regular routine of; pre poo; shampoo; deep condition; moisturise and seal. I like to try treatments whilst in protective styles and this wasn’t any different. I tried the onion juice alongside, a review I’ve decided to post only after the complete 8 weeks. Check my personal blog for the deets! Okay we're travelling lol. Let’s focus now shall we!



Pre poo. Before shampoo. It’s that simple. I section my twists into four, applying either a detangling conditioner or oils. My favourite oils for this purpose are coconut and amla oil. I keep that overnight most of the time for the oils or product to seep deeper into my hair strands. In the morning, my hair is ready for a bath!



This process involves shampooing of my scalp. Yes, I shampoo my scalp only. This is because I apply most of my products directly on my scalp (hair food, oils, spritzes, etc.). In rinsing however, I tilt my head such that the water runs along the twists, cleaning them on its way to the drain. This helps me manage my shampoo, and also reduces the amount of oil my hair strands lose. I then proceed to condition twice. I said it, TWICE!🙊



I protein and moisture deep condition, protective styling or not. Call it personal preference, but I believe my hair needs a little of both every time I wash. For my protein DC I use a rinse mix of green tea, black tea, mint and rosemary herbs. After steeping and cooling, I add 2 tbsps. of ACV and about 5 drops of essential oils to the mix. I then ‘invert’ for four minutes, ensuring that all parts of my scalp benefit from the mix. After my inversion, I proceed to pour the mix over my head 3-4 times, massaging my scalp after each pour. I either baggy for some time after, or rinse it out and immediately apply my moisture DC. I leave my moisture DC on for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off as well. I then leave my twists to dry at their own rate.



When the twists are about 85% dry, I proceed with moisturising and sealing, and I do this using the LOC method. This is a simple method which involves the use of a liquid, oil and cream. I use a leave in conditioner, oil and Shea butter. I then style (or not) for the next two weeks.



[caption width="2000" align="alignnone"] A roll, tuck and pin. My Go-To style after washing.[/caption]

During the washing process, I ensure I thoroughly cleanse my scalp to prevent any microbial infection or fungus growth under my cornrow parts😟.  The thorough cleanse will also make sure that I’m able to make it successfully through the two weeks scheduled.

How do you wash your hair when in a protective style? We’d love to know so do find your way to the comment section!:) Thanks for reading loves.😚



Kuukua (Shantays)

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