After six weeks, I was ready to remove my box braids for a full wash day. I loved having these box braids and plan on installing them again in May. The hair kept up so well. There was no fraying or frizzing, which I do attribute to the hair that I chose to use (X-pression 100% Kanekalon synthetic hair). By six weeks the only thing that told you their age was the new growth at my roots.
Removing My Box Braids
I sat down one evening ready for the removal process to take many hours, but to my surprise it took less than three hours to remove all the braids. And that was without cutting the ends. I thought I would need coconut oil to help loosen the box braids, but it was not needed. I just started unraveling and that was that.
Prior to Shampooing
After removing the braids, I worked in sections (about 6), sprayed with water to detangle, and then coated my hair in coconut oil. I sat under the hooded dryer for 10 minutes to warm it up and went to bed.
Wash Day Process
The next day, I lathered three times with Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Shampoo. My next wash day will be relaxer day and so a protein treatment was a must for this one. I haven’t done a serious protein treatment in a very long time (I low key wonder if that contributed to my breakage/setback as well). And so I brought back ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment. This is a very strong protein treatment that lasts 6 weeks. I felt like this would be the perfect thing to recharge and strengthen my hair before relaxing.
I let the protein treatment harden my hair under a hooded dryer then thoroughly rinsed without agitating my hair too much. And wow my hair was feeling tough/army strong at this point, but I was down for the ride. Per the instructions on the bottle, I followed up by cowashing with ApHogee Balancing Moisturizer to restore my hair’s pH. Truth be told, my hair still needed more moisturize. I deep conditioned for about 2 hours using Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque. This is a new deep conditioner and I’ll be sure to give a full review of it after I’ve completed the jar. But I will say that it’s definitely not a fail. It restored my hair’s moisture levels after that protein treatment.
Styling My Hair for the Week.
With 21 weeks of new growth, I needed to do my hair in a stretched style to make next week’s relaxer application easier. I chose to roller set with my french bouffant rollers for quick drying time. I detangled and added Roux 619 Extra Moisture vial before setting my hair on the rollers. As you can see in the picture, I wasn’t looking for a perfect set; just something to stretch my hair. After 30 minutes under the hooded dryer my hair was 90-95% dry, but I could tell that my hair needed more moisture. I moisturized my hair with Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-In Conditioner and sprayed with Proclaim Spray On Glosser before flat ironing my roots. After all of that my hair went into a bun and it’ll stay there until relaxer day.