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Wash Day | Styling My TWA

After last week’s finger coils fail, I attempted it once again this past weekend. And it was another hot mess.  I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong or the products I’m using aren’t working well with it.  But regardless of the reason why I can’t get it together, I’ll be leaving ‘full out’ finger coils alone for a while.  I won’t even bore you with the details of that co-wash day because the following day I did the full wash day detailed below.  

Pre-Shampoo Treatment.

Using Aloe Vera Gel, I dampened my hair and scalp.  I used my Ayurvedic Hair Paste, which was left to marinate overnight.  This paste was 2T fenugreek seed powder, 2T of amla powder/brahmi powder/oil mixed, about 3 oz of coconut milk and some hot water to thin it out (and to give room for the fenugreek seed powder to swell).  I applied the hair paste to my scalp and let it sit for 2 hours.

Conditioner Wash.

I thoroughly rinsed the Ayurvedic hair paste from my scalp and then coated my hair with As I Am Coconut Cowash Conditioner. I massaged my scalp with the conditioner still in my hair and rinsed my hair clean.

Deep Conditioning Treatment.

My deep conditioner of choice this week is the GVP Conditioning Balm.  And since I had some hair paste left over I combined it with the conditioning balm to make an Ayurvedic Gloss. I sat under the hooded dryer for 30 minutes and then rinsed my hair after another hour.  This conditioning balm is STILL my favorite of all the ones I’ve tried since (and before) going natural. #foreverBae

Leave-In Treatments.

Now, this is where things start to get serious because I knew that I wouldn’t be doing finger coils.    But I didn’t know what to do with my hair.  I looked back through my pics on Instagram and found my favorite (non-finger coil) wash day results.  It was my first wash day as a natural.  I made it my mission to channel whatever it was that I had done to my hair that day.  And thankfully, I had it written down for reference.

First thing was to use the same leave-in treatments.  Unfortunately, I haven’t remade my whipped shea butter nor did I have any fresh flaxseed gel to do an exact repeat of that wash day.  Instead I substituted with The Mane Choice Shea Butter and Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel.  I made sure not to be heavy handed when applying the Shea Butter.  I went through my hair in small sections coating all the hair strands with the it first.

After applying the Shea Butter, I went back through in smaller sections raking a decent amount of gel into my hair.  I’m pretty sure I haven’t used this raking technique since that first wash day.  But I will say that there was  quite a bit of clumping happening as I raked the gel into each section.  The clumping made it a lot easier to grab groups of hair strands for smoothing/shingling.  Once I had smoothed (or shingled) the grouping of strands enough, I wrapped the end around my finger 1-2 times so that the ends wouldn’t be frizzy.

Styling My TWA:

It’s not quite finger coils but not an afro either.  But I like it a lot!  And I think it’s pretty close to that first wash day.  Even my brutally honest 4 year old told me she liked my hair without any prompting — I was all smiles!   I’ll be styling my twa like this again for my next wash day and hopefully I’ll just get better at it.  If that happens, you’ll definitely see a “Styling My TWA” hair tutorial on my channel.

What do you think?

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