hope you had a good weekend. over here in Lagos, we had a 4 day weekend. last thursday and friday were public/bank holidays.
my hair is still in protective styling. been a week and two days since i installed the weave. it wasn't an expensive kinda weave or anything, but i love it. simply because i now know how to care for weaves better than i did the last time i wore one.
this past weekend i washed my hair. i felt good afterwards. dunno why, but i had this feeling of wellness afterward. maybe it was all the pampering and me-time i had. felt good.
Dudu Osun african black soap was what i sued to wash both the weave and my hair. i raised the tracks in sections so as to get to my oen hair and gently rubbed the soap on. the soap is a solid bar, so it was easy to rub on my scalp between the tracks.
this was done while in the shower, made the washing process easier. i then used Aussi Moist conditioner on my scalp. covered up with a shower cap and cotinued with my normal shower routine. i rinsed out the conditioner and voila, my hair was all nice and fresh. the weave didn't tangle. though a curly weave, all the curls were still intact. i half feared i might lose the definition on the weave. oh no, it actually looked better after the wash.
after drying with an old t-shirt. i love my huge grey t-shirt. it wraps round my hair like 2 or 3 times, and the long sleeves make a good tie to keep it in place. the t-shirt was over my head til i finished dressing up.
there after, while hair was still damp, i applied Giovanni direct leave in conditioner to the scalp and hair under the weave. that was all i put actually. on the weave, i rubbed Aloe vera gel in sections. voila!, i was done.
the next day, i misted my scalp and hair with aloevera juice + glycerine + castor oil + eucaplytus essential oil mix, and sealed with Organics extra virgin Olive oil hair polisher. and that was it.
moisturising and sealing while hair is in a sew in weave is not as easy as it used to be without the weave. hoping to use the aloe juice mix as my main moisturiser, and the polisher to seal. of cos, i'll still use jaimacan black castor oil once or twice a week. for now, i'll relax on the use of shea butter mix. since this will just sit on the cornrows and not penetrate it to moisturize.
iread on the curlynikki forum on how someone mixed black soap with aloe vera juice and use as a liquid facial wash. i wondered why not give it a try. i have a huge bottle of AVJ in the fridge, and since i can do a mud was right now (bought it to mix with bentonite clay for a shampoo substitute), might as well use it for my face.
on sturday, i poured the juice in a pump bottle and cut of bits of black soap and left it to dissolve. by the next day, it had completely dissloved and ready to use. ehm, i must say, i was a bit impatient, on the day i preparedit, i used it to wash my face. i probably used just aloe juice with a trace of blac soap. impatient me.
used it for two days now, and i like how my face looks today. my face looks soft and moisturised. not oily as much as it used to be. it's still early days, and will still give an update.
a recap of my current facial routine
1. wash with black soap
2. put honey and rinse off at end of shower session
3. moisturise with my usual body moisturiser
1. olive oil to remove eye make up and loosen oil and dirt from my face
2. wash using aloe vera juice + black soap mix
3. use rose water + glycerine as a toner
4. moisturize using Johnson's tissue oil.
oh dear, this post has really gone longer than i had thought it would. that's me, getting carried away.
thanks for reading.