Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Final Wash Day of 2014 - Operation Cease The Shedding

Happy New Year's Eve everyone! This passed Sunday was my last wash day of 2014.  I notice that every wash day I start pondering about what I plan to do, which products I'm going to use, and finally, how I will style my hair.  My wash days are a lot more calculated; there's a method to the madness. Before my hair journey, I never put any thought into this. My how things change when you start to really focus on your hair goals and learning about your hair.

Lately, I have been experiencing more shedding than I care for.  I had not done a tea rinse in so long; in fact, I haven't done a tea rinse at all during 2014.  To be honest, when I was doing them I wasn't even really convinced that it was helping at all, but the main reason I omitted tea rinsing from my regimen was to save some time and steps on wash day. I really don't enjoy shower hopping.  Well, this wash day, I thought I'd bring tea rinsing back into the mix.

Green Tea|Marshmallow Root|Slippery Elm Bark|
Peppermint Essential Oil|Rosemary Essential Oil

My Wash Day Experience:

1.  I started off by massaging my scalp with a mixture of coconut oil and JBCO.  I then did a hot oil treatment with some Tea Tree Oil that I was trying to use up.

2. Next, I took a moment to prepare my Tea Rinse mixture which consisted of two bags of Green Tea, steeped with a little bit of marshmallow root and slippery elm bark. I also added a couple of drops each of peppermint and rosemary essential oils.  I was hoping that this mixture would help combat the drying effect of the green tea and help with detangling.

3.  I then shampooed my hair using ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo.

4. Next I applied the tea rinse using a color applicator bottle.  My hair still felt a little stiff despite my adding the marshmallow and slippery elm.  I may need to play around with the measurements a little more to get better results.

5. I deep conditioned using the last of my Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque which I mixed with a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil and JBCO.  I deep conditioned under my heating cap for about 45 minutes and allowed to cool before rinsing.

6.  I hopped back into the shower to rinse my DC and then applied It's A 10 Miracle Conditioner to help soften and detangle my hair because it still felt a little stiff after deep conditioning. It helped a little bit. I should have grabbed my Aussie Moist, but I was ready to get out of the shower and be done.

I then t-shirt dried my hair for a few minutes while I pondered back and forth on whether I wanted to blow dry my hair or go with curls. I decided on pulling out my CurlFormers.  My leave-ins were Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, GVP Smoothing Serum, and Jessicurl Confident Coils Styling Solution(to help set my curls). It did take me a while to install the CurlFormers because I had to spend a good bit of time detangling each section.  I definitely think the Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner helped to soften my hair for easier detangling.


I left the Curlformers in overnight to allow my hair to air dry. It wasn't too bad sleeping in them this time around.  I think I had the CurlFormers too tight at the root last time so I tried to make sure they were more loose this time around. This definitely helped.





Tea rinsing was definitely the star of this wash day.  I can truly say that this time around I am 100% certain that tea rinsing definitely works for reducing shedding. For the past several weeks, whenever I would run my fingers through my hair I was constantly pulling out shed strands of hair.  After tea rinsing, this has not been happening.  Tea rinsing is definitely here to stay.


How was your wash day? Are you battling with constant shedding? How does tea rinsing work for you?


Wishing everyone a very safe and Happy New Year!




Thanks for reading,


17 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm glad the tea rinse worked well for you. I definitely understand the whole shower hopping madness. This year, I plan to experiment with different tea concoctions. Your curls turned out so pretty! Happy New Year!

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    1. Yes! Thank you for encouraging me to give it another try. I am so glad I did. Happy New Year!!!

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  2. Your curls look so yummy! Curlforms are a winner. I haven't used tea rinses in forever, this is definitely coming back in 2015

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    1. I love me some curlformers! They are so easy and the curls always come out amazing. Tea rinsing is definitely here to stay as part of my regimen this year! Happy New Year, Yvonne!

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  3. Your curls came out great! How do you keep them at night?

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    1. I have been using the pineapple method to preserve the curls. It was humid the day I wore my curls out so I had maybe 4 curls that got a little too loose at the ends. I lightly wet those sections and used satin rollers to get the curls back.
      Happy New Year, Lydz!

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  4. I've been experiencing more shedding than normal but thinking to do a small protein treatment. Your curls looks great. I just bought the dupes and need to give it a try

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    1. Thank you, Tomi. II think you are definitely going to love your curl former dupes. Wish I
      Happy New Year and I can't wait to see more posts on your wedding. Congrats again! :)

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  5. I haven't tea rinsed in quite sometime but it definitely helps shedding. I stopped tea rinsing because of the hassle. I'm now trying my hand at other products to combat shedding that's a little less of a hassle.

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    1. I agree. Tea rinsing can be a bit of a hassle sometimes. What alternative products have you found to be helpful with shedding?

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  6. I love these curls chica! How many curlformers did you use in this set?

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands

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  7. Thanks, KLP! I actually counted this time and forgot to mention in my post. I used 46 this time around.

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  8. Your hair turned out amazing!
    *Besos*
    http://www.cmichellestyles.com

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  9. Omgoodness....I love your curls!!! Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Thank you, Robyn! Happy New Year to you too!

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  10. Glory! Glory! Your curls are a hit! Happy new year!

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