It was on Day Two of the 7 Day MHM Challenge that I realized this would be really difficult for a working woman, especially a working parent, to accomplish. There is a whole lot of sitting with stuff in my hair, and a whole lot of rinsing. I can’t imagine I’d be able to pull this off if I didn’t work from home, unless I took a vacation, and who really wants to spend their vacation rinsing their hair every 15-30 minutes?
Step One: Clarify
Choose one of your clarifying rinses, either one of the baking soda options, or the apple cider vinegar rinse.
Saturate your hair from root to tip.
Let this sit for 30-60 minutes.
I chose the apple cider vinegar option. I had this in a 6 oz applicator tip bottle, and it was a pain in the butt. Sometimes the tip would get clogged, and it was hard to squeeze out. I really should pay more attention to recommendations. Next time I’ll definitely try this in a spray bottle. Because it’s liquid, I can probably use less and have more control. I applied it to my sectioned off hair, and covered it with a regular shower cap. I discovered the dripping immediately, and tied a folded bandana around my hairline to hold it in. Other than the fact that I smelled like a salad, this wasn’t an uncomfortable experience at all.
I rinsed this out over the side of the tub using the detachable shower head.
Step Two: Co-wash and De-tangle
This is the step with the most time impacting options. You can choose to apply your 2-3 oz of conditioner mixed with 4-6 oz of water
- for 15 minutes—just use warm water or tea with the conditioner
- for 15 minutes—just use warm water or tea with the conditioner, and use a steam hood.
I chose the warm water, no hood option. Again, I used the tea tree oil conditioner, and it tingled like heck on my hair. I really like how fresh it makes my scalp feel. I rinsed this off over the side of the tub with the detachable shower head. I’ll admit, by now I was feeling the time being spent on my hair. I know it isn’t uncommon for a person to spend upwards of an hour on their hair, but I’m just not one of those girls. My usually process takes a grand total of fifteen minutes, not including my shower.
Step Three: Clay Rinse
I have to admit, I know this is one of the most important steps, but I hate this stuff. I learned from my Day One blunder, and added water to get the rinse to a liquid consistency, before transferring to a 6 oz bottle with applicator tip. This was way easier. I applied it in sections, held down with clips, put on a shower cap for 15 minutes.
This I rinsed in the shower. So maybe I don’t hate it, as much as I hate the way it makes my hair feel. It’s the way my hair is supposed to feel, squeaky instead of slippery. I’m just not used to it, and it has a little bit of that nails on chalkboard kind of effect on me. Also, it’s hard to get out of my hair. Next time I really have to work on this better. I had to rinse my hair even after I got out of the shower, because I noticed little bits of clay still in it.
Step Four & Five: Leave-in & Curl Definer
Again, it’s important to note that each step is completed on each section, BEFORE moving onto the next section. Root to tip is the name of the game here.
I spent a lot of time on each section, making sure I was getting the roots with both products, and de-tangling. My hair went from feeling rough, and squeaky to smooth and slippery as I used the leave-in, Miss Jessie’s Leave-in Condish. The curl definer, Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls, I applied while raking and separating. This is not much different than Ouidad’s Rake and Shake method. This took the longest, and reminds me of why rake and shake didn’t work for me either.
I should mention that it was a very yucky, rainy Monday. Even when it wasn’t raining, the air was at maximum humidity. By all rights my hair should have been a hot mess. Instead, once it was completely dry (which took something like three hours), I forgot any reason I had to complain.
It was so hard to capture the definition, and separation of my curl, especially on a rainy gross day like this one. So I shot a video and slowed it down enough to show you exactly why I decided to keep going to MHM Day 3.
My next post will give you a rundown on Days 3-6, the trials, tribulations, and courses of products I ended up running through on the hunt for the perfect curl!
Press play to see the awesome video of my springy curls!