I rarely do Wash Day posts, in fact I think it's been a year since I last did one. For the last two weeks my hair has not been responding to my favourite conditioners at all which made me really think about what I've been using on my hair.
I've been alternating between my JOICO regulars, Moisture Recovery and Smooth Cure, and Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme too. These all usually work wonders but my hair has had that lack lustre feeling lately. No buttery softness, limited bounce, serious tangling and my hair just felt so dry.
What was going on? In truth it took me a while to realise as I've changed my conditioner every wash over the past couple of weeks. I also tried using different shampoos to remove any build-up as usually this can cause dryness, but still no change. It wasn't until eventually I thought about something I hadn't been doing lately with the warmer weather - pre shampoo treatments.
I applied Coconut oil all over my hair last week, using a lot more than usual as it helped me to detangle my new growth. I then applied a plastic cap and sat for 10 minutes. As soon as I started to shampoo my hair had changed immediately. The straw-like feeling had gone and the smoothness came back. Finally. I tried it again yesterday to ensure it wasn't just a fluke and after washing my hair felt so soft.
I usually can get away without the pre shampoo treatments in the summer, but I think I'll continue to keep doing them from now on to keep my hair happy. Jen's recent Wash Day post made me want to finish off my usual bun with some accessories, so after airdying I tied a scarf down lightly to keep my edges smooth.
What have you been doing to your hair lately?