Wash Day | Flat Twist Out

Wash day flat twist out

I look like a nursing assistant here.

My most recent wash day was kinda sorta hectic. It had been three weeks (!) since I’d washed my hair which is one of the longest I’ve gone in months. My son just requires a lot of my attention and so does my hair and I had to pick one over the other and my son always won until I decided to just go for it. Because I’d gone so long, my hair was dry, dry, dry! So here’s what happened:

{1} I sectioned my hair into three: My crown which I like to focus on separately and the two sides. I used Shea Moisture’s Omega 3 6 9 Hair & Scalp Tonic on my roots and a few sprays on my strands to get it lightly damp. While that was taking place, I was warming up my Shea Moisture Heat Protect Oil Serum. It says serum but there are no silicones or mineral oil, just great oils (primarily grapeseed). Once warm, I doused my hair and scalp with the oil focusing on the ends. I lightly finger detangled then used my wide tooth comb to better detangle. I left this pre poo’d for hours! Like, 6 or 7 but I was just preoccupied.

{2} I knew I couldn’t sleep in the oil because I knew it’d be a mess so when it was shower time, I went ahead and rinsed out the treatment and shampooed once with my baby, Shea Moisture JBCO & ACV Shampoo. Clean and happy scalp.

{3} Partial laziness kicked in again. I say partial because I ALWAYS deep condition but I didn’t have time to sit under a dryer, and wash out again so I took my last bits of my Shea Moisture Manuka & Honey Masque mixed with my Shea Moisture Omega 3 6 9 Rescue & Repair Masque, popped in a cup, popped in the microwave with a bit of water (too thick) for about 35 seconds and slapped on the sections I’d created earlier starting with my crown which needed the most warmth from the deep conditioner. Slapped a cap on and went to bed! Not a fan of sleeping in deep conditioner but it happened.

Wash day flat twist out

{4} The next day, I washed out the deep conditioner, detangled with a paddle brush and dried very well with my towel. Added my Giovanni Direct Leave In then I did a light tension blow out on high warm heat. I wanted stretch and semi dryness so that was the route I went even though I do not like blow dryers.

{5} Sectioned hair, applied Cantu Coconut Curling Cream (one of my staple stylers) and proceeded to flat twist the root, plait (braid) the remaining ends and use a small perm rods. Why all the extraness? Well, a flat twist stretches the roots, a braid stretches the ends and a curler gives me the curly ends I love. I did this all around my head, wrapped up and went to bed.

{6} In the morning, I just unraveled, lightly separated and generously fluffed and picked my hair to attain volume. I loved my hair! It was soft and so fluffy and really defined. The perfect outcome.

Wash day flat twist out

Wash day flat twist out

Wash day flat twist out

 

Let me know if you try any of these products or techniques down below in the comments!

xo

C Marie

 

Express Sheet Mask Review | Holika Holika Juicy Mask Sheet “Honey”

Express Sheet Mask Review | Holika Holika Juicy Mask Sheet "Honey"

This sheet mask is from Skin18 and I was super excited to try this because I’ve seen these “juicy” sheet masks by Holika Holika at top curated Korean beauty sites all over. From Peach and Lily to MemeBox, these always stood out so when I saw them on Skin18 for such a low price, I grabbed one and I’m sad I didn’t grab more. So here’s an express mask review featuring the 5 “W’s” and “How”!

Who: Holika Holika Nourishing Juicy Mask Sheet in the Honey formula

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Honey Extract, Allantoin, Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Milk Protein Extract, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (lemon) Fruit Extract

Where: Skin18.com for $1.95

Why: My skin needed a dose of nourishing moisture and honey is known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and deeply hydrating properties which I needed because I hadn’t sheet masked in almost a week before this session.

What: A super soaked cellulose fiber sheet mask. The essence this was in was abundant and smelled so good. Just like fake honey and I didn’t mind it at all. The essence was a slippery gel and I could tell it would be hydrating which is exactly what I needed for slacking off on my regimen.

When: Sheet masks are usually applied after skin is cleansed, toned and usually a serum of choice is applied then, apply sheet mask to seal in that serum goodness. This is exactly what I did. I unfolded the densely packed sheet mask and applied the cool product onto my face. The mask fit very will with the eye holes completely covering my lower lids and brows for depuffing action and a nice sized mouth hole. I laid down and let it do it magic for about 40 minutes until I felt the mask sort of dry out.

How (did it do): I love sheet masks because they usually deliver immediate results and Holika Holika didn’t disappoint. Face was dewy, plump and radiant. Of course it was bright because of the reflective properties my now hydrated skin now posses. I was a happy customer.

Final Words: I really LOVE the ingredients of this mask. In K-beauty, ingredients doesn’t as much as performance but in the West, we’re sticklers about components so, the fact that it doesn’t contain parabens is great. It does have alcohol up high but I didn’t experience any drying but still giving that the side-eye. All in all, I’m going to collect all the Holika Holika Juicy Sheet Masks because of performance, quality, ingredients and price.

Giving it an A!

Highly recommend and check out the massive selection of sheet masks at Skin18.