Sometime last week, I travelled and didn’t plan to stay as long as I ended up staying but as enjoyment will have it, I was in no rush to return. But then wash day came and I had no product with me except my Shanyi Organics moisturizing hair milk that I use to moisturize my hair daily (I try my best lol). This stuff melts my hair like butter to be honest. Anyway, I planned to postpone my wash day but then I got tempted by my friends to get Ghana braids installed and I knew I had to do something about my hair before putting it said braids. It’s been almost 4 years or more since I did this hairstyle and I really just wanted a different look. Did I just say Ghana braids? What of my edges? How did I manage it being natural and all? Lol don’t worry, I’ll give you guys the full gist on how any lady on a healthy hair journey can rock Ghana weaving/braids.. After much pondering and pondering, I came up with a plan.
Black soap and honey!! Why didn’t I think of this earlier?? Black soap to cleanse my scalp and honey to moisturize my hair. And these are things I could easily lay my hands on where I was. So what I did was step out of the house to get a bar of black soap.
It’s not the fancy ones that are sold online but it gets the job done.
I’m sure people in Nigeria will be familiar with the brand of black soap I used but I guess anyone works. The black soap contained the following ingredients:
Palm kernel oil
Cocoa pod ash
Palm bunch ash
Water and fragrance.
After reading the ingredients, I was sold. A bar costs me 120 Naira only. I told you, it wasn’t fancy. The soap lathers really well so I stood in the shower and worked it into my scalp, rinsing and repeating the process while I just squeezed the suds through the length of my hair.
When I was satisfied with the way my scalp felt, I rinsed and dried my hair with a tshirt. I made sure my hair was almost dry and then I applied a lot of pure honey to my hair.
Ordinarily, I’ll have mixed the honey with some olive oil or coconut oil but I had none of those.
Apparently there’s an hypothesis that your hair soaks in more products like conditioner and moisturizers when it’s dry than when it’s wet. It seems feasible to me so I’ll be trying it out as opposed to when I condition on really damp hair.
I covered my hair with a ziplock bag and wrapped it up with a towel for heat. I let the honey sit for about 45 minutes then I rinsed it out thoroughly. After which I applied the moisturizing hair milk in a generous amount then detangled with a wide tooth comb. When my hair was dry, I went to get my hair braided.
It hurt quite a bit but I learned some lessons and I’ll be sharing them with you in my next post.
This was legit one of the fastest wash days I’ve had and I think it got the job of cleansing and moisturizing done. I’ll just make sure to keep moisturizing and sealing my hair while its in this PS. So what do you think about this method? Can you try it? Or it’s a No for you?
Love and light…. Ella