Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wash Day | Exfoliating My Scalp

Tuesday morning I stumbled across this post about how exfoliating your scalp can improve the health of your scalp and hair. A long-time sufferer of dry skin, eczema and dandruff (which I've been able to control with frequent washing and ACV rinses), I'm always willing to try things that can improve the health of my scalp. Luckily, the hubby keeps brown sugar in stock and I was able to incorporate this step in my wash day session. Here's a recap of Tuesday's Wash Day:

[1]  Pre-pooed with my mixture of Hair Trigger Growth Elixir and  JBCO under a plastic cap for an hour.  Before I put on the plastic cap, I did a scalp massage while humming Shake It Off and All About That Bass---two of my favorite jams lately. I did weekly scalp massages before I transitioned and it's something I'm going to incorporate on my wash days from now.
[2]  Exfoliated with brown sugar. After I rinsed out my pre-poo mixture, I put a handful of brown sugar in my hands and lightly scrubbed my scalp using the pads of my fingers. Since going natural, I've noticed that my scalp is sensitive in certain areas. It doesn't happened all the time but it has been a frequent occurrence. This is one of the reasons why I stopped twisting my hair at night or at all, really. Has anyone else experienced this? Anyway, I did this for a good 5- 10 minutes.
[3]  Shampooed with  Alikay Natural's Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo. I haven't used this in a while and I felt like my hair needed to be shampooed.

[4] Deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
[5]  ACV + Water Rinse after I washed out my conditioner. I massaged the mixture for a few minutes and left it in.
[6] Tea Rinse: I'm still loving the spray bottle method I incorporated last week. It works like a charm and helps keep the mess to a minimum. I've been on a green tea kick for a little bit, but I want to try other teas as well.
[7] T-shirt dried my hair for about 30-40 minutes
[8] I applied my leave-in conditioners:  Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner and Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
[9]  Detangled with nothing. I will did some finger detangling when I pre-pooed and shampooed.
[10] Finished up by applying  JBCO and Shea Moisture's Curling Custard before putting on my satin bonnet and going to bed.
Overall, it was a good wash day. I have to admit that my scalp did feel a little cleaner. My plan is to exfoliate my scalp at least once or twice a month.
                                                                                The next day.....
I actually "styled" my hair! I've been rocking my afro since my unplanned second big chop in September. I figured, why not do something a little different to my hair?! It's nothing special, just my attempt at a fohwak. I took some trusty bobby pins and pinned back both sides. I did some fluffing here and there, and I was off to work.  The whole day at work I kept thinking to myself: "business in the front, party in the back". Lol. My hair is growing back, which is great, but I'm hoping I don't end up with a curly mullet. #thestruggle. 
Side note: I'm trying not to pay attention to the gray hairs popping out in the first picture. I swear, those two hairs grow faster and longer than all the other hairs on my head. Until I have the time, patience and space to do a henna treatment, I will continue to sport my Cruella Deville streak.
How was your wash day? Did you try a new hairstyle or did you stick to an old favorite? Be sure to share your wash day results below :).
Until next time!

~Adventures of a Nappy Chica

The Wash Day Experience


  1. Hi! Can you explain the tea rinse method? How do you prepare the tea for the rinse and why do you use it? I am trying to see if this is something I would like to incorporate in my regimen. Thanks!

  2. Hi Kristal!

    I brew about 2-4 tea bags for about 10-15 minutes. I like to leave my tea rinses in my hair. After my hair soaks up the tea/dries, I add my leave-in conditioners. I've found that everyone does their tea rinses differently. I use to pour my tea rinse over my hair but now I use a spray bottle (it's easier and not as messy). Here are some helpful links about tea rinses:

    I hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by the blog :)! Let me know if I can answer any other questions.