Everyday last week was used to take out my kinky twists because I barely had time for myself and I was determined to not leave them past the eighth week mark . I also decided on detangling my hair as I took out each twist so it added some extra time.

Process

The takedown process was easy. All I did was to insert my finger in between each twist to separate, beginning from the bottom. Expectedly, I had quite a lot of shed hair and product buildup but thankfully, there was little or no breakage but an interesting number of single strand knots. ( I’ll be trimming my hair soon so I didn’t bother with them). Anyway, choosing to detangle my hair whilst taking out the kinky twists was a brilliant idea for me because I was not able to wash my hair on the same night I was through.

  1. Pre-poo- When I eventually got time to wash my hair, I chose to pre-poo with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and Tea Tree Essential oil. It was the first time I used these two products together on my hair as I’ve read that blending your favorite carrier oil with either tea tree oil or peppermint oil, and using it to massage your scalp will help stimulate the hair follicles and aid healthy hair growth. So I decided to give it a try.  Firstly, I put my olive oil bottle in a pot of water to heat for about two minutes. Then I took 2 tablespoons of EVOO and mixed it with six drops of Tea tree essential oil. Massaged it in and rubbed the remainders unto the length of my hair whilst emphasising on my ends. ( I later realised I used too much Tea tree oil as it began to sting and burn my eyes).

Please note** As this was my first time using the hot oil massage method, I cannot yet assess how effective it is. Also, you can choose any carrier oil you desire. I chose EVOO because it always makes my hair very soft and shiny.

2.  Shampoo Coincidentally, I used Giovanni’s Tea Tree Invigorating Shampoo and my scalp felt fresh and clean. However, there was a lot of tea tree action going on and it affected my eyes. Therefore, I would recommend that one does not use more than two or three drops of essential oil in a pre-poo mixture.

3. Conditioner- I used two: Dead Sea Spa Magik Hair Serum (for moisture) and MillCreek Biotin Conditioner (for protein). I used both because after a protective style, it is best to deep condition with a protein infused conditioner or deep penetrating conditioner as it helps strengthen and repair dry, brittle and may be damaged hair. I deep conditioned for 30mins and rinsed it out with apple cider vinegar (ACV).

4. Leave- in conditioner-  My leave-in is still my staple Dr Miracles Curls Care.

5. Moisturizer- I used Akuba Naturals Lemongrass Hair Butter to braid my hair up and that was it!

The total process took me two and the half hours. Pictures are below. Enjoy!

Shed Hair

Tea Tree Essential Oil

img_6690 Kinky Twists Takedown
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My Hair!

I decided to compare my hair growth using the same pose from 2012.