A couple of days ago I was asked by Blutiful Blaq what my mini washes entail. so I thought I would honor her request with a quick explanation of the differences between my major wash days and my mini wash days.
The biggest difference is time. Also mini wash days usually fall in the middle of the week before I'm heading out for dinner and drinks with my friends. Major wash days usually fall on a Saturday or Sunday when I have a lot of free time on my hands. The steps are all the same however, which are as follows:
1. Prepoo: On a major wash day I would easily pre-poo my hair for an hour. On a mini wash day, that time is cut to 5-10 minutes, usually the time it takes me to pick my outfit for the night.
2. Shampoo: On major wash days I would shampoo slowly, but thoroughly, focusing on massaging my scalp and being super gentle, having the water flowing at a slow soft pressure. On mini wash days, although I'm still gentle, I increase the water pressure and I speed things up a bit. Mini wash days usually fall a couple of days after a major wash day, so my hair isn't that dirty and I don't need to be so intense during this step.
3. Instant conditioning: This step remains the same on both types of wash days. After thoroughly rinsing the shampoo from my hair I apply an instant conditioner, finger detangle my hair and then rinse. Sometime, on major wash days, I also include a tea rinse that coincides with this step.
4. Deep conditioning: On major wash days I easily DC for 1-3 hours, depending on the time of day, my level of laziness and the TV show I'm watching as I'm deep conditioning. On mini wash days I DC for about 10-15 minutes, whilst I'm in the shower doing everything else that needs to be done before a night out.
5. T-shirt drying, applying leave-ins and rollersetting: These steps are exactly the same regardless of whether it's a major or mini wash day. The big difference is the next step. This entire process takes 30-60 minutes, depending on the amount of new growth that I have.
6. Drying my hair: On major wash days I leave my hair alone to air dry in the rollers. This takes around 3-4 hours. On mini wash days I whip out the hair dryer and dry my hair (in the rollers of course) using the cold air setting, but high speed. This cuts down drying time to around 25 minutes.
7. What I do once my hair is dry: On major wash days, after I take my hair out of the rollers, I apply a little bit of serum and then wrap my hair. Usually by this time it's late, I'm tired and I get into bed and say goodbye to the world. On mini wash days, I do the same except that after wrapping my hair I apply my make up and get dressed. When I'm done with that I unwrap my hair and style it for the night, which usually results in either wearing my hair out or doing a 50's style pin up. And then out the door I go.
And that ladies is the difference between my mini and major wash days - TIME. Major wash days easily take up 6 hours of my day. Mini wash days I spend 1.5-2 hours on my hair.
Do any of y'all have different kind of wash days, or am I the only one? And if you do, what't the big difference between them?
Have a great day everybody!