My 2016 TWA regimen is heavily based on wash and goes and old favorites. Since I’ve been natural for so long, I don’t really need to experiment with products or styles. I know what my hair likes and I can generally predict how it’s going to react to products, styles, even the weather! This is one of the reasons I appreciate this cut so much – it’s even easier than my first Big Chop. If I wanted to, I could have a perfect wash and go in under 20 minutes* everyday.
Once I week I have a full blown wash day. And it starts with a pre-poo. I’m currently using Lush Cosmetic’s Jasmine Henna Fluff-Eaze. I adore the smell of jasmine and this melts away tangles beautifully. However, if you have light colored hair, stay away! It has henna in it which may stain. I follow that up with SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo (review here) and TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner – old favorites that leave my hair clean without feeling dry or rough. Once I’m out of the shower, I wash and go with SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In (review here), coconut oil, and clear Ecostyler gel (review here).
Because I’m attempting to consistently work out 5-6 days a week, I generally need to co-wash midweek. I use TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner to co-wash before styling as usual. In the morning, I give my hair a quick spritz of Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner (review here) and gently fluff. That’s it. This super quick morning routine is the best part of having a TWA. On days when my hair is looking a little ragged but I don’t time to co-wash, I slick my edges down with Curls Passion Fruit Control Paste and throw on a headband.
Because my hair is so short, I co-wash pretty frequently. As a result, I don’t need to deep condition my hair as much as I used to. The only treatment I’ve been doing regularly is a dash of protein from ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor after washing my hair. It’s not as intense as the 2-step system, but it’s a nice booster shoot if my hair is looking a little limp.
If I DO deep condition, I use SheaMoisture’s Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Mask (review here) or SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Masque. I haven’t formulated an opinion on the JBCO yet, I just started using it, but a review is coming soon!
*drying time not included.