Ebun’s ayurvedic wash day

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I finally took down my bob braids after about five weeks. I initially planned to keep it for six weeks but for some reasons, I couldn’t. Anyways, I already had a mud wash in mind especially since I had just gotten some ayurvedic powders and I was itching to use them. Plus, I didn’t have the time to go the whole nine yards. So, here’s what I used:

– 3 tsp of Aritha
– 3 tsp of Neem
– 2 tsp of Shikaika
– 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera Juice
– 1 tsp of ACV
– 3 tsp of Honey
– 1/4 cup of Vo5 Conditioner
– 3 tsp of coconut oil
– 5 drops of lavender essential oil
– 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.

Hair rinse
– Peppermint Tea
– Black Tea

The Process
– I usually detangle with my hair spritz but this time, I picked a bottle of African Naturalistas Moisturizing And Detangling Conditioner to detangle. So, just as I took down each individual braid I detangled the section. It was such a breeze. By the time I was done, my whole head was soft and detangled. I almost didn’t want to wash it out.

– Next, I brought out all of my ingredients and made a liquid mixture – eventually I had to pour it into an applicator bottle. Then I brewed my peppermint black tea.

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– I initially used my fingers until I was tired of the dripping -which was as a result of all of the additives – and used an applicator bottle instead. I applied it in sections until I was done with my whole head, covered it up and left of the for about an hour.

– I rinsed out. For some reasons, I took my conditioner along as I wanted to avoid hard and brittle hair. You never know what to expect with these powders plus it was my first time. Turns out, it was necessary. After almost exhausting the water in the tank, I noticed some tiny particles in my hair. My first suspect was the Aritha powder. In fact, it was obvious. That’s why it’s called clay. If I had known I would have used hot water to completely dissolve the mixture. Anyways, I co-washed and did a tea rinse to try to get rid of the particles which just reduced it a bit.

– Then, I moisturized with my usual LOC method and braided my hair in four sections.

Oh yeah, my hair was pretty clean. It didn’t feel stripped or anything, just clean. I wasn’t expecting a super soft hair but it was cleansed and conditioned enough.

Now, here’s what I did WRONG.
–  I did not read about it – which I usually do – before mixing. I just assumed all Ayurvedic powders were the same especially since I had previously used Multani Mitti.

– That, of course contributed to the liquid mixture. I should have properly measured the additives before mixing.

Will I be doing this again? Hell yeah! I’ll be alternating it with my henna treatments.

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