The first half of the workshop was a mixing demo with Candace Kelley of Curl Prep. She showed us how to make a shea butter (I need to get some REAL shea butter!) and a protein conditioner. Then, the famous Tameeka aka Jaded Tresses aka the "Curl Whisperer" talked about how anyone can do a wash n go. I was still skeptical, but she took a woman from the audience with 4c hair and did it! She showed us exactly what she did and what products she used. She did the wash n go on very wet hair and used the Sweet Buttah she and Candace promote, and an EcoStyler mix (ecostyler, water, & oil). Then she ran the product through the hair. I still wasn't sure it would work on me, though.
Tameeka was also taking appointments the next day at a local salon, so I book an appointment to get a much needed trim. She washed and conditioned my hair, and then cut my hair while it was wet. The then re-wet it and shingled my hair for a wash and go. I saw my hair curl and clump like never before! Of course it shrunk a lot as it dried, but at least I had curls. She told me that I don't have the chronic dry hair I thought I have. She actually told me that I have a nice head of dense, thick hair. I really enjoyed Tameeka doing my hair. This was my first time as a natural going to the salon (not including the times I got my hair straightened), and it was a great experience. I was treated with respect, Tameeka took me in a timely manner, she gave me a great scalp massage, and we had a fun and interesting conversation- about hair and other things! She said she might come back to Boston in November, so I might see her again for some color.
That first night I just put a bonnet on and went to bed. In the morning, I rubbed some of the Sweet Buttah on my hands, fluffed, and went out the door. The next night, I put my hair in about 8 ponytails just to stretch it some, and I still had a cute, curly afro! Tameeka said that I'd probably want to do a twistout by day 4 or 5, but that's cool- at least I don't have to twist every night. My hair finally has shape, I don't have to spend 20-30 minutes a night on it, and it looks cute!
This was my hair on day 3:
And then on day 4 after twisting it the night before using just the Sweet Buttah:
I actually like the wash and go look, so the next time I wash it, I'm going to try and go 4-5 days with the wash n go. I feel like my experience was just the blessing I needed. I was actually thinking about doing the big chop again and just starting over. I was frustrated with twisting it every night, not having a shape, and thinking that my hair was dry and unhealthy. Hallelujah!!