I am so excited to report back that my little experiment was successful. When I first installed my Marley twists, I made a post stating that I would not wash my twists but clean my scalp with diluted ACV on a regular basis. The reason I chose to not wash my twists was to avoid shrinkage knotting and breakage, which all happen after removing extensions.
Throughout the 4 week period that my extensions were kept in, I did not even use any water based product. I used Aloe Vera juice as the base for my spritz . Finally, people, I have found a holy grail for maintaining my hair in extensions. When I took my twists out yesterday, I did not have one single breakage. My hair was not matted together at the line between the new growth and the old hair. My hair was stretched as shown in the picture above. My hair was moist and supple, which rarely happens after my extensions are removed.
Yes, our hair needs water hence the reason for using water to wash our extensions. However, no matter how much deep conditioning and regular conditioning our hair is pampered with in extensions, there is no certainty that every strand is getting the benefits of those well-meant healthy practices. When our hair is washed in extensions but not properly conditioned since we cannot really reach every strand, then we are bound to experience breakage from matting.
I believe that the ACV was great in removing dirt and build-up from my scalp. I also believe that the absence of water in my spritz kept my hair stretched and conditioned. I used oil to seal a couple of times but found out that it was unnecessary.
I did achieve my goal and will continue to use this method to maintain my hair in extensions. I am done with washing extensions as it does more harm to my hair than good. Please do what works for you. I am not here to mislead anyone. This method may not work for you. In fact, I have a video showing how to wash hair in extensions. If the traditional way of washing hair works for your hair in extensions, feel free to check out that video. I just personally believe that people with fine hair cannot join bandwagons. Our hair needs peculiar care.