Natural hair can be difficult to detangle if you don’t do it properly. Which is why I made the decision to no longer comb my coily natural hair. It’s been months actually. Why? Well, it kind of happened by accident, but the result is less breakage, and less shedding of my curly 4ABCDE hair.
So those of you who read this blog regularly know that at the end of last year, I had a bit of a health scare. As a result I was left with diminished use of my left hand for awhile. Sometimes I could grip things, sometimes it would just stop working altogether. Thankfully, through a bunch of rehab, my hand is back to normal now, but what happened in between is that many things in my day-to-day life had to change. Simple things, like peeling an orange, carrying hot coffee in a mug (that turned into an Olympic event), and yes, even detangling my natural hair became difficult, labor intensive tasks. (If you’ve seen my hair, trust me, it was pretty labor intensive before this). Even though I always combed through my crazy curly coily hair only when it was sopping wet while it was full of conditioner, my stamina would not outlast the detangling session.
So I stopped combing it.
But then I realized that while my hair was sopping wet, full of conditioner and sometimes a bit of oil, I could pull my fingers through it!
My New “Comb-Free” Natural Hair Regimen
- Deep condition (pre-poo)
- Wash hair in sections
- Rinse Shampoo
- One section at a time:
- Add conditioner and a bit of coconut oil
- Pull products through the section
- Rinse the section
- Two strand twist the section* (large twists, I don’t have all day!)
- Wrap it all up in a microfiber towel to get out the excess water
- Style (two-strand twist, twist n curl, bantu knot-out, bun, whatever)
*Twisting at the end keeps my hair from getting tangled before I get out of the shower.
- How do you detangle your natural hair?