Sunday, 18 August 2013

Never Wash until Completely Detangled

Seriously, everyone on a hair journey must heed to the signals of traffic lights in their heads before they do anything to their hair. (Rhyming in my head as I remember  kindergarten...RED means STOP, YELLOW means GET READY and GREEN means GO GO GO and GOOOOOOOOOOOOO.......!). 

You have to think carefully about what you are putting into your hair, how you are putting it in; what you are doing to your hair and how you are doing it. There are many Dos and Don't s, in the Religion of Hair Care too and you need to be sure you apply all information carefully. Talk about information overload.

Before I started my hair journey, I barely even looked in the mirror throughout a session with a hairdresser. Whether it was a wash, braid removal and or relaxer service. All was simply ok once I went home with some hair on my head.

Usually, after undoing our braids, the first thing that we may plan to do is to shampoo our hair. Believe me, don't even think about  it. Hair journey or not. Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez....RED lights should flash continuously in your head should you intend to shampoo wash right after undoing your braids WITHOUT first detangling.

All the shed hair, dirt and product buildup during the time your hair was in braids or a weave is still in your hair and has definitely tangled and formed knots around the rest of your hair. Worse still, some are so tangled and matted that it seems the best thing to do is to simply cut it off. No, no you don't! All you need is time, patience and a few tools and products and you're good to go. A conditioner with great slip, water and oil is all you need. And you can make a cocktail and spray on the knots and detangle completely with your finger first before you comb through.

If you don't detangle completely to the point where a comb can easily pass through your hair without any barriers, you will end up pulling out clumps of hair with your comb. Detangling is one of the greatest DIY exercises. We all know how most hairdressers have no time to pause and detangle with their fingers. They rather comb-detangle your dry and knotted hair pulling and tugging along all the way. Results: Massive hair loss and teeny weeny, slim ponytails simply because of so much breakage.

Find below a short video to illustrate better how to detangle:

Happy detangling!!

Who detangles for you after braid removal?



  1. I use coconut oil and a spray bottle of water to detangle after taking down braids. It works like a charm:-)

  2. I currently do all the detangling myself lol don't trust anyone else to do it


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