Natural beauties, this is one of, if not my most important post about Natural Hair (NH) that I will ever write.
Mostly every NH blog, vlog, book or advice that I’ve seen or heard, has stressed the importance of de-tangling in the shower or when the hair is wet. To their credit they would always stress, with a wide tooth comb.
I followed the advice and although I was gentle with my hair, I’d have more shed hair than I wanted and my hair would go right back to being tangled. I have 4c hair. It is the coiliest type of hair-this is the first thing that you should learn about your hair. It helps you to figure out what works and what doesn’t in your product search.
I decided one day, why do I need a comb if my hair is going to get re-tangled? I opted to finger de-tangle. What do you know, God gave us what we needed to take care of our hair. <smiles>
My hair stopped shedding so much. I have been doing this since the end of August, 2012 and I’d have to say, this has helped in retaining my length and I could never be happier.
The only time that I use a comb is when I part my hair in four sections and I first finger part then use the tail part of the tail comb to make it straight.
I have never used a brush to de-tangle my hair. I know that there are some brushes that people swear by. I’ve had my brush for so many years and I believe that I paid $15-20 for it. I do use it to smooth my edges, but this brush is so soft and I NEVER brush my hair while it is dry. I always apply some water.
Clips are fine to separate your hair. You want clips that have wide claws when they are open. You don’t want anything that is going to damage your hair.
Lastly, but this is the most important of all. DO NOT. DO NOT dry your hair with a towel. OMG, that is the most horrible thing that you can do to your hair. I stopped doing this my 2 second year natural, because I noticed that my hair would be stuck to it when I finished drying. As a matter of fact, don’t use a cloth in any form to dry your hair. Squeeze out the excess with your hand (and I don’t even do this…my hair loves water, so I just let it dry during the styling process. Yes, you get wet, but I’d rather be wet than have damaged hair) if it bothers you to get wet, just squeeze out the excess with your hands.
I really am passionate about correcting all of the myths that I’ve listened to for years and now, my hair is rewarding me with length.