StyleSkinny's De-tangling Regimen



I consider myself a pro when it comes to stretching out styles, but because I care about the health of my hair more than the presentation, I like to wash, condition, and steam weekly, even if that means getting rid of a perfectly good style earlier than its natural demise. Many people have different wash schedules, and this is totally fine.  However, in my travels and studying, I've learned that hair naturally sheds an average of 100 strands DAILY.  All of these loose strands, tangled into the attached strands, along with everyday dirt and dust, and occasional fuzzies from my knit scarves make it almost necessary to wash my hair weekly. 

This leads me to the purpose of this post. DE-TANGLING!
 De-tangling to me is like an art... its something that you need to practice, get a pattern down, pick your best tools and products etc. and furthermore, it can't be rushed.  Proper de-tangling is one of the most important processes in your hair regimen. You must remove those shed hairs and separate the strands to prevent knots and breakage.  Afro hair tends to be fragile by nature so proper gentle handling of the hair is imperative to prevent mechanical breakage from improper manipulation.  
Read ahead to see the steps that I take to produce a head of knot-less curls and kinks!


Start with a water based de-tangling spray.  Suave De-tangling Spray for Kids has been my go to for yearssss.  It's super gentle and smells like Apples.:) As you can see in the photos, I grab a clump of dry hair out of my puff, and saturate it. It may take you longer, but doing this process in small sections is easier and a better method.  Sometimes I clip my hair into 6 sections as well, as my hair is super thick.  



The next thing to do is begin to separate the strands.  I exercise two methods.  
1. Finger De-tangling 2. KimmayTube's Harp method.   
Finger De-tangling just means that I do not use any tools.  I do not place a comb or brush of any kind in my hair.  I do it all by hand as I like to feel each strand, in order to catch knots.  Gently working out knots with my fingers, and cutting them out if necessary is the correct way, vs. ripping the hair apart.  (If you view hair under a microscope after ripping it, you will be able to see the beginnings of frayed edges.  A good clean cut with sheers prohibits split ends in your future)

Kimmaytube's harp method uses the motion of playing a harp to separate strands a few at a time.   Gently "plucking" each strand of hair to separate it from the next. Click HERE for a link to the video explaining this method. 





Next, apply a cream based de-tangular product.  During this session I used LUVNaturals "Don't Be So Clingy." (pictured above) But I also love to use, "Kinky Curly Knot Today" (pictured below). LUVNaturals is Kimmaytube's (Kim Love) new line of products which can be purchased at www.LuvNaturals.com.  (They ship super fast!)  I've placed a penny next to the mini glob of product I use, so you can see how much is used per section of hair. Now, gently finger de-tangle a bit more.
 
Lastly,  separate the chunk of hair, and twist it or braid it.  This will section off the hair so you know what you have completed, and the de-tangled section doesn't mesh with the knotty section.  You should end up with a fat twist oozing with product. ...and don't be afraid of the unavoidable shrinkage!




What are your favorite products and strategies for de-tangling your curls?

xo-StyleSkinny

   

2 comments:

Victoria Sallie said...

Good post! I need to get into the habit of detangling before I wash.

Kinky Curly Knot Today is my favorite product for detangling, and I use it also as a leave in conditioner. I've heard that coconut oil on dry hair is really good for detangling as well, so I want to try that!

Thanks for sharing <3

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Renee said...

Hey there Doll!

Yessss Kinky Curly Knot Today is the truth! I've never de-tangled before with coconut oil, but I do use it for so many other purposes, like my twist outs. I coat the hair strands with it, twist/roll etc, and when its all said and done, my twist/curl is super shiny and has hold,as the oil hardens a bit when its colder.

Thanks for commenting!
xo
StyleSkinny