1. Finger Detangle damp hair
...because it is far easier to detangle hair when it is just a little damp rather than when it is wet or very dry. Dampening the hair and softening it with a little conditioner is called plasticizing the hair.
Product used: either a leave-in conditioner or a detangler, Luv Naturals is particularly good but only available in the US and also only on their website.
- Normally use: Kinky Curly Come Clean, it's still my fav shampoo.
- I only shampoo wash regardless of how dirty my hair is because I don't want to strip it too much of it's natural oil.
- I do not section my hair at all at this point. The "natural hair gurus" had me believing this is a MUST but I don't seem to suffer for it.
3. Deep condition
- Hair still loose at this point.
- I then cover my head in a shower cap, blow dry over the surface, then cover my head in a towel or a thick head wrap or a beany to trap the heat.
- Currently using: Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner
4. Detangle again but this time with a comb
I take the shower cap off, detangle again and then section my hair into twists after the detangling.
5. Rinse out conditioner.
6. Moisturise and plait or twist each section.
My hair has to be twisted or plaited to stretch it. When it was shorter I only did 3-strand plaits because they are the most effective at stretching but now that I have gone past the shoulder twisting seems to work fine.
- First, I massage just the scalp using Neno Natural's Hair Growth Stimulator.
- Then I apply a creamy leave in conditioner/moisturiser just to the hair and then seal with an oil.
- Spritz some water on
- Cover head in a shower cap whilst I get ready if hair is matted or very dry
- Add a little creamy moisturiser and an oil to seal
That is basically it.
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