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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Natural Hair Detangling for Frizz Free Curls

Finding the right application technique and products for your natural hair can be the best thing you can do.  You have to consider your budget, hair length, and texture of your hair in the process.  As my hair grew longer, I converted from purchasing Mane & Tail products to that of Suave or V05 shampoos and conditioners.  I knew the change was necessary when I started using generous amounts of conditioner in the detangling process, and wanted the best for my money without sacrificing the quality of my hair.

If you too want frizz free, moisturized curls, the first step you must take is to wash and detangle your hair thoroughly.  You can do this by co-washing which is the process of washing your hair with only conditioner.  I find that with this technique, my hair is less dry as opposed to when I used shampoo and conditioner.  Currently, I co-wash my hair with Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut conditioner.  You should choose a scented conditioner of your liking.  Make sure to always detangle my hair while wet, with a generous amount of conditioner, and a Denman brush which I learned from Youtuber, Kittykat1374.

In the video above, Kittykat1374, does a great hair washing tutorial that I suggest you watch.  You can skip ahead to 52 seconds to watch the tutorial.  I still practice these techniques with my own slight variations.  I make sure to always saturate my hair with water as a pre-wash and finger detangle any hair that might be co-mingled with one another.  After, I apply a generous amount of conditioner and finger detangle again.  I reapply my conditioner and detangle this time in small sections, but with my Denman brush.  If you don’t have a Denman, then I suggest you purchase a generic brush.  It should have about 4 or 5 columns straight down free of anything on the tips of the bristles.  This is to make sure it doesn’t get caught in your hair and cause breakage.  After I finish detangling with my Denman, I wash the conditioner out of my hair.  Take a look to see how much shed hair is in your Denman brush.  If this is more shedding than usual, you may need to evaluate the levels of stress in your life or see a doctor.  Before I leave the shower, I apply a little bit of the conditioner to my hair as a leave-in-conditioner.  I know, I know.  Some naturalistas may not agree, but it’s what has worked for me.

After the detangling process is over, you now have to apply moisture to your hair.  My go-to products are a spray bottle of water, IC Fantasia Hair Polisher Olive Moisturizing Shine Serum, and EcoStyler Styling Gel for Maximum Hold (not shown in the video).  Kittykat1374’s raking technique shown in the tutorial is one every natural haired beauty should know.  I tend to spray a little more water on the each section I plan to moisturize, apply the hair polisher, seal in the moisturizer with gel, then style as usual.  I use this technique for wash and goes and twist outs.  Once you’ve complete your entire head of hair, you can air dry, use a diffuser, or sit under a hooded dryer.  I hope this has helped with some of your questions.

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