Roxanne's Detangling Routine- Type 4a Hair

Hi Nikki,

Hope all is well. I read on your blog for readers to submit their successful detangling process.

Mine is extremely simple and works really well on my mostly type 4A hair.
I wear my hair in some type of twists 90% of the time. My twists range from CHUNKY to small. However, I tend to prefer the medium to large sized twists. I hate spending a lot of time on my hair and my hair tends to tangle easily when worn loose for a period of time. I also found that brushing and combing was a bit too harsh on my strands, so I have eliminated them from my routine.

So here is what I do. Pictures 1-5 show my steps.

Pic1. What my hair looks like dry in large twists (about 25).

Pic 2. Wet my hair w/ cool water until it's completely saturated.

Pic 3. Once hair is completely saturated, apply about 1-2 TBSP of favorite condish (mine is Herbal Essence Hello Hydration-blue bottle) throughout hair. Must be a condish that provides great slip. This condish will be used as a leave-in. I then untwist my hair 1 twist at a time and in a slow downward motion (about 5-6 times), I loosen up my strands and remove shed hairs. Once done, I apply Qhemet Alma Oil Nourishing Pomade to my strands and re-twist. I also use my favorite homemade Shea butter mix for this process. You just need to use something that provides your hair w/ additional moisture--it helps if it can double as a sealant. I then proceed to the next twists until all of my hair has been detangled and re-twisted.

Pic 4. I lose very little hair detangling this way. I also make sure to work through any tangles/mattes with my fingers so that tangling isn't an issue. My hair stays nice and moisturized for days. If I desire to make smaller twists, I just untwist my large twists 1 at a time and divide them into two. And if I want to rock a cute Twist-n-Curl, I just apply rollers to the ends after I detangle/re-twist, and untwist in the morning.

Pic 5. I love the versatility of my hair. Here is what my hair looks like after detangling and retwisting. The process takes me about 20-30min. I can do this every 2-3 days or once a week.
Hope this helps!!





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Ada said...

ahh lovely

fotiki to stalk? lol

Unknown said...

OMG! You're my hair twin! Thanks so much. I think keeping my hair in twists might make my life easier too. I'll try it! Also, what's the recipe for your "homeade Shea butter mix?"

Suniismom said...

Beautiful hair sis! I can't wait until mine gets that long. Be blessed!

sewdope said...

wow your hair is super thick! so pretty and long. i have hair envy! :) thanks for the suggestions. :)

Media Moll said...

Great idea. What do you do on wash days?

Jai said...

Gorgeous thick hair. I may have to try this method, thanks for sharing. :)

Femme Fatale et Noire said...

I LOVE THIS! I have 3c-4a hair, so I'm gonna try this. I have tried the conditioners-as-leave-in method, and it works for me, especially in the dry heat of summer.

Afrocentric Mocha said...

Thanks ladies for the (+) feedback.

My public fotki is : http://public.fotki.com/oooop2/

Here you can see my hair journey over the past 3.5yrs.

Here the the recipe for my shea butter mix:

My shealoe ingredients1. Unrefined 8oz shea butter
2. Coconut oil
3. Castor oil
4. Aloe Vera Gel

In a mixing bowl place the unrefined shea butter and mix with a hand blender.

After you begin to mix the shea butter, add about 3-4 tbsp of melted coconut oil and mix. Once well mixed, add about 1-2tbsp of castor oil. Again mix well. With the mixer on a med speed, slowly add in about 1/2-1cup aloe vera gel (more may be needed). Once you have added all the aloe vera gel, continue to mix on a high speed until mix becomes a fluffy consistency.

Store in a cool place or keep refrig.

On wash days, I mix baking soda and a small amount of poo in a bowl. After I have wet my hair, I apply this mix t/o hair (but concentrating mostly on my roots). I then rinse w/cool water making sure that all of the baking soda and poo are out of my hair. I then proceed w/ applying the condish as noted in the beginning of this post. I use poo about 1x every 2-3wks....

HTHs....

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for the recipe! I'm going to try it out soon!

leandra said...

Excellente. I need to quit being lazy and do something with my hair. :)

Anonymous said...

wow, beautiful hair! this could be the HG regieme for my niece, we ´ll try this out...

dajewel1982 said...

hello! i have a question: why do you use cool water instead of warm water in step 2?

AfroTina said...

so helpful.... I am going to copy this...

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