Sorry for the late post…I’ve been running around all day trying to get ready for my upcoming STL trip. Since I’m the Queen of Procrastination, I had to finish paperwork, do the laundry, clean the house, pack, and do my hair — I leave today…this is totally ri-got-dam-diculous!
While detangling 7 day hair in the shower, I came to the realization that 3-4 days is the longest I should go in between styling sessions. I stood in that shower stall for nearly 40 minutes! My hair was a tangled mess– mostly due to the shed hairs trapped in the curls. I shed like a dog, and if left unchecked, things get out of hand VERY quickly.
Thinking about the shed hair, and time frames between styling sessions, also led me to think about my detangling tools. There are pros and cons to each of the tools I’ve used in the past.
-Pros: very gentle, fewer split ends, less breakage, great defintion
-Cons: takes forever, lots of shed hairs left behind in the clumps of curls which leads to tangling and knots/matting
Jilbere Shower Comb (wide tooth)
-Pros: gentle, fewer split ends, less breakage, faster detangling
-Cons: less definition than with fingers or brush, lots of shed hairs left behind in the clumps of curls which leads to tangling and knots/matting, can pull or stretch the hair
-Pros: efficient detangling, great clumping/defintion, shed hairs obliterated, easier styling and detangling next session
-Cons: If you’re not careful it can rip, pull, stretch, and/or break the hair, may cause splits in fine haired curlies
My sweet spot is a finger comb/jilbere combo. To save on time and effort, I load up with Herbal Essence Totally Twisted, finger detangle thoroughly, and finally comb through with the Jilbere. When using this combo, I spend less time in the shower and lose less hair. From now on, I will attempt to style mid-week, even if it’s just a wet bun. 7 days was wayyyy to long.
Every curly head is different and what works for me, may not work for you, and vice versa.
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