Like me, my sister, Syl, has been natural all of her life but had mostly worn it straight until recently. While we have a similar curl pattern, her density is friggin’ bananas. Like, she basically has no access to her scalp. The ‘wash day’ struggle is real, especially the detangling process. Like many of us, she stays pushing it off ’til the day after, the day after tomorrow and she’s pretty much not here for the finger detangling.
I recommended she follow my ‘shower detangling’ routine. She was already on it, though. As a refresher, here it is again–
- Thoroughly saturate hair with water in the shower, and divide into two (left and right)
- Cleanse hair with sulfate- free shampoo– one side at a time (if it’s a shampoo wash day)
- Apply slippery conditioner of the day to both sides in a smooshing motion
- Pass head back under the shower stream for a moment, for better distribution and added slip
- Clip the hair up and out of the way while you complete shower rituals
- Take down the right side and gently finger detangle under the water stream. Follow up with the left side. If the conditioner is washed away and tangles are left, add more conditioner, and repeat. The power of the water stream and the slip of the conditioner should make detangling a breeze!
‘apply no less than half the bottle of the slippery conditioner of the day to both sides in a smooshing motion’.
Yep. I apply vats… bucket-loads, Costco-sized, finance-disrespecting amounts of conditioner to my hair on every wash day. My favs are still Aussie Moist and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration because they’re cheap and effective. She was applying the recommended ‘quarter-size’ amount. So yeah, that, plus Shelli’s tip of diluting the conditioner in an applicator bottle, will completely alter your current reality.