Detangling natural hair can be a tough process if you don’t have the right knowledge and tools. It’s also very crucial when it comes to natural hair maintenance. If you’re not detangling your hair properly you can end up with a lot of frustration down the line. I’m going to give you 3 steps for making the detangling process easier for you.
1) Starting with conditioning
It is essential to always start the process of detangling natural hair while you’re conditioning your hair. Depending on the thickness and density of your hair you can use a shampoo brush or your fingers to pull it thru. Always start at the ends of your hair and work your way up. If your hair is super unruly you may want to get a hair steamer to use at home. If you put the conditioner on the hair and then sit under the steamer for about fifteen minutes (without a plastic cap) this will help soften the strands and make the hair easier to comb thru. Once you are finished steaming try combing the hair out starting on the ends and then work your way up. I would like to add that if you’re struggling too much with this process you may need a simple end trim. If you haven’t had one in the last few months, make an appointment with a professional before your attempt this process.
2) Using a shampoo brush
A shampoo brush is an essential tool when detangling your hair. It’s a small, round, plastic brush that can be found at most beauty supply stores. It’s a tool that cost about 3-5 dollars and will make your life so much easier. Always begin with detangling the ends of the hair first, and then proceed to the midlengths and roots. The shampoo brush works best after the conditioner has been applied to the hair. When the hair has been completely detangled with the conditioner in the hair, rinse the conditioner and move on to applying the hair product.
3) Finger combing your product thru the hair
Finger combing is a great way to detangle and style naturally curly hair. I always tell clients not to use fine toothed combs or brushes when detangling their hair. If the curl is pulled too much while its wet, it may loosen up too much, this is how you get an inconsistent curl pattern. Flip your head upside down and pull the hair product thru from roots to ends with your fingers. This is the gentlest way of detangling and styling the hair. If you skip this process and just put the styling product in the hair without working it thru, you may miss a lot of the hair that needs product. Leaving the look of your hair uneven and unruly in areas.
I hope this discussion helped you with detangling your hair. Remember; if this process seems useless, you may need a simple end trim in order to make your hair more manageable. We’ll see you next time!!!
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So today we’re going to discuss glued in weave. This should help you in decided whether this is a good option for you. There are many different techniques when it comes to adding weave to the hair.
Although glued in weave is typically the least expensive and most likely to damage the hair if done improperly, it can still be a good choice if done properly. Now I could easily lead my discussion with all of the negative aspects of glued in weave. Instead I’ll start with some positive.
Glued in weave: 3 important factors to consider
1) The flattest result you can achieve with tracks
Now if you’re looking to achieve a flat seamless result when adding hair to your head for thickness or length then
glued in weave may be your best option. Its best to apply the glue directly onto the weft and then sectioning the hair carefully, applying the track and glue to the scalp only. Be careful not to get the glue in the hair, because it can be VERY hard to get out. Its best to seek out a professional if you’re considering this service. It is not something done easily if you can’t see exactly where to place the track.
2) Temporary means temporary!
The dangers most associated with glued in hair weave begin with wearing the glue for longer than what’s considered a temporary amount of time. I tell my clients that glue can only be worn for 1 to 2 weeks at a time tops. The chemicals in glue are very harsh and can cause development of scalp conditions and sometimes cause permanent baldness in the areas where glue is applied. So if you’re just looking for some extra length or fullness for a special event, then glue may be a good option. Definitely not something to use as a long term solution.
3) Removal of glued in tracks
The way the tracks are removed from the head is probably the most important step in retaining the integrity of the hair. A heavy oil based product like oil sheen, coconut oil in liquid form or shea butter in liquid form are perfect examples. Saturate the weft and scalp with oil and wait about 15 minutes before working the tracks out of the hair gently. Try to get all of the tracks out of the hair before the shampooing process begins. Once the tracks are all the way out, shampoo the hair at least twice. When the shampoo is still in the hair use a rattail comb to comb thru the hair and get the remaining glue residue out of the hair. You may have to repeat this process several times to get all of the residue out. It is not unusual to still have a small amount of residue remaining in the hair depending on how much glue was used and how long the tracks were worn. If this happens do not panic, the rest of the residue will come out with regular shampooing.
I hope this helped in your decision making process when it comes to glued in weaves! See you next time!