After hair is stretched for a minimum of 6 hours I will release my loose twists from the bantu knots or braids, prepping for the next step.
5. Oils & Butters
Once hair is released I place a quick layer of my favorite oils onto my strands by gently grabbing my hair into sections and really concentrating on the ends since they are the elders of the strand and are more susceptible to breakage during detangling. I also pay special attention to my roots. I find that since my hair is in protective updo styles 24/7 the center sections of each twist are far less tangled then the rooted area which deals with sweat that increases tangles within the new growth which is not part of the protective style. The new growth is the strongest part of your strand but due to increased tangling in this area, concentrating your favorite oils or butters on the rooted area aids in easier detangling.
Trying to battle my hair in its entirety is a losing battle that I do not even want to think about. Sectioning your hair not only adds peace of mind, but it increases the ease of the process. After hair is released I proceed to section my 150 twists into an additional set of 8–10 large twisted sections.
7. One Twist at a Time
Instead of taking out all of my 150 twists at once I tackle detangling one twist at a time. As I mentioned before not only will sectioning your hair make the detangling process easier but the more condensed sections you create as you detangle will ensure that you thoroughly eliminate all tangles.
After untwisting I will take the untwisted section starting at the root and work my way gently to the tip separating as I work my way down pulling in an outward motion. The section will still be tangled after separation, this step simply loosens and preps the section for the more intricate part of my finger detangling method.
When the section is separated. It is now time for some thumb action. Well really any finger will do but for the way I handle my section when detangling, the use of my thumbs is most convenient. I will place the small section of hair between my index finger and thumb (with both hands) and starting at the root use the thumbs almost like a pick, and work my way down. Yes, in my finger detangling method I am committing one of the biggest taboos by starting at the root but since we are not using a comb, starting at the root is a more efficient option if you were wearing a protective style, especially since you can literally feel the tangles that a comb would simply break.
As I mentioned before the center and end sections of each twistout or braidout are far less tangled then the rooted area. Detangling ends first can create more tightness within existing tangles and, in turn, consume more time. I would only recommend detangling root first if you were previously wearing a protective style. If you are finger detangling a fro or blowout or other ‘out’ style, I would suggest detangling ends first as if you were using a comb.
The same vertical detangling method is repeated horizontally. This acts as the safety net in completely guaranteeing the section is thoroughly detangled.
Repeat: Repeat steps 2–9 on each section
Ladies, what does your finger detangling routine look like?
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