Knowing the Basics

You think you know but you have no idea * serious face*. Okay but really do you know how to comb your hair? I couldn’t tell you how many times I have seen a woman going GODZILLA on her hair with a simple comb and brush! I could hear her poor little hairs snapping so I have to ask…do you know how to comb your hair? Properly?! Tell the truth.

I hated combing my hair. As a little girl, I remember my hair (and I have LOTS) being tugged and pulled every which way. I would almost cry and get told to “stop moving!” Like hello?! Maybe if you stopped pulling my hair so hard, my little head and body could stop following! Man I used to see a comb and run! *sobs on therapist’s couch*

Ok sorry. I’m done reliving my childhood trauma. So here are the comb and brush basics. Here’s the thing about brushing. Don’t do it. Unless you have straight hair I wouldn’t recommend it in the least. All it’s going to do is snag in your precious coils and snap them. The best advice I’ve read about curly hair is this: treat it like a fine piece of silk. There are just certain things silk is not meant to do ( you don’t wash silk with detergent! You don’t expose silk to excessive heat!) Same with curly hair.

Now when you comb your hair you need, most importantly, a wide toothed comb. If you don’t have one, try it and you will see the difference from finer toothed combs.

Remember hair is most pliant when it’s wet so the best time to comb is after conditioning. I wash my hair once a week (deep treat, shampoo, condition) and detangle in the shower. I let the conditioner sit a few minutes so it can penetrate and make detangling easier. Then I take the comb to it. If your hair is really tangled then gently finger comb starting from the ends and working the way up. After, do the same with the comb. Doing this slowly and gently is the best way to combat knots.

“But Daria,” you’re probably saying. “Am I only supposed to comb my hair once a week then?” of course not. Over-combing and manipulation can break your hair but not combing enough will quickly lead to knots and that leads to breakage. I never go more than a day without combing, personally. Figure out what works for you.

When you’re between conditionings and combatting SSK’s (single strand knots) and other nasty hair deviants, use a spray bottle of water and your favourite oils/ aloe vera juice/ veggie glycerin/ whatever moisturisers you favour. Spritz and dampen your hair, then comb in sections from ends to roots. Then seal and style as desired.

Wooh! Believe it or not, it’s easier done than said. So have at it.

Til next time, curls.
D

PS: My hair’s finally long enough to make a (messy) bun. Time for a length check? *eyes blow dryer * *cue Psycho theme music.

Knowing the Basics

You think you know but you have no idea * serious face*. Okay but really do you know how to comb your hair? I couldn’t tell you how many times I have seen a woman going GODZILLA on her hair with a simple comb and brush! I could hear her poor little hairs snapping so I have to ask…do you know how to comb your hair? Properly?! Tell the truth.

I hated combing my hair. As a little girl, I remember my hair (and I have LOTS) being tugged and pulled every which way. I would almost cry and get told to “stop moving!” Like hello?! Maybe if you stopped pulling my hair so hard, my little head and body could stop following! Man I used to see a comb and run! *sobs on therapist’s couch*

Ok sorry. I’m done reliving my childhood trauma. So here are the comb and brush basics. Here’s the thing about brushing. Don’t do it. Unless you have straight hair I wouldn’t recommend it in the least. All it’s going to do is snag in your precious coils and snap them. The best advice I’ve read about curly hair is this: treat it like a fine piece of silk. There are just certain things silk is not meant to do ( you don’t wash silk with detergent! You don’t expose silk to excessive heat!) Same with curly hair.

Now when you comb your hair you need, most importantly, a wide toothed comb. If you don’t have one, try it and you will see the difference from finer toothed combs.

Remember hair is most pliant when it’s wet so the best time to comb is after conditioning. I wash my hair once a week (deep treat, shampoo, condition) and detangle in the shower. I let the conditioner sit a few minutes so it can penetrate and make detangling easier. Then I take the comb to it. If your hair is really tangled then gently finger comb starting from the ends and working the way up. After, do the same with the comb. Doing this slowly and gently is the best way to combat knots.

“But Daria,” you’re probably saying. “Am I only supposed to comb my hair once a week then?” of course not. Over-combing and manipulation can break your hair but not combing enough will quickly lead to knots and that leads to breakage. I never go more than a day without combing, personally. Figure out what works for you.

When you’re between conditionings and combatting SSK’s (single strand knots) and other nasty hair deviants, use a spray bottle of water and your favourite oils/ aloe vera juice/ veggie glycerin/ whatever moisturisers you favour. Spritz and dampen your hair, then comb in sections from ends to roots. Then seal and style as desired.

Wooh! Believe it or not, it’s easier done than said. So have at it.

Til next time, curls.
D

PS: My hair’s finally long enough to make a (messy) bun. Time for a length check? *eyes blow dryer * *cue Psycho theme music.

Time for some TLC

Day 1…

This has been a rough week on my hair (partly my fault, I’ll admit). The weather’s been terrible and I haven’t been detangling. I have just been slapping some moisturiser (curl enhancing smoothie) over it. Despite some efforts to at least oil my scalp, it’s still feeling a bit dry so I’ve bought some Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner (what a name!) I put it on my scalp and (lightly spritzed) hair to seep in overnight, then wrapped it up in a satin scarf. Tomorrow I will do my regular yoghurt routine and let you know how it turns out. We’ll see how my scalp feels at the end of the week but here are my first impressions:
It has a thinner consistency than my restorative shea moisture conditioner and it smells like black soap (which smells like plantains since that’s what it’s made from). Now I love plantains but I’m not sure I want to walk around smellin’ like Sunday lunch. However I will say my scalp feels so far so good. Even when I put coconut oil on my scalp it helps only minimally. This is better so far. This conditioner is not a leave-in they say. However I use rinse out conditioners as leave-ins all the time. (see my “emergency wash n go” post) As Kanye says “who’s gon’ stop me huh?!” 😛

Day 2…

I was too lazy to do the yoghurt and figured, as it said on the bottle, the conditioner was a good enough pre-poo on its own. By the time I washed my hair this morning my knots had melted away. I washed, and used the last of my moisture retention conditioner and some of the new black soap conditioner (both by Shea moisture). Then dried with an old cotton pillowcase (I use satin ones now but waste not, want not!) then did my usual coconut oil (mostly on the scalp), curl smoothie (tinier bit than usual) and gel (kccc).Then scrunch and I’m off. Seems to have a good shape so far and my hair is as soft as if I’d made one of my usual Deep Treatments. So I guess I’ve found a lazy solution. Let me know what you think.

xox D

Emergency wash-n-go

Just wanted to show you guys what I did this morning. I had a dry scalp, dry hair, no time to deep treat and I ran out of all my best products. Whats a curl to do?

Put some cheap hotel conditioner and olive oil in! I put the olive oil on my dry hair (wet hair wont absorb as well) and scalp, then put an EVOO/conditioner mix on in the shower. So its more leave-in than wash-n-go. Since my hair has low porosity, the heating in my apartment dried my hair 90% before I went out into the cold. Told you that heat would dry your hair out. And yes I deep treated only a few days ago. This should tide me over until I get a chance to do a more thorough cleansing/ conditioning.

Just thought I would share!

New Hair Resolutions

Ok sorry for the long hiatus bit you know what? Reunited and it feels so goooood. One of my resolutions is to be a more consistent blogger. Resolutions are nice but u have to put steps in place. Enter WordPress for iPhone. Now I can blog on the go!

My hair has its own separate sub-category of resolutions.

1) Protective styling. I loooove my wash-n-go’s. What I don’t love are all the little single strand knots I end up pulling out. Plus it’s winter and the weather is drying me out. So I have got to learn some more protective styling. Pleas feel free to suggest creative looks. I will be combing the Internet for easy tutorials.

2) Eat better. Okay so this is not just about hair, obviously. But when you’re healthy, it’s not just your waistline that looks better. WebMD offers some good starter advice on foods to include. The zinc they advise you to take is also good for boosting your immunity during cold and flu season.

3) Get regular trims. Before my big chop I could not remember the last time I had trimmed/cut my hair and my ends suffered for it. Now with intricate and delicate curls, it’s easy to snag my hair, resulting in split ends (still not as much as heat and relaxers yield) so I am making a pledge to hit the salon for a trim at least every 2 months.

4) Keep my hands out of my hair! I’ve got that hand-in-hair syndrome. Bad. I can’t help it. It’s so soft now without the relaxer. However I know that touching and manipulation can disturb the curl pattern, put excess oils in my hair (weighing my strands down) and even cause split ends through friction. Bottom line: hands off!

I’m also buying a satin lined hat from hatsome.com for winter but that isn’t much of a “resolution” is it?

What are your hair resolutions? How are you caring for your hair to get more healthy growth in 2012? I would love to hear from u.
Xox
D