Although I keenly subscribe to acute participation in hair care to prevent hair damage and I even very well observe hair routines, I’m not one to go wacky over hair care and hairstyles, especially now with the spotlight on natural hair, what with the hair teams, societies, the supporters and rivals, the channels. It’s now a serious matter, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed on the fact that sooner or later, a course will be introduced for those who’d want expert certificates.
But yesterday, I observed something after washing my hair, and I thought it would be nice to share with most new nappy subscribers, because it might help, even if just a little bit. A little backstory, my hair’s been natural for more than 2 years now. Length’s good and I make sure the hair is healthy. Around the time I went natural, there wasn’t any hype about natural hair as there is now.
True there were few blogs and YouTube channels, but there are blogs and channels for most things whether trending or not. I started off being a product junkie, which in hindsight, was just wasteful and ridiculous since I big-chopped my hair. I only stopped the junkiness because I couldn’t afford to keep up. Only after reading blogs for better understanding that I realized I should stay un-junkied, and stick to a regimen, which till date I’ve stuck with, and hair growth’s been decent thus far.
Not only is it painful to see such amount of hair loss while combing your hair out on WashDay, but it’s also frustrating, especially when you actually combed your hair gently since all those bloggers say To prevent hair breakage, Comb gently; and you used a wide-toothed comb while at it, because those same bloggers said Use A Wide-tooth Comb While at it. And you pre-pooed minutes before wash-time, because you know, they said so, and you tried to detangle properly before all of those, because That’s how It Should Be.
Still, when you pass your comb through your hair, and stretch it out oh so gently, you still see heavy hair strands on the comb’s tooth, and other strands scattered all around the bathroom floor. More hair care, more combing, more hair out. All the time! If this happens to you, why?
Because you’re improperly detangling!
Yes. You know this already. But some people don’t.
In all the blogs I’ve read ever, not one said much about this whole detangling business. They only just say “Detangle your hair, ok? Ok,” and it ends there. 2 years later and I’m only finding out what the deal with it is. Don’t be like me. Yesterday was the second time I think I did it right because I noticed again the smallest amount of hair loss after washing and combing, as I noticed at the previous washday at my first proper detangling.
How it works, the Logic: Strategically Detangling.
When you take out your weave, or braids, as long as you keep the installation on for a week, or over, there will be slight undergrowth because your hair works to grow daily even if you don’t see it, right? Mostly observed with braids, the undergrowth appears to push the weave/braid further away from the scalp.
The tip of the hair braided/weaved initially at the root, no longer is at the root, but slightly away, because now, with the undergrowth, there is a new root. Thus, where the new growth meets the start of the braid (the point that used to be at the root), it forms a little knot(or crease?), even though unnoticed. If you keep your hair for longer than 3 weeks you’d notice though, because that’s the first point that’d heap visible dirt as it gets slightly sticky.
If you did not understand that, skip it. Just as the Bible would say, here’s the conclusion of the matter
It doesn’t really take a lot of time like you’d imagine it would, seriously. As your hair would be moist already, your hair would slip through easily. It will hurt when pulling the strands apart if the hair is dry. The slightest lesson in hair care.