At the beginning of my natural hair journey, my hair was less than one inch long. Detangling wasn’t an issue because like most naturlistas with TWAs, there’s not enough hair to detangle.
Somewhere around 5 or 6 months, my less than one inch hair was now 3 inches and would get knotted or as some would say nappy! I found that it was really hard to get through my fro with my fingers and this was disturbing my hand in hair syndrome. I had to do something and do it fast!
I started detangling my hair with conditioner and a Denman brush and this worked really well and I got all the tangles out but the time it took to detangle only a few inches of hair was daunting. After meeting with celebrity stylist Diane Bailey during the summer of 2012, she detangled my hair in like 6 minutes and I was shocked at how she did it so quickly and so gently. I don’t even remember actually feeling her detangle my hair.
She taught me how to create a detangling cocktail using water, oil, and conditioner. The key factor with the cocktail, was that you put all the ingredients in a spray bottle and spray it on each section then detangled. 10 minutes later and you’re done. Instead of spritzing with water, then rubbing on conditioner, then rubbing on oil and finally detangling the section. Then repeat 4-10 more times depending on how many sections you plan to work with. An hour later and I was done…
Something sooo simple shaved 50 minutes off of my detangling sessions because I would use water, conditioner and oil to detangle my hair but I was using them SEPARATELY!
In the video below I show you how to make your own detangling cocktail
In the video below I show you how I used to detangle my hair when my hair was shorter.