UC Update: 90 Days and Counting...

since I started finger-detangling my hair and stopped brushing and combing-and I love the results!

I've been a slave to brushes and combs all of my life. And if someone would have told me that I did not need these two items in my life, I would have laughed in their face. I don't know if any of you remember but in April, I threw my brush out because I was tired of the wads of hair that I saw after spending 10-30 minutes in the mirror detangling. At first, I was only going to use a wide tooth comb, but by mistake my hair became matted one night. Not even the wide tooth comb could detangle those clumps and tangles of curls. So I jumped in the shower, applied some conditioner and let my finger and the force of the water do the work. It was miraculous and the beginning of my journey to finger detangle. I have not looked back since.

Here's what I do...

While washing, co-wash, etc., I section my hair down the middle. I hold my hair under the force of the running water and gently finger comb each side while in the shower. The force of the water eases out the tangles. This only takes a few minutes-no pain, no wads of hair. When I am done, my hair is tangle-free and ready to style. I immediately exit the shower and apply my product of choice, finger-style and I'm out!

I've been doing this two-three times a week for over 90 days. I have noticed that my curls are more defined and I have less frizz. I have virtually no breakage. I don't use a brush or comb-at all. Right now, the only tools I use is a rat-tail comb to part and a old tooth brush for my edges. I am no longer a slave to the brush and comb.
6 Responses:

Wow!! Going without a comb and a brush is a scary thought for me. But w/the results your getting I'm gonna have to give it a try.

Thanks for the how-to details!

i wish i could do this. i have to use a shower comb at least once a week.

but i'm glad it's working for you!!

I will have to try this because I'm having major breakage right now. Thanks!

It sounds like its working well for you! I have cut down on my combing and I only brush my edges back a little bit too. Before I wash my hair I always do a pre-poo condition where I load my damp, unwashed hair with conditioner. I apply the conditioner section by section and comb through each section with a wide tooth, friction free comb.

After, I use a 2-in-1 shampoo, then I condition again. When I get out of the shower I apply an shea/aloe vera gel I made and I comb through the hair again. There are usually very few tangles the second time, and I usually end up just pulling out the loose hairs that did not wash out during the shower. Those loose hairs that tangle with the attached hairs so they need to removes.

So those are the only times I comb. I'm losing a lot less hair and having very little breakage.

Ohhh, I am so scared. I started doing this and didn't last three days. :( I need to do this because I am experiencing shedding as a result of having a baby three months ago, so I really need to do this.

My only question is... is your hair completely detangled with just fingers? Can you do this and go between blowing out and natural styles? I don't always wear my hair curly, so I was thinking because of that, I would need to comb and brush from time to time. If so, then the transition between straight and curly comb sessions cause me to pull out hair... so so confused. :(

UC to Landi,

I'm mostly referring to detangling hair after washing. Unfortunately this does technique does not apply to blowouts because you need the brush in order to straighten the hair and the comb to wrap it at night. However, this is the only time that I would recommend using a brush or comb.

And yes, my fingers take out every kink and tangle in my hair. Unbelievable right, but it works. The key is the force of the water combined with the conditioner allows my fingers to glide right through my hair. Since I've been doing this, I have seen a drastic reduction in the amount of hair that breaks during the detangling process. Most of all, I don't have the headache I used to have from pulling and tugging on my hair.

Another thing, the breakage that you are experiencing may be a result of your hormones. I had the same thing happen to me after my second child. I went from having below shoulder length hair to a mohawk as a result of the breakage. It was so devastating that I gave up the fight after some months and just cut it all off. I spent so much money going to the hair dresser, dermatologists, and on products/medicines. Save your money, time, and sanity because nothing is going to prevent it from breaking until your hormones regulate. I hope your case is not as severe as mine, also considering that you are natural. I was relaxed at the time.

I never could get a direct answer from any specialist why this happened. Everyone kept telling me that it is common after some child birth. Luckily, it did not happen with my third child.

I hope I didn't scare you, but I know exactly what you're going through. Good luck and keep me posted on your progress.

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