Over the past few weeks, I’ve become increasingly frustrated and exhausted with the fact that it takes so long to detangle my hair. And as my hair is getting longer, I am realising that I need to be more efficient. I decided to experiment.
The experiment, part 1
To prepare for wash day, instead of doing a prior detangling with an oil, I decided to dampen my hair with water the night before and then saturate my tangled hair into eight sections with my pre-wash day treatment—i.e. organic extra virgin coconut oil o help make the wash day process much smoother. I left it in overnight.
The experiment, part 2
In the morning, I mixed one of my usual deep conditioning recipes (click here). Then I had a thought: I’ve incorporated shea butter into my deep conditioner before and it gave me great slip every time which helped me tremendously because of it’s thick, buttery consistency. Alikay Naturals Honey & Sage Conditioner is a testament to this, because one of its primary ingredient is shea butter. So, I decided to add a generous tablespoon of my homemade whipped shea butter mix to my deep conditioner (a little goes a long way with it). Then I thought about how I’ve read up in the past that apple cider vinegar was a natural detangler, so I then added about two tablespoons of ACV to my conditioner.
I was a bit skeptical at first, but oh my gosh! I detangled my hair as I applied my deep conditioner to each section and it literally melted the tangles and knots from my kinky, tightly-curled hair away—both outside and inside the shower. Wash day today took only about two and a half hours, and it was virtually painless. My hair feels great by the way—the use of ACV didn’t produce any drying effects, and the smell is not lingering in my hair.
I’m so excited! I will definitely be doing this on days when I don’t have the time to detangle my hair the night before.
Sometimes, wash day truly is a pain in the butt. But, I hope this helps. :-)