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Detangling Natural Hair After Removing Braids

This weekend, my little sis removed her box braids and needed help detangling her hair, so I offered to help. I thought that doing so would be a great learning experience and experiment for the both of us. 

Before the take-down:

  • Told my little sis to deep condition the night before to make taking the braids down the next day easier, and to make her hair less susceptible to breakage 

After the take-down:

  • Her hair was pretty matted at the roots (as you can see in the third picture above). So, I decided to mist water on the section I was working on and then gently separate the matted hair to get the dirt to come apart.
  • After that, I used a combination of water, Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner (for slip), and organic apple cider vinegar to finger detangle my little sister’s hair. I added the ACV because it acts as a natural detangler. It also helps to melt much of the dirt/buildup away.
  • After all sections were fully detangled, I trimmed her ends and applied coconut oil to each section for an overnight pre-poo to prep her hair for wash day in the morning. 

And that is it! The detangling process after the braid removal took a total of approximately 3 hours–and no combs were needed. I’m really happy that we were able to successfully detangle her hair. It was actually painless. This method should also work for twists, and other types of styles requiring the use of extensions. I hope this helps!

Homemade Hot Oil Treatment (for Hair Loss)

Back in January, I shared a post about my previous experience with traction alopecia, a condition resulting in loss of hair caused by excessive pulling at the roots–usually from having tight hair styles, such as frequent updos, twists, or braided extensions, etc. My hairline has grown back, thanks to the treatment I used above. 

  1. Jamaican Black Castor OIl (JBCO) - High in omega-9 fatty acids and what is called “ricinoleic acid”, which has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properities that helps to prevent hair thinning and hair loss, and thus promoting the regeneration of new hair.  
  2. Rosemary essential oil - Love this stuff! Rosemary oil not only prevents hair loss, but it does a great job of stimulating blood circulation to the scalp to promote hair growth. It’s also really beneficial for those who may have dry or a flaky scalp. 

Since this is a hot oil treatment for hair re-growth, I only apply the mixture to my roots, scalp, nape, and hairline–not my hair length. And since JBCO is viscous (thick & sticky in consistency), I have found that a little goes a long way with castor oil. Two tablespoons is more than enough for me, or you can use a little less (if your head is not as big as mine is lol). Also, other great essential oils for hair re-growth are peppermint and lavender, but rosemary oil has a nice, refreshing scent that isn’t overpowering or overbearing like I have found the peppermint and lavender oils to be, personally. 

When using JBCO and rosemary essential oil together, you truly get a winning, effective combination! :-) This mixture has definitely helped me to recover from hair loss, and it will work wonders if you’re experiencing hair breakage, or have any thinning/balding spots. 

For those in the path of Hurricane Matthew (Please SIGNAL BOOST)

Stay safe.  Below are some links you may find helpful if you are in the current or projected path of Hurricane Matthew in the southeastern coastal areas of the U.S.  These links include information on evacuation routes, emergency services, shelters, and more.

GENERAL RESOURCES

Storm surge maps: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/034341.shtml?inundation

https://twitter.com/NOAA?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

National Hurricane Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration   http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Hurricane Tracking Chart  http://www.scdps.gov/docs/2016SCHurricaneGuide.pdf

FLORIDA

https://fl511.com/#:Alerts

https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/10/05/fema-urges-residents-take-evacuation-orders-seriously-ahead-hurricane

Florida Power and Light  https://www.fpl.com/account/report-outage.html

GEORGIA

http://www.gema.ga.gov/Pages/default.aspx

SOUTH CAROLINA

http://www.scdps.gov/docs/2016SCHurricaneGuide.pdf

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Why I Stretch My Natural Hair:

I don’t have loose curls or waves. My kinks are very tight, coarse, and thick and they shrink to about 75% my actual length. 

If I do not stretch my hair, whether I’m detangling, styling, and especially washing, I will get lots of knots and tangles because my strands tend to curl up on themselves. I learned this lesson the hard way when I first decided to begin my natural hair journey. Stretching my hair in twists or braids discourages those things from occurring. It has also helped me in tremendously with length retention along the way. 

And there’s no need for heat! There are plenty of heat-free methods to try for stretching natural kinky hair.