African American natural hair care really isn’t as hard as it sounds.
The key is to start with a clean, clear goal in mind and set aside enough time to accomplish the hairstyle that you’re thinking of.
Remember to be fair to your hair. Don’t expect it to grow a foot per year or to stay straight in humid weather if it’s naturally curly.
How I removed this hair style
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Here I’m gonna talk about how I take out natural hairstyles such as cornrows and two strand twists because for every hour it takes to put in cornrows, there’s half an hour taking them back out one week later (give or take).
Stretching twists for removal
When the hairstyle starts to get frizzy or past the one week mark, I’ll go ahead and stretch it and moisturize it heavily before she goes to bed as shown above.
This helps with the take down.
The hair will be soft and somewhat straight.
Twists starting to lock
The next day, usually after school or dinner, I’ll put a movie on or she’ll get some toys and I’ll take the twists/cornrows out.
That’s one way.
Another way is I’ll let her take it out by herself while she watches a movie.
She likes to help do her own hair but I’ll usually help her, otherwise she’ll be so engrossed in the TV or talking that she’ll yank out knots or create new ones, which leads to breakage.
Hair just taken from twists.
Old Washing Method….Next, once all the braids and twists have been removed, it’s on to washing. She’ll hop up on the counter and lay across it with her hair in the sink. I highly recommend doing it this way because it’s more comfortable on backs and legs. I wash her hair in two different sections, detangling with conditioner first.
New/Current Washing Method….That was how we’d do it when she was younger. Now that she’s nine, she washes her hair all by herself in six braids. She uses Royal Curl Stay Clean Shampoo and then conditions with Royal Curl Moisture Whip Conditioner.
After that, I use a Denman brush and detangle her conditioner filled hair. Royal Curl gives enough slip that I can get all the tangles out without causing hair breakage.
Half her head in its stretching hairstyle
Depending on how long your hair is, you’ll need between twelve and a hundred ponytail holders. I used eighteen this time, but I use different amounts for the many different ways I stretch her hair.
Depending on the style I just removed/am putting in, really determines how I wash her hair, how long I stretch her hair, if I stretch her hair, etc. so it’s important to be flexible.
Also, make sure that the ponytail holders that you use are seamless and metal-free if at all possible.
Goody ouch-less ponytail holders are perfect and my preferred ponytail holders to use!
And finally, here’s what her hair looks like when it’s all stretched!
So there you have it, the process. To some people it may seem really long, but it’s not. Depending on your hair type and length, you can skip some steps or add more, it’s really up to you. I just wanted to show you what works for us.
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