Maintaining healthy African American hair is next to impossible if you don’t know how to properly wash and detangle your hair.
Stripped, matted hair won’t be able to retain length and look or be as healthy as clean, neat hair will.
I briefly touched on how I wash Bunny’s hair before, but I’ve perfected the system since then and I really wanna share it with you all!
A week worth of shed hair and a Lego thing for comparison
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This may seem strange to some of you, but before I washed her hair, I actually put her hair into six braids – two of the braids on either side of her face, two next to her ears, and the last ones going down her back.
I’ve heard of this method but I always thought it would be hard to get the hair and scalp clean. Let me tell you right off the bat, it wasn’t.
Hair before washing in braids
The whole process started with dirty hair that had been in braids for more than a week. She and I carefully removed the cornrows one at a time, then working through any strands that were stuck together.
Notice I said we “worked” through them: not we pulled or yanked them apart.
After being washed in braids and a quick comb through
She had two or three knots throughout her whole head, but that’s it!
This is what her hair looked like right after washing
As you can see, her braids shrunk up several inches, but the braids prevented her hair from entangling, which is why this method rocks.
Left: A braid that’s been detangled
Right: One that wasn’t been yet
I did her hair in six different sections, but if you have less hair, you could probably get away with four sections.
For babies, two braids are probably good enough. Try out a few different ways and find out what works best for you!
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