I mentioned last week a quick wash technique, but that isn't ideal in every situation. This technique, I believe, is the BEST way to wash tightly curly hair. It is a method that has you wash the hair section by section instead of a whole loose head of hair at once. I think this is ideal because: 1) It keeps the hair from getting tangled up while washing and 2) by washing a small section at a time you are sure to get every inch of the hair and scalp wet and clean! If you are accustomed to washing very thick curly hair, you know what I mean! It is crazy how you can run more and more water over the hair, trying to move the hair around to get to the deepest layers of hair, and yet still find out there are areas that are almost totally dry when you are done!
Let me walk you through this step by step. If you recall, V's hair was in this temporary style of 7 large cornrows into a ponytail:
Remove one cornrow (or a few cornrows or braids, depending on the style you have in, enough to make a section that is about 1/7 or 1/8 of the hair) and Detangle.
Put that section into a twist. (at this point if you wanted to do a deep conditioning treatment, you could add the oil or conditioner before twisting the hair so it can soak in while you are working on the rest of the hair.)
Continue process working around the head until you have all of the hair detangled and in twists.
Head to the shower and undo ONE of the twists, put in your conditioner (or shampoo, if you use it) message it into the scalp and rinse. This is WAY easier with the help of my new hand held shower head!
Add more conditioner if you like to do a leave in and put that section back into a twist and move on to the next section. Move around the head, washing just one section at a time.
You are READY to put in your new style! No need to detangle again because the hair didn't get all tangled up while washing!
I actually washed her hair the day before I wanted to put in V's B2S style so I quickly made those loose twists into some braids for the rest of the day and night.
You can see some whitish looking streaks because I loaded her hair up with some shea butter/coconut oil. I was so excited the next morning to get up and be able to get started straight away on her nice clean, tangle free hair! I was able to remove all these braids before I got started on the style and the hair was nicely stretched and it was very easy to make all of the parts needed for her new style.
If you know about my old washing technique you can see that not only does this technique seem to be a better way to get the hair clean, but it is saving me some time as well. I used to detangle before I washed, and then I would need to detangle again after the wash. And that was no matter how carefully I washed her hair to try to keep it from tangling.
Do you use a similar technique for washing?