Natural Hair should never be combed dry. I think most of us know that. Well, the reason some may be tempted to comb their hair dry is to get rid of tangles and knots. Before you put that comb in your hair.....yes!!...even a wide tooth comb, Plasticize your hair. What does Plasticizing mean?
According to Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, the author of "The Science of Black Hair", "A Plasticizer is a product that improves manageability by softening the hair from within or by coating and surrounding the hair fiber. The plasticizing product may be water, moisturizer, leave in conditioner,oil or regular conditioner."
Most textured hair do not take well to dry detangling without breaking. A simple pre-poo treatment can help detangle the hair. For example, if you wore twists throughout the week and your hair has knots. It is best to apply a plasticizer before even washing that hair. I have incorporated this step into my regimen and I have to say it does make a world of difference. I used to just apply coconut oil to my hair to prepoo, but I found out that applying conditioner, coconut oil and Aloe Vera Juice helps my hair better. So I always do a deep conditioning with these plasticizing products before I wash my hair. I have a video coming up soon to demonstrate how I do that
Like stated in the book mentioned above, anything like Oil, Conditioner, Moisturizer will work. The whole point of using a plasticizer is to be able to soften the hair for an easy safe manipulation(finger detangling).
So it only takes four simple steps to get the hair ready for washing
- Separate into sections (the more sections you have, the easier and more thorough your detangling will be)
- Finger Detangle (always start from the last few inches of the section to be detangled and work up to the scalp)
- Comb through with a wide tooth comb (I now skip this step and experience less breakage)
Did you know?
Hair that is finger combed tends to be thicker and longer than hair that is detangled with combs exclusively?