Wednesday, September 24, 2014

4 Ways To Avoid Your Hair Becoming Matted After Taking Down Braids & Sew-Ins

We all love braids right? The versatility, ease, and the comfort makes us so lazy with our real hair.  So, when it is time to take them down that laziness can sometimes carry over.  I have seen some women simply take the braids down then try to shampoo their hair without properly detangling only to end up with a mess on their hands afterwards.  I have seen first hand what exactly can and will happen if this happens.  The hair becomes severely matted and is extremely hard to detangle.  You all know how I love helping you prevent headaches verses helping you get rid of one, so allow me to share four ways to help avoid your hair becoming matted when taking your hair down.

  • First you must actually take down each and every braid.  This includes hair that was braided for a sew in as well.  Some women just take most
    of the braid down with hopes that when the shampoo hits it, it will magically finish unraveling and detangle itself.  Do not do this!  Take the time to take all of your hair down
  • After you have removed all of the braids, take small sections of hair and comb through each section with a wide tooth comb.  You should be able to comb through each section from the root all the way to the ends.
  • Next, take the hair in sections again, but this time use a smaller comb (not necessarily fine tooth, but somewhere in the middle) and comb through again.  You may need to actually take sections within each section with the smaller comb.  Again, you should be able to comb through the hair from the root to the tip.
  • When detangling, start from the ends of the hair and work your way up.

how hair should look after combed out
Once you are able to comb through your entire head without the comb snagging or pulling, your are now ready to shampoo.  Remember, you may see what you think is excessive shedding while detangling but it is simply hair that has been shedding the entire time it was braided but just had no where to go.  If you were to simply shampoo the hair without properly detangling, you would end up with a bunch of matted hair.  The mattes are all of the hair that was shedding and they are a pain in the butt to get out after the fact.  If you simply just take the time to properly detangle in the first place you can avoid that migraine and shampoo your hair with ease after taking your hair out.


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