At the Capital Naturals Meet Up, someone mentioned that she did not need to section her hair before washing as it was soft and would not shrink or tangle. I was intrigued.
I could not remember the last time I had washed my hair without sectioning it and made a mental note to experiment with “un-sectioned” shampooing whenever I had some free time. That time came last week.
What I thought would happen did – my hair shrank as close to my scalp as it could as though it was running away from the shampoo bar I was using. My hair got tangled and it was impossible to get my fingers more than a centimeter into the forest that was residing on my scalp.
No problem, I whipped up a batch of moisturizing deep conditioner and spent the next hour gently coaxing the tangles out of my hair.
After about an hour, with about 300grams of conditioner in my hair, I finally got my hair to this state.
So what do we learn from this?
- There is no rule book, just a guide for caring for hair. What works for one does not work for all.
- Her hair texture, and maybe length allowed her to get away with “section-less” shampooing. It might allow her to use a small toothed comb too rather than the wide-toothed one that is recommended for kinky natural hair
- If something works, there is generally no need to fix it.
- Experiment within reason but always have a plan to remedy a situation-gone-wrong.
– I like to experiment quite a bit but I always have a plan to bring things back to normal. The conditioner (for slip and moisture) and the steamer (for even more moisture so that my hair is pliable).