So, I wanted to stop in to let you in on a little not-so-secret secret. When it comes to washing my hair, I put it off for as long as humanly possible. With a head full of thick, coarse, dense natural hair (which I love), I literally have to mentally prepare. To make matters worse, I am not very good at moisturizing my hair during the week. Very bad, I know.
It’s been twelve days and it’s wash day again and of course I’ve done very little moisturizing and wore my hair loose for six of those twelve days. In addition, I have yet to find a good deep conditioner that I love and feel works for my hair, so I usually skip that step. Again, all bad, I know. However, I’ve discovered a concoction of things that I already have one hand that double as an amazing detangler and deep conditioner if you leave it on your hair.
Can you guess? I’ll wait…
Coconut oil. Are you surprised? Probably not. Coconut oil is the do all oil. You can use it on your hair, skin, for your teeth, as a makeup remover, I mean, the list goes beyond what you can imagine. And now, I use it as a detangler for my hair. When I was newly natural, I would always mix it with a bunch of other oils, an egg, coconut milk; all these crazy DIY recipes. What I’ve learned is that on it’s own, it’s equally as amazing.
To detangle my super dry and knotty hair, I spritz is generously with warm water. I don’t want my hair soaking wet because I tend to leave it on overnight (mostly because I’m lazy) and don’t want my pillow all wet. Yuck. I let the water absorb into my low porosity hair for about 10 minutes but massaging it in and taking this time to section my hair into about 6-8 sections. Then comes the saving grace. I apply a VERY generous amount of coconut oil (about 1/2-3/4 a tablespoon, for those who like measurements) to each section making sure to smooth it in and that every possible strand is coated. Now, you can stop here, and continue to detangle with your fingers or a wide tooth comb but I like to take an extra step because 9 times out of 10, my hair needs as much moisture as it can get.
I add a dollop of Trader Joe’s’ Nourish Spa Conditioner on top of the coconut oil and water, detangle until I’m satisfied and twist that section up. I love this conditioner because it is inexpensive (about $3.99 at my TJ’s) and has a lot of slip, meaning it glides onto my hair strands lubricating them and allows me to detangle much easier and quicker. It also smells pretty good and the bottle is nearly 17 oz. That’s a good deal.
Once I get done with my entire head, I pin all my twists ups, wrap my hair up in a conditioning cap—more like a plastic bag cause I’m not fancy—and let it sit for 30 minutes to overnight. I proceed as normal with my co-wash or shampoo and my hair feels so soft and moisturized and the hardest part, detangling, is over.
Here is a shot of the products, sans wide tooth comb. I really recommend this to anyone who has a hard time detangling their hair because it really does work for me. The coconut oil just melts the knots away as the conditioner deposits much needed moisture.
Do you have a favorite way to detangle our hair? How about a holy grail deep conditioner? Leave them in the comments section as I am on a never-ending hunt for one.