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SarahB

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Hi!

As M's hair gets longer, our hair routine also takes longer, and I started to wonder if some of you had tips for speeding up the detangling process?  Our current routine is: bath, detangle & moisturize with coconut oil/shea mix, style, all in one sitting.  I was using a spray bottle to apply the oil mix and that was helping the speed along, but the spray bottles don't last very long.  We also have a new baby (now 4 months) so that is a factor in wanting to speed things up.  Hair sessions are taking 2-2.5 hours.  I do want to take time to do a variety of styles and things she likes, I'm mostly just finding that detangling is taking a long time lately.  Thanks for your input!

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What are you using to detangle her hair? We have found the tangle teaser and Knot Today to work best. I will usually do it while she's in the bath just before a deep condition...otherwise, I detangle once/wk just by wetting with water/oil mix, adding knot today and using the tangle teaser. I have found that doing a quick finger detangle first while sectioning the hair (using clips), makes the detangle process much faster too. We have also recently taken her to a salon that specializes in braiding and other protective styles...she got her first professional braids with hair added in...they've lasted 5 weeks so far...and I think we will have them removed and redone soon. It has decreased maintenance tremendously. We still shampoo periodically (every 7-10 days), condition in every bath and apply leave-in conditioners every couple days, but the detangling process is basically eliminited, since the hair is in a protective style.


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My newest routine is working for us. Hope you can find a nugget of usefullness.

-wash/co while it's still in the old style.
Take style out while detangling in sections
Although I keep Kinky Curly Knot Today on hand, it's lost its 'cache' for me. Not enough slip. Lately I use a 1 part canola oil, 1 part apple cider vinegar, 2 parts water mixture in a spray bottle. I add in a few drops of essential oils for smell and you have to shake it each time, but... Oh. My. Rockin. Difference)(some people use olive oil- but I use canola for the slip)
-reband/section as I detangle.
-style next day while still damp or right away. Depending on time.

I couple other changes have made a difference.
-make sure ends are trimmed if necessary.
-Upgraded comb. Cheap ones gone. seriously. Huge difference.
-Although I still have the tangle tamer, I don't use it. I noticed too much breakage. I don't know that everyone has this issue though. we do. Plus. WIth this new routine- I don't feel like I need to use it either.
-Boars hair brush if necessary (when hair wet).

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Also sarah. if you're on fb there is a fb group for transracial adoptive families skin and hair care.
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We have a tender headed little one, which means de-tangling can be pretty rough. We opt for protective styles that involve creating multiple manageable sections of hair in braids(or twists). We can go a few days in these styles and re-do sections as needed .
Pure coconut oil has been magical for her hair.
Good luck!
Myla

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