Reader's Question: Low Comb Routine
- Hello! I am currently experimenting with detangling my hair less often. I read that you do a low comb routine. Can you do a post on your detangling routine? How often you detangle? What you use to detangle (conditioners, combs, brushes, etc) What you do between combing sessions (finger comb, etc)?
Great question! I have a two-part answer that depends on hair length:
FROM TWA to BSL:
(I actually started this routine at APL, but it works for shorter lengths as well.) When my hair was this length, I comb detangled every 1-3 months. I would soak my hair in LustraSilk Cholesterol mixed with olive oil for about an hour. Then I would comb through each section of hair with a wide-tooth comb followed up by a medium-tooth comb. After I completed each section, I would twist/braid it up, rinse out the conditioner, and proceed to style my hair as usual. Every 1-2 weeks (between comb detangling sessions), I redid my twists and used that opportunity to finger detangle on dry hair.
FROM BSL to BEYOND:
I currently detangle about once every 3-4 weeks. I soak my hair in LeKair Cholesterol mixed with olive oil for about 20-30 minutes. (As my hair has gotten longer, the ends require just a little bit of protein to remain strong, hence my switch to LeKair.) Then I run through the ends with a wide-tooth comb followed by a paddle brush from from roots to the ends. (I use a paddle brush instead of a medium-tooth comb for ease and speed.) At this length, I no longer finger detangle since my twist styles last from one comb detangling session to the next.
EDITED - MBL and BEYOND: I no longer use a paddle brush. I only use a wide tooth comb.
I hope this helps!