Today I’m going to discuss detangling hair naturally, girls’ hair in particular. The reason for this is because I keep reading about all the products that are being concocted on a daily basis for the sake of ” brushing hair beautifully” – and I really don’t think they are necessary, especially for children. As we all know, everyone’s hair type is different but there’s no harm in sharing my experience of detangling hair naturally on either wet or dry hair.
Firstly, wet hair. I’m going to go on the assumption that hair has been washed with at least two rounds of shampoo. The reason being, is that I find the first one just gets the grit off your hair, whilst the second should be able to wash the scalp effectively. Just a note, I always prefer a third round as I have long hair, as does my daughter, and the shampoo on the third round ensures the hair and scalp have had a thorough washing. Once hair is towel dried, I section into thirds (roughly). I put the two top thirds above the head with a butterfly clip and start on the bottom third. Using missie gnot I gently brush downwards, focusing on starting directly on the roots, rather than in the middle. I know this sounds so obvious, but it’s interesting how easy it is to not notice where you place the hairbrush and that’s where the knots happen! By beginning on the roots, the hairbrush can do it’s job.
Small amounts at a time soon produce knot free hair without any tantrums. Missie gnot is designed for a child so it won’t take too much hair at one given time. Work slowly with the brush, don’t force the stroke. Then do the same with the second and top sections. In this picture, I’m just beginning on the top section of hair.
Missie gnot will work through the hair because the natural bristles assist in making hair knot free. Remember, you don’t need to apply pressure when brushing, just let the hairbrush do the work.
The same goes for dry hair – although it was mainly on dry hair that I used to get screaming from my daughter….there really was no win! Eventually, we concluded that if she tossed her head forward and brushed her hair from the underneath first, it helped get those tricky knots first. However, be careful not to let them fling their head back upright too quickly, as static can also create hassle knots and that’s really not helpful! Once upright, section the hair into thirds and begin brushing from the roots down.
I know this all sounds time consuming, but it really isn’t. Using a hairbrush with natural bristles will always help the hair to shine naturally, but using it well, will make all the difference to your “hair brushing” time!