Recently I saw someone complaining about how they were fooled and tricked by a braid.
They used a brand of Havana Mambo Braids to do a crotchet braid style and a day or two later, she was saying that the braid was a tangled mess.
Well, I am not saying that the braid may not be the problem, but I am an advocate for technique over brand any day.
I feel the same when it comes to products too, it’s not all the expensive brand name products that do the best “tricks”, I’d say 90% of the time, it’s technique, how you apply, use and follow-through with said products or any product.
But that is an aside.
As I was saying, she was upset about how the braid had become a tangled mess. So I will tell you all how I detangle my Marley braid.
Sometimes, I get lazy with my crotchet braids. How?
I wear it in a bun for days and weeks, just brushing it in and touching it up, but never doing it over. Why? Sheer laziness is all I have as an excuse. Lol Or I just don’t even remember to do my hair, it’s so convenient! J I like the second reason more; it paints me in a better light (flips hair lol)
Now that aside too, here’s the how to, you came to read about lol
Here’s how I detangle my crotchet braids:
- Put your hair into four sections
- Use ouchless ties to hole each section of hair
- In a spray bottle, put water and a leave-in conditioner or detangler of your choice.
- Open one section and spray it. Don’t soak the hair.
- Use a brush, preferably a Denman or another similar brush and using long strokes, brush out the hair. (HOLD THE BASE OF THE HAIR FIRMLY! Or OUCHHHHH!)
- If it is too much hair to brush at once, break the section into two or three and brush each sub-section.
- Take a penny-size amount of shea butter, rub it in the palms of your hands and apply it to the hair in that section.
- Twist the section in one big twist or two twists.
- Move on to the other sections and repeat the process.
- Be gentle with your leave-out and pay special attention to your hairline as you brush. Some people prefer to finger-detangle their leave-out. The choice is yours.
And that my dear readers, is how I take my crotchet braids from a dull, rusty tragedy to terrific, poofy and shiny! 🙂