I originally posted this article in June 2013, but seeing as I have received questions about how to take down sponge coils, I felt that re-posting this would be helpful. Coils created by finger coiling or by using a sponge are not permanent . Follow the instructions below to learn how to detangle coils without causing damage to your hair.
Wearing natural hair in finger coils, twists, bantu knots, and rod sets can make it a challenge to comb out and detangle, because the hair has been trained to coil or twist on itself. If your hair is hard to comb out and detangle you will get breakage and hair loss. I have found these 5 steps to detangle natural hair after wearing finger coils, twists, bantu knots, and rod sets have helped me to minimize the damage.
Pre-poo your hair
1) Do a heavy oiling or pre-poo of your natural hair before you wash your hair. This will set the stage for your further detangling before you shampoo. Put your hair into several twists.
2) Detangle with your fingers. Work on only one section at a time. If you encounter any resistance, carefully pull the tangled hairs or knots apart.
3) When you feel you have adequately finger detangled, start to comb with a wide-tooth comb. If you encounter any serious resistance, go back and finger detangle this spot again until you can comb it through easily.
4) If hair feels very dry and starts to break, add more oil, water, or even your favorite conditioner that has lots of slip. Anything that will make the coils and knots release.
5) Be sure you have enough time (and patience) to do your entire head this way. I have found when I feel rushed or I get tired, I rip through my hair and cause more breakage than usual.
After each section has been adequately detangled, proceed on to your hair washing.
Prevent breakage and hair loss and keep more of your hair on your head where it belongs with these 5 steps to detangle natural hair after wearing finger coils, twists, bantu knots, and rod sets.
courtesy of Alyce, blackhaircaretoday.com
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