I have REALLY Curly hair (beautiful, naturally very strong and thick) but it also comes at a price! It naturally locks itself VERY quickly (on a daily basis). If I comb my hair out, and wash it, it will literally start to lock while I’m washing it out. I deep condition my hair regularly and keep it moisturised but this doesn’t stop it from tangling up. Unlocking it is long and is more or less like ripping my hair out (even with plenty of moisture and conditioner).
I’m happy to let it do its thing as I rarely comb my hair out into afro style anyway, BUT I want to know if this is negative for my hair, and also do you have any tips for this type of hair.
Thank you NHB!
It seems to be the issue is that you should be stretching your hair? You didn’t mention whether you do or not but I’ll assume you don’t from the question.
Yes curly/coily hair tangles up very easily hence why it’s best to stretch your hair (without heat) so as to somewhat straighten the strands when it gets longer to keep it from tangling up on itself.
The issue is that if you leave it, it makes very hard work when you’re trying to detangle to wash it and this will limit your hair growth too as you will be losing more hair when trying to detangle because your hair is so tangled up. Since you’re not deliberately locking your hair, it’s best to keep your hair in a stretched state and protective styles to keep it from tangling up.
I recently wrote an article on this so definitely check it out. I think it will explain in more detail what I mean.
I hope this helps!