I recently read about The Crown And Glory Method on a pretty popular natural hair website, and found it quite interesting. Before I get into what makes it interesting, let me first tell you what it is. Basically it is a way to get maximum growth potential from your hair whether relaxed or natural, using braids or twists.
The gist of it is that you leave your hair braided or twisted for a period of time, and then take down the braids for about two weeks to give your actual hair a break, and then it’s back to braids again.
Here is what I found interesting: personally, I did not think this was ‘a method’. I know of women who do this quite often, but they probably had no idea that it was a ‘thing’. When you look at the back story of Robin Woods, you won’t find much, but she was also responsible for creating the Grow Afro Hair Long Hair products.
Her business no longer exists, due to bad press and an ‘F’ rating at the Better Business Bureau, so she tried to get traction with her products by coining the Crown and Glory Method. Her idea was you would use her product, while following the method. So without further ado, let’s get into the details:
There is an old wives tale, or some kind of crazy idea that you should not cleanse your hair while it is braided, but we are here to tell you that that idea is pretty much nuts, and could not be further from the truth.
You might not be cleansing your braids daily, or every three days, but you have to have some cleanse routine in mind when you lock your hair away for 8 weeks. We say use diluted sulfate free shampoo* and wash your hair in sections to make it easier.
I do not wear extensions* often, but when I did, I co-washed and cleansed, remembering that my hair was still in there, and needed care. Spray your braids liberally, and cleanse in a downward motion, allowing the water to do the bulk of your washing, so that you can get rid of buildup, oils*, and toxins. Wash out all the shampoo, and condition as normal.