1. Depending on the length of your mane, braid it in firm sections all over your head, making sure to pass the wide tooth comb* through each section before braiding to release any shed hairs.
Thicker natural hair should have more braid sections than relaxed hair, you will find that 16-20 braids will work best at keeping the hair free from tangles but providing enough of a surface area to get you hair squeaky clean!
You can use a few drops of the natural hair oil* for each section to prepare the hair for the wash and prevent the dryness that some shampoos can cause.
2. If your tresses are very kinky* or curly naturally, you can braid all the way to the ends as the texture will hold your braid even when wet.
If you are relaxed, texlaxed, texturized or transitioning the braid will not hold when wet so apply a rubber band firmly about 1 inch from the end of the locks. Don’t worry; there will be no breakage if the rubber band is applied in this manner!
3. Proceed to wash you hair in these braids with your usual shampoo then deep condition your mane as usual.
4. Rinse your hair under plenty of running water in the shower to get all the conditioner out.
5. It might be to your advantage to use a spray leave in and heat protectant* here as it’s easier to apply to the wet braids but if you are careful, you can just as successfully use a creamy leave in and heat protectant* serum concentrating on one braid at a time to get even coverage.
6. Sit under a hooded dryer* for 40 minutes to an hour to ensure your hair is thoroughly dry.
7. Dealing with one section at a time, use a pair of scissors to snip one strand of the rubber band so it can come off easily. Don’t attempt to roll or pull the rubberband out of the hair as it will cause breakage. Undo the braid, it will be textured but quite tangle free and if your tresses are natural, your hair will already be ‘pre-stretched’.
8. At this stage, you can apply a bit more heat protecting serum to you strands and comb it through carefully. No need to blow dry here as the hair is already stretched and the purpose of this method is to avoid excessive manipulation.
9. Straightening your strands with your flat iron* or pressing comb to get the desired results.
You will be glad to see the back of that usual ‘ball of hair’ that you get after each detangling session and with this method of washing, unnecessary hair breakage will be a thing of the past!