Nappy Quick Tips
If you’re like me, you’ve had a lot of “aha” moments with your hair over the years…discovering little things here and there that make managing and styling your hair a tad bit easier.
Over time, these little tips add up and before you know it, taking care of your is just no big deal.
Well for the most part, that’s where I am in my journey, and this topic will be devote to sharing my Nappy Quick Tips with all of you. Some of them will be my own discoveries and I’ll also be scouting out and posting good tips that I find from various sources around the Internet. If it makes sense, I’ll post here, and give credit where due. So be sure and check back from time to time for a Nappy Quick Tip that may just rock your world!
Also, this can work both ways. If you try something and it works leave a note and let us know. All posts on Nappturology 101 are reviewed prior to publication, and I reserve the right to edit or not post it if your tip is redundant, inappropriate or just not good sound nappy advice. In addition, keep it brief…remember it’s a Nappy Quick Tip.
Thanks in advance for your feedback and participation!
Challenge: Keeping ends of twists together or defined. Or ends coming loose and turning into fuzzy balls that are hard to detangle.
Solution: Use a strong holding gel just on the ends. It will act as glue to hold them together as well as help them stay defined and help prevent them from turning into a massive fuzz ball that you’ll have to pick a part later.
Challenge: Taking your twists down without tearing your hair out and causing the ends to knot up.
Solution: Bottoms UP! Don’t rip your twists apart from the top down. Be patient and take them loose from the bottom up. If you run into hairs that are totally wrapped around some hair, pull single strands up and through until all the hairs are free. You may still end up with a couple of strands that are knotted that may need to be CUT, not snapped off. But you’ll save far more hair than you loose if you undo your twists from the bottom up.
Challenge: Keeping a twisted style looking fresh.
Solution: Wear a style as long as you like by doing spot touch ups between washings. Choose an area to work on and take down your twists one-by-one. Use your fingers to detangle and get out shed hair. Remoisturize and twist your hair back up. No need to do the whole head again until after your next wash.
Challenge: Washing twists without massive tangling.
Solution: When you’re ready to wash, try leaving your twists in tact, and get out an old toothbrush (soft bristles) and your favorite sulfate-free cleanser. Apply it directly to your scalp like you’re greasing it and then use a gently brush your parts in the direction your hair is going into the twists. Make sure not to brush back and forth as this will roughen up your hair. Then put band your twists and wet your hair. Gently queeze the cleaner through your hair. Then rinse. Skip the conditioner and go straight for your moisturizer. Take your hair down twist by twist, detangle, moisturize and twist back up.
Challenge: Untangling those pesky multi-strand knots.
Solution: First saturate it with something that will give your hair adequate slippage. It can be your favorite moisturizer or detangling spray. Then try loosening with a straight pin or a safety pin. Next, try to gently pull your strands out of the knot one-by-one. This will really take some patience. Get as much hair out of the knot as possible. You may not save every strand, but it beats the alternative of having to cut the entire knot out and loosing precious length.
The next four tips are courtesy DivaforLife on BlackHairPlanet.com
Challenge: Keeping hair strong and healthy
Solution: Never wear hair styles that are too tight. Some of the hairstyles that are too tight include braids, weaves and ponytails. Also, wearing braided hair or weaved hair for too long can cause a condition called traction alopecia. That’s a condition where over time, the follicles have been pulled so much that they eventually stop producing hair. In many instances the hair lose can be permanent.
Challenge: Minimizing damage from blow dryers
Solution: Direct heat on hair is never a good idea. But if you must blow dry, keep the appliance in constant motion and use the lowest temperature setting whenever possible.
Challenge: Preventing damage when styling and grooming
Solution: Get rid of any styling tools that are broken. This includes everything from the comb with the broken teeth or a brush with broken bristles that can snap the hair. Include hair accessories as well. That favorite plastic side comb with the broken or chipped tooth that you’ve been using to hold your hair back has really got to go!
Challenge: Choosing napp friendly hair bands
Solution: Make sure your bands are in good shape and don’t have exposed rubber and are not held together by metal that can catch your hair and cause breakage. If possible, take them off the same way you put them on, by unlooping the band from around your hair instead of just pulling them off. This will prevent your hair from wrapping around the band and getting snagged in your hair.
Challenge: Minimizing breakage while combing and brushing hair
Solution: Everytime you attempt to detangle with a comb or a brush, always take your hair in small sections and start from the ends and work your way to your scalp. Never, ever begin by tearing your way from the scalp to the tips. You’re certainly asking for trouble if you comb or brush your hair from the top down.