Banding and Shampooing
Ok…ya know what? Earlier this summer, I had an ephiphany about my hair. I discovered that it was long. I’ve been so busy trying to obtain length, that somehow I missed the fact that I’ve got it. The top now stretches about two inches below my chin. The back and sides now stretches below my armpits. I’ve said this before, that is a rather yucky way to describe one’s length but it does indeed give you an instant visual. See Breakage, Growth and Progress for a related story.
Anyway, about two months ago, I was in someone’s hair album, I think it was Pebbles (those of you from NP will know who that is) and she was banding her hair prior to shampooing in order to minimize shrinkage and therefore tangles. (Ok…I think it was Pebbles). It took me a while but if finally clicked that I should be doing that as well because it would definitely make shampooing my hair a much easier endeavor.
So four weeks ago (the last time I shampooed prior to this time) I tried it. I cannot tell you how happy I was with the results. My hair was practically tangle free once I was finished and it cut the time I spent on the shampoo process down considerably. So, this time, I decided to share the entire experience you all.
Now, I say this is for long hair, but I would think that technique would work for anyone that has enough length that makes shampoo/condition and detangling process a nightmare. That’s what it was becoming like for me. Thank goodness, I saw this in someone’s album because really, it had gotten to the point that I absolutely hated having to shampoo my hair. Thanks to this banding technique, I don’t dislike having to do it anymore.
If you’re doing your hair in the sink, part the sections and band them along the length of each section. Don’t put the bands on too tight or too close to your scalp because you’ll need to be able to get up under the bands to clean your scalp. But if they’re too loose, you’ll wash they’ll slide off of your hair. You’ll just have to experiment. I always end up with at least one of them washing out in the sink. In that case I just put them back on.
How many bands you use on each section will depend on the length of your hair. I put three on each section. One near the scalp, one in the middle and one on the end. I actually shampooed at my friends house so she could take pics for me and forgot to bring all of my bands. So in the back I just did the best I could with only one band on each section. It turned out fine. Try to make the ones in the back point more toward the top of your head if you’re shampooing in the sink. If you’re doing it in the shower, then you’ll want them to point down.
Now wet your entire head down. I’m usually just rinsing all of the product out of my hair. All I use is Proline Comb Thru Lite Creme Moisturizer. It’s water based and rinses out very easily. Once the water runs clear, I apply the shampoo.
Ok…I’m done. You can see how my hair is trying to shrink up, but hahahahah…I’ve out smarted it. Now it’s time to condition.