Why twist-out when you can wash and go?

Eleanor J'adore - Why Twist-Out when you can Wash and Go?

After I posted this picture on my Facebook page yesterday, I was asked by one of my followers why is it that when I’m able to achieve a “good wash and go”, do I still do twist-outs on my hair. My immediate response was that constantly doing wash and gos causes more knotting and that I love the different look that a twist-out gives me.

After contemplating the question a bit further, I started wondering whether a notion does exist that says that if you can achieve a good wash & go, there’s not much point in doing twist-outs. And I suppose depending on your specific curl pattern the twist-out would typically be a more stretched out style as opposed to your own tighter curls and kinks.

Firstly, I’m thinking, what is a good wash & go? Does it mean your curls pop more? What about if you don’t have a naturally defined curl pattern? I happen to think that you can still achieve a good wash and go without having popping curls, but rather your natural hair looking its personal best whether it curls or not.

Eleanor J'adore - Why Twist-Out when you can Wash and Go?

More and more I’m seeing kinky-haired women without necessarily having an identifiable curl pattern do wash & gos. Simply look at BlackBeautyKween who has started rocking wash & gos like its nobody’s business. Or NaturalMe4C who does beautiful wash and gos on her kinky hair.

It’s all about mastering your own hair. And in my case, it took me a while to figure out how to my master my wash and go, which I published over here. It’s definitely a matter of playing around with different products to see which ones give you the best results, as well as experimenting with the technique  you use in applying said products.

Even though I love wearing wash and gos it’s just not practical for me to wear my hair this way everyday. Like I said before, the hair is more prone to tangling,  which does lead to more single strand knots. My reason for wearing twist-out styles also comes back to it simply looking beautiful. I love how a different curl pattern can change up my entire look. And isn’t that part of why we love wearing our hair natural, for the versatility of it?

I’d love to hear your opinion on this, so let me know in the comments section below.

Love your hair,

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Damp detangling VS Dry detangling natural hair

Eleanor J'adore - Damp detangling VS dry detangling natural hair

After having worn my hair in wash and go’s for 2 solid weeks, I was in need for a serious detangling session over the weekend. I usually detangle with coconut oil and conditioner, but for some reason I wanted to only use coconut oil and leave it in my hair overnight, as I know that coconut oil can really penetrate the strands deeply if left in the hair for a number of hours. Due to sheer laziness I ended up not doing it on Friday night, but found my myself holding my jar of coconut oil in front of the heater to melt it down somewhat on Saturday morning, ready to tackle the mane with oil only. I’d barely started when I stopped to ask myself why on earth I would think applying oil to my dry hair would be a good idea?

I know that there are many curly girls out there who detangle just with oil, and I thought that I wanted to get in on the action too, but alas, it was not for me. Here I summarised the reasons why damp detangling works so much better for me than dry detangling.

Damp Detangling

Conditioner / Water and Oil

  • The added moisture makes the hair softer and more pliable.
  • The softer hair allows for tangles to be worked through more easily.
  • Conditioner coats the hair strand and smooths the cuticle, providing slip, which makes it even easier to remove tangles.
  • I love how the combination of moisture (water and/or conditioner) and oil makes my hair feel.

Dry Detangling

Oil only

  • It can become painful if there are too many tangles and knots present.
  • It takes much longer to detangle the hair dry than damp.
  • If the hair is already quite dried out and brittle, it can lead to breakage.
  • I don’t like the feel of oil only on my hair.

Detangling is necessary for all naturals, whether you choose to do it with a comb, your fingers, a brush, or any of the nifty detangling tools on the market. And whether you choose to do it on dry, damp, or soaking wet hair is up to you, but I would definitely say that experimenting for yourself to see what you prefer is key. Ultimately the goal is to get get rid of as many tangles as possible without sacrificing length.

Do you detangle on damp or dry hair? If you detangle on dry hair please share some of your tips and tricks below.

Love your curls!

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How to save a not-so-great conditioner

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I’m sure I can’t be the only one who has ever been excited to try out a new product only to find that  it doesn’t do much for my hair. It’s not particularly bad, it’s just not particularly good either.

Currently I have two such products in my collection. The first is Palmer’s Coconut Oil Repairing Conditioner. I was looking forward to use this product for the first time as it does not contain any sulphates or parabens, you know, all the bad stuff. Unfortunately I found that it didn’t provide much moisture or any slip for effective detangling.

The second product is Aussie Mega Instant Conditioner. After having heard this product raved about so much, I was extremely disappointed when it didn’t do anything for me. My hair didn’t really feel moisturised after I left it in for a few minutes and again it didn’t provide any slip for detangling. What an anti-climax.

So instead of throwing these conditioners away (because that would be wasteful), I have come up with a few ways that I can still get some use out of them.

1. Use it as part of your pre-poo

Since a pre-poo treatment gets washed out anyway,  you can easily mix up some of the ‘dud’ conditioner with a dash of oil and a bit of water, and use this mixture as a pre-poo treatment. Not only will you have found a use for the product, but you won’t have to use your more effective, and often pricier, conditioners for the pre-poo.

2. Use it as a ‘quick conditioner’ before you apply your deep conditioner

As I wash my hair in 4 sections, I sometimes add a bit of the ‘dud’ conditioner to the just-shampooed section before I move on to wash the next section. This ensures that my hair isn’t left with the often dryish effect that shampoo can have, for any period of time. Once I’ve shampooed and conditioned each section, I’ll rinse out all the ‘dud’ conditioner after which I proceed to apply my deep conditioner.

3. Use the conditioner as a base for a deep conditioner

You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can turn your ‘dud’ conditioner purchase into a happy mistake, simply by adding some of your favourite oils,  honey and aloe vera juice.  To turn up the slip factor, add a lot of extra oil to ensure a  veritable spa session for your strands.

Has this ever happened to you? Comment below and let me know what you do with your not-so-great conditioners.

Love your hair!

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Detangling Natural Hair

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Detangling our natural hair is something we all have to come to grips with every time we plan on cleansing our hair, or creating  a new hairstyle. Depending on how you approach it, it can either be a painless and dare I say quick experience, or it can leave you with a brush full or broken hair and dashed dreams of reaching your hair length goals. Since detangling is key to removing shed hair and retaining length, here are my top tips for detangling your mane.

1. Work on stretched hair

I find it so much easier to detangle my hair when it’s in a stretched state, such as an old braid-out, twist-out or even a bun. It makes it possible for any tangles and matted sections to separate easier than when it’s in its original curl.

2. Divide hair into sections

I divide my hair into 4 sections, and work on 1 section at a time, while I keep the other sections twisted or pinned up. Trying to work on all your hair at once can lead to one tangled up situation and before you know it, you’ll have more tangles than what you started out with. You know that saying “divide and conquer”? Well it’s never been more fitting than for this scenario.

3. Detangle on damp hair

For the sake of manageability, I never detangle on dry hair. I simply take my spray bottle and mist my hair with a bit of water to make my hair more malleable, which decreases the chances of breakage.

4. Add a lubricating oil

Work your favourite oil into your hair as you detangle. This will provide slip to your hair that will make detangling easier and help to slip hair strands out of any knots you may have. It will also help to slide your detangling tools through your hair.

5. Apply conditioner

If you prefer your hair to be quite wet during detangling, apply your conditioner that provides the most slip. Often a combination of oil and conditioner create a dream platform for quick detangling.

6. Choose finger detangling over brushing or combing

If your hair is very fine or prone to breakage I would definitely consider tossing the  brushes and combs in the bin. Although it’s more time consuming, finger detangling has worked wonders for me by allowing me to retain my length. At the most I’ll use a wide-tooth comb, and that’s only occasionally. When you use your fingers, you can actually feel the knots and tangles,  as opposed to using brushes and combs, which can lead to tugging and pulling and eventually breakage.

7. Start from your roots

I detangle by holding a section of my hair in my hands, pushing my thumbs through the strands, and gently pulling the tangles apart all the way to the ends. If you use a comb or brush, I recommend starting from the bottom and working your way up.

8. Cut knots out

If you have a knot that you can’t undo no matter the amount of water, oil and conditioner you’ve added, cut it out with a pair of hair scissors.  I always hate having to do this, but rather a little snip than risk even more of the surrounding strands becoming entwined in the knot. Also, resist the urge to just pull the hair out.

I do a major detangling session as part of my pre-poo before I cleanse my hair, so I’m killing two birds with one stone. It usually takes me half an hour. Even though my hair was shorter a year ago, it actually took me much longer to detangle back then as I was still trying to figure out the best way to go about it. Since then I have managed to cut down on my detangling time by  incorporating these techniques and keeping my hair detangled throughout the week, so by the time wash day rolls around it’s not such a dramatic affair.

I’ll end by saying that whether it takes you 15 minutes or 3 hours to detangle, patience has to be your middle name. If you try and hurry the process, your hair is going to end up everywhere except on your head. Rather leave it for a bit and come back to it later when you have more time.

How do you detangle your hair?