Washing hair only when in twists?

I've been growing out my hair with extensions for about 3 years and it's about 10 - 12 inches. Definitely 4b, extremely coily, and tangles like no one's business :-/.

I've never let my hair out before and I figured it was about time. It has been such a mess! It took me forever to detangle. I have them twisted up, and I don't know what to do next.

I'm happy that my hair is finally free, but frustrated since I really had to cut out knots and felt like I broke a lot of my hair off just to get a simple comb through a piece of hair.

I'm wondering if it is fine to just co-wash my hair in twists? I'm worried that it'll get tangled if I just do it in 4 sections. Forget finger combing. I think my curls are too coily for that.

So tempted to BC right now... If anyone has any product recommendations to soften the hair, please let me know.
You should definitely check out the 4a/b Guide there are also many threads on things to soften 4b hair. Try searching through the 4b and 4a section. Maybe you need to do a deep conditioning treatment. You can also try only detangling your hair when it is covered in conditioner, then rinsing out the conditioner and following with a cowash. This may help to stop the tangling that you're afraid of.

I also have 4b hair and I recently started using Aubrey organics white camelia conditioner and it has definitely made my hair softer. I also use Qhemet Biologics amla and olive heavy cream as a leave in and it makes my hair really soft. Now... my hair was extra extra extra extra dry so it means a lot that these products are making my hair soft lol I hope you find what you need
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I wash my hair in twists during the week. I don't see why it would hurt your hair any.
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Washing your hair in twists can be a good idea. I would just caution to try washing it once and twists and take down and see how it is. For many people, washing in twists and leaving them to dry, esp. doing it multiple times, causes the hair to mat up and the twists to be difficult to undo.
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I wash my hair while twisted all the time; once per week. I lose more hair when I don't. I wash my scalp with a natural mild shampoo and co-wash my hair.
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My Routine.
Weekly Cleansers: Co-Wash - Suave Coconut or Yes to Cucumbers and Trader Joe's Nourish Spa. Giovanni 50-50 poo on scalp only.
Moisturizers: Mix of Giovanni Direct with AO Honey Suckle; KCKT; Jamaican Castor Oil, water.
Sealers: My whipped raw shea butter/oil blend.
Scalp Oil: Jojoba, Rosemary, Horsetail, Burdock Root, Aloe Vera Gel
Hairstyle: Protective.

Henndigo occasionally.
I've been reading the 4a/b thread and I have already stocked up on some of the products mentioned. I guess it's just time for me to experiment and see what happens...

I was hoping to wash my hair in twists at night, take down them dry in the morning, and use some kind of moisturizing cream to keep them soft during the day.

Since my hair has been braided up in extensions for so long, I'm pretty sure my hair has to get used to the products.

If any one else has advice or hairstyling tips, I'm all ears.
Mini-update:

Okay, so Sta-Sof-Fro has greatly softened up my hair (I'm seriously thinking my hair just needs to adjust to being out) to the point where I have to cornrow my hair to NOT touch it :-D

The cornrows look a bit bootleg (and took forever) since it was my first try.

I also don't think I'll wash my hair in twists again since the roots were matted. I'm pretty sure my hair is the type to get quickly loc'ed.
Mini-update:

Okay, so Sta-Sof-Fro has greatly softened up my hair (I'm seriously thinking my hair just needs to adjust to being out) to the point where I have to cornrow my hair to NOT touch it :-D

The cornrows look a bit bootleg (and took forever) since it was my first try.

I also don't think I'll wash my hair in twists again since the roots were matted. I'm pretty sure my hair is the type to get quickly loc'ed.
Originally Posted by frogirl
Did you try and manipulate your hair while dry? Were you trying to do a twist out? I wash my twists and detangle/condition/re-twist while it is still wet, one at a time.
http://public.fotki.com/aricurl/
PW: twelve

My Routine.
Weekly Cleansers: Co-Wash - Suave Coconut or Yes to Cucumbers and Trader Joe's Nourish Spa. Giovanni 50-50 poo on scalp only.
Moisturizers: Mix of Giovanni Direct with AO Honey Suckle; KCKT; Jamaican Castor Oil, water.
Sealers: My whipped raw shea butter/oil blend.
Scalp Oil: Jojoba, Rosemary, Horsetail, Burdock Root, Aloe Vera Gel
Hairstyle: Protective.

Henndigo occasionally.
Mini-update:

Okay, so Sta-Sof-Fro has greatly softened up my hair (I'm seriously thinking my hair just needs to adjust to being out) to the point where I have to cornrow my hair to NOT touch it :-D

The cornrows look a bit bootleg (and took forever) since it was my first try.

I also don't think I'll wash my hair in twists again since the roots were matted. I'm pretty sure my hair is the type to get quickly loc'ed.
Originally Posted by frogirl

Hey in case you haven't already checked it out: http://cnappymenow.com is a great site for cnappyies aka cotton naps (4B whatever). She has some good tips in her washing section like banding hair so it doesn't shrink up (making it harder to detangle).

MY DETANGLING TECHNIQUE:
1. If you have a feeling hair is going to be very tangled, pre detangle which consists of spraying a leave in condish with slip onto worst spots and working them out gently. This removes the worst of the knots without soaking them which can cuase them to dreadlock. I didn't do this once after having hair in braids for a couple of months, I ended up with a giant knot that loced and I ended up just having to cut out.

1. Soak your hair completely in shower.

2. Apply a slippery conditioner liberally throughout. You can do this before or after shampooing. Don't be stingy, your hair needs lots of product.

3. I start with finger combing, I find a wide tooth comb can be too harsh. But I finish with a comb. Always start at bottom and work your way up to the roots. Do not go from roots to tips as this will cause breakage, tangles, and pain. Take your time, your hair is very fragile which is why it should only be detangled when wet with conditioner. Do throughour until completely detangled.

4. Wash out conditioner, apply leave in conditioner.

5. You know your hair best. I wouldn't let it dry fully loose, at least put in a a few twists to avoid shrinkage and take out when dried. I would put your into protective hair style most days if it's prone to tangles. You can leave hair out but make sure it has a leave in moisturizer in it.

Oh and my hair likes to loc too. I would avoid single strand twists, palm rolls, finger coils, whatever you call them I don't do them anymore. At least not until I am ready for locs. My hair instantly wants to cling together and not let go.



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aricurl, after i had twisted my hair from detangling (shiver...) i decided to do a co-wash with the twists in to see what would happen. I did this in the morning so I let it air dry and slept on it at night. Checked in the morning, roots were matted and the twisted hair was sticking close together.

Not bad enough that I couldn't use a spray to get them apart, but good enough for me to know that I'm probably going to co-wash, detangle, and retwist when wet.

Too bad this didn't work since I'm hella lazy and would love to just wash and go in twists. Oh well.
And thanks Kinky Keeper! I'm definitely going to try this the next wash day (probably tomorrow since these cornrows definitely need to be redone).

I saw finger coils and I knew instantly that they were NOT for me. Talk about instant locs.

And the cnapp site is amazing! I know about Nappturality and what not, but for whatever reason the posts are a pain to read because I have to click on each individual reply instead of having all of the messages flow on one page (like here).

I'm now on the hunt for the perfect leave-in and protective styles!
And thanks Kinky Keeper! I'm definitely going to try this the next wash day (probably tomorrow since these cornrows definitely need to be redone).

I saw finger coils and I knew instantly that they were NOT for me. Talk about instant locs.

And the cnapp site is amazing! I know about Nappturality and what not, but for whatever reason the posts are a pain to read because I have to click on each individual reply instead of having all of the messages flow on one page (like here).

I'm now on the hunt for the perfect leave-in and protective styles!
Originally Posted by frogirl
The formatting issue on NP can happen periodically to a person. Just clear your cookies. That'll reset everything and you'll be able to see the board normally then.
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Clearing the cookies worked! Thanks mwedzi :-D
I've cowashed in twists and braids (about 10)..no problems. Once I didn't rinse quite enough and had a little residue when I took them out for a 'fro but nothing major.

I think it's great to control tangling. I also feel calmer being able to take it section by section as it grows out too.
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Mwedzi made a good video on this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfSL3...e=channel_page

Learn something new everyday. I am definitely trying this technique soon (finger coiling and two strand twisting simultaneously) by finger coiling then two strand twisting then finger coiling then two strand twisting all the way down. Becuase even though I know I said my hair likes to hold onto single strand twists (finger coiling, etc) this technique would have a lot of benefits if I can make it work.

1. Showing length, been looking for something to make my twists show length.

2. I have noticed recently I have gotten quite a few tangles from twisting, and then lost some length. And if I wanted to wash my hair in twists, don't even think it. Letting them dry in twists would have been instant locs. But I am ever looking for techniques that can help me avoid single strand knots from washing so this could be it. The reason behind this technique makes sense to me, keeping the strands from one side of twists from mingling with the other side.

3. This has gotta create an interesting twist out.

Plus it might not be so bad becuase it's not really finger coiling all the way down. If your hair doesn't mind finger coils you can even try two finger coils and then twist them together I imagine. So overall good video, will definitely try it.


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