Slip is everything . Slip refers to how lubricious the product makes your hair feel after applying. This is primarily used to describe hair products (i.e. daily conditioner, deep conditioner, or leave-in conditioner), which are usually applied during washing and detangling. The slipperier the product, the easier it is to run your fingers, a wide-tooth comb, or brush through your mane. If you have curly, wavy, or coily hair then you know this to be true because we tend to deal with tangles, snarls, and knots more so than our straighter-haired lovelies. 

Our coils bend, curl, and twirl around one another and create knots. You have to manipulate your strands in order to remove them and that can create damage from over manipulation if not done properly. According to The Natural Haven, the way to do that is to coat the trouble spots (knots, snarls, tangles) with either a hair conditioner that may have oil, silicones, or even mineral oil to help release the knot from your hair. These ingredients reduce the friction and help the tangles to be removed without breakage. Aside from the obvious, slip has even greater ways of helping your hair, routine, and even time-management! Check out the top four reasons why slip is important for the curlier textured divas.

1. Reduced wash time

Wash days tend to be rather long for those with curlier textures, and when most surpassed the TWA (teeny weeny afro) stage they begin to notice more fairy knots, tangles, and snarls. It is a pain to deal with on wash day, as you are not just cleansing your strands and scalp but detangling your hair too. Although slip is not essential for a product to be effective, I have noticed improvements.

Detangling is just removing the knots from your tresses, and for some it can take hours. That is why so many incorporate pre-poo and oil rinsing in their regimen because the slip makes the process smoother and quicker. With the right product you find your detangling sessions minimized by anywhere from 25% to 50%. Not sure which ingredients to look for? Read more about Ingredients for the Slip Addicted Naturalista.

2. Less breakage

No one should be tugging at their hair to remove knots and snarls, and if you are not using products with a lot of slip you might find yourself doing just that…tugging. That causes breakage! The best way to deal with a knot is to slather it with some good conditioner and rub the knot between your thumb and index to release it. This will greatly reduce breakage from the tension of detangling and releasing the shed hair from being entwine with the other hair. We all have shed hairs that must be removed and the easiest way to do so without yanking out non-shed hairs is to coat the hair and then comb or brush them out easily.

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3. Less application, save more products

I am not made of money and I assume neither are you, so you can appreciate saving a penny or two when it comes to hair products. A great conditioner with amazing slip will not require a generous application. No worries, there are cheaper ones and you do not have to break the bank to have them, but dumping a whole bottle of conditioner on your hair just to get rid of tangles means it does not have great slip.

A conditioner with great slip will work with a good amount but not a massive one. Yes, we will go through tons of conditioner as curlies, but that does not mean you need to go through an entire bottle or even half a bottle during wash day just to detangle. If so, then it is time to find another product. When you have great slip you use less product and you leave more pennies in your wallet.

4. Easier to create and maintain WNG

Many steer clear of the wash and go for fear of the dreaded fairy knots, tangles, and ever-lasting wash days. I am here to tell you that if you have the right products to detangle properly, quickly, and effortlessly, you will be more apt to rock that wash and go. Remember I am a wash and go queen 24/7, 365 days a year. Here is my Go-To Winter Wash and Go Routine for some guidance.

Is slip a must-have for your have products?