Revised Pre-Poo and Finger Detangling Regimen

pre-poo regiment

After 43 years of life on this earth, I’ve had some serious trials and tribulations when it comes to my hair. I’ve fried it, dyed it and almost crucified it.  It’s a wonder I have any hair to this day. Fortunately, it all starts new right out of the scalp and over time if you haven’t damaged your hair follicles, your hair will forgive you.

One of the most critical components of any hair care regimen is detangling. You can’t wash your hair before detangling it. Well, you can but the results would be less than stellar and the risk of breakage is increased. You also can’t style your hair without detangling it.

Over the years I’ve detangled my hair dry and wet – with combs, brushes and with my fingers. What I’ve learned is that my fine hair is better cared for with finger detangling. Finger detangling reduces the risk of breakage because you can better feel the tangles in your hair, causing you to be more gentle with it.  Using a comb to detangle your hair could cause avoidable breakage because since you can’t feel the tangles, you use the comb to rip right through it. Not good if you are trying to maintain length.

The products you decide to finger detangle with are also as important as the finger detangling process.

vatika oil and curl enhancing smoothing

I finger detangling and pre-poo simultaneously. I used to use Vatika coconut oil to accomplish both.  I really love Vatika oil. It helps add slip to the detangling process. It also helps protect your hair from damage caused by water “weakening”, known as hygral fatigue.

I’ve since made some changes to how I finger detangle my hair.  Here’s the new process:

  1. Section hair in 4 (8 when hair is severely tangled)
  2. Apply Vatika oil to the section being worked on followed by a little Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (new)
  3. Beginning at the ends of a section of hair, I begin to finger detangle working up to the center of hair.
  4. Then, I reverse the finger detangling direction and work from the roots down.
  5. After thoroughly detangling the section, I finish it off with a loose plait (braid) and clip it up out of the way

The reason I added Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie to the process is because it helps make my hair virtually tangle free after washing. It also helps restore a lot of my curl which tends to loosen throughout the week. It’s funny too because when I initially reviewed a number of Shea Moisture products, I was not really impressed with the smoothie. As it turns out, I’m not a fan of it for styling (UPDATE: That’s changed too! Love it for a wash and go and to set damp twists) but for finger detangling, it’s the bomb.

finger detangled hair

Using the Vatika Oil to pre-poo is helpful but adding the smoothie was like adding a meltable butter to my hair. This greatly increased the detangling process.

How do you detangle your hair?

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Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

9 thoughts on “Revised Pre-Poo and Finger Detangling Regimen

  1. I still need to get this vatika oil… I havent seen it in the stores where I am and Im too cheap to get it online lol! Somebody needs have another give away lol

    1. ha ha guuuuuuurl. I just may. I buy mine online but I do get a lot of other stuff with it so that’s why the shipping doesn’t bother me.

      Ok ok look out for a give away SOON

  2. Finger Detangler for Life!!! LOL!! But girl, my friend who is in the cosmetics industry just made me really re-think continuing to use Vatika oil. It has TBHQ (t-butyl hydroquinone), which is a very toxic chemical she said:(. I knew that it wasn’t good because someone told me about it many, many months ago. And, it has sooooo many good things in it and that is in the last two ingredient, so I didn’t worry about it. But now I’m nervous about it because she is in the industry and said it’s so bad. I have 4 bottles under the sink! But, I may start just using VCO instead (why am I thinking though, let me finish these bottles off first though?). *sigh*

    1. Shelli noooooooooooooooooooo really??????? My heart is broken. I love the stuff. But guess what I have a little left and I was about to re-up so I guess there will be a revised pre-poo regimen AGAIN post LOL

      maybe we should write the co. and tell them to take it out!

      I have a brand new bottle of VCO that I was using to make my Whipped Shea Butter so I guess I’ll use that and get whatever coconut oil is on sale at Whole Foods going forward.

      Thanks for the heads up

      Oh and I’m with you on using up those 4 bottles. smh

      1. Okay, I had to research some more, because my heart was breaking! And guess what? We can breathe a sigh of relief!! The ingredient in Vatika oil is T-BUTLY hydroquinone (TBHQ). It is a preservative with a 2 rating in the cosmetics database (0-2 rating is a low hazard)!!

        http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/search.php?query=T-BUTYL+HYDROQUINONE

        Now, hydroquinone alone is 10 (high hazard)!!!

        http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/search.php?query=hydroquinone

        So, we are good!!!! Wooh!!

          1. IKR?!?!? I was giving them to myself too!! Sorry!! LOL!! But, at least we’ll know if anyone asks us about it in the future!!!

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