Hair Steaming & Detangling with Glycerin | Wash Day Experience

Last updated on October 18th, 2018 at 07:37 pm

wash day experience

This wash day I’m trying something new. I was reluctant to participate in this week’s link up hosted by Saving Our Strands and Just Grow Already because I don’t have any new products nor do I have any new hairstyles I want to try.

Then it dawned on me that the topic doesn’t say it has to be using new products or trying a new hairstyle. It can be anything new as it pertains to healthy hair care. Duh!

So, for wash day this week I decided to try a couple of new techniques. One new technique I’ve been intrigued with trying (shared on Just Grow Already) is finger detangling my hair with a mix of water and glycerin before applying my pre-poo. The second technique that’s new to me is to steam my hair after applying my leave in conditioner.

Wash Day Products:

  • Glycerin
  • Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Cleansing Conditioner
  • Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner
  • Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothing
  • Jojoba Oil

Technique #1: Finger Detangling with Water + Glycerin

glycerine for hair

In a plastic spray bottle, I mixed glycerin and water 3 to 1 in favor of water. Then, I finger detangled my hair in sections. Since this is a new technique for me, I decided to work in smaller sections – 6 total.

I initially planned to wash my hair shortly after but I wound up washing the following day. When I went to apply my coconut oil to pre-poo, my hair was super detangled #winning

Technique #2: Steaming after Applying a Leave In

qredew steamer and leave in conditioner

I used the Q-Redew Handheld Hair Steamer to quickly steam my hair. I wasn’t looking for a long steaming session so I simply clipped up my freshly washed and conditioned hair into 4 sections and steamed each section after applying my staple leave in conditioner: Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave in Conditioner.

After just a few minutes of steaming my hair (about 1 minute on each section), I then proceeded to seal all of that wonderful moisture in with a fine haired natural’s most friendly oil: Jojoba.

Here’s a short video that includes me demo’ing the process:


Trying these two new-to-me techniques has taught me:

  1. I can enjoy the benefits of glycerin year round by simply utilizing it for it’s wonderful slip. When using the glycerin to finger detangle, I don’t have to worry about the dew point outdoors. (the dew point determines if moisture is draw from the environment into your hair or the other way around).
  2. Steaming can be done successfully to impart moisture to the hair both before and after the wash process.

After all my detangling, pre-pooing, cleansing, and conditioning, I styled my hair in a wash and go using one of my fave’s, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothing. I love how this product can transform my wet curly hair into fluffy curly hair once it’s dry.

wash and go on fine natural hair wet and dry

The Wash Day Experience

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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Janice

    Hi @Michelle are you still using the glycerin to detangle your hair?

    1. Michelle Smith

      Hi Janice

      Nope. It seems my hair has gotten a bit more manageable with my regular use of herbs 🙂

  2. Sandra

    Your curls are so pretty! I’ve never tried glycerin on my hair before.
    I love Shea Moisture and there’s so much to choose from so I’m yet to try the Curl Enhancing Smoothie.
    Beautiful results.

    Naija girl next door

    1. Michelle

      Thank you! The new SM smoothie contains glycerine in it.

      You have to be careful with glycerin. It can suck the moisture right out of your hair depending on the dew point where you live. For that reason. Lot of ladies just steer clear of glycerin

  3. Michelle M

    I love the idea of using glycerin to detangle.

    1. Michelle

      It definitely stepped up my detangling game. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Michelle

      Thank you and yes! I have so much glycerin and I wasn’t using it so I definitely will do this technique again

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