I often get emails asking how long it takes me to do the various hairstyles I post on my longnaturalhair.info blog, or how long it takes to detangle or straighten with the maxiglide. When I give my response, the person will either respond back asking how I manage to keep my styling times so low, or will say something that hints at disbelief of my answer.
I’m sick of this image of natural hair being this long, drawn out, arduous task that must be dealt with each day/week. I see youtube videos and blog posts of women who seem proud to say it takes them 9 hours to detangle, and 4 hours to wash their hair. It’s like a badge of honor, yet I also see videos of women who complain about it.
C’mon ladies!! Your hair does not have to be an all day event unless you want it to be. (Unless you’re henna-ing…that takes time!) Your hair is only as time consuming as you choose to make it.You can have a regimen and styling session that allows for you to get done in a reasonable amount of time and then go about the rest of your life.
A few ways to shorten your natural hair styling time:
- Part hair in less sections when washing/conditioning versus having a million small sections to deal with. You’ll still avoid major tangles.
- Keep sectioned hair in twists or buns versus clipped loosely. This helps to avoid additional tangles as well.
- Remove a few steps. No need to finger detangle, then use a wide tooth comb, then use a smaller tooth comb. Take out the step that serves your hair the least.
- Alter your upkeep. If you’re wearing a twistout, there’s no need to retwist your hair each night, you can use the pineapple technique (gathering hair loosely atop your head) instead.
- Choose styles that need less daily upkeep like twists or braids or styles that last up to a week
These are just a few ideas and of course the way you shorten your hairstyling time will vary from woman to woman. I urge you to consider ways that will work with your regimen and current styles that will reduce the time spent on your hair. Our hair is beautiful and does require some work to remain healthy, but it should not take over your entire weekend unless that’s your preferred way of spending your days.
How much time do you spend on your hair?
I first wrote/published this post on CurlyNikki.