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Sunday, January 17, 2010

The key to combing natural hair - SPRITZ!!!

I've been approached several times in the past by people stating that there were unable to comfortably comb their natural hair.

The key to combing natural hair is to NEVER comb it dry.

I recommend that you comb your hair with a wide tooth comb after it has been freshly washed and loaded with either a moisturizing conditioner for detangling or a leave-in conditioner and moisturizer (post detangling) in preparation for a styling session.

But, if you want to comb your hair while dry, the key is to use a spritz to reset your hair. I use a spritz mix of natural conditioner, castor oil, and water.

I separate my hair with the tail end of a styling tool such as a rat tail comb, pick or application brush. If I encounter a tangle during the process, I gently remove it using my fingers.

My recipe for a homemade spritz mix includes:

A 8 oz spray bottle (Walmart/Target Health Care Section)
2 tbsp Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose Conditioner
2 tbsp Castor Oil
Warm Water
10 drops of essential oil (optional)

You can add more conditioner or oil based on your preference. Many people prefer distilled water but I prefer warm tap warm because it helps the products blend. Essential oils can be added if preferred for fragrance, as a preservative, or for use of their growth stimulating properties. The conditioner itself contains perservatives so if I add essential oils it's usually for fragrance or growth stimulation. If you are looking for growth stimulants, peppermint, rosemary, and ylang ylang are all touted to stimulate growth.

Updated 1/24/2010: One of my FAVORITE Bloggers, JC of The Natural Haven, has posted to articles that that you should view. Check them out!

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  1. I just bought Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil and Lemon Eucalyptus oil. I reused my body spray bottles and filled with watere and essential oil for re-sets or hydration. I also jus made a really awesome shea butter potion for hair and body. Its not heavy on my hair or greasy on my skin. Its really simple! I don' know the exace measurements, I eyeballed it all! Shea butter, Jojba oil, Black jamaican castor oil, Coconut creame concentrate, coconut oil and grapefruit oil and the lemon eucalyptus oil. The scent is very light! Love your blog!

  2. Great, Great tips. Lately, I've been adjusting my spritz, very similiar to this.
    Thanks a bunch for sharing your tips, you are such a inspiration,!!! ( smiles)

  3. Hi Melanie and zainab1.

    No worries Melanie. I welcome all comments. I do the same when rushing. lol

    Zanaib1, thanks for being a loyal follower. I've been so slack with the blog the last part of the year and feel terrible about it.

  4. Hi Kinky Rhonnie,

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog!

  5. I recently tried AOHSR for the first time and love it. Gonna try your spritz receipe.

  6. @ the natural food store, I picked up some coconut oil & chatted a bit about castor oil. I really know castor oil as something that people take. Have you tried any other oil like jojoba, coconut or olive oil?

  7. This is definitely a good suggestion. I always find that it's best to comb hair while it's wet with conditioner. however I do sometimes comb my hair when it is dry, provided it is stretched (not shrunken) and has a moisturiser in it.

  8. stopping through to thank you for stopping by my blog!...Don't be a stranger!!..LOL!!

  9. Hi Akiko,

    You can use any oil that you choose. Yes people do take castor oil as an internal aid but it is also great for sore muscles.

    It is also proven to grow hair so try it if you ever see breakage. I discovered it for hair when I participated in a growth challenge on hairlista. You can view my growth results at http://kinkyrhonnie.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-castor-oil-challenge-results-were.html.

  10. Thanks for linking my blog! I definitely agree - spritz it!

  11. wonder i hope im making sense.
    .Yes we easily can get natural shampoo (its everywhere..both online and in stores).i luv the company..i literally nearly torn
    when i found out i couldn't use its medicated hair loss shampoo (cause it has natural herbs which works)...so..i only use it in extreme situations like when my hair is too messy.
    I know .finally walk down the streets with my healthy new hairs i use so much shampoo but i have thick hair that's very currrly.

    Iht9, the thriven will be for my mom, were both heavy users when it comes to this shampoo..our hair just enjoy it up.

    she had a gud success with acacia concinna i mean truly guud results.but the problem with it, it smells great. i literally transformed.

  12. I always find that it's best to comb hair while it's wet with conditioner.I picked up some coconut oil & chatted a bit about castor oil.
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  14. This was a really quality post. In theory I'd like to write like this too - taking time and real effort to make a good article... but what can I say... I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.

  15. Spritzing is key. I always tell people that.

  16. This is very education for the hair. Learning hair care to protect the hair makes alot of sense.

  17. I like this mix and will try it out. Check out my site and let me know what you think. I have a natural hair site I am running.

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