But while I stretch I don't want to lose my progress by avoiding water or suffering from excessive matting and tangling. So I adopted this method of washing my hair. When I was doing 16-18 week stretches in 2013, I washed my hair in sections, just diving my hair into four sections and using clips to separate the hair. Then I would take out the clip, shampoo or DC that section before clipping it back up and moving to the next one. This worked pretty well, and I had minimal tangling and breakage, although it was starting to become a bit difficult thanks to the increasing amount of texlaxed hair that I have.
This year, with the amount of new growth I have and the length of my hair, using clips wasn't working too well. So I decided to adopt an old hair forum classic, and start washing my hair in box braids. I am telling you this method is amazeballs!!!! It is just the clip method, only on steroids. What I do is basically plait 8 box braids using my hair only. Then, I just do my entire wash day in the box braids. I only take them down after I have rinsed out the DC and t-shirt dried for a bit and then comb detangle. Zero fuss, minimal breakage, minimal tangling, and very happy hair. The washing in box braids also makes it easier to access the scalp, especially when you have really dense new growth that is hard to get through. This way, you can ensure your scalp is clean and is the optimum environment for healthy hair growth, while the use of box braids lowers the manipulation of the actual hair. Simple and perfect!!!
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