Minimizing post-shampoo detangling works very very well for my very long hair, so Karen has graciously requested that I share this idea with all of you through the HairBoutique.com.
Before You Shampoo
First, before you shampoo, center part your hair, from your forehead, to the nape of your neck. Then part down the back of your head. This doesn't need to be precise.
Bring the hair forward off of your shoulders and brush each section thoroughly to ensure that there are no tangles.
In The Shower
In the shower, with your head upright, put your head directly under the nozzle (if possible!) to wet the hair nearest the scalp.
As the water starts to trickle down your hair, briefly smooth the water over each section of hair with your hands. This helps to keep the hair together and to ensure that your hair will remain as free of tangles as possible while wet.
When your hair is thoroughly wet, apply shampoo only on the hair nearest the scalp. It helps to tip your head slightly to the side you're shampooing. Gently work the hair into a lather around your scalp. I then use a much smaller amount of shampoo near the ends.
As you rinse, keep your head upright, and use your hands to smooth the outsides of your hair. I also use my fingers to do some gentle pre-detangling -- nothing too vigorous, though.
Apply and then rinse your conditioner keeping your head upright. I continue to do some gentle pre-detangling while rinsing.
After the shower, use your fist to squeeze the water from each section of your hair, starting from the ears and working your way to the ends. I repeat this process several times before and after the comb-out.
Most of the few tangles that exist are near the ends, which are the easiest ones to work through.
Washing Upside Down
Before I ever tried using this technique, I used to wash my hair "upside down," which made the shampooing process easy, but made detangling a real effort.
Employing the technique described above results in virtually no tangles, and greatly reduces the amount of time and effort spent detangling.
I was initially amazed at how easy it became to detangle my hair. Every time I wash my hair now, I smile, because I know the detangling will be done very quickly.
HairBoutique.com is very pleased to present our first hair tips article by Dave Decker, one of our original advisory board members. Dave has always been very willing to help HairBoutique.com be a better place to visit.
You can often find Dave contributing excellent hair care tips and information on the Hair Talk board. Dave is an excellent choice to provide tips on detangling long hair since his own hair is very long.
I know you will find Dave's tips very useful and they may save you the agony of future hair tangles. If you have additional hair detangling questions, be sure and post them to Dave on Hair Talk. I know he would love to share any other ideas he has.