To begin, yes, I purposefully used the number two and then spelled it out.
I am still quite enamored with the wash and go, but since I’ve been wearing and styling it the same for a few months, I wanted to mix it up a bit. Over the past few weeks, instead of using my normal styling technique of smoothing my hair as I apply my styler, I decided to try the raking method. One major routine change, however, is that I must now section my hair into 5, count them 5!!!, sections due to increased length. This means I must also keep a water bottle handy to keep Katie sufficiently wet while styling. After I apply my styler, I shake my head rigorously to separate the curly clumps. Now, on to the raking method…
The raking method involves using your fingers or a comb/brush to comb through your hair while applying your styler. I only used my fingers. I used the same products I always do: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle condition for detangler and leave-in, shea butter mix as my sealer, and Eco-Styler Custard as my styler. I experienced good and bad with this method.
The good: super defined, bouncy, more separated/tighter curls. Since I did not alter my products, my hair still felt moisturized and pliable.
The bad: way too much manipulation for me/my hair. Katie was NOT amused. I noticed a lot more shedding using this method. Thank goodness they were entire strands and not partial breakage, but I was not pleased to see so much shedding. After two weeks of the raking method, I consider it a second detangle without the benefit of being dripping wet and covered in ample amounts of conditioner with slip! In two words, “no bueno!” Katie needs/loves to be detangled while sopping wet and drenched in conditioner with excellent slippery slippage, so this method is not for me. I have returned to the smoothing method.
Have you tried both methods? Which do you and your hair prefer? Let me know in the comments section.
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Smoothing (first three pics); Raking Method (last two)