Video: How to Take Down a Child’s Natural Hairstyle without Breakage

(Last Updated On: March 22, 2015)
By DiscoveringNatural

For several years, whenever I undo my daughters’ cornrows/flat twists/ braids, my comb is filled with hair. Not shedded hair, which are hairs that have a white bulb at the ends,  but broken hair. Hair breakage is not a good thing when you are trying to grow your child’s hair.

To help minimize breakage during the take down period, you have to be very gentle with the hair. Here is one DO NOT that has helped me a lot:

  • DO NOT take down your child’s hair when you are in a rush

When you are in a rush, you are more prone to pull at the hair and cause breakage.

Tools for taking down the hair

There are three main tools that you will need during the take down process:

  • Rat tail Comb:  I prefer the one with a metal end because it can easily get through the notch of each cornrow better than plastic tailed comb.
  • Wide Tooth Comb:  If you do not want to use a wide tooth comb, you can finger detangle. Click here to learn how to do this.
  • Detangling spray/product: I make my own using a mixture of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Conditioner, and Water.

Starting the take down process
When taking down the hair, lightly spray it with the detangling mix. This will keep the hair a little damp and minimize breakage. Remember, the drier the hair, the more likely it will break upon pulling. Watch the video below to see how I undo my daughter’s cornrows.

If the hair is in twists, you can easily unravel it using the method below:

How do you take down your child’s hair?

About Sola

Sola is the mother of two natural hair girls, known to all, as “Big Sis” and “Lil Sis”. She is a blogger and advocate for helping parents with caring for their children’s hair and also their own hair. Sola is passionate about helping other people discover what being natural is, hence why her blog and YouTube channel is known as “DiscoveringNatural”. She enjoys spending time with her family and sharing life experiences with her friends, family and YouTube friends on her vlog channel, “DNVlogsLife”. Sola’s natural hair journey started with one year of transitioning. She had already transitioned her older daughter the year prior and was fully equip with doing so herself. The information she gathered during this time was valuable in educating others following the same path to returning to being natural. As of November 2013, Sola has been two years natural, however, the amount of knowledge she has learnt from this journey has been enormous. Her goal is to help others have a successful natural hair journey, and also teach parents how to manage their children’s natural hair.

1 comment on “Video: How to Take Down a Child’s Natural Hairstyle without Breakage

  1. I don’t have a child, but I usually do my braids chunky so that I can just use my fingers. But I use a plastic rat tail comb with a thin end when necessary. If i want to wear a stretche out style after taking down a style, i would wash, condition and moisturize my hair the day before so its not dry when i take it down. I agree with not handling the hair when in a rush.

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