Here are videos of how I do my hair, along with a description of the videos I'm working on (or planning on doing) down the road
Starting to Comb & What I Use
This video shows how my hair looks like after I wash and condition it, and prepare to start combing. I also show the different tools I use when I'm combing my hair. Note: In the video I say I am using Pantene Relaxed and Natural Conditioner. This was before they changed the ingredients. I don't use it anymore. You can check out the Combing conditioner page for the conditioners I do use now.
Combing the Front
After my hair is sopping wet and loaded with conditioner, this video shows how I comb a section at the front of my hair that has looser curls.
Defining Looser Curls
This video shows how I define my looser curls. (I'm also working on a video that shows me defining the tighter curls I have at the top back crown of my head.)
Sectioning My Hair for Combing
I've found that half the battle with combing my hair is often just dividing it into more manageable sections. In this video I show how I section my hair into smaller sections for combing. It may look like I'm stretching and pulling my hair as I divide, but actually, I'm not. Because my hair is so wet and slippery with conditioner, the sections usually slide apart so long as I'm very gentle.
More Combing (How I Comb Tighter Curls)
I have all different types of curls. My curls are looser in the front and sides, and very curly on the top back of my head. This clip is similar to the clip of how I comb the front of my hair. However, this is my more tangled and curlier section in the back, so it takes a bit longer. This is also a good clip if you aren't sick of seeing me comb my hair and want to see more on how I get through my hair without damaging it. In this clip I also get a snarl as I comb, so I show what I do with them.
How I Define Tighter Curls
In this video, I define the curls at my back crown, show the difference in my defined wet hair versus just combed hair, snip out a little snarl,show how I get another section ready for combing, and even comb a little bit of it. I guess this clip has a little bit of everything in it.
The main difference between what I do with my tighter curls and my looser ones is that I take much smaller segments of hair to form into curls with the tighter sections than I do with looser curls. This means an area that has tighter curls (like my back crown area) takes a bit longer to define than a section that has looser curls (such as around my ears). This video is about 8 minutes long, so if you are up to watching it, you might want to grab something to snack on.
Switching Sides (to Comb the Other Half of My Hair)
I do my hair in halves. I bun up one half while I comb the other. As I comb each smaller section of that half, I wrap each section (as I finish it) around the bun on the other side. When I finish combing the first half of my hair, I take all the hair I'd wrapped around my bun and clip it out of the way. Then I'm ready to start on the second half of my hair.
Just Finished Combing
This is how my hair looks when I first finish combing it and it's still wet. By the time I braid it up at night, then unbraid it in the morning (and refresh it), the curls loose this stringy look. It's actually a good thing for my curls to look stringy when they first dry because this means the curls have "set", so they will keep their curl shape through the week. If they start out puffy, they usually get fuzzy and loose their curl shape by the end of the week.
I also show the size of the fuzzball I pull out of my Denman every week.
How My Hair Looks When It Just Finishes Drying
This is how stringy my hair looks when it first dries. However, by the time I braid it up at night, then unbraid it in the morning (and refresh it), the curls loose this stringy look. It's actually a good thing for my curls to look stringy when they first dry because this means the curls have "set", so they will keep their curl shape through the week. If they start out puffy, they usually get fuzzy and lose their curl shape by the end of the week.
How My Hair Looks the Day After It's Combed
By the time I braid it up at night, then unbraid it in the morning (and refresh it), the curls loose this stringy look, and are nice and soft and just the right amount of fluffy.