Literately every time I tweet “The kinkier your hair is, the less likely it is to tangle” I get an overwhelming amount of responses from naysayers and skeptics (seriously, I could tweet it at 3 am and it seems like people would actually wake up in order to contest it). Trying to expound on the tweet is futile. Not because my followers aren’t listening, but because 140 characters is an infuriatingly small allowance for trying to explain phenomena such as this (or ANYTHING, for that matter). And so I’ve taken to my blog (NO character limits, hallelujah) in order fully explain what I mean when I say that kinkier hair IS actually less likely to tangle (ducks instinctively).
Curls and coils are hella cliquish. With relatively little encouragement (when compared to straighter hair) they bunch together, creating larger, more defined curls and coils (as opposed to frizz). They are also exclusive; once they have bunched together they do not normally mix with strands that are a part of other curls. If they do over lap with another curl they can be teased apart pretty easily. This is the reason wash-n-go’s can stay in for days at a time.
Even with contrived curls (twist, braid, bantu knot, and coil outs) curly and kinky hairs are mainly loyal to the locks of hair that they have been twisted with. It’s the same principle.
2) The kinkier your hair is, the less movement it has.
SN: Ever notice that the parts that you made for your braid-out the night before are pretty much present the EXACT way the next night?? C’mon. I can’t be the only one.
This characteristic of kinky hair is not a bad thing. Kinkier hair does not flip with the wind or sway with every movement. Less disturbance = less overlapping and mixing up of the strands = less tangles. Straighter hairs will more consistently come into contact with and overlap each other, making them more likely to tangle together.
3) The kinkier your hair is, the less likely it is to come into contact with other surfaces.
Unless you’re like, really into hats.
Kinky and curlier hair grows out before it grows down. This works out great because out is air, and down is scalp, neck, shoulders, clothing…get it? Hairs rubbing on less surfaces means that they are being disturbed less by outside forces, and therefore naturally stay put better than straighter hair. This also means that they are less likely to be frayed by this contact, resulting in a smoother cuticle, which is also means less tangles.
So there you have it. Your hair hates combs (which translates to hair growth plateaus) because it hardly ever needs them! The more kink you have to your hair, the longer you can go without conventional combing. Finger styling in lieu of combing except for wash days will be easier on your hair and even make more defined twist/braid/coil/bantu knot outs over time (when I say over time, I mean from wash day to wash day). This ultimately will result in better length retention, something that we are all fans of, right (Of course!)?
So exile the combs! Your hair will thank you. 🙂
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