Basic Hair Care Part 1: Braid Removal & Combing
1. Spray bottle full of water
2. detangling conditioner
3. rat tail comb
4. wide tooth comb
5. pair of sharp scissors with a fine point
6. hair clips.
With your daughter in front of you, take the first braid in your hand and carefully remove the elastic band that secures the braid by clipping it with the scissors. This is much easier on the hair than attempting to pull the elastic free which minimizes hair breakage.
Spray the braid thoroughly with the water bottle to wet it (water acts as a lubricant)
Apply a small amount of detangling conditioner to the braid to ease removal.
Start at the end of the braid and use the pointed end of the rat tail comb to work the braid free a little at a time, stopping as needed to loosen any tangles with your fingers.
Once the braid is completely unwound, comb through with the wide tooth comb and then secure at the top of the child's head with the clip so that it does not become tangled again. It is very helpful to always comb through the hair one section at a time and then secure the completed section with a clip before beginning another.