So, what’s preening?
Preening is the act of distributing your natural oils throughout your entire head of hair, focusing on the ends ( The ends are the oldest parts of the hair, make sure to give it more attention). Start by massaging your scalp to transfer some of your sebum to the pads of your fingers. Once you have sebum on your fingers; you’re going to begin to smooth your fingers down the length of your hair (smoothing, rubbing), Do this until you feel there is no more sebum to spread throughout.This process should be done daily, (day or night, doesn’t matter) depending on how much sebum you produce. If you tend to produce a lot of sebum, you should take time to preen daily, if not you may be able to skip a day or two (remember, everyone is different, so customize this to fit).
Can I Preen On Dry And Wet Hair?
Absolutely! No one has the identical head of hair, so it will depend on the texture of hair you have (having said that, there will be modified differences). If your hair is cottony in texture like mine; preening on dry to damp hair might be a better choice, because of how sticky sebum can feel on our hair (if you have cottony textured hair, and you’re producing oily sebum versus waxy, then preening on wet and dry hair will probably work just fine). I preen mostly when my hair is dry. However, I occasionally accumulate a lot of sebum at the root area that can sometimes be more waxy than oily. This is when I will dampen my hair to preen with warm water, concentrating on the first four inches, give or take. If you’re experiencing waxy sebum collecting at the root, warm water is helpful in melting the sebum as well as smoothing your hair with your hands. For those of you who have a more smoother, silky texture, you’ll be able to preen on dry, damp, or even wet hair regardless whether you have oily or waxy sebum.
The Boar Bristles Brush…What is it?
The boar bristle brush is a porous brush that absorbs and distribute sebum as well as remove excess sebum and debris. When choosing your brush make sure you choose wisely, 100 percent boar bristle is best in my opinion (the bristle are porous). There are different levels of firmness, so make sure to choose a softer brush if you have fine textured hair (firmer bristle brushes can tear and break the hair) and so on…
If you’re natural and want to wear your hair straight while on the wohw method, the bb brush is a great way to achieve a blow out look without using heat. While your hair is in a straight state, you’ll probably want to avoid rinsing, so brushing daily while in a straight state is recommended (use a soft bb brush after your initial brush or alternate between soft and medium bristles). Your body will continue to produce sebum regardless of whether you’re rinsing daily or not; so, brushing daily is recommended to continue to distribute the oil. I’ve found that, brushing on damp hair prevents breakage as well as adding a small amount of oil (you can choose to use one of the following: water, coconut oil or olive oil), either one is fine, depends on your preference. Remember to use your judgement, and listen to your hair….
Almost everything I say, I’ve tried on my own head, and the things I haven’t, I’ve tried on family. So please use this as a guide while on your journey. Modify, Modify, Modify, to fit your needs. One size will never fit all! Happy growing!
How To Properly Water Rinse
What’s the point of water rinsing?
Water rinsing is another way to moisturize and distribute the sebum down the length of your hair as well as removing the excess sebum and debris. Warm/hot water is best (use your judgement). Now, when I say hot water, I mean somewhere in between. If the water is too hot, it can remove too much sebum and have a negative effect on the scalp, causing it to become itchy. While rinsing, you may want to also massage, and lightly scritch your scalp. Tilting your head forward is recommended. Your sebum settles at the nape, so tilting forward while rinsing will help bring it to the front. Make sure to run your hands over your head to smooth and distribute.
Rinsing On Loose Hair, Versus Bound Hair
So, let me say since we all have different heads of hair, not all of what I recommend will work for everyone, so please customize to fit. If you’re starting out with bound hair (twisted, braided hair) this process will be fairly easy. Daily rinsing as you probably already know, is recommended when you first start this method. For twisted hair, tilt your head forward and gently bring your twist to the front of your head. Allow the water to hit the back of your head, to begin to warm an loosen up the sebum (the sebum will melt and begin to melt toward the front of your head). As your hair gets wet, begin to rub your hands down your twist, squeezing gently to allow your hair to absorb the water. Remember to massage and or scritch your scalp during this process. Once you are satisfied that you’ve rinsed thoroughly, finish with a blast of cold water to close your cuticles (remember to squeeze your hair gently to absorb as much water as possible).