Long, thick curly hair that knots easily .. impossible to maintain?

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As I note in the thread title, my hair is very long, thick and curly (caucasian-type) and it knots up as quickly as it dries. With a daily, long-enough shower involving a few handfuls of conditioner, I do fine, but I worry that I will not be able to do this in India. The consequences of not being able to do this are massive knots in the back of my hair, the need for a few extra-long showers spent in detangling etc etc. I could tough it for two weeks, but I'm staying for around 25 of them and I won't be staying in the capitals for much of my stay, I think.

I'll probably end up cutting it, as I rather have other things to think of than my hair, but perhaps it's all in my head and I don't have any more reason to cut it for there than here.

It would be a waste to just cut it there if it's too much trouble, as I rather be able to cut it off before going so that it will still be in good enough quality to be given to a wig-making organisation.

I've never been in the Indian climate, but I haven't found long hair to be uncomfortable because of heat.

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... and your point is?? ...
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While there are a few points within it, the tone of the post is obviously interrogative and not declarative, so I'm not sure why you're trying to understand the "point" I'm making.

EDIT: Although I do notice that the thread was moved to a different section. Since this was about comfort, I thought that health and well-being was an appropriate section.
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Most of the budget hotel showers that I've experienced in India are not much better(temperature & pressure wise) than a dog peeing on you in a light breeze. Even the 5-star hotel showers can be a tad frigid & iffy in the 'none-peak' shower hours(1 pm - 5pm).

So if you're the type that needs a highly-pressurized, paint-peeling steamer of a shower to rid the no-more-tangles look - then you may be out of luck in the subcontinent.
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#5 Dec 14th, 2007, 10:28
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Do you think the places you are staying might not have showers? I have stayed in a couple of places where a "bucket bath" was all that was available, but most places have showers. Mind you, as mentioned above, the water from the shower might not be much more than a trickle, so washing any length hair can take a while. In fact, in that case, the bucket bath might be quicker.
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you will be able to find water and conditioner in india no problem. I also have long curly hair, not as curly as yours perhaps, but I do take care of it on a daily basis. Bucket showers also work fine when the pressure seems to low. I have not found low pressure to be a problem these days either. Although conditioner is widely available in india... you might want to bring a little supply of it for yourself if you need some special stuff. Try it for a while and if all else fails you can cut your hair in india, but I'd surely wait to do that as the last resort.
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Most places have showers. Hot water plumbing seems, for some reason, to be more fragile than cold, so may be absent even if advertised. They'll supply a bucket of hot water in this case.

Is that really you in the picture? Or you as you were 100 years ago?

Bear in mind that many Indian women have hair of waist length, or even longer.

I cannot convince my long-haired Indian wife that a brush causes less knots than a comb, she thinks it pulls more hair out.

Nor can I convince her that if you brush the tips first, and work upwards, from the inside as well as the outside, it tends to ease the knots out rather than building up. That was my discovery as long-haired scruffy hippie many years ago. You know you hair better than I do....
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Not always a good look, but perhaps you could have your hair done into lots of little braids, just be careful not to get scalp sunburn in between the rows!

Otherwise, lots of conditioning/detangling spray does the trick for me. You can usually water it down a bit to make it last longer on the road.
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Thanks for the replies, but I think that I'm even less certain of what to do now! This is what first led to me having long hair, as I was tired of just shaving my hair, but did not know what to do.. so it just grew.
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My hair was almost waist length on my last visit to India, and I mostly wore it braided because it was too hot to have it lying on my back and around my face. And yes, I've had thick curly hair all my life ...

There is lots of conditioner available, as well as shampoo/conditioner combo that works fine on my hair, so long as I comb through it when I finish washing my hair.

In most places in India, the water is very "hard" (full of minerals) and that makes it hard to get the soap out and thus hard to comb your hair. A tablespoon or two of vinegar in half a liter of water, as a rinse, will neutralize the soap and make your hair easier to comb ... and I found a couple of hotels that would happily give me a bit of vinegar for my little travel bottle (3-ounce, of course) ... at one place I bought some and gave it to the hotel cook when I left.
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I cannot convince my long-haired Indian wife that a brush causes less knots than a comb, she thinks it pulls more hair out.
Your wife is correct. Combing is better for the hair than brushing. I think this is even more true for coarse or curly hair -- all of my curly haired friends comb rather than brush.

Back on topic, I have very straight hair and haven't been to India yet, so can't give good advice. But I just cut my hair very short two days ago, in anticipation of the trip. The last thing I want to worry about is where to plug in my hair dryer, tubes of gel exploding in my luggage, or any of the rest of it. I'm all in favor of just cutting it all off.

What about wearing it up or pulled back?
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Originally Posted by the opoponax View Post Your wife is correct. Combing is better for the hair than brushing. I think this is even more true for coarse or curly hair -- all of my curly haired friends comb rather than brush.
hmmmm...interesting. because my hair is coarse/curly/frizzy -- think Bernadette Peters -- and I never use a comb, don't even own one. there is no way I could get a comb through my hair when it's dry without tearing out my hair.

I only use a brush with wide spaces between the plastic bristles before I wash my hair and afterward I let my hair dry naturally -- no combing, no brushing, and I don't own a dryer either.

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India is the Best Place for Curly Tops!

So nice to see the replies from all the curly girls!

I like to get a head message with who knows what kind of oil, every couple of days.

Not only does it feel great, but your hair is naturally conditioned, and it stays like that for days, without the greasy effect. One of the things I really regret not buying for home.

Also, you can try the Himalaya Herbals brand of shampoo. Great shampoo: leaves your hair curly and detangled without conditioner. I give Yogagal credit for telling me about Himalayan Herbals products. Cheap in India and pricey/hard to find in the U.S.
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hey, sita! don't know if India is the best place for us curly grrls all the time...because on my first trip I made the mistake of getting my hair cut right before leaving and I ended up with hair like sai baba! scary!

so I learned to pull it back or keep it wrapped up with a scarf during the day, then before I go out at night, I wash it, and since it's usually not as humid at night (well, a tad), I go au natural!

and H.Herbals has a US website, but who wants to pay $6/bottle when it's so inexpensive in india. I'm bringing back LOTS on this trip!
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Brisso - you're such a bloke! Girls could see her point immediately

I have the opposite - very fine thin flat hair, has to be washed every day - is flat and dirty by the evening... I keep it short and usually have some streaks in to thicken it up - I'm going to get it cut quite boyish short and take some hats for daytime.. actually the hard water would be good for me! I certainly can't be bothered taking product with me...

BTW Atypicas - I, of course, would kill for long thick curly hair... the thought of you cutting it makes me feel like crying
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