Detangle Hair With Cornstarch

If you have been following my hair journey (on YouTube), then by now you know I am always testing and trying new things with my hair all in the name of my healthy hair journey. As I stated in my past hair posts(videos) I am not an expert by any means and even though it has been a struggle, I am still learning about my hair.

Before my wash day

My friend was having her washday and she mentioned she was trying to detangle her hair with a cornstarch mask. I was shocked because this was the first time I have ever heard about detangling with cornstarch. Yup cornstarch, you know the pantry item used in many cooking and baking recipes. She explained how she made it and mentioned it cut her wash day time (detangling) down when I heard that I just had to try it.

At the time of me testing this cornstarch mask, it was about 7-week since I washed my hair and that is something I NEVER do. I was ill at the time which led to this long-overdue wash day. My hair was very dry and disgustingly, it was 100% tangled and mangled so it was the perfect time to test this mask.

Cornstarch application

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup water (I used tap)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (any brand is fine)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (I used light olive oil)
  • A small pot for cooking
  • Rubber spatula (or wooden spoon)

How To Make It

  • Bring water and cornstarch to a boil, and allow the cornstarch to cook. I was continuously stirring the mixture so it didn’t stick at the bottom.
  • When the mixture was almost cooked (to my preference) I added the oil, then removed from heat and stirred to combine.
  • I let it cool (overnight) not because I wanted to wait that long, but I wasn’t able to wash my hair right then and there. So let mixture cool before applying it to hair.

The video below explains a detailed step-by-step process of how I applied the mixture to my hair. It’s a messy process but I think it’s totally worth it.

Things I Noticed

  • I found the cornstarch hair mask to be moisturizing (maybe it’s in my head lol ) but It gave my curls definition before and after the wash.
  • My hair felt soft and supple (super SOFT). Considering it’s been 7-weeks since I last washed my hair I was impressed.
  • The application process for me was a little on the messy side. The mixture as you know is like a loose jelly substance so I legit had to slap it into my hair then rub.
  • The mixture was odorless, but I guess this all depends on the type of oil used and if you add anything else into this mixture. I KEPT IT SIMPLE
  • I found it easier to finger detangle my hair using this method vs conditioners. I don’t normally finger detangle I go straight to combs so this was a plus for me.
  • Post wash, my hair felt light and I saw a lot more curl definition that before.

Although I wash my hair weekly, I don’t detangle my hair often with this cornstarch hair mask. I really don’t know the long-term effects on my hair (if there are any) but it’s something I use in my hair routine at least once or twice a month.

Here’s another wash day that involves using the cornstarch hair mask.

How do you detangle your hair? Let me know the meothods you find useful and effective.


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