I use a modified version of Snowy's technique because my hair is a lot curlier than hers and I had trouble with her version. I posted the modifications last night to my personal journal, and this morning Snowy asked me to post them to this thread 'cause she liked them.
So here goes, I just copied from my journal: Massage is so nice:
As I mentioned before, I use a modified version of Snowy's hair massage technique. I thought I would try to describe it in a bit of detail so that if someone with fine hair and curls like mine wanted to try the modification, they could. 1.)
This is an extra step not explicitly stated in Snowy's regimen: Detangle first. Perhaps this was considered a no-brainer or implied, but just in case, be sure you finger-comb (or just plain comb) your hair thoroughly and get out knots and tangles. This will really help you as a truly curly person when your pushing your fingers around in there. Also, I highly, highly recommend that you only do this method when your hair is DRY. This will prevent damage from your hair being weakened by water. 2.)
Now, we start Snowy's steps.
First of all, I can't do my hair with my head hung upside down. My curls HATED that. But, I realized that I could still benefit from the massage. So, instead of hanging my head upside down, I sit in a chair with a somewhat low back, and tilt my head back a bit so that my hair hangs by its own weight toward the floor. Basically, the exact opposite of Snowy, but with hair still hanging around. 3.)
Then do Step 2 exactly as Snowy describes, and be extra careful not to knot up your hair. Gentler is often better. Go slow if needed so you can feel what you are doing. 4.)
This is another big modification for Step 3. I can't do it like Snowy, because it breaks and tangles my fine, curly hairs. So, I use almost a plucking/stroking motion (don't pull out your hairs!!), very gently, and actually following the curls, gently pull the oils from the scalp and down the hairs. Do this with as small a section of hair at a time as is needed (mine is pretty small!) This method takes longer than Snowy's method, but it really works if your hair is as curly as mine. Remember, BE GENTLE. That is the big key on this step! Don't force the curls to do things they don't want to do, gently stroke the oil on them, and they will really like you. 5.)
Step Four doesn't need modified, at least for me. 6.)
The final step also requires no real modifications for me.
So there it is. I hope this helps someone who can't use Snowy's method as-is. If you are interested in my mods but can't figure it out from what I've written here, PM or e-mail me and I'll try to explain it better.
So that's it. My offer still stands if anyone wants to mail me about it.