Detangling Natural Hair Calls For Hair Love
Detangling natural hair surely does seem taxing at times, but it’s a non negotiable for your locks. I know how busy we all get, and sometimes we find ourselves so strap for time when caring for our hair that we try shortcuts to speed up the process. Detangling is not the place to skimp on time because it’s extremely important for the overall health of your natural hair to carefully separate the strands; and remove tangles that cause matting, knots, and breakage.
Since the process of detangling carries the greatest risk for leaving our tresses with split ends, broken strands, and damaged cuticle consider the below tips to give your locks the detangling care it deserves.
Your hair will love you for this
When the hair is wet and full of conditioner, it is in the ideal state for detangling. The water and conditioner provides enough slip to make it super easy for your fingers or styling tool to glide through the hair. Although the strands are most fragile when wet, the hair is flexible, elastic, and loose enough in this state to withstand a comb when used carefully with conditioner.
There are a few different styling tools to use for detangling including a wide tooth comb, paddle or vent (Denman) brush, and my personal favorite, your five fingers! Combs with tiny teeth, boar bristle brushes, brushes with balls at the end of the bristles should be avoided.
Finger detangling is using your fingers like a comb. When finger detangling, you should be able to gently undo minor knots and tangles. You can use this as your only detangling tool or use it before using a brush or a comb.
Detangling Natural Hair
Detangling your hair in sections simplifies this portion of your hair care regimen. It allows you to focus on one section at a time and ensures that you don’t neglect any strands of hair. Most natural hair brandistas separate their hair in 4-8 sections. You can use plastic hair clamps or duck bill clips to secure your sections. The healthiest way to detangle your hair is from ends to root. Hold the ends of your natural hair with one hand and detangle with the other hand. Once the very end is detangled, move your hand up one inch and begin detangling again. Continue until you’ve reach the root of your hair.
My Styling Regimen
I can usually detangle my hair in about 10-15 minutes in the shower just using my fingers. I stand in the shower, allowing the water to run down my hair for at least 1 minute. This process naturally loosen many tangles. Then, I apply conditioner and begin to detangle hair from ends to root in sections. When I’m done with conditioning, I also detangle during the styling portion of my hair care regimen. Detangling is great for distributing product throughout the hair.
Do you have a different method of detangling natural hair? Share your thoughts with us.