Detangling natural hair can seem like an intimidating task to many and it can even put off some people from going natural.
While natural hair requires special care and treatment, detangling it becomes an easy process once you use the right tools, tips and techniques.
Don’ts of detangling natural hair
Detangling Dry Hair
Trying to detangle your natural hair in its dry state is extremely frustrating and damaging to the hair. Just don’t do it unless you are prepared for headaches, stress and a lot of hair loss. If it hurts to detangle, it is most likely hurting your hair strands too.
Detangling With A Brush
Never use a brush to detangle natural hair. A brush should only be used to smoothen out the hair strands AFTER you have properly detangled the hair first. In addition, not all brushes are suitable for use on natural hair.
Detangling With A Small Tooth Comb
This is pointless and frustrating and can cause a lot of damage to your hair. A small tooth comb can be used on straightened hair, but please do not use it on your natural hair as it will rip through your hair strands, leading to split ends and breakage.
Do's of detangling natural hair
Start With Wet Or Damp Hair
The detangling process becomes a lot easier when you begin on hair that is wet or damp. For best results, add a little bit of oil or conditioner to provide slippage as you detangle.
The best time to detangle your hair is after you have washed it, when it is still wet. However, if you wish to detangle your hair outside of wash days, spritz lightly with water to get it damp, and then apply an oil or conditioner of your choice to provide slip.
Divide Your Hair Into Sections
Dividing your hair into sections is a must as this prevents tangling and breakage. It also ensures that every part of the hair is properly detangled. Trying to detangle a whole head of hair can be tiresome and ineffective, which is sectioning off your hair and then detangling each section is highly recommended. Section off your hair into 4-8, securing each section into a small pony-tail holder.
Your Fingers Are Your First Detangling Tool
Before you take a comb to your hair, first use your fingers to gentle separate and detangle your hair, eliminating any knots and tangles that could snag on the comb.
As you finger detangle each section, go slowly and gently separate any knots you may run across.
Use A Wide Tooth Comb & Start From The Ends Of Your Hair
Holding each section in your hand, start from the ends of the hair and work your way down to the roots, using the wide tooth comb to detangle the section. Continue until you are able to run the comb easily from ends to root of the hair and when you have finished move on to the next section.
Finish With A Paddle Brush
While this stage is not entirely essential, using a paddle brush can add a finishing touch to your detangling session, as it will help to smooth out the hair strands and remove any shed hair. As above, use the paddle brush on sections of the hair, beginning at the ends of the hair and working your way through the roots.
Although, the above information seems a lot to remember and process, once you get into the swing of it, it will become second nature to you and will be much quicker to do.
Don’t forget – detangling is not a dirty word; you just need to know the Do’s and Don’ts of properly detangling your natural hair.
- Written by Paige Hamilton