As naturals we face different challenges with our hair, whether if it is the beginning stages (transition) or just pure frustration with not knowing what to do. KEEP CALM! DON’T FRET! This is not an uncommon issue at all. One thing we must do to maintain our hair in its most healthy state, is avoiding breakage during detangling. Personally, I must detangle before washing. If you do not, then you are setting yourself up for failure. These eight tips I will share with you can help tremendously and add ease to your hair regimen and/or hair prep.
1. COMB HAIR OUT IN SECTIONS BEFORE WASHING
When prepping your hair for a wash, I recommend sectioning your hair in at least four parts. Once you have done that, comb from the ends of your hair instead of from the roots. This causes less pulling of your hair.
2. USE A WIDE TOOTH COMB OR ONE OF MY FAVORITES, “Tangle Teezer ” or “Denman Brush“
3. TRY FINGER DETANGLING
I have been doing this more often than usual. I must detangle before washing. Doing so avoids breakage and pulling of your hair. Naptural85 shows us great and easy technique on one of her vlogs on Youtube:
4. USE AN OIL
If you decide to finger detangle, try adding one of your favorite oils to the equation. I love using pure Coconut Oil
5. COMB THROUGH HAIR WHILE CONDITIONING
Combing through your hair while conditioning is also another good tip to use when detangling. Especially, a conditioner with a good “slip”. Using this can cut down so much time with your hair preparations. I love using Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner
6. DAMPEN YOUR HAIR
Dampening your hair is another important tip when taking tangles out. You should not attempt to comb or even finger detangle your hair while it is try. Doing so can also cause friction and damage to the cuticle of your hair. It may seem like a quick way to taming those tangles but in the long run it can be the source of unintentional breakage.
7. WEAR HAIRSTYLES THAT REDUCES THE DETANGLING PROCESS
Wearing certain hairstyles can reduce the process of detangling. Chunky twists, twist outs, mini twists, pin ups are just a few suggested styles that can really help when you need to wash or co-wash your hair.
8. BE PATIENT
This tip is abstract then the other seven but is just as important as the previous tips. Detangling your hair can be time time consuming and tiresome but it’s an important aspect of your hair care. So be patient.
[by Rachel Arvie]