Ugh! Just even saying the word makes me cringe. I thought I can get away with not detangling for a while during my natural hair journey. However, as my hair sometimes got matted or formed knots or better yet single strand knots. Check out the article here about those pesky single strand knots. Nonetheless, detangling needed to happen. See my form of detangling always been my finger comb. You know how you form you fingers like a comb to rack it through you hair. I thought I can simply get away with this but sometimes my detangle method needed an upgrade. Detangling actually isn’t as bad as I thought it was once it’s done right. Here are some of the top detangling methods for natural hair:
1) Finger combing
Now you know I had to use this one first because as you know using my fingers is my favorite way of detangling. I tend to finger comb when my hair has conditioner or some type of slip in my hair. The slip is what is going to give your hair the ease that it needs to have your fingers go through and get the shed hairs out. Finger methods tend to be the easiest due to you always having them easily available. Once you feel a tangle, make sure to gently pull it apart. This method can be the most gentlest way to detangle your hair.
Tip: If I feel myself rushing or at the point where I’m not caring or feeling frustrated when I’m finger detangling. I take my fingers out my hair and have myself to relax by having a quick 5 second break. Take a deep breath , blow out. Then Repeat.
Brushing can be your best friend or your worse enemy depending on how you brush, when you brush and what tool you’re using. A brush like a Denman or D31 or D41 can be your best bet when it comes to a brush. Let me know below if there’s a brush that you swear by? When brushing, make sure you detangle from the ends to the roots. It will ease the process. I tend to brush my hair if I’m preparing for a “heat-style look” such as curlformers, perm rods or a blowout look. The best times to brush is before shampooing or when the hair is dry. Brushes such as boar bristle brushes or brushes with the balls at the end will do more damage than good for your hair. It will cause your curls to snag and break which is a no no.
Tip: When choosing a brush make sure that its wide, plastic bristles and a rubber base. The rubber base is an important aspect due to the help of being able to remove shed hairs while detangling.
Combs are the best when getting rid of matt and tangled areas. Wide tooth combs that are a ½ inch apart are the most effective in minimizing breakage. It can also, help with distributing thick, creamy products throughout you hair. I recommend to comb your hair when there is slip (from a leave-in conditioner or conditioner), to ease the tangles throughout the hair. I usually tend to use a wide tooth comb when doing braids, twists, braid outs or twist outs.
Tips: Place your hair in sections to get less ease through tangles and an effective distribution of product . Focusing on smaller sections helps you get through all parts of your hair. Preferable 4-8 sections depending on your length.
*Extra tip*: Do not overdo it when it comes to brushing or combing your hair. It shouldn’t be done daily. When it’s overdone it can cause unnecessary split ends and breakage.
It’s going to take some time to determine which hair tool is best for you. Trial and Error are going to be the best way to find out what your hair needs throughout your journey.
What’s your favorite detangling method?