Detangling curly hair can be a long and sometimes frustrating task! For some women it can take up to 2 hours (depending on their length and hair type), and honey ‘aint no body got time fo dat’. However, proper detangling should be a very important part of your haircare routine because this will ultimately reduce breakage and increase length retention.
Many women lose length every month due to tangles, knots, and improper detangling. So if you have a hair length goal in mind then you must use proper detangling techniques to reduce damage.
Tips to Properly Detangle Your Hair
My number one tip is to use water! Water equals moisture, and moisture equals elasticity. Water provides the hair with elasticity which allows the hair to be flexible, and this in turn prevents excessive tangles and breakage. Wet the hair with water, apply a conditioner (if you wish) then proceed to finger detangling. Conditioner along with water provides extreme slip and lubrication to the hair which allows the individual strands to glide very easily on top of each other without tangling or knotting.
Trying to detangle matted hair when it’s dry will only cause damage. In its dry state, the amount of elasticity in the strands decreases due to reduced moisture, and the rate of breakage increases.
2. Detangle in sections
Not only is trying to detangle your whole head at the same time overwhelming, but it can cause you to create a lot more damage to your hair. Separating your hair in small sections will make your detangling so much easier, and it also reduces the chances of you ripping your hair out. After separating your hair in small workable sections, apply your water and/or conditioner to each section and start the detangling process with your fingers. If you wish you may use a wide teeth comb to further detangle your hair. I would recommend putting your hair in clips or loose twist after completing each section to prevent the hair from tangling.
3. No small combs!
Hide your strands!! Those little skinny small teeth combs will create havoc and ragged ends on your curls if you use them to remove tangles. Those combs don’t have enough space between them to let your hair through without causing breakage, so I would recommend that you stay away from those. But if you insist on using them then I would suggest that you thoroughly finger detangle first, use a wide teeth comb, then proceed to your hair’s death wish. Lol just kidding guys! But those combs aren’t good for your hair.🙂 Continue reading “7 Ways to Properly Detangle Your Hair and Fight Off Breakage.”