How To Detangle Natural Hair
November 18, 2020
Detangling is the process of using a hair care tool such as the Detangler Brush (hyperlink to the link on our website) to remove tangles from hair. It is a crucial part of all hair care, and it helps to strengthen the hair and makes it easier to manage. An important thing to note about hair detangling is to NEVER EVER detangle your hair, dry. In this post, we are going to show you how you can detangle your hair that will help you better manage and style your natural hair.
Time Required: 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the length and thickness of your hair
Take your time with detangling your hair, don’t rush the process.
Tools Necessary for Detangling:
- Wide-Tooth Comb OR Detangling Hair Brush
- Spray Bottle
- Rat-Tail Comb
- Alligator Hair Clips or Hair Ties
How to Detangle Your Natural Hair (If you’re not in the shower)
- Spritz if needed. It's a good idea to have a spray bottle handy filled with water, a water-based product, a leave-in conditioner or a water/oil mixture. Adding moisture to your hair makes it easier to comb through, but you can spritz only as much as needed since this is supposed to be a dry detangling session.
- Section the hair. Using a rat-tail comb or your fingers, divide your hair into sections. The number of sections will range, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Create as many sections as you need; the smaller the section, the easier it will be to detangle. Use hair clips or hair ties to keep the rest of the hair out of the way.
- Work through tangles with your fingers first. Adding finger detangling to any detangle session is a gentle way to begin the process. You can work out major snags without pulling out too much hair. Instead of raking your fingers downward through knots, ease tangles apart. When you pull down on knotted sections, they can tighten, making it much more difficult to untangle them. By gently pulling tangles apart, working outward, you have a better chance of saving your hair.
- Using a wide-tooth comb or Detangling Brush, begin at the bottom of the first section of hair. While using one hand to comb, use the other hand to firmly hold the section of hair near the bottom. Slowly work the comb through until the bottom is free of tangles before moving up the hair. Once you reach the roots and can work the comb through the section once or twice, move onto the next area.
- Continue to spritz hair if it dries and you need additional moisture.
- Work your way up the hair section to the root, making sure you can comb freely down to the ends. Once a section is detangled, clip it out of the way, or loosely twist or braid it to prevent it from tangling again. Repeat this for all sections of the hair.
Tips for A Successful Detangling Session
In order to avoid a stressful and tiring detangling session, use these tips:
- Detangle on a regular basis: Your detangling sessions will go much more smoothly if you do them regularly instead of only on occasion. Unless your hair is in a protective style, you should try to work through your hair from roots to tip at least once per week. Failure to detangle weekly could lead to longer detangle sessions and excess hair loss.
- Be Gentle: Always be gentle when detangling your hair. Rough detangling will cause nothing but pain, breakage, and damage. Detangle slowly and carefully, especially at the ends of your hair where it is the oldest and weakest. Your hair loves you! Show it love too!
- Use products with "slip": This can be whatever works best for you, whether it's plain olive oil or your favorite conditioner. The more slip you have, the easier it will be for your fingers and hands to glide through and over your tresses.
- Avoid the need to "over"-detangle: Your hair does not need to be 100% tangle-free. If you have natural hair, you would know tangles are part of the package. As long as you can freely work with your hair and no snags are preventing you from styling it, the occasional mini-tangle can be overlooked.
Have you ever detangled your hair? What are some of your favourite detangling products and tools? What are your detangling tips and tricks?