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 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“
This tip is essential to your hair care because what combs and/or brushes you use can help or even harm your hair.
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. Many vloggers can show you great and easy techniques 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 while detangling. It’s easier to remove the tangle from your hair while adding moisture to it.
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. A little goes a long way. For me to say that with my thick hair speaks volume.
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 dry. 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 more abstract than the other seven but is just as important as the previous tips. Detangling your hair can be time-consuming and tiresome but it’s an important aspect of your hair care. So be patient.
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