It's that time again.
Wash day, the most dreaded date on any naturals calender.
The main reason I have found so many women dislike washing their hair is because of detangling, the big d-word. For some people, detangling means cutting knots, yanking combs, and wasting hours upon hours. But maintaining healthy hair should never be stressful!! Here are some ways I’ve turned detangling from a stress mess to a breeze!
1. Always detangle with conditioner
Honestly, I don’t know how I ever detangled my hair without some kind of conditioner! Whether it’s a regular conditioner, leave-in conditioner, or a deep conditioner, using this moistuizing product in your hair while detangling is essential. On the day I typically detangle my hair, I shampoo it first and then apply deep conditioner. Then, while my hair is still wet and coated with this conditioner, I detangle. The magic in this is that conditioner provides the slip that allows knots to loosen easily and your finger or comb to just slide through the hair. No more stubborn tangles and broken combs!
2. Finger detangle first
Finger detangling is simply running your fingers gently through your hair, starting at the ends and working your way to your roots. This is so important because it allows you to find and detangle knots which your comb would usually tear through. Finger detangling is a great way to retain length.
3. Detangle in sections
If you don't already do this, start now. By detangling in sections, you allow yourself to focus on thoroughly eliminating any knots and tangles. I like to section and twist my hair into 6-8 parts before detangling. Then I take one twist at a time and carefully finger detangle and then comb that one section. Then I twist it back up and head on to the next region. If you have short or thinner hair, your sections could be lessened to 3-5.
4. Gently pull your ends before detangling
This is a surprisingly great way to eliminate many of the little bundles our curls like to create at our ends. Before finger detangling or combing any section, I simply hold the hair near the bottom and gently pull the ends. This makes it easier run through your hair and handle any knots.
5. Use a wide toothed comb
I know many naturals who only finger detangle their hair for fear that combs put too much stress on our strands. However, I have found that thoroughly detangling your hair with just your fingers is very difficult. If your hair is not thoroughly detangled, you can cause more hair loss when you try to twist, blow-dry, etc. So in order to detangle my hair without tearing it out, I only use wide toothed combs. They are more gentle compared to the fine toothed combs. If you ARE going to use a fine toothed comb, make sure your hair is VERY, VERY detangled beforehand, or you will lose a LOT of hair.
I hope this guide helps you as much as it helped me! Wash day doesn't have to be a struggle! Choose to make your life easier, and try these tips out. :) Comment if you have tried any of these before. We want to know how it worked for you!
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