If you’re like most women with hair, you probably dread wash day. We all know that its importance but an aspect of the entire process that makes many women hesitate is detangling. Because natural hair is different from relaxed hair, which is easy to detangle, it’s important to know how to know the proper approach for the former.
With a lot of conflicting information out there about detangling, it can be confusing to know how to properly loosen tangles. However, you don’t have to worry as we have put together the different ways to do that. Here are some methods on detangling your natural hair without ripping it out.
- The dry detangling method
If your natural hair experiences a lot of shrinkage when wet, the dry detangling method might just be what you need to try. Spritz the hair if needed and then use a rat-tail comb or your fingers to divide your hair into different sections. Remember that the smaller the sections the easier it will be to detangle. Gently work your way through the tangles with your fingers first before using a wide-tooth comb. The only downside to this method is that it can be time-consuming, especially if your hair is long.
2. The conditioner soak method
This is probably the most common method of detangling natural hair. It involves applying conditioner to the hair and leaving it to soak into and soften dry or damp hair. You could even heat the conditioner under the dryer for a few minutes to make it absorb into your hair more. The outcome is that your hair will become slippery so you can use your fingers or a detangling comb to glide through easily. Just be sure to be gentle with your hair so you don’t risk breakage.
- The water and oil method
Mineral oils can be used to effectively detangle hair. Just use a misting of water for flexibility and some coconut oil to smooth down your hair once you’ve divided it into sections. Comb the hair from root to tip until the ends are smooth. This will prevent you from yanking and snagging your hair at the roots.
- The wide-toothed comb method
This method works best for those with thick hair. Wide-toothed combs are a natural girl’s best friend because they have enough space between the rows that allow for hair to glide through easily. Unlike fine combs, wide-toothed ones can get the job done without causing breakage or damaging your hair. The wider the teeth of the comb, the better it is for your hair. Just section your hair and work through it from tip to root.
There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to detangling your hair as the ideal method and frequency depends on the length and thickness of your hair. Regardless the peculiarities of your microlocs, keep in mind that detangling requires a lot of time and patience but you can make the process faster by enlisting the help of your friends and family members.
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