Detangling Natural Hair is one of the most complaints I’ve heard since becoming a blogger. In the beginning of my natural hair journey, this was also a dilemma for myself. I actually big chopped when trying to transition because my hair was so tangled. I got so aggravated I chopped it off myself. So I definitely understand that it’s not easy. Im going to give you 3 ways you can help making detangle your hair easier. This will be especially helpful for my girls with type 4 high density hair.
1. WORK IN SECTIONS:
I typically like to work in sections when detangling prior to washing my hair. However, as long as I pre poo and detangle I do not have to wash in sections. When applying my deep conditioner I like to work in 4-6 sections, and detangle my hair while deep conditioning as well. This technique has helped my hair tremendously. Not only with moisture, but making it easier for me to style my hair after rinsing out the deep conditioner. Working in section while styling your hair makes a huge difference in definition and creating a nice style.
I will name a few deep conditioners that I typically use for moisture and great slip (meaning easy to glide your fingers through ) :
- Bask & Bloom Brahmi Root Masque
- Thank God It’s Natural Honey miracle mask and Repair RX deep conditioning Masque
- Mielle Organics Mongongo Hydrating Deep Conditioner
- Eden Body Works Almond Marshmallow Masque
2. Finger Detangle:
Finger detangling takes patience and is the most effective way to detangle kinky hair with decrease amounts of shedding. I tend to use a wide tooth comb in a section first and then follow up with finger detangling. I realized when I finger detangled I would see a decrease in the amount of shedding in my hair. Some believe finger detangling takes too much time. It does in fact require some patience. You should still take the time to separate pieces that have knots and do it gently . Look at the video below to see how I finger detangle my hair. I may or may not use gloves to help with the slip. The gloves I find to be so helpful because it can prevent unnecessary breakage (for example, hang nails, if you need a fill-in, rings). Have you ever tried using latex gloves while finger detangling?
3. Using A Tool:
Using a tool may or may not be your thang. Now some people swear by using a great product with slip and finger detangling. But for those who just do not have the time or patience for that, or for those who just simply does not like finger detangling. Here are some tools that I have found effective during my journey.
- Wide Tooth Comb: Now this comb has been out for ages. I find it to still be very effective. Of course I start detangling from ends to root. This is the way you want to detangle your hair as a natural. Combing your hair from root to ends will cause unnecessary breakage. This was the main reason why we or our parents categorized us as tender headed. No I’m not tender headed you was just combing my hair long all these years lol. I would start with a great product whether you are deep conditioning or styling comb from ends to root. And then move on to a tool that helps with defining your hair before styling.
- Denman Brush: The Denman brush has its pros and cons to us high density type 4 curls. We may have to change the amount of bristle on the brush for it to work with out it yanking out our hair. That to me I found so crazy. Like why not make. brush dedicated for thick course hair. So that really turned me off about the Denman brush. I’m just not changing no bristles.
- Brush With The Best: I found this brush to do well with kinky hair after the use of detangling your hair with a wide tooth comb. It helps to distribute the products for styling evenly and even defines your hair at the ends.
These are ways that I’ve found helpful when detangling. My hair is very thick and detangling like I said in the beginning was the hardest part to get right in the beginning .But now I don’t dread it as much. I learned what works for my hair. Use products that help makes this task easier. You will find your products through word of mouth and trial and error. I learned a lot via trial and error unfortunately. I did not go to youtube or bloggers for a lot of advice in the beginning. I decided to create my Ig Platform and Youtube because of all the question I would get on a daily. Then it became something I fell in love with. Why not help other women not just with hair but with life. Lets make a sisterhood where we can help each other be the best person we can be for ourselves and others. I hope that your are gaining a lot from my blog post. Whether you can relate now or later on life. A subscriber said something to me that I think will stick with me forever. She said, “You create post that are timeless , no matter what year or how long from now it will still be relevant.” That made my heart melt . Please let me know if any of these tips were helpful for you? Or share other tips you have that have been helpful for you that can help someone else. Thank you so much for reading