Have you tried all of the “normal” approaches to detangling your natural hair? Have they left you with fist fills of breakage? If so, you have come to the right place. This is the unconventional guide to natural hair with a focus on detangling.
Detangling is a worthy endeavor. If gaining length is one of your goals, it is an especially important process. However, too many of us need to take a full sick day from work to complete a detangling session. Here are some detangling hacks that will make things go much more quickly.
Of course, coat your hair in conditioner. A comb with wide teeth will work fine but you can also use your fingers. Detangling your hair under running water is a huge help. The water pressure assists in the process and helps to remove shed hair.
Another idea you may not have considered is using different combs for difference sections of your hair. If your crown has looser curls than your nape, you don’t need a comb with as wide teeth on your crown. You should try a few different combs and see what works for different parts of your hair.
You should also consider only combing your ends only between washes. This may only be relevant to you if your hair is beyond six to eight inches in length. It’s usually simply not necessary to comb your hair from root to tip all of the time. If you wash your hair once every couple of weeks at least, try only detangling the last three to four inches of your hair between washes. Over manipulation can be a cause of breakage and other damage, and if it’s not necessary, it’s not worth it.
This one may sound crazy, but you may want to just ignore knots sometimes. You really don’t need to get rid of every single knot for your hair to grow or be healthy. Detangling is necessary for removing shed hair and excess knots, but you’re going to be fighting a losing battle if your goal is to rid yourself of every tangle you have. There are many who believe that kinky, coily natural hair can ever be completely detangled.
This goes double for fairy knots. Fairy knots are single strand knots that are notorious for creating a giant head of knots. If you find a few fairy knots in your hair but otherwise, your hair looks and feels fine, don’t worry too much about it!
Do you have any unusual ways to care for your hair? If so, please share with us below!