Back to Basics Natural Hair Care: Detangling Methods

This “Back to Basics Natural Hair Care” Series is designed to supply you with a foundation of knowledge to help you look after your beautiful tresses and is perfect for those who are newly natural, transitioning or considering going natural.

Detangling is where the most damage can occur to your hair. So it is very very important that you take the utmost care detangling; never do it in a rush or when you’re feeling stressed/angry. Put aside time to detangle and make sure you are fully focused.

The Detangling Tool Kit

  • A wide tooth comb and/or a Denman brush
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  • Some clips (for sectioning)
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  • Shears (for removing any tangles/knots that won’t budge)
  • Detangling on Dry Hair
    If your hair is dry and free of any heavy products (e.g. gels, hairsprays) then it’s best to start detangling on dry hair. This is because “when hair is wet  the bonds and linkages are temporarily broken”.

    Step 1: Begin by sectioning hair into manageable segment. Use clips to keep hair divided.

    Step 2: Hold one section of hair near the root and gently comb through the hair. I would advise that you work from the ends of your hair up to the roots. This helps to clear a path for any tangles to come out.

    Step 3: If you reach a tangle that won’t comb out easily. Do not try to rip a comb through your hair. Using your fingers gently  pull as many strands of hair away from the core tangle and then try  to rub the tangle to loosen any knots.

    Step 4: Once the hair is detangled either clip it back or braid/twist the detangled hair. And repeat the process on the other sections of hair.

    Step 5: If there is any hair that remains tangled or knotted, try using the wet detangling method.

    Detangling on Wet Hair
    If you have any product build-up detangling on wet hair would be best. Using conditioner can also make detangling easier; as conditioner provides extra “slip” helping to reduce friction. Also using water and/or conditioner can help release any dirt/grease at the centre of the tangle.

    Step 1-4: Follow the same step as for detangling on dry hair.

    Step 5: Remove any fairy knots with a sharp pair of shears.

    Continue to moisturise and style hair as usual!

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