And not because it was a pleasant experience, but because of the pain I experienced every time I got my hair combed.
The thickness of my hair, combined with the impatience of most of the people doing my hair, was a recipe for disaster always.
But now that I’m grown up, I know that it doesn’t have to be this way.
With the proper tools and technique, combing or detangling hair should be an overall pleasant experience.
What you shouldn’t do
You are given a bundle of yarn/rope to untangle, what would be the best way for you to do this efficiently and quickly?
The temptation would be to jump in and start pulling and tugging, but this will only lead to frustration.
However, finding the starting point of the tangle, and then working section by section, knot by knot, will get you results faster.
Similarly, working with kinky/curly types of hair requires precision and patience in order to for the process to be an enjoyable one for all involved.
And minimizing breakage is an excellent way of retaining length and achieve growth.
Taking a comb to dry hair is going to cause pain and more breakage, so I always find a way to add moisture to my hair before attempting to detangle.
For this I will use:
a) Detangler – a good detangler should melt away the tangles as soon as you apply it. I love my hypoallegernic, nontoxic one from my favourite haircare range.
b) Spritz – if I don’t have a detangler handy I’ll mix some water with a bit of oil or conditioner depending on whether I’m going to wash or style. This ensures that my hair has some slip before I attempt to detangle it.
2. WORK IN SECTIONS
This is the sauce to pain-free styling in general for me – working in sections. After moisturizing my hair, I’ll then process to divide my hair in about 4 sections normally.
The size of the section will depend on the amount of tangling going on, and the size of your hair.
Another reason why I like working in sections is because it allows me to be thorough with my process as I have access to every bit of hair. Unlike when I’m trying to detangle in one go.
3. USE THE RIGHT TOOLS
If sectioning is the sauce to detangling without pain and breakage, the proper tools are the seasoning.
Ever since I invested in the right tools for my hair, detangling has become a breeze, for real. And below are some tools that I keep handy to ensure a pain-free process;
I bought this a few years ago on a recommendation and I’m often amazed by how quickly I’m able to get my hair into a fro when using it.
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Another one of my initial investments all those years ago, my denman brush is also a staple whenever I’m brushing my hair.
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c) Q Redew
The Q-Redew gets a lot of bad rep from natural haired sisters but I love mine. I think it’s the quickest and best detangler for my hair at the moment
I bought it over a year ago and it’s still working fine. I use distilled water every time, so I haven’t experienced the plugging problem either.
One thing that I make sure to do when using it is to use a heat protectant. I know it’s wet heat, but hey, I’m covering my bases.
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This was the final result.
While I personally don’t use the wide-toothed comb as much as the other tools, I would also highly recommend it. It’s the cheapest of the 4, and works well especially if you are in a hurry.
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Hope this gives you a good starting point as you figure out how to best minize breakage when detangling your hair.
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