How to detangle dry natural hair
It was wash-day a week ago and you’ve been avoiding washing your hair like a bad ex. Your hair is dry, matted and breaking while some parts have turned into locs. You regret procrastinating and waiting this long because you know that the trauma you are about to experience could have been avoided. You think about passing this onto a hairdresser but you know that path leads to possibly greater misery. You just have to bite the bullet and get on with it.
We’ve all been there trying to test the limits of our kinks and curls. So how do you get out of it with your hair still attached to your scalp? Here are some DOs and DON’Ts to help you out.
DO start by spritzing the hair with water to make it more pliable and easier to manipulate. Make sure you squeeze and smooth the water in, ensuring that your hair absorbs the moisture. This is especially essential for those with low porosity hair.
DO divide the hair into sections when detangling to ensure that each strand receives moisture. If your hair is extremely tangled or matted, break your sections into even smaller segments to thoroughly detangle.
DON’T EVER detangle your hair while it’s dry. It will break.
DO apply a generous amount of conditioner (or try the Earth Hair Detangling & Softening Moisture Spray) to the section of hair you are working on and smooth the product in. Ensure that all the hair is covered and saturated with the product.
DO begin by finger detangling before you use any tools.
DON’T rush the process. Take your time and make sure you do a thorough job. Depending on how long you’ve gone without washing your hair, this part can be time-consuming but you will avoid a lot of breakage. Just remember that less breakage equals length retention which equals longer and healthier hair.
DO add an oil to the conditioner if it doesn’t have enough slip.
DO feel free to use a comb after you have finger detangled to ensure that there is no shed hair left behind. Use a wide-toothed comb or a tangle teaser as they cause less breakage than other tools for detangling kinky hair. When detangling with tools, start at the ends and work your way up to the roots. Combs are optional as you can definitely stop after finger detangling.
DO twist your section up once you are done detangling it so that it remains detangled and does not disturb the other sections that you’ve already covered.
TIP: keep your hair scissors close by to snip those stubborn knots that won’t separate. It’s better to snip them off than tear them apart. Tearing your knots will cause split ends which lead to breakage.
I hope you have found these tips helpful. How do you detangle your hair? Share your tips with us below!
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