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Roll Call: What is your preferred method of detangling?

Avatar • Sep 13, 2010

Detangling is an essential part of natural hair care. Improper detangling can result in knotting and breakage while proper detangling paves the way for easy styling and care.

Naturals approach detangling in different ways, so my question today is, what is your preferred method?

Do you strictly detangle by hand? Or do you use a wide-toothed comb or a brush? Do you apply product to your hair to aid in detangling. If so, what?

Share your regimen and vote in the polls! Oh, and please mention the texture of your hair!

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Ruth
Ruth
10 years ago

I had to vote ‘other’ to both because I tend to incorporate methods. Meaning… I have 12″ kinky hair and I detangle in stages (fingers, then wide tooth comb, then ‘Denman-like’ brush).

Where product is concerned, I add oils to my conditioner and apply to wet hair (so I guess water is in the mix as well).

Nedra
10 years ago

When answering can people please include whether or not they have looser or tighter coils? I’ve been looking for a detangling method for VERY long and nothing seems to work well for my very tight coils.

miss concrete jungle
miss concrete jungle
10 years ago

Nedra, my hair is pretty kinky all over with tight coils spread throughout. What’s been working well for me is putting big twists (maybe about 10–12) in all over, slathering each with conditioner (just started using yes to cucumbers and really like it), then taking each down one-by-one and detangling from tip to root with a wide-tooth comb. I twist each back up then wash out the conditioner and go on about my routine.

mesh
mesh
10 years ago

I spread yes to cucumbers conditioner through my hair,finger detangle and then use a wide tooth comb. I am mostly 4a/b.

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Nina
Nina
10 years ago

My texture is very tightly coiled, I believe I’m in the 4c arena.

I use a wide tooth comb and Denman brush, but, I only go through my hair with the brush once, and only after detangling with the comb.

First, I apply a detangler spray and let it sit for five minutes. Afterwards, I saturate the section I’m going to work on with conditioner and commence to detangling! The entire process takes me about 45 minutes. The conditioner I use is Trader Joe’s Nourish spa (has great slip). 🙂

Nina
Nina
10 years ago

Also, forgot to add after I finish each section I immediately twist it.

Tiffany
10 years ago

Yep lots on leave in that is watered down a bit and a wide tooth.

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Chantel
10 years ago

I use a heavy conditioner, usually aussie moist or Hello Hydration, and I finger detangle. 1)Put a ton of conditioner on my hair and rake through 2)separate a section of hair and run a little water over it to great slip 3) Gently feel through hair from ends to roots for knots and tangles, periodically getting rid of the shed hairs. You’ll know the section is fully detangled when you can run you fingers through it without them getting caught. 4)braid or twist detangled hair and preceed to complete steps 2 and 3 on the rest of the head. This has been… Read more »

Jessica
Jessica
10 years ago

I have extremely kinky hair that tangles really easily and I am very tender headed. The easiest and less painful way is this: I start the detangling in the shower. I have found that if I comb, in sections, with a wide tooth comb while i have conditioner (Hello Hydration or Giovanni smooth as silk) in while in the shower, it helps make it much easier to comb once I want to start styling. I don’t towel dry, just keep it sectioned once out of the shower. Then I use Kinky-Curly Knot Today or Giovanni Direct Leave-In to condition and… Read more »

Alexis
Alexis
10 years ago

Hair Stats: 14″, coily (4a-ish)

I section my dry hair, douse a section with conditioner, finger detangle (slowly and gently), and then braid.

All this is done before getting in the shower. I find that wet hair is too fragile to detangle and encourages breakage/knots. Also, this way I can take my time and not worry about wasting water while in the shower.

snoopychick
snoopychick
10 years ago

Conditioner, a detangling comb (Sally’s Beauty), some patience and some music. Works everytime. I tried Miss Jessie’s Quick Recovery in my daughter’s 4c hair last night and while it’s very sticky, it worked on par with regular conditioner.

Efe
Efe
10 years ago

My hair is tightly coiled. I section my hair, apply lots of conditioner and then deangle each section in stages (fingers, shower comb, modifited “Denman”). I do this once a week–after shampooing and before deep conditioning. The modified “Denman” catches shed hairs quite nicely. This routine works very well for me.

Gigi
Gigi
10 years ago

I’m a 3b and 3c, shoulder length.

I went from a denman to a paddle brush. My hair loves the paddle brush.

BrownSugahChild
10 years ago

I slather my whole head with Queen helene Cholesterol Conditioner and just a little watter, part my hair in 4 sections, finger detangle, then finish clearing out my hair with a denman brush!!! i love my denman brush!!!!!

Lisa
Lisa
10 years ago

I use a combo of fingers, wide tooth comb and denman.
I detangle first using my hands in the shower while co-washing. Then I use a wide tooth comb, apply deep conditioner and twist detangled hair into large sections. After DC I rinse and then prepare for twists. When I separate the larger twists, I detangle each section with a denman.

AOA
AOA
10 years ago

I finger comb my hair. My texture is super, super coily. I would say I’m 4c all over with a small patch of 4a in the middle back. 1. In the shower I use Giovanni deep moisturizer conditioner or VO5 strawberry and creme. 2. I’ll let it sit in my hair for a few minutes and detangle in small sections. My hair is short (10 months post bc (bc was a super low fade)), so it tends to shrink up quite a bit. 3. After the detangle, I’ll spray my hair with a mixture of Coconut oil, EVOO, aloe vera, water and… Read more »

ElectricFeel
ElectricFeel
10 years ago

I’m in the 4s and I basically plait my hair up in
six sections, rub coconut oil and EVOO in my hair. Go under the shower under warm water, slather on conditioner and then detangle. The oil rinse makes detangling a breeze!

Nerdynap
Nerdynap
10 years ago

Stats — Hair 6–8 inches, 4b/4c, tenderheaded.

My hair is in braiding prior to washing. I abide by the “never loose and wet” rule, saves hair and a tender scalp.

Doing one section at a time, I slather with conditioner. Finger/wide tooth comb and every other wash use the denman for shed hairs. Each section gets plaited up after detangling and then I rinse.

Leo the Yardie Chick
Leo the Yardie Chick
10 years ago

A rat-tailed comb (for sectioning purposes), a wide-toothed comb, a good helping of conditioner and time to kill. I section my hair, start at the ends of each section and then slowly detangle my hair to the roots.

afrique68
10 years ago

Wide-toothed comb lots of conditioner and retwist after detangling or it’s a waste of time. 4a-4b area so fingers are not an option.

Ivy
Ivy
10 years ago

Ok these accounts are scaring me. I don’t understand why some ladies have a hard time or take 45 minutes to detangle? Admittedly, my hair is only shoulder length (stretched) but it is 4a-ish coils and fluff and I wear it most of the time in a twistout. it doesn’t take me but 10 minutes to detangle in the shower with loads of conditioner (Yes to Cucumbers that I let sit on my hair for about 10 mins) and a wide-tooth comb. minimal hair shedding/breakage. my daughter’s hair is midback length stretched (she’s always in twists or braids) and has… Read more »

prettybig
10 years ago

I definately cannot comb my hair alone. I actually have to detangle using a Goody Brush, detangling when my hair is wet and soaked in a natural oil. I usually finger comb whilst in shower, when my hair is freshly conditioned and follow with oil and brushing. For me water and oil are the most important parts of detangling. BTW my hair is a mix of 3c, 4a and 4b.

Whitney
Whitney
10 years ago

I have 4a type hair with tight coils. I don’t know the exact length of my hair, but when stretched it’s between my shoulder blades. After I shampoo my hair and rinsed it out, I put my hair into 4 sections. After that, one section at a time, I put my conditioner in my hair (Qhemet Biologics — Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee) which makes detangling my hair so much easier. Then I use a wide-tooth comb, and comb my hair from tip to root. After I’ve finished combing my hair, I brush it with a Denman-like brush (Goody Bristle in… Read more »

Daja
Daja
10 years ago

I incorporate using my fingers and every now and then my wooden pick. It works fine for me because I rarely lose hair this way. I sometimes use conditioner for detangling, but mostly I use water. Then again I only detangle like every two or three washes.

Nina
Nina
10 years ago

@ Ivy‑I think the time it takes depends on the person’s method, length of hair, curl pattern and etc., so nothing to worry about, it pretty much varies from person to person. I’ll admit, I do work a little slowly with mine because I’m afraid of retangling when I wash out the conditioner. Also, I work in somewhat small sections.

Monisola
Monisola
10 years ago

I have tried MANY methods and this is the BEST for my super shrinky, kinky hair!! I detangle once a week in the shower after I co-wash. I have 4b/4c hair about seven inches. First I cowash usings Nature’s Gate Honey Hemp Conditioner I finger comb under the water streams, then I slather EVOO all over my hair,take more conditioner and rub it through my hair, finger combing more. After this, I use my wide tooth comb and begin to comb through gently, using the streams of water to help me get through my hair. The running water provides AMAZING… Read more »

DiCarol
DiCarol
10 years ago

I 4abc and others. 🙂 I only detangle when I have shampoo or conditioner in my hair. The shampoo lather makes my coils ‘melt’ so to speak. I comb first with a wide tooth comb, then follow with a rat tail one, the tan colored one. I think this help the coils and curls form better. At least it works that way on my hair. It’s about 2–2.5 inches long. So far.…:-)

Ashley
Ashley
10 years ago

My hair’s got a few textures but it seems to be mostly 3c. I detangle with a wide tooth comb and conditioner under the shower.

However, it’s becoming more difficult as my hair gets longer (big hair + big comb = too much to handle). I want to start using a Denman brush and see if that speeds things up.

honeybrown1976
honeybrown1976
10 years ago

Place: In the shower

Tools: Conditioner, water, wide-toothed comb (although I have a Denman now and I will try it out), clips to section my hair

Method: Slather, let sit, rinse and comb at the same time, apply conditioner again, rinse.

JenKen
JenKen
10 years ago

Before washing my hair, I remove all of my shed hair and finger detangle with olive oil. In the shower, after washing, I slather on a bunch of conditioner and use a wide tooth comb. I begin detangling at the ends and then work my way up.

After reading some of the posts, on my next wash I’m going to incorporate an additional step–finger detangle again once the conditioner is in and before I use the wide tooth comb!

Lisa
Lisa
10 years ago

Ivy, I agree with Nina. I think detangling time depends not just on how tangled your hair actually is but also how quickly you are moving, and how long it’s been since you’ve last detangled or manipulated your hair. I detangle with fingers only in the shower. When I have had a 45 min. session it was because I used a product or method that caused my hair to tangle. If I use a clarifying shampoo or black soap my hair has less slip and I wind up needing to spend more time getting the knots out. I also take my… Read more »

nappy headed black girl

When I was loose, I detangled in sections with conditioner and a wide tooth comb. I would follow that up with a finger comb through to catch any missed kinks.

Hair type = nappy

Bethany
Bethany
10 years ago

I follow pretty much the same technique as Monisola. I ONLY detangle in the shower. I’ll get my hair wet and put tons of conditioner on it. I’ll finger section it into 4 sections and comb each section with a wide tooth comb first, then a smaller detangling comb. It is a fairly quick process and if I think it will take too long I’ll turn the water off so I’m not wasting it. I have chin length 4a hair.

Dolores
Dolores
10 years ago

The best method for me is finger detangling in the shower braided in 5 sections using conditioner. My hair is 4a/b 11–14 inches. I mostly wear my hair in twist outs styled in an updo with the ends protected. It takes me at least an hour and sometimes an hour and 40 minutes! (Ridiculous, I know). It would take far less time if I used a comb, but with the finger method I have less breakage. Adding oil has never worked for me.

BrownSugaFro
10 years ago

One method I suggest to help detangling is to wash hair in sections and don’t do the typical thing — bunch the hair up and rub through to suds it up. That process is actually contributing to the tangling up of your hair. Instead of rubbing into your hair, apply shampoo and smooth it down through from root to tip (of course the hair should be wet), use finger pads to clean your scalp, but just smooth the shampoo down through your hair…do the same for your conditioner. I hope this helps, it has certainly made my life easier.

Beverly
Beverly
10 years ago

@nedra my little sister has very tight coils and we detangle her hair with a wide tooth comb. I think the key is to separate your hair into sections when detangling. Now that I’m natural (my hair ranges from 3BC to 4A) I find it easier to detangle my hair than when I had a relaxer as long as I have a good conditioner (usually Aussie Moist) and have separated into 4 sections. After I shampoo one section at a time I put in condtioner so it can sit while I am shampooing the other sections. I use a combination… Read more »

Calidiamond
10 years ago

I am a 4a/b.

If detangling before shampooing, I use my fingers and a combination of lots of aloe vera mixed with hibiscus oil. This is my pre-poo as well.

If detangling after conditioner has been rinsed, I add leave in and detangle with a wide tooth comb on damp hair.

Notice that in both situations my hair is damp/dampened. Dry detangling is a big no-no for my thick, yet fine hair.

Juicycurl
Juicycurl
10 years ago

I hop in the shower, co-wash with my fave conditioner, rinse, apply a detangling conditioner with more slip, divide hair in sections, finger detangle first, then use my jilbere shower comb. Twist after detangling each section. Continue with deep conditioning and style. I also pre-poo the night before my wash routine, which helps lessen the tangles.

Betty Chambers
10 years ago

Scissors.

sarah
sarah
10 years ago

the saving grace for me was when i learned to “activate” the detangling conditioner with water. at first i was just adding the conditioner and it would take forever. but, i learned to add the condish, then run some water over it for about 2 secs, until my hair felt silky and like seaweed, or when the condish foams a little. cut my detangling time to 5–10 minutes.

Milou
Milou
10 years ago

I detangle with my fingers on dry hair first. This gets rid of tangles and any shed hairs then I spray water on my hair, using a goody comb I comb through hair and then finish washing. I do it in sections. This method is ultra time consuming and I find detangling is the part of natural hair care that I hate. It takes me over an hour because I am trying to avoid breakage and avoid my easily super tangled hair being tangled at the styling stage. Those who twist the hair back up after tangling — do you… Read more »

Milou
Milou
10 years ago

Maybe it’d be helpful to know if people have fine, medium or thick hair density, mine is thick (so much so that a stylist thought I had pieces in it) and so any thick haired ladies who have an easy detangling method, please share!

Keyz
Keyz
10 years ago

I’ve been natural since mid-June this year. Every Thursday, I’ve been deep conditioning my 4 a/b/c hair with Suave Coconut Conditioner mixed with olive oil- I start with the far right side of my head- part with fingers section from front to back- apply condition to that section- grab smaller section of that section- stretch it out and then GENTLY (starting from ends) comb through with rat tail comb- I feel it rids and prevent my hair from those horrible knots fairly well.

BrownSugahChild
10 years ago

.…Girl don’t make me get fired laughing to loud in this office!!!!! You sound like me when i first went natural! I BC’d every 3 months for almost 2 years before i even knew what co-wash and denman brush meant!!

Christina
Christina
10 years ago

I’ve never been sure what my hair type is but you can see it here:http://bglhonline.com/2010/06/nfatw-christina-in-the-uk/ If it’s not a shampoo day I rinse with water and distribute a large amount of conditioner through my hair. I then split it into 4 sections and detangle each section with my fingers first. I add more conditioner and comb through a wide tooth comb. Then I rinse with cool water. It takes about 20 mins in total. The healthiest part of my hair is about 7 inches long and the driest and most brittle being 5 inches. 3 years after my fist chop I still… Read more »

kat
kat
10 years ago

I like to use a conditiner base but add oils including teatree or spearmint. I leave that on for awhile so that its deep conditioning too. I do this for myself and my daughter who hair has tighter coils than mine. I use a denman three tooth comb and denman like brush to detangle after the conditiner does its job.
After that a few days later if my hair isnt twisted or braded i just use water for a quick detangle and moisture renewel.

🙂

DoReMeFe
DoReMeFe
10 years ago

LMAO @ Betty!!!!! Keep hope alive!

latoya
10 years ago

MBL 4a with sprinkling of 3c. very fine and thin. i usually detangle with a wide tooth comb with conditioner once a week, but on the other days, i’ll use my fingers and the force of the water in the shower.

shethinksoften
shethinksoften
10 years ago

I need help in shrinkage. My fro is about 6 inches and it looks about 3 or even 2 after an hour. LOL! Also, I use coconut oil and my hair doesnt feel dry…but it looks dry. What can I use to give my hair some sheen?

HoneyMiel
HoneyMiel
9 years ago

I know I’m late but it only takes me 10–20 mins to detangle. May hair is 6–7 inches long and kinky-curly. I’m not good with hair types, I would say 4a/4b. The back is looser and the middle is thick. I have lots of fuzzies and tight spirally curlies and quite a few kinks. When I de-tangled in the shower it took me forever. Now I start out by sectioning my hair into 8–10 sections while dry. I take a section and spray it down with lots of water–my hair DRINKS water. I slather conditioner on it, run my fingers… Read more »

Danie Elizabeth;D
Danie Elizabeth;D
9 years ago

I detangle while I have shampoo in my hair so by the time I condition I won’t have to do anything else. 😀
I have 3A-4B hair. xD

Yvette Brooks
9 years ago

Love this blog and FB page…

I do a variety of thngs to detangle my hair. It depends on what I am going to do with t after and how much time I have.

In the shower or bath, I wet my hair completely and then finger through it. works great.

OR

I get a medium wide tooth comb and comb it out starting at my ends. Works great also. Sometimes I use this same method with Conditioner or Oil in my hair.
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Fraña
Fraña
9 years ago

I like to detangle with my fingers first, then I use a wide toothed comb. I use conditioner to detangle and detangle some more under rinsing water in the shower.

Toya
Toya
9 years ago

ummm… what is “other”??? Just curious…lol

Mkali-Hashiki
9 years ago

I detangle in the shower. I put detangler all over my hair & then section my hair in 4 sections, one clip per section. I let the detangler sit in while I wash my body. I start in the front (easier to detangle), and on the first section, I start near my ears, parting (to the best of my ability) hair, and put some more detangler on that little piece & then come from the bottom up while rinsing the hair (it’s the rinsing while combing that gives me the best slip). This can take up to 45 minutes. I have hair… Read more »

Catherine
Catherine
8 years ago

When dry, I use my fingers, then a pick, and then a brush (I roll it on my hair instead of yanking at my hair strands).

When in the shower, I use my fingers, then my brush (again I roll instead of traditional brushing).

I always work from bottom to top. Also, I use water because I’ve run out of my hair lotion (I only have my rinse out conditioner left. Ahh!).

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