By Jc of The Natural Haven
Reducing the time it takes to detangle hair is a priority for some naturals. Detangling wet hair is one way to do this but care has to be taken to avoid breakage given the hair can easily over stretch and shrinkage is operating in full force.
Combing out conditioner soaked hair is the most common method used in natural salons as time is of the essence, with stylists aiming to complete detangling within 30 minutes for most lengths.
Here are some tips and tricks on how you can achieve a quick detangle and develop confidence with handling your hair fully wet/shrunken.
1. Detangle and section
Before wetting your hair, lightly detangle it while it is dry. Any tangles that can be easily sorted out by this process will reduce the upcoming work during wet detangling. You do not have to address any major tangles at this point, just the ones that are quick and obvious. Feel free to use oil to help the process and if your hair is longer, section the hair into 8 or more sections (braid, twist or clip depending on your shrinkage/preference). You can then proceed to shampoo and condition or co-wash your hair as you prefer.
2. Cover ALL your hair in conditioner
The backbone of this routine is conditioner and the key is to ensure that your conditioner is able to coat every single strand. To do this, you will need to unbraid or unravel each twist from your sections and apply a liberal amount of conditioner to the hair before rebraiding or retwisting. Do only one section at a time to avoid unnecessary shrinkage. Selecting a conditioner with good slip is essential as it will spread easily over the hair and help with the combing process.