3. Time: Give the conditioner time to soften the strands
After coating every strand, it is necessary to give the conditioner time to soften the hair. A good guide to the time required is to look at your finger tips as you proceed. The conditioner will act on your skin just as much as it does on your hair. You will be able to see your finger tips wrinkle as the skin is softened by the conditioner (similar to the wrinkling that you get with soaking in a bathtub but the conditioner allows this to happen much faster). It will generally take a minimum of 5 minutes before your hair is softened up sufficiently to proceed. (Note: You can leave the conditioner on for longer or apply heat to it if you wish, the main point is that you need to give the conditioner a little time to work on softening the surface of the hair which makes it easier to comb).
4. Detangle and maintain sections
The next step is to detangle with the tool /tools of your choice. Unravel each section individually and comb it through to your satisfaction. For difficult tangles, add more conditioner or a slippery oil and attempt to finger separate the hair before proceeding further. Maintain the section by braiding or twisting especially if your hair is prone to high levels of shrinkage. This will ensure that the detangled hair stays detangled.
5. Further detangling
If you wish, you can further detangle as you rinse using the stream of water from the shower to help. In this process, as hair is fully soaking wet, it is quite easy to over-stretch it. To avoid doing this restrict yourself to only the widest tools (i.e fingers only in an ideal situation but if you wish a wide tooth comb can be used).
Ladies, how do you reduce your detangling time?