By Cipriana of Urbanbushbabes.com
Ah the age-old burning question…how exactly do I finger detangle? Well all jokes aside perhaps not an age-old question but a burning question nevertheless that I have been asked time and time again. So lets get down to it! How exactly do I finger detangle so efficiently that I am able to run a comb through my hair afterwards without any tangles or knots along the way… Trial and Error. Yes my friends, to put it simply, the method I use today was found through trial and error. But the hardships I’ve experienced have lead me to a finger detangling process that reaps the most benefits for my hair.
Initially I had no clue how to finger detangle and I soon learned if not done thoroughly and properly, finger detangling can lead to locing of the strands and breakage. The locing I experienced was so extreme that it eventually lead to another big chop. After that fiasco I came to understand that there is a lot to finger detangling — especially for kinky hair textures — and not taking all the proper precautions can lead to frequent problems.
Today the way I finger detangle my strands has contributed to drastically more length, density and far less split ends. Stay with me as I discuss my 10 step finger detangling process.
1. Dry Your Hair
The curlier the hair the more fragile it is because at every curling point along the strand is a potential point of breakage. By adding water to the equation tension is increased as your hair absorbs the weight of the water. Now all your potential points of breakage are even more fragile. Now I must say that dry detangling works differently depending on an individual’s porosity LINK, individual strand density and texture, but I have found that my extremely fine and kinky textured hair responds successfully to dry detangling.
2. Oil Strands
When some individuals think of dry finger detangling they think in literal terms of “DRY”. How you define dry finger detangling is of course entirely up to you but my definition means no use of water and heavy use of oils. Oils and butters add slip, which is essential for a successful dry finger detangling experience.
The finer and curlier your hair is the more beneficial it will be for you to stretch you hair beforehand. Stretching will create less shrinkage, enabling you to remove tangles more easily since the strands do not curl right back up on themselves. Curly/unstretched hair makes fishing out knots more difficult and creates further tangles. The night before I plan to dry finger detangle I usually stretch my 150 loose twists with bantu knots or braids. Remember the bantu knot or braid should be firm but not tight especially when you are stretching tangled strands.