Natural hair can be tough at times. It gets dry, frizzy, and Lord don’t let it be wash day! For some, wash day may not be so bad, but depending on your hair type, you can run into difficulty. Some women with a type 3 curl pattern can wash and go without much product, but if you fall into type 4 like I do; everything’s good until you have to detangle.
The Prep Step
Saturating your hair as much as possible will help when you detangle.
Your hair will stay wetter, longer so you don’t have to waste much time with a spray bottle.
Washing with a sulfate free shampoo is best.
Sulfates can dry hair strands and can cause it to mat or shrink like crazy. This also reduces the number of strands that can snap during the detangling process.
Sectioning your hair is a lifesaver.
Imagine trying to rake through your fro all at once, OUCH! Even tough my hair is short I use six sections. I like to use gentle rubber or plastic clips to ensure my hair is not held too tight and no hair is ripped during the detangling process. Once you’ve got your hair sectioned, you’re ready to go.
Picking a Tool
Pick a tool, preferably a comb or brush with plastic bristles. Your tool shouldn’t have bristles that are super close so that your hair has space to move through without excessive pulling.
For easier detangling at any length I recommend Ouidad’s Double Detangling Comb.
This great invention is no match for type 4 hair. Equipped with TWO combs, it easily detangles while ensuring the hair doesn’t bounce back. This also cuts down the amount of passes you make through your hair.
Too many passes can separate your curls, causing frizz.
The comb is also weighted to make it easier to get through the hair. The long teeth can comb through the most dense hair, so no need to worry about your roots.
I love that the teeth are rounded on this comb. I’m someone who colors my hair and I hate when my comb scrapes my scalp before adding in the color because it causes a slight tingling.
Even with all these features, Ouida’s $26.00 price tag cold cause some doubt, so I though you could use a little convincing from the Beautiful Ladies at Natural-ness.
Picking a Product
Finding the right product can be hard, especially when it comes to a conditioner. If you are having trouble finding the right products there are a few things you should look for:
Proteins – Your hair is made up of mostly proteins. This is what helps strengthen and fortify your strands.
Softeners – You want to make sure you can detangle without breaking the hair. These ingredients act as a fabric softener for the hair
Sealers – This will ensure that the nourishment you’ve given your hair so far lasts. You want to make sure your product will seal in moisture for the hair’s optimal health.
Apply your product to the sections.
It will ensure that you don’t miss any strands and the product is applied evenly.
Once that is done I like to give it a few minutes to marinate before I detangle.
You may want to start from the bottom and work your way up, which prevents breakage. Since most of the tangles are here you aren’t fighting to get through them all at once.
Remember to schedule wash day when you aren’t on a tight schedule. You want to be sure you are able to take your time applying product and that you don’t rush through the detangling process!
This article was written by A True Goddess & Makeup Diva, Nina Harwell.
“I am a beauty writer and makeup artist who loves connecting with people and sharing the power of makeup and skincare. I became inspired by transformation. I love how just a little product can uncover beauty you never knew you had! My purpose is to give everyone the self esteem and confidence they’ve always wanted. I long to teach everyday women how to take better care of themselves, since many of us spend our lives caring for others.”