Detangle Your Hair Without Pain
deTaNgle……Up till now, you have probably heard so much of this word around here already, even though it might be new to you, but I kid you not when I say that detangling is the single most revolutionary hair care technique that we had forgotten from our past.
the definition: Detangling is Care
De-tangling is simply the process of removing knots and tangles out of the hair, which is exactly what combing and brushing do, with just less breakage and damage. In natural hair care, we focus specifically on finger de-tangling. Now, just this slight difference, de-tangling using your hands instead of using a comb, if possible, can be the key to unlocking growth potential.
what you didn’t know: Your hair is strong, but fragile!
What we had forgotten is that although our hair looks and feels tough, it is actually very delicate and needs to be handled tenderly.
what you did wrong: Combing is not Always Best!
Growing up (and sadly even today) most people’s hair care has one objective: to try and force the hair to be as straight as it can possibly get – by any means necessary! In the effort of trying to get it to conform to this unnatural state, we would violently comb from root to tip until the comb ran smoothly through (despite how painful that process was).
what to do now: Re-Learn
Now I am not saying we must not comb our hair, what I am emphatically emphasizing is that we should do a thorough de-tangle first BEFORE we put the comb to the hair, and when we do, we must remember that the objective of the comb is to remove knots and tangles, not necessarily to run smoothly through from root to tip.
who should use this method?
The shorter your hair is, the easier it is to detangle, in fact some may get away with omitting this step altogether, but the longer your hair grows, the more important detangling becomes. So in other words everyone can benefit from it.
when should I detangle?
Some find it better to detangle before washing. Some prefer to do it as they wash, and for some it is easier afterwards. So it will be entirely up to you and what works for your hair.
what will I need?
- Make sure your hands and nails are smoothly filed to avoid snagging your strands
- A spray bottle filled with water
- Optional: Detangling lotion or conditioner
- Wide-toothed comb
- Accessories to hold back sections while working
5 – Step Guide to Detangling: A photo tutorial
- Part your hair into manageable sections.
- Working on one section at a time, start at the end of the hair. Spray the tip lightly with water to moisten it. This will help prevent breakage.
- Apply a bit of detangling lotion or conditioner. Working on one section at a time, go through the stands of hair, identifying knots and tangles. When you come across tangles, GENTLY and SLOWLY pull the strands apart to loosen the tangle until the hair is free. What we want to do when we come across knots which are usually impossible to loosen, is to separate the strands that are not tied into the knot so that when you take the knot out it does not pull with it other strands of hair, causing unnecessary breakage. In other words we are isolating the knot and removing it from the hair.
- Take the comb and start at the ends of your hair, loosening any remaining tangles, it would be helpful at this point to hold the sectioned hair behind the area where you are combing in order to reduce the tension on the scalp.
- Finally, tie your hair into two or three strand twists, stretching your hair downward as you twist. Remember to keep misting and reapplying lotion as needed.
How do you detangle your hair? Let us know in the comment section below!
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