Did you know that detangling your hair properly is one of the most important steps to growing long, healthy natural hair? That's right! Next to cleansing and conditioning/moisture, the way you detangle could mean the difference between hair on your head, and hair in the sink.
Whether you detangle dry, with oil, or wet, with conditioner, damage is being done with that much aggitation to the strands. Your job is to minimize that damage. That is why whatever your method, you must take your time and do this step with patience. Never handle your hair roughly to get done quickly. It takes a lot less time to detangle than it does to grow back hair you have ripped out.
Now, you can use your fingers, a wide tooth comb, or whatever works best for you. You can even enlist the aid of products to help. Some conditioners have excellent "slip" that helps guide you through the tangles. In All Things Curly, this would be any of the Darcy's Botanicals leave-in conditioners. They are FABULOUS for detangling. You may also find that some conditoner instantly softens your hair, making it easier for you to detangle. Darcy's Pumpkin Seed Conditoner is EXCELLENT for that. As a final step only, you may even find some styling products that will make your hair smooth enough to take the comb through. I wouldn't use a styler for the purpose of detangling, but it is a good quality to have while twisting, braiding, or otherwise molding your hair into styles and shapes. May I recommend Pura Body Naturals Cupuacu Hair Butter? Melts on your hair.
So how do you choose to detangle? I've been detangling in the shower with wet hair covered in conditioner. I used my fingers because I can fee when there is a knot and coax it apart, as opposed to a comb ripping it out. But I've been reading Chicoro's book "Grow It!" And so now I think I may try dry detangling with my fingers prior to washing. We'll see how that works out! If you've got some tried and true awesome detangling methods, let us know here so that we can all experience the love, and longer lengths. Because longer hair is about retaining length.
Until next time!
Stay Gorgeous :)