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How to Detangle Hair

Q&A: Detangling Help!

Here's some hair advice from OnSugar blog Naturally Obsessed:

A Naturally Obsessed reader asks:
What is the best way to go about detangling my natural hair?

The first thing you want to do is to divide your hair into sections. However many sections you do will depends on the length, thickness, and texture of your hair. I usually do four to six sections because my hair is very thick and highly textured. Next rinse your hair thoroughly. The conditioner allows more slip when the hair is soaking wet.

The next step is to soften the hair. If you have tight curls like mine than you know that just loading the hair with conditioner is just not enough sometimes. Apply your conditioner one section at a time then braid the hair. The braids will help to stretch the hair and prevent it from getting even more tangled. Cover the hair with a plastic cap and let it set for a few hours or even overnight. This will loosen up the curls a bit, making it a lot easier for your wide-toothed comb or Denman to get through. When it comes time to detangle, you'll do one section at a time. Unbraid it and begin to comb or brush it slowly from the ends up to the roots. If you come across a knot, work it out carefully with your fingers. Repeat, rinse, and style.

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Also when you're shampooing dont tangle up your hair. This helps immensely when conditioning and trying to come out kinky/curly hair. Rub your fingers through your hair going from your forehead to the nape of your neck. Scrub your scalp vigorously but don't mesh up your hair while scrubbing.
Silvers567 Silvers567 7 years
Does natural hair mean African American hair? I didn't know this! It's confusing - I don;t dye my hair so I was like "oh my hair is natural but super tangly too!"
Torance Torance 7 years
I'm with chillchic. I brush/comb through the tangles while the conditioner is it. If my knots are really tough and I couldn't get them all out, I've found the quickest and easiest way is while you're rinsing the conditioner out. The water running over your hair as you comb/brush really helps!
chillchic chillchic 7 years
Wow, that seems like a lot to do. All i do is just put the conditioner on while i'm in the shower (garnier fructis sleek and shine 3 min masque is THE BEST) and then comb it through and rinse.
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