@keyajames [Tailored Beauty CEO]
Detangling natural hair can be a time-consuming process especially if you want to be gentle. But, it is an essential step in maintaining the health of your curls. You're able to retain length, moisture and sheen by keeping your hair tangle free.
Here are some best practices for detangling natural hair that can help minimize breakage and tangles:
1) Use a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush.
Both tools are designed to gently remove the tangles by snagging or pulling your hair. The wide-toothed comb is spaced evenly apart which allows each clump of curls to be detangled without interfering with the other. And, the detangling brush has soft bristles that will move along with your curls as it is being brushed out.
2) Section your hair
We would love to detangle all of our hair in one, but unfortunately, we can't. Kinky curly hair clumps together so you should not be detangling it all at once. Sectioning will help you to keep the hair tangled and knot-free. Choosing the number of sections is the most difficult part of this step. Should you do 2, 4, or 6? Or 15 like other naturals? There is no perfect amount that everyone should follow.
The best rule of thumb is by considering the length and density of your hair.
Length: If your hair is long then you will need a lot of sections whether it;'s 4 or 6. Using two sections may not allow you to properly detangle every section of your hair. However, if you're still in the TWA stage, then two sections may be more suitable.
Density: If your hair is naturally thick or coarse, you need to utilize more sections. Your hair is harder to detangle when compared to someone with soft and thinner hair. You may need to do 3, 4, or 5 sections to get the best tangle-free results. While someone with thinner hair can complete their detangling process in 2 sections.
3) Start at the tip/ends
You should start detangling from the tip and then work your way up to the roots.
If you do the opposite, you will be pulling the knots from your roots all the way to your ends. Essentially, you will be ripping your hair strands out. When you work from the tips, you're able to remove the tangles towards the ends before you reach the roots. So you can avoid losing the precious length that you worked hard to retain.
4) Apply a detangling product.
Do not detangle your hair when it is dry. You should always detangle when your hair is wet with the product in it. The best product to use is a leave-in conditioner, conditioner, and deep-conditioner. All of these products are formulated with detangling properties so they will soften your hair and loosen the tangles. This makes it easier for your wide tooth comb or Denman brush to detangle your hair.
Our Tailored Beauty Moisture Penetrating Leave-In Conditioner Treatment contains a premium herbal blend of Gotu Kola Extract and Neem Oil to restore moisture and awaken hair. This leave-in treatment strengthens strands, keeps hair manageable, and makes detangling a breeze.
5) Be gentle
Last but certainly not least is to be gentle when you are detangling your hair. No need to rush the process. Take your time and work the product through your hair so it is sufficiently covered. Then, detangle with the best tool from the tips to the roots. Taking your time will prevent you from messing up by snagging your hair and over-detangling your hair.
By following these best practices, you can help keep your natural hair healthy, defined, and tangle-free. Remember, detangling is an important step in your hair care routine, so take your time and be gentle with your hair.