If you wanna keep hair on your head, you gotta figure out how to detangle your hair in a way that minimizes breakage and in some cases, quite literally pain. If you’re nappy, you know that’s not necessarily an easy thing to do. However, the key word here is minimize — not prevent. Because of the way nappy hair is structured with weak spot that correspond to all the twists and turns along the hair shaft, some breakage is inevitable. But if you become a master at detangling, you can pretty much limit the hair in your comb or brush to normal shedding and just a little bit of breakage. Here is a list of tips that can help you become a master at detangling your hair.
- Use your fingers to gently pull the hair apart
- Use a wide-tooth comb and detangle from the tips to the roots. If you run into a snag stop combing immediately and use your fingers or the tip of a rattail comb to untangle the knots
- DO NOT snap a knot out with your fingers; that can unnecessary damage to your cuticles and cortex. If you can’t detangle a knot, use a pair of good quality hair shears to cut the knot out.
- If you’re getting ready to shampoo, detangle hair and band it in sections to prevent shrinkage and retangling.
- Don’t detangle dry hair
- If you shampoo loose hair (because it’s too short to band) then saturate your hair with conditioner before combing through with a wide-tooth comb.
- DO NOT rip your twists apart. Take them apart gently starting from the bottom. If you do them from the top, you risk knotting up your ends.
As you can see, there’s lot’s to consider when you go about the task of detangling your hair. And I’ll come back and add more tips as I think of them or run across information from other sources that are worth sharing with you. But doing it properly takes time, patience, and somtimes a bit of creativity, but in the end, you’ll be rewarded by seeing fewer broken hairs in your comb and over time longer strands of hair on your head.