Q: My concern is breakage and knots due to tangling. I big chopped 2 ½ years ago and my 4c coils are approximately 4 -5 inches long. By conservative estimates my hair should be 10-12 inches long by now. So, where is MY length? Once weekly I wash with Kinky Curly Come Clean, and condition with Joico K-Pak conditioner. In July I began doing twice monthly masks with Aztec clay mixed with Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. It doesn't get ugly until I try to detangle after washing! Right now I use Kinky Curly Knot today and a modified Denman brush, but nothing is working to reduce my single strand knots and breakage. My hair is too coily and too short to braid prior to shampooing, and finger detangling isn't working for me. Help!
Try Joico Moisture Recovery Conditioner instead of Joico K-Pak. Joico Moisture Recovery Conditioner is highly recommended for kinky coils because it makes detangling very easy, it contains hydrolyzed protein to strengthen the hair, and it has a low pH which helps smooth the cuticle. Comb the conditioner through (with a wide tooth comb) before you rinse it out because that’s the safest time to thoroughly comb kinky hair and minimize breakage. When it’s time to style, stay away from that Denman! Even though you’ve taken some of the pins out, it’s still too rough on your hair. Every stroke of the brush causes breakage, especially when the brush’s teeth get caught on knots and tangles. Start detangling with your fingers and then switch to a comb, preferably one with smooth teeth. To test a comb, lightly drag the teeth across your arm; if it leaves a scratch mark, the teeth are too sharp. Your length retention will drastically increase if you make those changes to your routine.