Somewhere along your natural hair journey you learn the importance of detangling your curls. A necessary (and time consuming) evil! If only I could count how many frustrating hours I’ve spent untangling knots and asking my German/Irish husband for help. Side note: he is now a detangling pro too.
Below are a few tips that I use in my detangle and pre-poo routine.
1. Don’t Detangle When You Are Pressed For Time
Yes, along with not detangling when you are angry (or hangry for that matter). Why, you ask? Because you are less likely to be gentle and will cause unnecessary breakage to your sensitive kinks and coils.
2. Finger Detangling is a Major Key, But So Is A Wooden Comb/Brush
I love me a good finger detangling session, but long are the days when this alone was enough. Now I incorporate a wooden Bass brush that is surprisingly gentle on my hair. After detangling using my fingers, I gently brush my 4C kinks with a few passes of this brush. Believe me when I tell you it does not rip my hair out, which I unfortunately can’t say about my Denman brush.
3. Amla Oil Is An Excellent Pre-Poo
The benefits of amla oil have been said to contribute to strengthening the hair follicle, treating dry and itchy scalps, and preventing hair loss. This can definitely be a lifesaver during the winter months if you live in a colder climate.
4. Detangling on Damp Hair
If you have thick, kinky hair that is particularly prone to knots, you might find that detangling on damp hair is best. Soaking wet hair is usually at its weakest point and is more likely to break when you are manipulating it. I’ve found that getting the hair damp (with rose water or water + leave in) helps to remove a majority of my shed hairs, with less breakage.