Detangling Your Natural Hair: Fingers vs. Styling Tools

One of the most important steps, if not the most important step, to retaining length is detangling properly. If hair is not detangled properly, not only will hair not retain length, but hair will be left with untreated knots and tangles, making it very hard to manage. To find the right method of detangling for you, you have to assess your hair needs. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.

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Finger Detangling

Pros: Cons:
  • More attention is paid to the hair
  • Frustration may lead you to ripping knots apart instead of patiently separating them.
  • May contribute to hair growth because less hair strands are being pulled out
  • Time consuming
  • Will allow you to measure over time how much breakage you normally experience – so if an unusual amount of breakage occurs, you can tell

Detangling With Styling Tools

A lot of naturals advocate for, and against, detangling natural hair with styling tools. Below find a list of Pros and Cons when it comes to detangling with tools like a Denman Brush, Wide Toothed Comb, Tangle Teezer, etc…

Pros: Cons:
  • Detangling might be more effective
  • May tug on hair too hard and cause breakage
  • May be quicker and is considered easier

Whatever method you use, the tips for detangling always remain the same…

  1. Set aside a day strictly for washing, conditioning, and detangling your hair.

–      A day set aside will allow you to solely focus on your hair and nothing else for the day. Take this time to relax, watch television, run errands, finish a term paper, etc…

  1. Detangle hair (wet or dry- your preference) starting with 4 sections.

–     Separating hair into 4 sections allows you to focus on one section, move on, and focus on another section. It also allows for equal product distribution and, for some people, better styling.

  1. Choose method of detangling (Finger or Styling Tools.)

–     This step is totally your choice and is based on what’s better for your hair.

  1. Start from the ends of your hair and work your way up to the roots of your hair.

–     When you start from the roots of your hair and work your way down, you may encounter knots and in the process of detangling your hair, cause more knots. When you detangle from the bottom up, this gives you the first opportunity to detangle knots without unknowingly causing more.

  1. Be patient. Just because you detangle your hair, doesn’t mean it will grow. Long, healthy natural hair derives from a healthy diet, proper hair care, and time.

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Moriah Banks

Moriah Banks, Intern for CurlyInCollege, is a college freshman at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She’s known for her involvement in her community, and her love for natural hair. In her spare time she travels the country and spends quality time with her loved ones. To see more of Moriah, follow her on Twitter and Instagram under the username moriahashleyy, or on her personal blog at moriahashleyy.wordpress.com.

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