Today we are looking into how to detangle hair fast for better hair days! We all want to enjoy our hair without stressing, right? Girl, I feel ya!
Many of us have hair growth goals but we are struggling with retaining length.
True, or false? Learning to properly detangle your natural hair will ensure that you are not just breaking it off.
It will also help with you practicing healthy hair care, as improper detangling can result in split ends and damaged cuticles.
Here are some great tips on detangling your hair without ripping it out!
How To Detangle Hair Fast For Great Hair Days
Detangling your natural hair in the shower is usually easier because the hair is wet and you probably comb the conditioner through it to make it more slippery.
Sometimes you may need to work through tangles on dry hair, so here’s how to do it without pulling all your hair out in frustration (I’ve been there)!
BENEFITS OF DETANGLING NATURAL HAIR
The most clear benefit to detangling natural hair is for growth. When your natural hair is matted and tangled, your hair is much more prone to breakage.
When you understand that there is a big difference between shedding and breakage. Shedding is something that all hair does.
On average, your natural hair sheds about 100 strands a day. You can always tell if your hair is shedding by looking at the hair that has fallen out.
Here is how to get it done!
You, Will, need:
- Wide-tooth comb
- Rat-tail comb
- Spray bottle filled with water, water-based product or your favorite detangling product
- Hair clips
How to Detangle Natural Hair When Dry
- Spritz Your hair if needed. It’s a good idea to have a spray bottle handy filled with water, a water-based product, a leave-in conditioner or a water/oil mixture. Adding moisture to your hair makes it easier to comb through, but you can just spritz only as much as needed since this is supposed to be a dry detangling session.
- Section the hair. Use a rat-tail comb or your fingers to divide your hair into sections. The number of sections may range from four to eight, or more, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Create as many sections as you need; the smaller the section, the easier it will be to detangle. Use hair clips to keep the rest of the hair out of the way.
- Work through tangles with your fingers first. Adding finger detangling to any detangle session is a gentle way to begin the process. You can work out major snags without pulling out too much hair. Instead of raking your fingers downward through knots, ease tangles apart. When you pull down on knotted sections, they can tighten, making it much more difficult to untangle them. By gently pulling tangles apart, working outward, you have a better chance of saving your hair.
- Using a wide-tooth comb, begin at the bottom of the first section of hair. While using one hand to comb, use the other hand to firmly hold the section of hair near the bottom. Slowly work the comb through until the bottom is free of tangles before moving up the hair. Once you reach the roots and can work the comb through the section once or twice, move onto the next area.
- Continue to spritz hair if it dries and you need additional moisture.
- Work your way up the hair section to the root, making sure you can comb freely down to the ends. Once a section is detangled, clip it out of the way, or loosely twist or braid it to prevent it from tangling again. Repeat this for all sections of the hair.
Simple Tips for Successful Detangling Sessions
If you’ve ever endured a four-hour detangling marathon that left your arms feeling like jelly and your scalp like it had taken a beating, try these tips the next time you want to detangle dry, curly hair.
- Detangle your hair on a regular basis: Your detangling sessions will go much more smoothly if you do them regularly instead of only on occasion. Unless your hair is in a protective style, you should try to work through your hair from roots to tip at least once per week. Many women find that detangle sessions take hours when they fail to do it routinely, leading to frustration, tears and excess hair loss.
- Use products with “slip”: This can be whatever works best for you, whether it’s plain olive oil or your favorite conditioner. The more slip you have, the easier it will be for your fingers and hands to glide through and over your tresses.
- Avoid “over”-detangle: Don’t get caught up in the idea that your natural hair must be 100% tangle-free. With natural locks, tangles are part of the package. As long as you can freely work with your natural hair and no snags are preventing you from styling it, the occasional mini-tangle can be overlooked.
Always be gentle when detangling your natural hair.
Why? Rough detangling will cause nothing but pain, breakage, and damage. Detangle slowly and carefully, especially at the ends of your hair where it is the oldest and weakest.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU DETANGLE NATURAL HAIR?
The best way to have healthy natural hair is to keep your hands out of it. In other words, the less you manipulate it, the more likely it is to grow.
So, you do not want to detangle your hair all the time. Remember, you also don’t want to neglect detangling or it will be prone to tangles.
The best thing to do is to detangle your natural hair every time you either change hairstyles or wash your natural hair. If you notice that you’re having to detangle more than twice a week, that’s a sign that you’re over manipulating your natural hair.
The best thing to do is to limit having your hands in your head at all.
The biggest advantage is that you will experience the least amount of breakage since you can feel the knots.
The biggest disadvantage is that it will take a long time.
Of all the ways that you can detangle your natural hair, Finger detangling is probably the safest way to detangle natural hair breakage.
There are advantages and disadvantages to finger detangling the hair that should be taken into consideration.
Be prepared to spend several hours on your hair at a time if you decide to finger detangle depending on the length of your hair. Despite the time frame, there’s no question that this is the best method for maximum hair growth.
HOW MUCH HAIR SHOULD YOU LOSE WHEN DETANGLING NATURAL HAIR?
The best way to answer this is to use your own judgment. Remember, your hair sheds about 100 strands a day. If you have globs coming out when you detangle, you’re probably doing it the wrong way!
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There you have it, How To Detangle Hair Fast For Great Hair Days!
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Xo, The Natural Hair Lover