Detangling is an integral part of hair care where you simply use a hair-care tool to comb or
brush through your hair. Detangling helps to remove tangles and shed hairs that cause
matting, knots and eventual breakage. The other benefits of detangling include helping
with washing the hair, styling and distributing products throughout the hair. Proper
detangling ensures that you are not just breaking off your hair and overall healthy hair
care. On the other hand, improper detangling can cause split ends and damaged cuticles.
Tips for safely detangling your hair
- Wet and condition your hair
Wet your hair thoroughly and then apply a generous amount of leave in conditioner to your
hair. Damp hair enriched with lots of conditioner is the ideal state for detangling. Water
and conditioner provide lubrication and slip to the hair. This makes it easy to detangle.
Lubrication is necessary for you to comb or brush through your hair. The more slippery
your hair is, the easier the detangling process. You need to be very gentle with your hair
because wet hair is very weak and can break easily.
- Detangle in sections
Once your hair is nicely and lubricated, separate it into 6 or more sections according to the
thickness of your hair. Detangling in sections makes your life so much easier because you
can focus on one section at a time. This is less stressful rather than trying to detangle your
whole head at once. In addition, detangling in sections ensures that you get to all parts of
your hair and that you don’t confuse the parts of hair that have been detangled and those
that have not. Plastic hair clamps or duck bill clips come in handy when you want to secure
those sections. After you are done detangling a section, it is a good idea that you twist or
braid the section to prevent it from tangling up again.
- Use the right comb or brush
Combs and brushes are generally great for detangling, but some combs and brushes are
better than others. The best combs and brushes for detangling are the wide-tooth combs or
brushes with hard, wide bristles and a rubber base. Combs with tiny teeth are not easy to
use when detangling your hair and can even cause more breakage than necessary.
- Start from the ends and work your way up
When detangling your hair, don’t start from the middle or the root. It is quite impractical to
detangle downward from the middle if the ends below it are tangled. Detangling should
begin from the ends of the hair then downwards to the middle and lastly the root.
- Try finger detangling before using a brush or comb
Before you even use a comb or brush on your hair, try using your fingers to separate the
hair strands. Using your fingers helps you feel the major knots and tangles so that you can
pull them apart gently. Your comb will glide through your hair very easily after finger
It is quite impossible to avoid your hair getting tangled once in a while but hopefully these
tips can help you get out of the fix when that happens.