Detangling hair can be quite an ordeal especially if you have a thick dense mane. How many times have you detangled your hair and noticed clumps of hair in your brush/comb? Here we will discuss ways to make this process less painful and damaging.
The step-by-step guide to detangling hair painlessly
Section the hair into 4 quadrants. Use soft hair clamps to hold the hair in place. This is especially helpful if you have thick dense hair.
Apply your detangling spray to one section at a time focusing more on the ends. Using your fingers, spread the solution as evenly as possible. Oils are also great to reduce the friction. Light oils that readily absorb are usually best for normal or thin hair (Example: Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Light Penetrating Oil For Fine hair). For dry hair, you can be a bit more deliberate with the application or choice of oil.
Get the right tools: Wide toothed combs, or detangling brushes are best recommended.
Start with the underlying layers of that section. Grab the lower half of the hair to start detangling. If the brush or comb is stuck, do not force it. Use your fingers to remove the knots or add some more products to help reduce the friction.
Pass the brush from root to tip. Repeat the procedure with the rest of the layers, and finish each section by repeating the previous steps.
Take preventive measures for reducing tangled hair.
- While sleeping: Loose hair gets tangled quite easily, especially if it’s long. Using a soft or cloth-covered scrunchie, tie your hair loosely before you hit the pillow. Or you can also braid the hair loosely if it’s long. I emphasize on the word ‘loose’ because the last thing we want is to damage the hair and follicles with tight styles at night.
- Keep the hair moisturized: Moisturizing keeps the hair smooth and reduces the chances of the fibers being tangled to each other. Dry hair is harder to detangle. [Read here for my earlier post about how to deal with dry hair.] Examples of moisturizers for dry hair can be found here.
- Ensure good shower practice: Avoid roughing up and rubbing your hair all over during shampooing. Not only does it create more knots and tangles, but it also damages the cuticles. The same is applicable to towel drying. [Learn about good shower practice here.]