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A Quick Guide on How to Detangle Your Natural Hair (Without Hating It)!

You're due for another wash day, and you're absolutely dreading it. Why? Because you have to detangle your hair... again! Your arms get sore, your scalp is tender, your hands are cramping... and you just don't like it! Well, the good news is you're not alone. But the even better news is that it doesn't have to be that way! Today, we're pulling out some tips we have in the arsenal that'll revolutionize your detangling game.

1. Detangler (Slip)

In the world of rinse-out/regular conditioners, there is a subset of them that are well known for their slip. These are mostly marketed towards natural hair, especially coily/kinky hair. These work by reducing the amount of friction between your strands, creating an environment where your knots can let loose. Pun intended 😁

2. Work in Sections

Girl, don't just jump in there! Take some time to be a bit more methodical. Split your hair into smaller sections that will be easier to manage. Aim for anywhere from 4 to 6 sections. As you try different sections, you'll figure out the number that works best for you. Once you're done with each section, twist or pin it away to keep the hair in that section from tangling again.

3. Use Your Fingers

Combs are great and all, but for the most gentle detangling possible, try using your fingers to detangle. Here's how to finger detangle:

  • Working in sections, with hair that's conditioned, start to slowly rake through the ends of your hair.

  • If your hair is still too tangled for that, then start by trying to take out a smaller subsection of hair to work on. Pay special attention to the ends. Slowly pull just the ends apart, stopping to work out any knots. Repeat this until you're able to start raking your fingers through your hair without them snagging at your ends.

  • For really stubborn knots, cut them out using shears rather than ripping them out.

4. Get Better Tools

We all know the saying that a bad workman blames his tools. Well, this is only sort of true when it comes to detangling your hair. A fine tooth comb will finish you! I exaggerate, but honestly, these types of combs will cause you to lose a lot more hair than necessary, so avoid these unless your hair is straight or you're in the process of straightening it. Stick to wide tooth combs or specialized brushes like the EZ Glide Detangle Brush.

Bonus Tips:

1. Trim Your Ends

It sounds counterintuitive, but trust me on this one. Even with the best care, your ends will go through wear and tear, which will cause them to be especially tangle-prone. So every so often, go in and have your ends trimmed so you can stay on top of that.

2. Deep Treatment

If at the same time your hair has gotten harder to detangle it has also stopped 'responding' to the usual products and routines you have, then it may be time to deep treat your hair. And the culprit is almost always a lack of moisture, so try a moisturizing treatment that's got a little bit of protein such as a Yogurt and Honey mask.

Any tips we've left out? Do let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from you!

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