Tuesday, March 17, 2015

7 Detangling tips for Length Retention || Natural Hair

We all know that hair grows from the scalp, but growing long hair has more to do with how much length you retain as opposed to how fast your hair is growing.  So here are 7 detangling tips to help you hold onto those ends and get to your goals a bit faster.

1. Get it Wet 

Detangling on dry hair is a major NO NO.  Water adds elasticity to the hair.  Elasticity = Stretch.  And stretch means your hair will give a little during the detangling process.   Dry hair is going to be more prone to breaking off due to the physical stress of pulling on the hair.  And tread with caution, your hair is still very fragile when wet.  

2.  Slow Down 

Shortcuts aren't short.  So, if you're in a rush when detangling your hair, you're more likely going to be a bit more aggressive trying to get rid of those knots and tangles.  If you aren't able to take your time and be gentle, hold off for another day to prevent any undue damage. 

3.  Add Slip 

2 words .... Good Conditioner.  A good conditioner with slip (i.e. melts the tangles away) is a vital part of any curly girl's regimen.  My all time favorite is Tresseme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner, and for those who don't mind a little silicone, Trader Joe's Nourish Spa condish is a good one too. 

4. Twist it up 

Once detangling a small section of hair, twist it up to KEEP it detangled.  Kinky-curly hair will very quickly bind back up on itself if it's left to run wild (imagine queen Bey with her fans blowing), so to prevent from having to detangle again (i.e. before styling), keep those sections twisted up to keep the hair tangle-free.

5.  Use your fingers 

Now this isn't a rule I always follow because, let's face it, I'm not perfect (shocker I know).  But using brushes and combs can wreak havoc on your hair if not used properly.  Plus, you can't really "feel" how hard you are pulling when getting those knots out.  So, yes, fingers are best.  But if you must use a tool, a modified Denman brush or a wide tooth comb are preferable (pictured above).  And if you can't get the comb or brush through, don't force it!

6.  "Started from the Bottom"

(note the Drake reference, hehe)
Always begin detangling from the ends and work your way up to the roots.  Period.  

7.  Wear Stretched Styles 

Remember that time you were going on a trip and when you packed your necklaces you just threw them haplessly in your bag?  And remember when you went to take those necklaces out of said bag they were all tangled together in the funkiest knots you could EVER imagine?  I don't know about you, but that's what my hair does when I wear it in a wash and go.  It's like every. single. strand. of hair wants to twist on itself and everything around it creating the most wicked knots.  So wearing stretched styles like twist outs, braid outs, and perm rod sets keep my hair stretched and my ends (mostly) tangle-free.  So this isn't much of a tip on proper detangling but more so a tip on how to prevent tangles.  Now, by all means, I'm not saying don't wear a wash and go ... but this is just something that works best for me.  With 2 kiddos and a full-time job, I have no extra time to spend detangling my hair.

Let me know in the comments if you have any other detangling tips! Hope this helps someone!




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  2. Hi what is your washing regimen?


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