by Lebogang Mashasha
As a person with natural hair, you’ve probably either heard of people talking about detangling their hair or struggled with this process yourself, as natural hair is prone to tangling. There are various ways to detangle your hair. Each method works in different ways for different people, it all depends on the texture of your hair. Therefore, it if important to get to spend quality time with your hair, get to know it and find out which method works best for you. You will spare yourself a lot of headaches and hair loss if you get into the habit of detangling your hair as often as possible.
What is it to detangle hair?
To detangle hair is to separate hair strands from each other, in order to either prevent or remove knots from your hair.
Reasons to detangle hair:
- Helps to reduce knots in your hair, which in turn reduces breakage
- Ensures that hair strands are well moisturised
- Product application becomes easier
- Combing and brushing hair becomes less painful
- Styling hair is made easier
- Gives hair a neater look when styled
- Hair becomes easier to manage
How to detangle your hair:
It is much easier and a lot less painful to detangle your hair when it is damp. As you should know, sectioning (separating and tying your hair into small parts and working with one part at a time) your hair is probably the most important step in your natural haircare regimen. Sectioning saves you time and effort and ensures that your hair is detangled properly. Application of products also becomes easier when you work with one section at a time. You can use a detangling moisturising spray or similar product to help you detangle with greater ease.
- Section your hair into parts which you’ll be able to handle
- Start separating that section with your fingers to untangle the hair
- Start from your ends and work your way up to the roots
- Continue with the rest of the sections
- Cut off any knots that you’re unable to separate
You can either detangle with your fingers, a wide-tooth comb or a brush. Start with your fingers as this reduces hair shedding, then use a comb/ brush if needed.
- Our Mango & Marula Natural Hair Leave-in Conditioner Spray is a great product to use when detangling hair after washing/ conditioning or when rehydrating hair days after wash day.
When to detangle your hair:
- Before styling your hair
- After you have shampooed or conditioned your hair
- While applying a treatment of your choice
- As you moisturise your hair
Although detangling your hair may seem like a mundane task, it is of great benefit to you. Be gentle when you handle your hair and most importantly; take your time.