Detangling Natural hair
The Importance of detangling
Many may think, as I did, that it is not really a big deal to detangle, or comb out as is said locally, your hair. There are different ways to detangle your hair, including using your fingers, a comb or a brush. The more research I did, the better I was able to understand the importance of detangling. Tangles cause knots and can lead to breakage or even hair loss. By detangling, you are minimizing the risk of hair strands forming knots, becoming weak and causing breakage. Since we lose on average 100 strands of hair every day as part of the normal hair cycle, it is necessary to remove these strands along with broken hair, dust, product build-up or debris – like animal fur – that may become trapped in, or on, your hair. These shed strands and debris weigh down and coat the hair, causing it to appear dull and lifeless. All the factors above will reduce the hairs’ ability to retain moisture and maximize its potential length. By simply detangling your hair on a regular basis can help your hair to retain length. The tool used and frequency of detangling is determined by individual preference and hair requirements.
When detangling your hair it is advised to start with your fingers. Finger detangling is the gentlest form of detangling. By using your fingers only, you can get rid of more than half of the shed hairs intertwined in your hair. It is best for removing those problem knots. It also makes it easier for you to use other detangling tools afterwards. After using your fingers, and if you so choose, detangling should be continued with a wide-toothed comb. The wide-toothed comb is another great detangling tool to get rid of the remaining shed and broken hairs and knots. It is always recommended that you start with a wide-toothed comb before proceeding to any other size comb, starting at the ends of the strands and working your way up gradually until the comb glides easily through the hair.
Brush detangling can be the most damaging to the hair strand if not used correctly. If possible, avoid using brushes altogether. It may be required, for instance, while preparing to flat iron your hair, add rollers or flexi rods, or if you want to get that slick down look. In such cases, be very careful. If there is a need for a brush, it is suggested that one with plastic bristles be used for detangling. This is what is referred to as a modified denim brush, a plastic-bristle brush where every other row is removed to make the spaces wider or use a soft bristle brush for slicking down those edges.
Detangling is required in order to reduce knots and tangles that could lead to breakage. The method you choose is entirely up to you. Whenever you decide to detangle your hair, be very gentle to prevent strands from uprooting or breaking off.
Remember NEVER detangle your hair bone dry, always add a hair product that has slip like an oil or your favourite conditioner that can coat the strands and minimize trauma. When possible detangle hair saturated with water and hair product on your wash day.
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