Since it is inevitable for lively coils to intertwine, we need to know how to correctly untangle our hair strands. Detangling natural hair becomes an art that one needs to master for the sake of healthy strands. The art of detangling will allow you to untie knots without damaging or breaking hair strands. It will take some practice, and a little patience, but once you know how to do it, you’ll wonder what the fuss was all about.
Time and patience
Always take the time to untangle your hair. Don’t start doing it if you are in a hurry. Your kinks will only suffer from impatient and hasty pulling; the knots will get tighter and there is a likely chance that you’ll do damage to your hair. All this will only upset you and won’t contribute to your happiness or beauty. That’s reason enough to take your time.
Don’t try to comb your entire head at once unless you have some freshly cut naps of one inch or less. Forget about the commercials where you see women combing through their long, thick hair with one stroke; it just doesn’t work like that. Not for anyone. Always work in sections. If your hair is between two and four inches long, you can section and untangle at the same time. If your hair has passed four inches, it’s easier to create sections before you start to untangle.
Parting the hair
Here is an easy way to part your hair into sections. You need a rat-tail comb and either clips or scrunchies. If you are handy enough, you don’t need a comb. You can part with your fingers. If your hair is long enough you won’t need clips or scrunchies, you can twirl or twist each section and tuck it in its base to keep separated hair place. Remember, don’t comb or brush while sectioning, just use your fingers to separate the parts and strands from each other.
1. Put the tail of the comb in the middle of your front hairline and carefully start parting. The tail won’t go through at once. If it gets caught up in a couple of kinks, stop and separate the hair with your fingers before continuing to part. Carry on until your hair is divided in a left and a right part.
2 Gather one part and secure it with a scrunchie or separate it with clips from the other part.
3 Take the other loose part and divide it into 2 parts. Start with the rat-tail in the middle of your head and carefully pull in a straight line to the top of your ear. Again stop if the tail doesn’t go through at once and separate the hair with your hands.
4 Gather one part and secure with a scrunchie and then also secure the other part.
5 Now divide the first section into two parts the same way. Start in the middle of your head and continue to the top of the ear.
6 Now your hair is divided in four distinct sections. Part each of these sections again, into two,three or four parts until you have manageable palm-sized sections. You should be able to keep the part in one hand while brushing or untangling with the other. A head usually makes 10 to 12 sections but it depends on the length and thickness of the strands. If the hair is less dense, four to eight sections may also do.
Before you start to detangle with any tool, make sure your hair is completely moisturized with a conditioner or a detangler. You can use a spray bottle but you can also do this while you are in the shower. Once you are experienced in detangling, the hair doesn’t have to be completely wet, but your naps must always be flexible and supple to prevent breakage. I highly recommend the No More Knots. It comes in a spray bottle so not only does it help with moisturizng and untangling, it’s also easy to use. Use it together with the Silky Shea Butter and you have a perfect combination.
Keep a section of hair in one hand and let your hand rest on the scalp. This prevents hair from pulling. Start combing or brushing at the ends with your other hand and work your way to the scalp. Make gentle plucking movements and don’t try to pull through a snarl. Just stop, take the knot out by carefully separating strands with your hands and continue brushing or combing.
Untangle dry ends
If the ends of your hair feel a little dry, dip your comb or brush in the Silky Shea Hair Butter and start detangling the ends. Within no time, the brush should glide through and your ends will feel moisturized. If you have healthy ends they will curl up like in the picture below.
Now take a look at how it’s professionally done by Adenike from the Wooven Wool. Model is Lurie Daniel Favors from Afro State of Mind, Memories from a Nappy Headed Black Girl.