I don't detangle my hair very often. But when I do, I try to be as careful as possible. Detangling the hair properly is the best way to avoid breakage and retain length. The reason why I don't detangle often is because I wear my protective styles for at least two weeks. There are different ways you can detangle your hair, depending on your hair type. I personally think that people with thin hair should detangle the hair while it is dry. This hair type tends to get matted very quickly. If the hair gets matted before getting it wet, the best way to remedy the problem is to use a moisturizing conditioner before getting the hair wet. If your hair shrinks a lot in the shower, you should also detangle the hair before getting it wet to avoid unnecessary knots. There isn't a right way to detangle your hair. What works for me may not work for you. Using a comb or detangling the hair with your fingers is a personal choice. I have never used a detangling brush, but I know women who swear by it. I use a wide tooth comb, or my fingers when I feel a knot.
- Detangle with water during daily moisturizing. If you feel a knot while moisturizing your hair, remove it right away. Some knots are stubborn and won't budge without the help of a pair of scissors.
- Using a detangling solution can also make the detangling process easier because these solutions contain conditioning agents that softens the hair and loosens the knots.
- I use a moisturizing conditioner every time I wash my hair, unless I am reviewing a shampoo or conditioner. I love to detangle my hair while it is soaked because the slip helps me remove the knots and shedded hair faster.
- If you already use any oil to pre-poo your hair, find knots and tangles while doing so, and remove them. Extra virgin olive oil works well on my daughter's hair. It is one of the best oils for when you are detangling on dry hair. It doesn't only soften the hair. It adds shine, minimizes friction, and leaves the hair frizz-free after shampooing.