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Fool-proof ways to detangle kinky and curly hair

Detangling kinky/curly hair can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t have the right tools. Even with the right tools the process can be long and grueling. However, I can’t stress enough the importance of detangling kinky/curly hair properly to prevent breakage. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve ripped strands of hair out of my head because I was too lazy to detangle my hair. Since all kinky/curly girls are not created equal, of course there isn’t one perfect method for detangling your hair. There are, however, a few things you should always keep in mind.

Slippery When Wet

Never detangle your hair while it’s dry! Both kinky and curly hair is extremely fragile, and detangling it while it’s dry can do a lot of damage. Your hair doesn’t have to be dripping wet, but it should at least be damp enough to give it more flexibility. When detangling your hair in the shower is not an option, saturating your hair with water from a spray bottle is just as effective.

Less Is Best

Working with smaller sections of hair makes detangling seem less overwhelming. I usually separate my hair into 6 to 8 sections; then use twists or hair clips to secure each section. You may want to use more or less sections depending on the length or thickness of your hair.

Adding Extra Slip

If your hair is very kinky or curly, water alone may not create enough slip. I love to use a thick, creamy, inexpensive conditioner to help with detangling. My favorites is Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner (about $3 at Walmart/Walgreens), Just apply a generous amount of conditioner to each section of hair before detangling it.

Must Have Tools

Choosing the right tools for detangling saves you a lot of pain and frustration. Avoid using brushes with close bristles and combs with close or small teeth, which can rip your hair out. Instead, use a wide-tooth or shower comb, or a vent or nylon pin brush. If Denman makes a whole line of great brushes with a widely-spaced pin design. I recommend the Denman D31 Volumizing Brush, which is specifically designed to detangle and define thick and curly hair. Many kinky/curly girls also swear by the Tangle Teezer Detangling Brush, which is sold for about $10. You can purchase all tools from Amazon.com or Sally Beauty Supply.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.