Do you have some dreadful memories from your childhood where your mother or father would do just about anything to get all the tangles out of your curly hair?
It must have often ended with a lot of shedding (of hair and tears).
But a lot has changed ever since. Now there are several detangling tips and tricks that will make the process easier and faster for you.
Here are certain dos and don’ts of detangling your curly hair.
Do: Detangle When Your Curls are Wet
Wet hair is more fragile, and it’s often not a good idea to comb your hair when damp, but if you want to detangle your curls, it’s best to do it when your curls are wet.
Wet hair is naturally more soft and elastic, which makes it easier to glide through the knots.
Don’t: Detangle Without a Conditioner
While we recommend detangling your hair when wet, make sure you don’t do it without using a conditioner. Remember, wet hair is more fragile and prone to breakage, so applying a conditioner is key.
Before you detangle your hair, apply a conditioner for about 30 minutes, then detangle while using a conditioner. The process ensures that your tangles are gone without causing excessive breakage.
Do: Start Detangling With the Ends
When you have curly hair, it’s best to detangle your hair, starting from the ends of your hair upwards towards the roots. It is the best way to prevent tension on the scalp and reduce the risk of breakage.
Do: Use the Most Appropriate Tools
Using the most appropriate tools for detangling your hair can make a huge difference. Instead of using a brush or rat tail comb, make sure you always detangle your curly hair using your fingers or a wide tooth comb.
Don’t Rush or Touch
If you are detangling your curly hair in a rush, you will end up with more entangled curls. Hence, you need to take your time while detangling your curls, so you don’t cause any tension or unnecessary breakage of your delicate hair.
Moreover, it’s best to avoid touching or rubbing your hair as it can lead to knots and further entangling of your curls.
With an insight into the dos and don’ts of detangling your curly hair, you can look forward to better hair days.
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