Sunday, September 7, 2014

3 Steps to detangle 4c hair

Often times in life you have to do things you don't want to do. Life sort of forces you to do unpalatable things like satisfy Obligations, pay bills, and dangle your hair. At lest one of these things can be painless. 

Keep reading for my top tips when dangling fine 4c hair.
When attempting to detangle fine, kinky hair, you  must remember  1 thing: be gentle! Your kinky curls and delicate treat each strand with love, as you section, separate, and remove shed hairs. Because your hair is tightly coiled, shed hairs often get ensnared in your mass of curls. These rogue hairs can cause tangles as the work their way down, ultimately leading to breakage. How often you detangle  Depends on the condition of your hair, and current hair style. If you are wearing your hair in out styles, (twistout, braidout, fro, bantu knotout) you should detangle once or twice a week. Limiting how often you manipulate your hair will lower your risk for mechanical damage. While on the other end of the spectrum, going long periods of time without taking time out to  detangle will lead to knots, locks, and breakage.  Having a successful natural hair journey will require you to find  balance when caring for and styling your kinky hair.

3 Steps

Unless you are going to straighten your hair, do not bother to separate each and every strand. Instead work in medium sized sections. With oily fingers, begin to stretch the hair and gather the ends in a twist or with a clip.
Depending on the style, you can add moisturizer or oil as you separate any knots. The additional lubrication makes quick work of this task. Take your time gathering the ends, separating any clumped curls. This does not take long. If I come across a monster knot, I move on and come back to it later. If the tangle is beyond Saving, I will save as many strands as I can, then cut the knot.
Finger comb
At this point I haven't reached for a comb. All of the large knots are gone, and the hair is moisturized.  Working in larger sections, run your fingers tip to root, then root to tip, removing any additional shed hairs. You should aim to run your fingers without any major snarls. As you complete each section gather it into a twist to keep the hair stretched and detangled. 
If your curls are tightly coiled and fine, do not aim to get a small comb through your hair. Achieving this goal will only lead to breakage. Instead, aim to remove  any shed hairs and keep your ends gathered together to prevent tangles from returning.