I guarantee that the part us curly cousins don’t look forward to is detangling our hair. Am I right? I know it can be time consuming and seeing hair shedding can be scary.
But wait, what if I told you that you can detangle like a pro to reduce breakage and to grow your hair as long as possible?
- Wet Hair
The first thing to do is thoroughly wet hair in the shower. Just drench it! When your hair is wet, bonds naturally break within your hair, and this actually makes your hair more flexible to comb. Just remember wet hair is more prone to being damaged or broken off, because it is now in a more vulnerable state. This is why you must be extremely gentle whenever you’re detangling wet hair. The benefit to detangling wet hair is that it is softer, more flexible, and easier to manage. So you end up getting less breakage, and in the long run...longer hair.
When applying your shampoo, it’s incredibly important to focus on your scalp. Your scalp is where you accumulate the most build up . So apply, work on the scalp, massage your scalp, then rack the remaining shampoo towards your roots.
- Section Hair
After cleansing and rinsing your hair out, the next step is conditioning. A key factor is to section your hair. Depending on how thick your hair is, section your hair into 2-4 sections. If you have tightly coiled hair or hair that is prone to tangles, this allows you to focus on each section more thoroughly, which also helps reduce breakage.
- Keep Hair Wet
When applying conditioner to each section, continuously add water so the conditioner can distribute evenly or more smoothly. Conditioners work best on dripping wet hair (your hair should already be dripping wet since you’re in the shower *wink emoji). Don’t allow your hair to start drying up while you're detangling, because it will be A LOT more difficult to detangle when dry.
- Finger Detangle
Start to finger detangle from the very ends and work your way towards your roots. I know a lot of people really hate to finger detangle because it can be time consuming. However, if you can continuously add water and conditioner while finger detangling, the process will shorten. Also, the one time you want to be super patient with your hair is during the detangling process. Remember, your hair is at its most vulnerable state when it’s wet, so it needs a lot of TLC. When you finger detangle, you’re actually feeling for the tangles as opposed to possibly ripping them through with a comb or brush.
- Grab a Detangle Brush
After you're done finger detangling, use either a denman brush, a detangling flexi brush or any silicone brush with nylon bristles. Please avoid any brushes with little ball pins, as these can cause breakage for curly hair.
Use your detangling brush from the ends towards your roots to catch any smaller detangles or shed hair you may have missed while finger detangling. When you encounter a knot, don’t just rip through it with your fingers or brush. Really isolate that section of hair and try to remove the hairs one by one. This process not only significantly reduces the amount of breakage, but it will also make it a lot less scary to see less hair shedding.
- Rinse with Cool Water
Once your brush is easily able to glide through your hair without any resistance, twist each section up before moving on to the next to prevent any possible new detangling.
Once you’re done with the entire detangling process, untwist each section of your hair, and rinse out 80-90% of your conditioner in COOL WATER! If you rinse your hair in warm or hot water it will detrimentally dry out your hair and cause frizz (and we don’t want that). So colder water will help seal in your moisture and help reduce the amount of frizz.
Once you hop out of the shower, pop in one of Donna’s Recipe Biotin Vitamin Gummies to keep your hair strong after detangling it!
Thank you for taking time to read about my shower process. Now you’re ready! So go ahead and jump in the shower to start detangling like a pro!!