I used to detangle with a wide-tooth comb, but eventually all of the hair that I pulled out and shed started to freak me out. So time to start solely finger detangling. The difference in the amount of hair I shed is remarkable. I never knew anything except hair tumbleweeds all over my bathroom floor. Now I sweep and vacuum a lot less.
Why is finger detangling better? For one, while you are supposed to detangle tip to root, when using a comb to do so I often found myself starting at the root. This is a “no-no” because you may simply be pulling hair out if you do this. Combing from the root just takes more energy (I often wonder why my arms are not toned from it) and rips the hair out.
When I first wash, I spritz my clean, wet hair with Dove Nourishing Oil Care Detangler. Then comb through my curls. After that I either air dry or diffuse.
To detangle between washes, I finger detangle. Honestly, there is little to no method to my madness. I usually detangle while sitting in front of the tv, simply working my way through my hair with my middle finger, index finer, and thumb.
If you really must have a play-by-play, this is it:
- You do not have to use any product to finger detangle, but if you need some additional slip to get the knots out, use a light oil for finer hair and a cream detangler or conditioner for thicker hair. I use Carol’s Daughter Tui oil or aloe vera gel to dry detangle.
- Go through and find knots or wilted curls.
- As you find these knots or tired curls, work from roots to ends to separate tangled strands. Once you have done this a couple of times, you will be able to finish in a shorter amount of time.
- once you get all of the tangles and knots out, style as desired. I like to apply a thicker cream at this point to replace moisture and add shine.