Tips for detangling natural hair

Posted December 1, 2016
In Hair Care

Tips for detangling natural hair

Photo: NaturalCurliesTV

Detangling natural hair can be quite a chore, especially if you don’t know where to start

Detangling natural hair should always be done with tender loving care. You never want to do more damage than good to your curls and kinks. Here are a few tips to help you on your next wash day.

Start with sections

It’s always best to start by sectioning your hair into manageable amounts, that way you can take your time and be as gentle yet thorough as can be. I find that especially if you have thicker, fuller and more kinky hair, sections will help you work your way through smoothing any tangles out and getting those shed hairs without ripping through your hair and causing breakage.

Never on dry hair

You may want to moisturise your hair to some degree in order not to rip through your hair while detangling. Whether you have fine or coarse strands there’s nothing worse that racking through dry curls, that’s just a one way trip to damage. Some curlies like to use water and conditioner while others like to use their favourite oil or leave in conditioner. The best way to determine what to use is to go by the moisturiser your hair responds to best, that way you’ll be detangling with ease in no time.

Fingers first

Finger detangling will always be your best choice. It’s the best way to work through your kinks and curls as your fingers can feel for any knots and tangles and gently get them loose. Make sure your nails are well manicured as you don’t want your hair to snag on your nails or nail polish. Always take your time and if you’re new to finger detangling, don’t be too hard on yourself, you will soon have a system that works best for you and your hair.


Smooth through your chosen section and separate each curl. This way your hair maintains some uniformity to it and allows you to really see and feel what your working with.

Tips for detangling natural hair

Image illustrations: Natural Curlies

Detangling tools

Now, if you decide after detangling with your fingers that you want to smooth your hair further with a detangling tool make sure it does more good than harm. A wide tooth comb will always be first choice as it’s the closets to finger detangling, meaning it’s least likely to rip through your hair (that is if you are gentle with your hair). Also Denman Brushes, Felicia Leatherwood Detangling brushes and Tangle Teezer Thick ‘n’ curly brushes are quite popular choices.   Remember it’s all about what works best for you and your hair. Combs and brushes that are seamless tend to be kinder to your hair.


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Hello there, I'm Mariam. A wife, first time Mother, daughter, sister and journalist by profession. Navigating my way through life, learning to live fearlessly and unapologetically, loving all God created me to be and utilising my gifts for the greater good.

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