Should I comb or use fingers to detangle? Should I detangle with wet or dry hair? These are common questions asked in the natural hair community. We are here to discuss what works and what doesn't work for each of these detangling techniques.
Comb Detangling Vs. Finger Detangling
Many of us may have grown up with our mothers using combs to detangling hair. If you choose comb detangling, you want to make sure to use a wide tooth comb.
Sometimes when you comb your hair, you tend to rip out hair and instead of separating your strands. Comb detangling is less time consuming. But, if you are not careful, it can lead to breakage.
With finger detangling, you can feel more tangles like knots and ties. If you don't take time to go through most of your strands, you can start to form dreads into your hair.
You may have to use wide tooth comb to gently detangle after using fingers detangling technique. When you master finger detangling, it can lead to improvement in density and length of your hair.
Wet detangling is when your hair is coated with a conditioner, then combed or fingers are used to detangle. Natural hair is always easier to manage when it's wet. The conditioner is used to reduce damage. However, water makes your hair shrink and easier to break.
To stop you from ripping your hair out, you want to not use much force to comb out your hair. Be sure to check the hair that comes out during the detangling process. You want it to be more shed hair with a bulb and not broken hair.
Dry detangling is when your hair is dry and you lightly mist it with water or add a little bit of conditioner. Hair is fully dry and coated with oil. Of course, natural hair tends to shrink when it's wet.
Our natural curls are much stronger when it is dry. However, your hair can break prematurely when it is dry and form knots. You can have success with dry detangling when your hair isn't 100 percent dry. This is one technique, you cannot learn overnight.
Remember to always try out every detangling method to see what works best for you.
What detangling options do you use?