Posted May 11, 2011on:
How to detangle afro textured hair
Natural African American hair is one of the most fragile types of hair there is. A misconception is that because of its coils, and kinks, it is not as susceptible to breakage. This is untrue, with natural hair you need to be very cautious when detangling. Because of its coil shapes, natural oils don’t always make it down the entire hair shaft, which means less nutrients, more breakage, and weak hair. Unintentional breakage can be avoided by properly detangling your hair.
NOTE: The best combs to use for combing out your hair in the shower are the Jilbere shower comb, K Cutter comb, wide tooth bone combs, or any seamless wide tooth comb.
1. Shampoo your hair
2. DO NOT pile hair on top of your head while shampooing. This will only cause MORE tangles and breakage
3. Next, add conditioner to your hair just as you normally would and make sure that your hair is COMPLETELY saturated with conditioner. While the conditioner is in your hair, take a wide tooth/shower comb and part your hair into four or more braided/twisted sections.
4. Leave one of the sections unbraided, take your wide tooth/shower comb and comb hair from ends to roots. DO NOT COMB FROM ROOTS TO TIPS!!! That will result in MAJOR breakage!! If you come across a really nasty tangle, the best thing to try to do is to try to untangle it with your fingers. That will prevent breakage. You can split each section into subsections for better management.
5. Repeat step 3 on all sections by unbraiding and combing from ends to roots. If your hair starts to dry [which it might, depending on how long you take] you can re-wet it.
6. Once all sections are detangled, feel free to unbraid the sections(if you want to) and rinse out the conditioner.