Wash day…is erm, challenging.
Because well, the detangling process takes a lot of time.
In the words of fellow curly soldier, @dirtmurder, on twitter, “My arms and fingers get tired from finger detangling! I feel like I’ve got a workout in by the time I’m done!”
Luckily, we have a team of stylists who can offer up detangling tips for days. But not everyone’s hair (or struggle) is exactly the same.
So we asked our curly community: What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to detangling?
Here, are some of the answers:
Via @chulamary192: Having to use too much conditioner L I run out of conditioner faster than my shampoo.
If you have a looser curl type, after cleansing your scalp you can use your conditioning cleanser (like No-Poo or No-Poo Decadence) to begin detangling your hair, says Devachan colorist Eladia LeBron. If your hair is a darker color, detangling with your cleanser, rather than your conditioner, will actually make your hair look shinier, since conditioner can have a more mattifying affect.
If you’ve got a tighter curl texture, the best way to maximize your conditioner is to add as much slip as possible, aka you want to make sure your hair is soaking wet. You can also boost the slip of your conditioner by blending it with oils, like the ones found in MirrorCurls.
Via @chorne_la: My hair tends to matte in clumps at the roots – my detangling time in the shower with a wide tooth comb and finger detangling is about 1.5 to 2 hours.
Normally, we don’t recommend applying conditioner at the roots, but if you’re ending up with knots there, this is definitely your best bet. Cal Ellis, Master Curl Educator for DevaCurl, recommends gently massaging No-Comb Detangling Spray or One Condition Decadence at the root. Then with both hands, SLOWLY start pulling the knots apart. Make sure to work the product in very small sections.
Via @qnineteenb: The curls on the back of my head and near the nape of my neck get tangled so easily 😩
You’ve got a few options here.
According to Cal, you can Spray No-Comb Detangling Spray on your fingers and gently run through your underneath curls between washings.
You can also help give these curls a little extra slip and hydration in between wash days with MirrorCurls. While this product can be a little too heavy for the top layer of some curls, it’s totally fine at the nape of your neck (since these curls usually aren’t visible). Simply emulsify a drop or two in your hands, then coat down the length of your curls.
Via @qnineteenb: Detangling in between wash days without disrupting the curls or wetting my hair is tough, any tips?
It’s hard to avoid water completely, but if you’re looking to avoid wetting down your entire head again, this tip from Cal may just do the trick: Take a small amount of B’leave-In, rub palms together, then hit your hands with a splash of water so the consistency is “liquid-y.” Glide through your curls and scrunch.
Via @michaela___grace: How do you solve dreadlock knots without brushing them out?
If you’ve taken on a dreadlock style you’re not going to try to detangle them, but every so often we do somehow end up with a “dreadknot-like” knot. The best way to combat those?
Gently massage No-Comb Detangling Spray or One Condition Decadence at the root and into the clump. With two hands start slowly pulling apart and work in very small sections. This is a tedious process, so be sure to take your time and be gentle to minimize breakage.
Via @kandykanga: Honestly single strand knots are my biggest enemy :/
Your best bet with these is to simply snip them, says Co-Founder of the DevaCurl Academy, Shari Harbinger. Don’t rip them out – be sure to use scissors, as ripping them will only cause future breakage!
Have you tried any of these detangling tips? Or have some of your own to share? Tell us about your detangling experience in the comments below!