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Most curlies don’t brush their hair every day, much less detangle it. But detangling hair is an important part of hair care and it should be a part of every hair regimen. Here are some tips on how to detangle curly hair.

When Should I Detangle?

The frequency at which you should detangle your curls varies from texture to texture. Even within texture, it varies on your specific hair type. I am a 2A and I detangle my hair every other day in the shower. I rarely detangle my hair when it’s dry. A good rule of thumb is to detangle your hair on wash days.

So when should you wash? This depends on many things, such as what sort of climate you live in or how oily your scalp gets. In general, you should wash your hair at least once a week. That being said, you should also detangle your curls at least once a week.

How Should I Detangle?

Again, your detangling method depends on your texture and hair type. I detangle my hair using a little bit of conditioner and my fingers. It’s easy, simple and effective. Most curlies will agree that your fingers are the best tool you can use when detangling. Some general tips when it comes to detangling:

  • Detangle your hair when it’s wet or damp.
  • Use a dollop of conditioner to aid with the detangling process.
  • Use the pressure of the shower had to help push knots out and smooth out your curls.
  • Use a wide tooth comb or your fingers to comb through knots.
  • Begin combing at the bottom and work your way up.
  • Detangle damp hair by spraying leave-in conditioner or detangling spray.
  • If you decide to detangle dry hair, use oil to lubricate your curls and prevent breakage.

What Products Should I Use?

Leave-in conditioners and cream based conditioners are your best friends when it comes to detangling. Detangling your hair without them can cause breakage and lead to damaged hair. Here are some of the best products and tools for detangling:

Remember, if detangling hurts you, it’s probably hurting your curls. Be gentle and your curls will thank you!

What tools or products do you use to detangle your curls?

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I have 3a/3b curls and I use the Organix Coconut Milk shampoo, conditioner, and serum. The shampoo is sulfate free and does a great job of detangling, but the conditioner feels like it's almost warming up in your hands the more you rub it into your hair. That stuff is AMAZING on detangling. I have a wide tooth comb in the shower and a wide brush, but I use neither now because of my great new conditioner. :) ♥
My wide tooth comb is definitely my best friend for detangling my curls. And if I use a sufficient amount of leave in, it makes the process so much easier!