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Old 12-27-2010, 01:04 PM   #1
 
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Default Best detangling tool for 4b/c hair HELP!!

It doesnt matter whether it's a comb, brush, yo hands! I jus need something that does the LEAST amount of damage to my hair but the BEST at removing shedding and knots. Please also give suggestions on the best way to use these tools
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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My two best detangling tools are my fingers and a wide tooth comb. I get a lot of shed hair out by gently tugging on my hair (I do this wet or dry but damp to wet tends to work better). Then I use a wide tooth comb to detangle sections of hair (damp or wet only). Most folks will say comb ends to root. I don't always follow that rule.
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My two best detangling tools are my fingers and a wide tooth comb. I get a lot of shed hair out by gently tugging on my hair (I do this wet or dry but damp to wet tends to work better). Then I use a wide tooth comb to detangle sections of hair (damp or wet only). Most folks will say comb ends to root. I don't always follow that rule.
This is the same for me as well.

I find it works best with my hair saturated in conditioner, or if I must detangle on dry hair, I spritz oil on my ends and detangle on strand at a time. The latter can be time consuming, but it saves a lot of heartache.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:58 AM   #4
 
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To detangle, I put Tresseme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner and an oil (right now, sunflower oil) on dry hair. Then I finger detangle. Then I detangle with a paddle brush & I do one comb-through with my Magic Star Jumbo Rake comb.

This method works so much better for me than solely detangling with a comb because I get much less breakage, and I find it easier for me to remove the shed hairs.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:30 AM   #5
 
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I'm trying to do a better job of finger detangling first on dry hair to get some of the shed hairs out. After washing, I detangle in sections with lots of condish. First I apply condish to the section, then finger detangle. I then go through with the wide tooth comb. About once a month or when I have some extra time, I follow the wide tooth comb with my denman to make sure the hair is really smooth.
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it seems everyone's stressing "finger-detangling with conditioner". it used to finger-detangle but i never seem get rid of all the shedding but i guess it was because i never used conditioner. i think i will give it another go. Thanks everyone!
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My fingers and/or a wide tooth comb along with kinky curly knot today help to detangle my hair really well with few knots.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:07 PM   #8
 
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it seems everyone's stressing "finger-detangling with conditioner". it used to finger-detangle but i never seem get rid of all the shedding but i guess it was because i never used conditioner. i think i will give it another go. Thanks everyone!
finger detangling doesn't work for everyone. It doesn't work for me. And it seems to me that's what takes the longest (whenever people complain about how long it takes to detangle more often than not, they are finger detangling)--IMHO

Anyway, I use a wide tooth comb (a SEAMLESS one) with conditioner. Then when I'm getting ready to put my leave in or moisturize, I use a paddle brush to remove all knots and shed hair, always working section by section. Works like a charm.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:32 PM   #9
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I may have been misunderstood. I do use my fingers to tug on my hair getting rid of shed hair which makes my comb detangling easier. But I do not Finger Detangle/Finger Comb (does not work for me) I have to comb or I have knots and eventually locs.
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it seems everyone's stressing "finger-detangling with conditioner". it used to finger-detangle but i never seem get rid of all the shedding but i guess it was because i never used conditioner. i think i will give it another go. Thanks everyone!
finger detangling doesn't work for everyone. It doesn't work for me. And it seems to me that's what takes the longest (whenever people complain about how long it takes to detangle more often than not, they are finger detangling)--IMHO

Anyway, I use a wide tooth comb (a SEAMLESS one) with conditioner. Then when I'm getting ready to put my leave in or moisturize, I use a paddle brush to remove all knots and shed hair, always working section by section. Works like a charm.
what's the difference (or benefit) of using a seamless comb?
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it seems everyone's stressing "finger-detangling with conditioner". it used to finger-detangle but i never seem get rid of all the shedding but i guess it was because i never used conditioner. i think i will give it another go. Thanks everyone!
finger detangling doesn't work for everyone. It doesn't work for me. And it seems to me that's what takes the longest (whenever people complain about how long it takes to detangle more often than not, they are finger detangling)--IMHO

Anyway, I use a wide tooth comb (a SEAMLESS one) with conditioner. Then when I'm getting ready to put my leave in or moisturize, I use a paddle brush to remove all knots and shed hair, always working section by section. Works like a charm.
what's the difference (or benefit) of using a seamless comb?
doesn't snag the hair. seams may have rough, uneven edges which will snag your hair and tear it. So you will have more split ends
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:51 PM   #12
 
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I finger-detangle. I have done it on conditioner-soaked hair and on dry, stretched hair with oil. I got good results both times. Finger-detangling allows me to get rid of tangles and shed hair quickly (less than 30 minutes) and easily while manipulating my hair less. In addition, I see no difference in the way my hairstyles turns out.

I feel no need to get all of the shed hair out--I never got it all out with a wide-toothed comb and modified "Denman" anyways. If I ever use a tool to detangle again, it'll be a wide toothed comb. I'll use it very infrequently...opting to finger-detangle most if the time.
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finger detangling doesn't work for everyone. It doesn't work for me. And it seems to me that's what takes the longest (whenever people complain about how long it takes to detangle more often than not, they are finger detangling)--IMHO

Anyway, I use a wide tooth comb (a SEAMLESS one) with conditioner. Then when I'm getting ready to put my leave in or moisturize, I use a paddle brush to remove all knots and shed hair, always working section by section. Works like a charm.
what's the difference (or benefit) of using a seamless comb?
doesn't snag the hair. seams may have rough, uneven edges which will snag your hair and tear it. So you will have more split ends
oh kool! learn something new everyday
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:33 AM   #14
 
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If you have fine strands, I say finger-detangling. It does take longer, but if you're looking to retain length, it's the way to go. At least or me. I used a Denman and a wide tooth comb alternatively for the 2nd and 3rd years of being natural, and only recently did I come to terms with the fact that they were actually stretching my fine strands so far that they were breaking off and leaving some really damaged, thin ends. I'll be growing that damage out for awhile. =(
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Ok so I tried finger-detangling again with conditioner. It was ok but it took FOREVER!! I almost gave up. So do u guys think its safe to use a denman every week?
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Ok so I tried finger-detangling again with conditioner. It was ok but it took FOREVER!! I almost gave up. So do u guys think its safe to use a denman every week?
I don't use one myself BUT I would say it's safe is you finger-combed a bit first. This would get rid of major tangles that the Denman might rip out.
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:07 PM   #17
 
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denman ripped my hair out. I really never advise a denman, but if it works for you, sure
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I use a spritz mix of Giovanni conditioner or trader joe's moisture balance with aloe vera juice and water (variation of Kimmaytube's leave in) and finger comb delicately.
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I've never tried a Denman, some women swear by it, but I could see it snapping some strands, if you have thin hair. As far as what type of detangling tool you should use, I think it depends on the hairstyle that you are doing. If you are trying to do a twist out, or any other style that requires your hair to be completely detangled, I suggest the Jilbere Pastel Shower Comb, as seen here: (Amazon.com: Jilbere Pastel Shower Comb: Beauty (Like all the other ladies said, make sure that you use it with a product that gives you lots of slip!)

BUT, if you are simply looking to detangle your hair (like between styles or just to get the knots out) I would use my fingers (and be VERY careful!) It's just not a good idea to detangle dry anyway--as you all know.

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Old 01-15-2011, 09:18 PM   #20
 
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Hi mama,

I'm pretty pretty sure it has been mentioned already, but the two best detanglers for our texture of hair are 1: your fingers, and 2: a wide tooth comb. & lastly, you don't need to be detangling dry hair. Try spraying your leave-in conditioner (like Oyin Juices & Berries, or etc...) OR wait until wash day to detangle your hair.

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