Detangling - It's A Pain!

OMG! Detangling takes me forever! I was wondering how I can cut down on this. What's your method for detangling and how long does it take you?
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I do all my detangling in the shower while conditioning my hair. Doesn't take me long at all really. I just throw a ton of condition in (I have really thick hair), enough that I can wring it out and comb through with a wide tooth comb.
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I also do mine in the shower. Apply lots of Conditioner (currently I am using Devacurl One, love the slip). I gather my hair on top of my head and dunk my head under the shower for a split second. That helps the conditioner get to some of the hairs I may have missed and get to the scalp. I part down the middle. I work one side first by starting with the ends. When those detangle, work up, inch by inch. Dont start at the roots, you lose alot of hair that way. I did that for years, like an idiot. Then do the other side the same way and then I comb it all together once both sides can comb easily. I then rinse out only half the conditioner. I leave the rest in as my leave in condish.
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Every day in the shower with my mebco comb. If I skip a couple of days I really pay for it in the end. I detangle when I rinse out, and rake my product through to further avoid tangles. I never scrunch. Scrunching = tangles.

Did I mention my hair tangles easily?

It also helps to keep up with your trims. Hair gets more tangly when you have split or raggedy ends.
I also detangle in the shower with my Mebco comb. Qhemet has an awesome product Olive Cream Conditioning Instant Detangler and it does just that and very well I might add.
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I just started using that Mebco comb and I love it. Wow....I thought nothing could replace my 16 year old comb.
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Ok, what is this Mebco comb and how can I get one!
Transition: May 03
Bc'd on Feb 14, 2004
Length: 8 - 10'
Type: THICK curly/coily/wavy
GOAL: Healthy Bra Strap Length
HG: (I'm going to step out on a limb here and say...) Smooth N Shine Curl Activator & Fantasia IC w/ Sparklites
Ok, what is this Mebco comb and how can I get one!
Originally Posted by Anoxia
I purchased mine at Sally's.
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Hi everyone,

Does anyone know of a good detangler that I could buy at Walmart or the health food store? One that has lots of slip and not highly perfumed? I used to love Creame of Nature but it makes my scalp too itchy.

What's the best brand (for the slip) in your oppinion? I live in Canada BTW.

Thanks

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Thanks everybody for your replies! I think I know what's taking me forever and a day to detangle. All of you mentioned detangling in the shower. I do mine outside of the shower. I think I'll do it in the shower from now on
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Hi everyone,

Does anyone know of a good detangler that I could buy at Walmart or the health food store? One that has lots of slip and not highly perfumed? I used to love Creame of Nature but it makes my scalp too itchy.

What's the best brand (for the slip) in your oppinion? I live in Canada BTW.

Thanks
Originally Posted by Canocurls
I would use a suave conditioner, like Citrus Smoothie. Its cheap and you can use alot which will help in detangling.
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Thanks everybody for your replies! I think I know what's taking me forever and a day to detangle. All of you mentioned detangling in the shower. I do mine outside of the shower. I think I'll do it in the shower from now on
Originally Posted by msjoker
That's probably why. Although, I have read of people who detangle outside the shower all the time. I hope I never have to do this, but I guess I still could with lots of conditioner and extra water around.
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Hi everyone,

Does anyone know of a good detangler that I could buy at Walmart or the health food store? One that has lots of slip and not highly perfumed? I used to love Creame of Nature but it makes my scalp too itchy.

What's the best brand (for the slip) in your oppinion? I live in Canada BTW.

Thanks
Originally Posted by Canocurls

Also you could try Aussie Slip Detangler though it's not as cheap as the Suave. I used to use this exclusively for detangling but now I just wet my head in the shower and use a bit of conditioner to comb thru. The Aussie has a nice scent too.
I don't know if this has been mentioned, but I detangle under running water.
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Hi everyone,

Thanks for answering.

Right now I'm using Aussie 3 minute Original Conditioner but I'm wondering if the "cone"n it is bad for my hair. That's why I'm asking if there are any other ones out there without cones and with plenty of slip. I always detangle in the shower with conditioner using a detangling comb.

I'm also looking for a good leave in, something like s-curl activator spray.I used to use it but have become allergic to it over time. Maybe I'll try the activator gel instead of the texturizing gel..

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I also detangle in the shower with my Mebco comb. Qhemet has an awesome product Olive Cream Conditioning Instant Detangler and it does just that and very well I might add.
Originally Posted by mom_is_queen
I agree. I used it today for the first time.
It was tha bomb. What was surprising to me is the fact that i could detangle my daughters hair without having to wet it first !
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This is how I detangle my hair now:

I only detangle when in the shower. I wet my hair first(submerge my hair under the shower), and lightly comb from the ends to the roots. I find that if I do this first, less hair comes out when I detangle w/ conditioner. It doesn't have to be thorough.....just enough to loosen up the snarls and tangles.

After rinsing and then shampooing, I saturate my hair with conditioner. I don't detangle just yet. I clip my hair up, and then shower myself. I've noticed that when I give the condish time to really sit on my hair, it is alot easier to detangle. I think the heat from the shower also helps.

I then gently comb in sections at a time. I experience minimal to almost no shedding doing it this way.

HTH
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Whew! When I washed once a week, it used to take me 20 minutes to detangle my hair and I had to step out of the shower to do it. But now that I've been condition washing and rinsing my hair every couple days, I find that I can detangle with my fingers in the shower. This is a real breakthrough for me. So, I guess my thing is that I have to keep my hair conditioned and rinse several times a week.
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Bumping because this is good info.

Based on this thread, I tried an experiment. I did my first CW ever (had to get the dryness from the roller set out of my hair ASAP) so I did a DT with my conditioner gumbo, then I detangled one section of my 4 braids using the "under water" method mentioned by many here, and the other three with my usual out of water method. I mostly used my fingers (did use a detangling comb briefly, but faster with my fingers). Then I rinsed out the condish completely out (I've been having product build-up issues and I think it's condish on my scalp, so I wanted a good rinse) with cool water.

I applied my leave in(s) and did an additional light detangle (my hair is the type that tangles right up again almost as soon as I detangle it). The section where I did the under water method was much easier to detangle. Less shed hair too. So, I went back under water to detangle the remaining two sections I hadn't already done.

I know now to do my major detangle under water.

Long story short--thanks all for this thread!
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