Freakishly tangled hair!!! Help!!!

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Ok so my hair is really really thick and I don't know what to do. Yesterday I put half a ton of conditioner in my hair and spent literally 30 minutes trying to detangle it. As you can guess I pulled out a ton of hair. And well I broke my hairbrush on my hair. This then is the only reason I don't get second day hair, my hair is to tangled to even run my hand through it.
I like using detangling sprays to aid in detangling my hair. IMO the help me detangle my hair better than just conditioner alone. I pull out less hair & I can use my fingers. The detangle spray I like is by Jane Carter & also the deva curl detangle spray.
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I have thick hair, too. I used to have a hard time detangling my hair and would take out more hair than necessary.

Now what I do is, after shampooing, grab 4 scrunchies and put my hair into 4 sections (they don't have to be perfect or even or parted with a comb, just have two in the front and two in back and try to make all four equal in size). Do each section individually. What I do is I take down one section, put a lot of conditioner in, and detangle with a wide-tooth comb.

It's important to put enough conditioner in. I'm heavy-handed with products anyway, but I make sure to put enough conditioner in that it's chock full of it. I use VO5 Moisture Milk conditioner. It's super cheap and I usually get it from either the dollar store or Walmart (with shampoo it's important to get a more higher priced kind that's sulfate free, but when it comes to conditioner I just use whatever moisturizes my hair best).

After you're done combing through your thoroughly-conditioned section of hair with a wide-tooth comb, put the section back in a scrunchie and do the same to the other sections. When finished with all the sections I just leave them alone for 3 minutes, then take them down and rinse all of the conditioner out. Afterward you should be able to comb through the hair (with a WIDE-TOOTH comb can't stress that enough) without combing across any tangles. When combing, make sure to start from the ends and work your way up to the roots.
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Hair type: 4b with 3c on top
High density, medium porosity, thick with medium width strands, back grows faster than front

Length: APL | BSL | MBL | WL
Don't use a brush it has way too many teeth/ bristles way too close together, so curls will wrap around the teeth/ bristles. Use your fingers or a VERY wide tooth comb (rake/ double row detangler). Work in small sections from the bottom up.

Try to limit tangles with overnight styling ( braids/ pineapple PLUS silk or satin pillowcase), very gentle shampoo or conditioner only washing, lots of rinsing to rid your hair of sticky styling products before you start washing and detangling.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
The way I wash my hair is I put a bit of conditioner in when it's wet, part it in sections then put more conditioner in a section, detangle with my fingers and maybe with a wide tooth comb from tip to root. Then move to the next section.

afterwards I rinse it out and use whatever shampoo I am currently using- I can't use the cleansing conditioners cause the build up from the products I use is too much XD

Then I put more conditioner in my hair. If it's dry I just put a bit and leave it in, but if it's not I put a good amount and rince it out after I finish showering. While I shower and stuff I pull it all up to the top of my head.

Afterwards I put in oil to keep my scalp from becoming dry and to keep my hair soft XD sometimes I put in this conditioner stuffs.

Just whatever you do, don't use a brush in your hair UNLESS it is a denman or one of those boar bristle brushes that you see on here. A wide tooth comb works much better, or it you are lucky you can just use for fingers XD

Make sure your conditioner has enough slip too. I use herble essences Hello Hydration and it's wonderful. I've also noticed that my hair is easier to detangle after i started using oils on it XD

and don't leave it for too long! I'm really bad at that XD but making sure you detangle often enough will really cut down the time it takes.


Other stuff that you might find useful-

If your hair is kinky or tightly coiled like mine, put it in twists. you can wear that as a style- it's really cool with hats and scarves and such XD- or just wait till it dries and wear a twist out XD keeping them stretched makes detangling easier later on and keeps it less tangled longer :P

Also, It may be time for a trim. Sometimes bad ends make the tangles even worse.

aaand that's all I got

Hope this it helps you!
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