Finger detangaling, no bueno?

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I've been experimenting with finger detangling and I think it helps encourage clumps, but I swear I think I'm losing more hair . I thought I pulled out more hair with finger detangling, but now that I've given it a full trial period, I'm pretty d*mn sure.

It's so strange, cause I know most people have better success with finger detangling. It's just not working for me. Maybe I just have rough man hands.

Anyone have a similar experience (aka tell me I'm not a freak)?
Well, you're definitely not a freak. I didn't know my own strength when I first tried it either. Might be since you just started you might have accidentally tugged at a tangle. Only it didn't feel like a tangle. That happened to me when I first started. It felt like I was pulling my own hairs out of my head inadvertently. I think I actually yelped, "Ow!" a few times. How long have you been experimenting? ("full trial period"?) I think it took me months to get to the point where I'm as gentle as I am now.
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I certainly had the same issue when I started finger detangling. I had to develop my technique before things got better!

My current technique is to detangle while I'm in the shower with my co-wash in my hair. I flip my head upside down. Then, I start at the roots and very gently rake my fingers down my hair until I come across a tangle. I'll attack each tangle from the tips of my hair. This combination of top-down/bottom-up/co-wash has REALLY helped the finger-detangling process. And, if this doesn't work, I just add more water!

With all that in mind, your curl pattern is way tighter than mine.

What is your current technique for finger detangling? Have you tried it with water, or with conditioner?
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I've been having better luck detangling with a wide tooth comb while my RO is in. Finger combing wasn't awful but I'd have wonky areas. I also am noticing less frizz with using a comb... Probably because it's distributing the conditioner better.
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Well, you're definitely not a freak. I didn't know my own strength when I first tried it either. Might be since you just started you might have accidentally tugged at a tangle. Only it didn't feel like a tangle. That happened to me when I first started. It felt like I was pulling my own hairs out of my head inadvertently. I think I actually yelped, "Ow!" a few times. How long have you been experimenting? ("full trial period"?) I think it took me months to get to the point where I'm as gentle as I am now.
Originally Posted by dusalocks
Here's the thing, my hair doesn't tangle a lot. It never has. I can generally tell when my hair is dry or off when it tangles. It doesn't hurt persay, I just see a lot more hair in the shower and on my hands. When I use a wide tooth comb it get a few pieces on the comb and floor.

I've been at for a couple weeks and it just doesn't seem worth it. I'm not gaining any real benefit. For me it just seems like a lot hype over nothing.
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I've been having better luck detangling with a wide tooth comb while my RO is in. Finger combing wasn't awful but I'd have wonky areas. I also am noticing less frizz with using a comb... Probably because it's distributing the conditioner better.
Originally Posted by kaykre
I think the comb is smoother, so it doesn't disturb the hair as much. I get less frizz with the comb too.
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I certainly had the same issue when I started finger detangling. I had to develop my technique before things got better!

My current technique is to detangle while I'm in the shower with my co-wash in my hair. I flip my head upside down. Then, I start at the roots and very gently rake my fingers down my hair until I come across a tangle. I'll attack each tangle from the tips of my hair. This combination of top-down/bottom-up/co-wash has REALLY helped the finger-detangling process. And, if this doesn't work, I just add more water!

With all that in mind, your curl pattern is way tighter than mine.

What is your current technique for finger detangling? Have you tried it with water, or with conditioner?
Originally Posted by curlytwirlykate
Same as it is with a comb, water and conditioner. I don't touch my hair dry.

I feel like it hair comes out, even when my hair isn't tangled. A comb is just a lot smoother of a glide.
I just find it much easier and faster to use a comb, although I do run my fingers through my hair to encourage clumping after I've detangled with a comb. For whatever reason, I seem to run into more tangles if I try to use my fingers rather than a comb.
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Refresh with either plain water or Suave/water mix
I do both, actually. I do finger detangle initially when slathered in RO, but then I take my old school pick that I've had for 10 years (the kind that usually gets put in a fro) and comb my hair all up and away from my scalp after rinsing my RO and putting in my LI. That's the only way my hair isn't sealed to my head. I occasionally hit a snarl as I'm combing and just work it out with my hair pick.
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