How Do You Detangle Highly Porous Hair?

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My hair is very porous to the point where it loses elasticity due to all the water it absorbs. I only wash my hair once per week. I haven't been retaining length and I've since changed my routine around. My only guess is that it's stemming from my wash days. I have tried detangling my hair wet with the oil rinse method (Oil followed by conditioner) and while it leaves my hair moisturized, my hair just snaps, crackles and pops. I'm also very heavy handed with the oils and conditioner so my hair will be drenched in product. I'm thinking about trying dry detangling. I know that is a curly hair sin to detangle while dry but wet detangling is a no-no. How do you guys detangle your high porosity hair on wash day?

P.S: I finger detangle in sections with oil and apply it to my scalp before every shampoo session but I find that finger detangling doesn't do a thorough job. I just purchased a tangle teezer (the original one) and I just modified my Denman brush by removing every other row of teeth. I have 3C type curls if that helps.
Eek, I would lay off the oils a bit! While oil is good for sealing the hair, I wouldn't use it to detangle. It has no detangling or conditioning properties, and can also coat the hair in very thick proportions (especially if you have hard water). I would suggest getting a cheap conditioner with some good slip and detangling while wet in the shower. I'd also clarify to be sure you got the coating of oil off your hair. You need to be very light handed with oils, they go a long way. My hair got dried out by using too much, because it prevents the goodies in the conditioner from penetrating properly.
2c-3a - coarse - normal-high porosity - high density - growing out to donate

NP/LP: KMF Whenever Cond./ YTCucs, Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed DC / CJ Argan & Olive Oil, KCKT, YTBbs
DT: Coconut Oil + scalp massage
OIL/STYLER: SM Elixir / KCCC, SS CEJ
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
I can't detangle my hair while wet. It just results in breakage and snapping no matter how much slip my conditioner has and I make sure to be extra gentle with my hair when I detangle. I tried finger detangling but it doesn't do a thorough enough job. I used to use a wide tooth comb but now I am going to see if a modified Denman brush or a Tangle Teezer works better. I currently use Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Monoi Deep conditioner and I love it. It's very creamy and moisturizing. I only recently started doing the oil rinse method and I find that it leaves my hair moisturized. I like it and it works for my hair.
I can't detangle my hair while wet. It just results in breakage and snapping no matter how much slip my conditioner has and I make sure to be extra gentle with my hair when I detangle. I tried finger detangling but it doesn't do a thorough enough job. I used to use a wide tooth comb but now I am going to see if a modified Denman brush or a Tangle Teezer works better. I currently use Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Monoi Deep conditioner and I love it. It's very creamy and moisturizing. I only recently started doing the oil rinse method and I find that it leaves my hair moisturized. I like it and it works for my hair.
Originally Posted by Kirakishou
Have you tried placing a detangling conditioner on unwashed hair? I've found that when I detangle on hair dry first, then the wet detangling is a breeze.
Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
This list is not exhaustive...
Winter Regimen
Pre-poo: Hempseed oil
Cowash: HE The Sleeker The Butter, Trader Joe's Moisture Conditioner
Shampoo/Clarifier:various
PT:Not for a while...
DT:
Smooth Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Smoothing Conditioner
LI/Detangler: It's a 10!, CURLS Cashmere Curls leave-in
Stylers: various
Sealers: Tamanu oil, The Body Shop Wild Argan Solid Oil

*experimenting and loving it!


If your hair is so weak, maybe your hair is overconditioned & needs protein. Try to incorporate a protein treatment into washday.
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I can't use oils on my hair either. My hair was dried out too. I use a wide tooth comb to detangle my grandmother's 3c hair. Finger detangling, tangle teaser, & denman brush broke her very fine hair.
We are also going to incorporate protein treatments for her hair. Her hair dresser said it would help strengthen her hair.
I have highly porous hair too, and mine is naturally lacking protein. The only way I can detangle is by drenching it in conditioner and going really gently. I firstly pull apart the easy tangles with my finger and then when it's 90% detangled I use a wide tooth comb to do the stubborn bits. It's a lengthy process, about 10 minutes. 10 minutes seems like nothing but when you're moving your hands in the same position for that long it gets tiring! Good luck!
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