New Transitioner and Need Advice on Detangling

Hello all,
I'm currently 4 months post relaxer and wanting to transition to all natural without doing a BC. I have read that the best way to detangle is when the hair is wet and full of conditioner, however, when I do this I have a terrible time combing through the hair and I get worried that if I try any harder I'm just going to cause a lot of breakage. After rinsing, I end up with hair that's really hard to part at the roots/ new growth. How can I detangle my transitioning hair???
I'm currently using Organix shampoo and conditioners (RO). And then Cantu shea butter LI conditioner. I guess my hair is 4b or something, I'm not sure.

Last edited by MsAnn; 12-11-2011 at 03:00 AM.
Heeeey! I'm 4 months post relaxer &i use those products too! Detangling your hair is just going to get harder, if you're detangling your hair w/ the Cantu L-I, I recommend you use something like Aussie Moist or Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioners (if you're okay w/ silicones) they have more slip so it should help w/ detangling (and i hope you're using a wiiide tooth comb). &i also recommend that you don't rinse the conditioner out, it acts as a styling product, gets ride of frizz, adds weight to your hair &it clumps your curls. If you try this and you're still having problems, you might want to look into getting a Denman Brush (D4).

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Last edited by CaseyGoNatural; 01-09-2012 at 04:37 AM.
I find it hard to detangle products myself but try coconut oil and olive oil they're amazing, I'm not even afraid to comb or lightly brush through my hair anymore. Coconut oil sadly dries hard in cold temps so I use that more in summer than winter.
I haven't tried Organix products before, but if the conditioner isn't giving you enough slip for your detangling session, you might want to try another brand.

If you're looking for inexpensive cone-free brands, the most popular conditioners are Suave Naturals (not to be confused with Suave Professionals which has cones), VO5 Moisture Milk, and Tresseme Naturals. Also, I tend to mix in a little honey and extra virgin olive oil with my conditioner as it adds a little moisture and slip.

At 4 months, I think you're early enough in the process where you can just apply the conditioner, let it sit for a bit, and then detangle (starting from your ends and then slowly working your way up to the root). However, when you get a bit more growth, detangling will be easier if you separate your hair in sections. I usually put my hair in about 6-8 twists and detangle each twist before moving on to a new section of hair.





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I haven't tried Organix products before, but if the conditioner isn't giving you enough slip for your detangling session, you might want to try another brand.

If you're looking for inexpensive cone-free brands, the most popular conditioners are Suave Naturals (not to be confused with Suave Professionals which has cones), VO5 Moisture Milk, and Tresseme Naturals. Also, I tend to mix in a little honey and extra virgin olive oil with my conditioner as it adds a little moisture and slip.

At 4 months, I think you're early enough in the process where you can just apply the conditioner, let it sit for a bit, and then detangle (starting from your ends and then slowly working your way up to the root). However, when you get a bit more growth, detangling will be easier if you separate your hair in sections. I usually put my hair in about 6-8 twists and detangle each twist before moving on to a new section of hair.
Originally Posted by naturalnewb
Tresemme has great slip. You may also want to find a sulfate free shampoo. Sulfates can be harsh and make it harder to detangle the hair.
Do you do a prepoo before washing or cowashing and conditioning? I prepoo with conditioner and oil before washing or cowashing and it helps greatly with detangling. Unfortunately, I can't detangle using a comb with dripping wet hair and conditioner. I will pull out my hair in clumps. My hair is too fine for that. I have to comb detangle at the sink, so I have to find ways to make detangling much easier. I always prepoo and finger detangle gently under running water and then section my hair and twist or braid and put a clip at end of each braid. Then I proceed with washing and conditioning each individual section. This really helps keep the hair smooth, lessens the tangles, and makes it easier to comb detangle at the sink.
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Hello all,
I'm currently 4 months post relaxer and wanting to transition to all natural without doing a BC. I have read that the best way to detangle is when the hair is wet and full of conditioner, however, when I do this I have a terrible time combing through the hair and I get worried that if I try any harder I'm just going to cause a lot of breakage. After rinsing, I end up with hair that's really hard to part at the roots/ new growth. How can I detangle my transitioning hair???
I'm currently using Organix shampoo and conditioners (RO). And then Cantu shea butter LI conditioner. I guess my hair is 4b or something, I'm not sure.
Originally Posted by MsAnn
Have you tried detangling your Hair with the conditioner in it under running water? I'm six months post nd detangling is easy when I do this. Also you may interested in purchasing a detangler. They're great after you've washed the conditioner out. I would recommend Mane and Tail detangler, it literally "melts" my tangles ....don't get frustrated. Just keep trying different methods and you'll eventually find something that works for you! =]


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Well I haven't found the solution that fits me yet. I tried pre-pooing with oils but that didn't help the detangling during conditioning. I tried switching products - I got some Shea Moisture coconut & hibiscus. Still no luck. After looking at the ingredients I'm thinking that I might be suffering from protein over load. All the things I am using have silk protein or soy protein in the ingredient list. Does anyone have any suggestions on a good clarifying shampoo and follow up products to ensure I don't dry out my hair??
Something that helped me when I was about 4 months post perm was taking smaller sections and taking leave-in and coconut oil to help with the process. Remember to start at the ends and work your way up. Once you have detangled a section I would clip it out of the way and start the next. Now I twist my sections and put duckbill clips on the ends. But I have more natural hair now. I hope this helps.
hey girl!

I'm currently 7 months post relaxer, but around months 4 and 5, I also experienced extreme protein overload... my hair became so knotted and brittle... it literally broke whenever I tried to finger comb. Right now both my relaxed hair and natural roots are soft and moisturized and this is what I do:

I clarify with Tresemme Natural shampoo (black bottle with purple lettering). You will only need a little because it is can be drying. http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/02...60_500X500.jpg

then I shampoo with Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo. This cleans my scalp without stripping it. I purchased it at Walgreens for about $3.50.

I condition with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. (it comes in a jar and has a dark yellow label) My hair was extremely dry so it did not take long for my strands to absorb this. A little of this also goes along way, but I'm really heavy handed when applying conditioner.

After I apply this on my line of demarcation, my relaxed hair, and ends I put a plastic cap over it for about 20 minutes, then I detangle with this comb that I bought from CVS with the conditioner still in my hair: http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/images/fs/...7410813385.jpg

after i rinse my hair, i usually gently comb through again, just to make sure all the tangles and shed hairs are removed, then let my hair air dry. I no longer have knots or breakage.

i hope that made sense, but if it didnt, please don't hesitate to ask me to explain it better! good luck on your natural hair journey!

Last edited by _afRoTiME; 01-08-2012 at 10:15 PM.

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