Each week, I would put aside at least 2 hours to wash and style my hair. The part that I never looked forward to: Detangling!
The washing was okay, but detangling my Type 4 curls was a nightmare. It would take forever. I would walk away with a headache and an attitude. Please tell me I’m not the only one?
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Then, it happened! I discovered that the detangler I was using was causing my problem. Once I found a detangler for my Type 4 kinky curls, it was a breeze.
You don’t have to dread the detangling process as I did. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel by finding a new detangler that works for you.
So what should you look for in a detangler? Natural ingredients (think oils, butters, and vitamins) that will protect and heal your hair, along with a creamy formula that has tons of slip.
Here is a list of my personal favorite detanglers, and those I know curlies with Type 4 curls love:
This detangler became one of my favorites quickly because of its awesome slip and sweet smell.
This entire collection by Shea Moisture is awesome and contains ingredients like Marula Oil - that helps with elasticity - and biotin for stronger strands.
Kinky Curly Knot Today ($12)
This one is a staple for many curlies, especially those with thick hair. Kinky Curly Knot Today will glide through your strands with no trouble. It has tons of slip!
If you aren’t familiar with this brand, you won’t forget Aunt Jackie’s when it’s all said and done. My tangles melted away after trying this product.
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If you’re having issues detangling because of dry hair, this detangler will quench your curls and leave them with moisture for days.
This creamy detangler with help your comb (or fingers) glide right through the tangles. It’s also loaded with healthy ingredients like aloe vera juice and shea butter (of course).
Have a protective style to take down? This will be the detangler for you. Ucuuba butter and carrot seed oil will make detangling a breeze.
Why not restore moisture and repair split ends during your detangle session? This creamy product improves hair manageability while smoothing hair for a polished look.
Oyin Hair Dew ($13.99)
Although it doesn’t say “detangler” on the label, it sure will get the job done. As a favorite of many curlies, this product can be used as a detangler and refresher throughout the day.
If you’re looking to up your moisture levels during your detangling session, look no further. This product is loaded with enough coconut oil, shea butter and aloe vera juice to keep your curls hydrated.
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Maybe you feel as if you aren’t detangling correctly, or perhaps you have a major headache afterward. Either way, here are some DOs and DON’TS of detangling to refresh your memory:
The dos of detangling Type 4 curls
- DO start from the ends and work your way up when getting rid of tangles (remember patience is key)
- DO take a look at the ends of your curls during sessions - is it time for a trim?
- DO find a creamy detangler (check out the ones above) with tons of "slip."
The don’ts of detangling Type 4 curls
- DON'T work with large sections of hair - split your hair into smaller sections
- DON'T use a fine-toothed comb to detangle curls - use a wide-toothed comb, brush or fingers
- DON'T detangle without product - even if it means using water
What detanglers are your favorite to use on your curls?