The tighter your curl pattern is, the more difficult some say it can be to detangle and retain length.Many 3c curlies have to consider breakage and matting as a factor, as well. When this happens, there are some common, but fixable, causes:
You are consuming an insufficient amount of nutrients.
Your genetics prevent you from retaining a certain length.
You do not properly (or frequently) detangle.
You use chemicals.
While most of these causes are easy to fix, focusing your attention on purchasing great tools and products to make your wash day easier will certainly help, as well.
Before we begin, let me share this important tip with my fellow curlies: Do not wash your hair when you are in a rush or if you are simply not in the mood. Having impatience during this process tends to lead to even more breakage.
The 2 detangling brushes you need
Last year, I went with my friend to the United Kingdom and we were introduced to the Denman Brush. Ever since I incorporated this into my wash day routine, I noticed curls that were more defined. I also suffered less breakage and as a result, my hair got longer.
The Tangle Teezer is also one of my favorite brushes for my fine 3c curls, as it provides me the opportunity to detangle my hair without experiencing little to any pain.
While using a detangling tool like a brush can be extremely successful, if you have not mastered the detangling technique yet, you could be ripping more hair out and causing even more breakage and tangles.
Other methods for detangling fine 3c curls
1. Oil detangling. At first, I admit that I was sceptical about this one when someone advised about it. But I was so happy to find out that it did not require me to spend hours in the bathroom. All I do is simply use my SheaMoisture Curl & Shine Conditioner (or something similar) and coat my strands with almond oil. This helps me carefully detangle my hair from ends all the way to roots.
2. Wash hair more frequently. Some curlies are simply not able to have the once-a-week wash days--including fine and high porosity hair types. A lack of moisture causes the outer layers of the strands to clutter together, and consequently, will cause annoying knots. By upping the frequency of wash day day, you will lower the amount of breakage and shed hair that you usually notice. Also, consider replacing a detergent-heavy shampoo with one that is gentler like Camille Rose Naturals Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse.
3. Always remain gentle. When detangling 3c curly hair, start at the ends and comb carefully up to the roots. Remember to practice patience, and feel free to add more oil to your fingers if you need to before tackling a knot.