When do you detangle your hair?

How how long does it take?
I notice when I finger detangle in the shower, the water tends to go cold lol.
How long does it take you?
I detangle outside the shower because it takes so long. I have a lot of hair and it's thick.
After I wash (or clarify my hair), I apply deep conditioner (outside of the shower) and detangle the hair using the conditioner, braid it up(big braids). (all of this outside the shower)< I leave on for over 1 hr, then wash it out(while braids attached still to keep the hair detangled.)
I actually don't remember the last time I finger detangled in the shower, but when I did, It was pretty fast, because I just raked my hands through (and left so many tangles at the roots). Before that I used to finger detangle outside of the shower. This took very very long, because I would separate my hair into 4 sections and then section by section I would take tiny sections and separate, literally every single strand. This took hours (maybe 2 or 3). As of now, I detangle outside of the shower with a wide tooth comb and conditioner and it usually takes me an hour. If my hair was twisted the whole week, blown out, or straightened, then I detangle in the shower which is pretty quick since my hair would barely have any tangles (just a lot of shed hair if it were in twists).
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Just to add a change-up to the responses:

I detangle on average once a week. The shortest time I go between "true" detanglings, with a wide-tooth comb, is about 4 days. Finger combing does not do it for me.
Wide-tooth comb detangling usually takes me less than 15 minutes. Before I switched to a heavier reliance on my wide-tooth comb (I used to only use it once a month or so), it took me 40 min+ with my fingers. With my fingers, I had to drench my hair, add loads of slip product, add a little more water as I combed through, then after about 10 minutes, turn the water off, continue to detangle, then wash everything out and start over again with a rich conditioner for clumping. In other words, it was a pain in the a**.
Note: I do have an insane amount of hair. Hands can drown it (as my hairdresser can attest to) level of dense and thick kind of hair. It's not fine either, and I don't have breakage problem.
Hair Type: 3c/4a, Coarse, Med-High Density, Med-Low Porosity
Curly since '09
I detangle once a week in the shower. I use a Denman brush and make sure my hair is saturated with water and conditioner when I detangle. I separate my hair into 6 sections and detangle section by section while standing right under the shower stream. It takes me about an hour to wash and detangle.
Hair Type: 4a with 3c sections...frizzy,wavy,bushy,curly

Last edited by Ajidahk; 12-16-2014 at 10:10 PM.
How how long does it take?
I notice when I finger detangle in the shower, the water tends to go cold lol.
How long does it take you?
Originally Posted by Afromuffin

Because I am lazy, and it takes me forever to detangle (about 45-70) minutes, I find that it goes a lot easier if I make a point of detangling with a wide tooth comb and a spray-bottle, a day or two before any shampoo day, and then again, once my final dt/conditioning treatment rinse is complete.

In winter, I find that on a no-rinse regimen it will grow a bit faster if I leave it alone for a while between 'poos, etc., so (I just leave it in protective non-extension twists for as long as I can--about 2 weeks or longer if I can push it, then detangle and section for cleansing within the next day or two--and don't get me started on how long it takes to pre-treat, cleanse, deep-treat, rinse etc.--). :P

But, no matter what your preference is, it's going to be time consuming, although I totally think detangling a day in advance is way better than when I try to do it all same day.

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Last edited by Fimu; 04-06-2015 at 02:49 PM.
I only finger detangle now and I will do it when washing/co-washing my hair or when I'm getting ready to do some type of wet set on my hair (twist-out or flat twist).

Combing was dreadful and I don't think I'll go back.
But then again my hair is only collar-bone length so it doesn't take me as long to detangle my hair as others who may have bra length or longer hair.
Only when cowashing, with conditioner and a wide tooth comb.
Takes all of 10 minutes .

Finger detangling = too time consuming and pointless for me as the hair will quickly tangle right back up.

"Don't look back and ask why, look forward and ask why not!?" - Unk.
When I'm at school the shower in my dorm is so lovely, it doesn't go cold at all, so I can spend an hour in there and be fine. I don't, however, because being in hot water for so long makes me light headed, but I've done it before and it takes a pretty long time to detangle in the shower. I find it easiest for me to separate them into 6-8 sections and detangle each section outside of the shower and then do some light finger detangling in the shower while I wash. When I'm at home, however, the water is horrible and gets cold after like 15 minutes, so I try to be a quick as possible when I wash my hair at home and I usually skip the light finger detangling & just do a fast wash.
Five, maybe ten minutes? I detangle in the shower (with my fingers) with conditioner in. It's not too much of a lengthy process.
3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
Growing my hair to WL when dry
Detangling takes me about 10 minutes max but my hair is short.
My hair is shoulder length when wet and curly, I divide my hair is about 4-5 sections and and then divide those sections in 2 and detangle. Once a week. Takes me about 15-3 mins to get it good
Products I use:
Shampoo: SM JBCO shampoo/ ACV rinses
Cowash: Taliah Waajad Creamy Cowash
Conditioner: Giovanni 50:50/ Giovanni Tea Tree
Leave-in: CJ Curl Assurance/ SM Strengthening Milk
Deep conditioner: EVA Nye/ ORS Hair Mayo
Oils: Apricot oil/ Avocado oil/ Coconut oil

Current (working on) Regimen:
ACV rinses once a month
SLS shampoo and deep condition once a week
Protein treatment: 2x a month
Cowash midweek
Leave-in + oil everyday

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