Detangling is never fun with any hair texture, but with naturally curly hair, it can be especially tricky. Waves, curls, coils and kinks all require some extra patience when removing knots. So, how can you get the job done as painlessly and successfully as possible?
1/ Use your fingers
Instead of a comb or detangling brush, try using your fingers. They're way more flexible than an inanimate plastic object, and you'll be able to feel your way gently through the knots.
2/ Apply conditioner
Starting with either wet or dry hair, applying conditioner first can make detangling a much smoother process. It makes the strands more slippery and thus much easier to separate from each other. Plus, you get the added bonus of some extra conditioning time!
3/ Apply hair oil
Just like conditioner, hair oil will make your hair more slippery which can make detangling easier. You may find it's best to try this technique right before you wash your hair to avoid weighing it down with the oil.
4/ Detangle in the shower
Multitask like a boss by detangling your hair in the shower after applying conditioner. Not only is this likely to speed up your beauty routine, the water and the slipperiness of the conditioner combined can make knots much easier to work out.
5/ Start at the ends
When detangling curly hair, always start at the ends and work your way up toward the root to avoid ripping through the lengths and causing unnecessary damage. Hold the piece you're working on a little further up to reduce the amount of tension at the root (i.e. how much it pulls) and gently work out the tangles with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb.
6/ Take your time
At least half of the detangling battle comes down to how patient you are. It's not the kind of thing you should or even can do in a rush- it just takes takes time... albeit way too much!