After 43 years of life on this earth, I’ve had some serious trials and tribulations when it comes to my hair. I’ve fried it, dyed it and almost crucified it. It’s a wonder I have any hair to this day. Fortunately, it all starts new right out of the scalp and over time if you haven’t damaged your hair follicles, your hair will forgive you.
One of the most critical components of any hair care regimen is detangling. You can’t wash your hair before detangling it. Well, you can but the results would be less than stellar and the risk of breakage is increased. You also can’t style your hair without detangling it.
Over the years I’ve detangled my hair dry and wet – with combs, brushes and with my fingers. What I’ve learned is that my fine hair is better cared for with finger detangling. Finger detangling reduces the risk of breakage because you can better feel the tangles in your hair, causing you to be more gentle with it. Using a comb to detangle your hair could cause avoidable breakage because since you can’t feel the tangles, you use the comb to rip right through it. Not good if you are trying to maintain length.
The products you decide to finger detangle with are also as important as the finger detangling process.
I finger detangling and pre-poo simultaneously. I used to use Vatika coconut oil to accomplish both. I really love Vatika oil. It helps add slip to the detangling process. It also helps protect your hair from damage caused by water “weakening”, known as hygral fatigue.
I’ve since made some changes to how I finger detangle my hair. Here’s the new process:
- Section hair in 4 (8 when hair is severely tangled)
- Apply Vatika oil to the section being worked on followed by a little Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (new)
- Beginning at the ends of a section of hair, I begin to finger detangle working up to the center of hair.
- Then, I reverse the finger detangling direction and work from the roots down.
- After thoroughly detangling the section, I finish it off with a loose plait (braid) and clip it up out of the way
The reason I added Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie to the process is because it helps make my hair virtually tangle free after washing. It also helps restore a lot of my curl which tends to loosen throughout the week. It’s funny too because when I initially reviewed a number of Shea Moisture products, I was not really impressed with the smoothie. As it turns out, I’m not a fan of it for styling (UPDATE: That’s changed too! Love it for a wash and go and to set damp twists) but for finger detangling, it’s the bomb.
Using the Vatika Oil to pre-poo is helpful but adding the smoothie was like adding a meltable butter to my hair. This greatly increased the detangling process.
How do you detangle your hair?