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by Mary Wolff

Hair care is a world full of choices. Your curlfriends are always suggesting new products to try. We all love getting good advice. Sometimes, hair care really just comes down to finding what you like, what works for your curls, and then sticking with it. For some curlies, brushing leads to a frizzy hot mess. For others, brushing is less upsetting. The decision of how often to brush your hair is a personal decision every woman has the right to make for herself. Part of the battle against the brush is to know the best combs and brushes for natural hair. Detangle your beautiful strands with the right equipment, ladies!

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When it comes to considering the best combs and brushes for natural hair, it depends on your hair type and your needs. A few general guidelines are to choose natural bristles as opposed to nylon and make sure you are brushing gently to avoid damage regardless of hair type. Yanking on hair will lead to some less than pretty results.

Different brushes serve different purposes. Combs are better for detangling purposes than brushes, but again it depends on the hair. The two most common combs are rat tail and wide toothed. A rat tail comb is ideal for separating hair and is great for combing through straight hair without disturbing moisture or products. A wide-toothed comb is an ideal option when looking to detangle or work out any knots. It will gently separate hair while minimizing pulling that leads to breakage. Of course, when using either of these for detangling, make sure hair is coated in a moisturizing agent, preferably one meant for detangling, to keep your lovely locks from breaking.

When choosing a brush, always look for natural bristles, such as boar bristles, to help evenly distribute natural oils and avoid damaging hair. The best way to know if you are using a brush that is gentle enough and the right shape for your hair is the amount of hair left behind. If your brush is full of hair after brushing, it is time to break up with your brush!

While the two most commonly used options are paddle brushes and the Denman brush, it really depends on your hair texture and type for what brush will work best for your hair.

Nikki says "my favorite is the Breezelike Sandalwood Hair Comb. This wide toothed comb is made of real wood and more importantly it works through hair tangles with so much ease. It prevents static and helps cut down on frizz. I also like the Ouidad double detangler, but the Breezelike Sandalwood Hair comb with its wide toothed style is definitely a must-have for curlies. "


by Aubrey Ginsberg via BlackNaps.org

As your natural hair grows tangles come easy and it takes an investment of time to get through them. Detangling properly is a definite must if you want to retain hair length, as improper detangling will break off your hair. Follow these steps in order to achieve a beautiful, tangle-free hair:

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Step #1 Prepare a spray bottle filled with water and get your favorite leave in conditioner.

Apply these to your hair. The moisture that is applied to your hair helps you comb your hair easier and faster.

Step #2 Section your hair.

Making use of your fingers or rat-tail comb, divide your hair into sections, particularly ranging them from four to six, or more—whichever depends the length and thickness of your hair. To keep the rest of your hair out of the way, hair clips will come in handy.

Step #3 Finger detangle to work out major snags.

Make sure that you detangle gently to avoid hurting your scalp and to work outward. After you have gotten the major kinks out you can use your comb. Start from the ends of your hair using a wide-tooth comb work your way up to the root.

(If your hair dries and you need more moisture, use your spray bottle.)

Step #4 When done, clip the section that is already detangled out of the way.

To avoid your completed section from tangling braid or twist it. Repeat this method and do this for all the sections of your hair until you are complete.

KEEP THESE THINGS IN MIND WHEN DETANGLING:

Do your detangling sessions regularly.
At least once a week, you should ideally do this unless you are sporting a protective style.

Do not over-detangle
Black hair flourishes in a low manipulation environment so if you can stick to detangling once per week or longer this would be best.

Avoiding blow drying frequently
Yes, it is the quick fix solution and there’s nothing wrong with doing it occasionally, but never rely on this method.

Don’t underestimate the power of leave-in conditioners
Leave in conditioners really help out in the manageability department and will give you the slip you need to work through your hair!

Never detangle bone dry hair
You need to use something that will give you slip when you detangle (it could be an oil, leave in, butter just use something)! Detangling dry hair is time consuming and will lead to breakage.

by Aubrey Ginsberg via BlackNaps.org

As your natural hair grows tangles come easy and it takes an investment of time to get through them. Detangling properly is a definite must if you want to retain hair length, as improper detangling will break off your hair. Follow these steps in order to achieve a beautiful, tangle-free hair:

Continue!>>>


Step #1 Prepare a spray bottle filled with water and get your favorite leave in conditioner.

Apply these to your hair. The moisture that is applied to your hair helps you comb your hair easier and faster.

Step #2 Section your hair.

Making use of your fingers or rat-tail comb, divide your hair into sections, particularly ranging them from four to six, or more—whichever depends the length and thickness of your hair. To keep the rest of your hair out of the way, hair clips will come in handy.

Step #3 Finger detangle to work out major snags.

Make sure that you detangle gently to avoid hurting your scalp and to work outward. After you have gotten the major kinks out you can use your comb. Start from the ends of your hair using a wide-tooth comb work your way up to the root.

(If your hair dries and you need more moisture, use your spray bottle.)

Step #4 When done, clip the section that is already detangled out of the way.

To avoid your completed section from tangling braid or twist it. Repeat this method and do this for all the sections of your hair until you are complete.

KEEP THESE THINGS IN MIND WHEN DETANGLING:

Do your detangling sessions regularly.
At least once a week, you should ideally do this unless you are sporting a protective style.

Do not over-detangle
Black hair flourishes in a low manipulation environment so if you can stick to detangling once per week or longer this would be best.

Avoiding blow drying frequently
Yes, it is the quick fix solution and there’s nothing wrong with doing it occasionally, but never rely on this method.

Don’t underestimate the power of leave-in conditioners
Leave in conditioners really help out in the manageability department and will give you the slip you need to work through your hair!

Never detangle bone dry hair
You need to use something that will give you slip when you detangle (it could be an oil, leave in, butter just use something)! Detangling dry hair is time consuming and will lead to breakage.
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Rachel Arvie via SeriouslyNatural.org

As naturals we face different challenges with our hair, whether if it is the beginning stages (transition) or just pure frustration with not knowing what to do. KEEP CALM! DON’T FRET! This is not an uncommon issue at all. One thing we must do to maintain our hair in its most healthy state, is avoiding breakage during detangling. Personally, I must detangle before washing.

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If you do not, then you are setting yourself up for failure. These eight tips I will share with you can help tremendously and add ease to your hair regimen and/or hair prep.


COMB HAIR OUT IN SECTIONS BEFORE WASHING
When prepping your hair for a wash, I recommend sectioning your hair in at least four parts. Once you have done that, comb from the ends of your hair instead of from the roots. This causes less
pulling of your hair.

USE A WIDE TOOTH COMB OR ONE OF MY FAVORITES, “Tangle Teezer ” or ”Denman Brush“

This tip is essential to your hair care because what combs and/or brushes you use can help or even harm your hair.

TRY FINGER DETANGLING
I have been doing this more often than usual. I must detangle before washing. Doing so avoids breakage and pulling of your hair. Naptural85 shows us great and easy technique on one of her vlogs on YouTube:


USE AN OIL
If you decide to finger detangle, try adding one of your favorite oils to the equation. I love using pure Coconut Oil while detangling. It’s easier to remove the tangle from your hair while adding moisture to it.

COMB THROUGH HAIR WHILE CONDITIONING
Combing through your hair while conditioning is also another good tip to use when detangling. Especially, a conditioner with a good “slip”. Using this can cut down so much time with your hair preparations. I love using Kinky-Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner natural hair care hair tips A little goes a long way. For me to say that with my thick hair speaks volume.

DAMPEN YOUR HAIR
Dampening your hair is another important tip when taking tangles out. You should not attempt to comb or even finger detangle your hair while it is try. Doing so can also cause friction and damage to the cuticle of your hair. It may seem like a quick way to taming those tangles but in the long run it can be the source of unintentional breakage.

WEAR HAIRSTYLES THAT REDUCES THE DETANGLING PROCESS
Wearing certain hairstyles can reduce the process of detangling. Chunky twists, twist outs, mini twists, pin ups are just a few suggested styles that can really help when you need to wash or co-wash your hair.

BE PATIENT
This tip is abstract then the other seven but is just as important as the previous tips. Detangling your hair can be time time consuming and tiresome but it’s an important aspect of your hair care. So be patient.
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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Now, every natural girl, curly girl, kinky girl and coily girl HATES tangles. They are annoying, time-consuming (to remove carefully) and counterproductive to our hair growth goals. They can make washday a hellish nightmare, and can be a transitioners biggest problem.

Who wants that? I am not saying washday should be an orgasmic experience (as the old Herbal Essence commercials would have you believe) but they should at least not be something we hate and put off doing. It seems I have slowly moved away from tangles becoming a weekly occurrence and I just realized this the past few weeks. There are a few tips I've learned over the past year but there are also some vital tools that have really kept those tangles at bay.

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Water
Water is so essential for our hair. Water is hands down the best moisturizer and our hair craves it! Now, it should come as no surprise that water is a valued tool for combating tangles. While I am in the shower, on either wash do or just reviving my curls, I first allow the water to run through and down my hair. I let it saturate the hair and bring it back to life.

I then, even before applying any product, gently run my fingers through the hair while the water is running. This is allowing the water to move through all the hairs and allowing it to help remove any tangles that are even THINKING about forming. Now, I'm not yanking and if I feel resistance, I stop and move on to the next section. This is just supposed to be waking up my hair. The water is moisturizing my hair and making it easier to manage without breakage.

Conditioner
Leave-in conditioner, deep conditioner, cheap conditioner, ultra expensive conditioner....whatever, it truly does not matter as long as it works. Conditioner is made to condition the hair and once you place it in your hair it should help the tangles melt away.

After the water has worked its way through your hair it's now time to help breakdown some more stubborn tangles and you need to slather it on. I mean slather it! I would rather use too much conditioner than fight with my hair so I don't mind using a lot and it's part of the Curly Girl Method. Smooth the conditioner through the hair and if you have one with a great slip then you have found gold!

Fingers
Finger detangling is amazing. My fingers work better than any comb created by man. Even though I used to detangle with a wide-tooth comb, I've only used a comb to create a part in my hair in almost a year! Finger detangling allows you to feel the tangle prior to yanking it and it is far more gentle than a comb. It's cheaper too and you don't have to try and find it! I have also found less shed hair by using my fingers.

Natural Oils
Applying oils to our natural tresses is nothing new to most naturals but have you tried it when working with tangles? Try applying an oil of your choosing to the conditioner before applying to sectioned hair. This allows the conditioner to maximize its softness and glide. I like to use few sprays of Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir. My sister hipped me to this tidbit and I've been using it ever since.

Water, conditioner, fingers and oils. All four tools have pretty much eliminated tangles from my wash day and co-wash routines. I have less shed hairs too because there are less tangles to fight. My 4 tools prep my hair for maximum softness and manageability. Sounds like a lot of work? Well, think about all the time you spend tugging and tearing at your hair and then let me know what sounds like a lot. My wash day may be long but it is drama free and when you think about it...who that heck wants hair drama in the shower?

How do you keep tangles at bay?