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by Mary Wolff

Tangles are a pain. They are annoying to get out, tug at your roots, and can even lead to breakage if not dealt with properly. Have you run out of your usual detangling solution and don’t have time to run to the store? No problem! There are a ton of DIY detangling sprays you can whip up in minutes in your own kitchen. Best of all, you will know exactly what’s in them without worrying about deciphering ingredient labels. Here are a few of my favorite DIY detangling sprays to help you work through tangles in minutes.
Lavender and Rosemary DIY Detangler 
This is one of my favorites because it smells great and gets the job done. The lavender scent is really good for relaxation and can even help promote restful sleep. Apple cider vinegar is also a great natural way to detangle and smooth hair.

  • 6–8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1–1½ ounces purified or distilled water
  • 2-ounce spray bottle
  • A small funnel
For this recipe, begin by combining the essential oils in the bottle. Replace the lid and make sure it’s tightly fastened to avoid a mess. Shake the bottle to evenly mix the oils. Add your apple cider vinegar and water to the bottle. Replace the lid and shake vigorously to thoroughly mix ingredients. Use daily or as needed. 

Coconut Detangler
While you may already know coconut oil is a great conditioning mask, coconut milk is great for detangling. It is a lot lighter than the oil so it won’t give your hair any heaviness leaving you to untangle without worry. This is one of my favorites because it uses both coconut oil and coconut milk so you get the benefits of both without weighing down hair.

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon argan oil
  • 10 drops essential oil of choice (optional)
  • Full fat coconut milk
  • Spray bottle
  • Small funnel
To get started with this recipe, melt your coconut oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil until it is a smooth liquid. Add your desired essential oil for fragrance as needed. Fill the spray bottle using the funnel. Fill the remainder of the bottle with the coconut milk. Replace cap and shake until combined. You can use this daily. If it settles too much and takes on a more solid form, you can melt it by placing the bottle in warm water. 

Conditioner Detangler
This one is for when you are in hurry and maybe you don’t have a lot available in your pantry. If you have a conditioner of pretty much any sort on hand, you can dilute it to make it an easy and effective spray on detangler. If you were to simply run the conditioner undiluted through your strands to detangle, you would probably end up with something that is too heavy and will weigh down your strands all day. 

  • Conditioner
  • Water 
  • Spray bottle 
  • Funnel 
For this easy fix, all you need to do is measure out how much conditioner you want to use and then add water with a 2 parts water to 1 part conditioner ratio. This will depend greatly on the size of your spray bottle obviously. You want to use warm water. It shouldn’t be boiling, but it should be warm to the touch. This will allow the conditioner to melt into the water for a thinner consistency. Add warm water and conditioner in a bowl. Stir until mixed and conditioner is diluted. Using the funnel, pour it into the bottle. Spray onto damp or dry hair as needed. 

There are a ton of detangler recipes out there, but these are my go-to’s for a quick fix. They are easy and effective so you can work through those pesky tangles without worry!

Let us know if these tips work for you.
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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!


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. "

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by Doyin Badewa

I am definitely here for finger detangling my hair and I have been doing it for months now. I had just taken out my faux locs and did not rethink continuing my regular finger detangling ritual before shampooing my hair and let’s just say it did not turn out so well. I ended up with a big mess of tangles and lost a lot more hair shed than usual. I realized that because I had the faux locs in for quite a while, after taking them out (and not detangling it for a few days after that), I had developed some major kinks that finger detangling alone was not able to remove. With the length and amount of my hair, I had to go back to my neglected faithful combs. If you ever fall into a hot tangling mess like I did, remember:


1. Be patient – I cannot stress how important this is. You will get frustrated and angry, but do not let this ‘little’ wash-day hiccup defeat you. Take your time and focus on method rather than getting it done quickly.
2. Conditioner is your best friend – Use as much conditioner as you need. The conditioner provides slip to your hair and makes it easier to comb through. Let it do the job for you.
3. Wet your hair – hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Water also provides a lot of slip and makes it easier to comb through.
4. Use a combination of your fingers and a comb – Use your fingers initially to remove as many kinks as possible, then proceed to use a wide tooth comb, wooden brush or denman brush (whichever one works best for you).
5. Work from the bottom up – I am sure we have all heard this before. The worst mistake you can make is to start combing through your hair from the roots, not only will you end up in a world of pain but you will also pull out a lot of new growth.
6. Don’t be afraid of losing hair – you will always shed hair after a protective style. Don’t panic. Focus on detangling it properly now so that you don’t have to detangle it everyday for the next one week.

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by Sabrina Perkins of

The natural hair community is chock full of information of all kinds. From co-washing to deep conditioning and sealing, there are many different tips and tricks that are shared by some of our favorite natural hair gurus. One of the most discussed topics by far is definitely the different methods of detangling and whether it’s more effective when done either before or after shampooing the hair.


 While the efficiency of each detangling method varies from person to person, it’s important to look at the facts of the different characteristics before making your choice. So, which one is best for you? Let’s take a look...

Detangling the hair before shampooing is a great method to use if you’ve just taken your hair out of twists or braids. Removing the bulk of the shed hair beforehand will reduce the amount of breakage and tangling you might experience if you waited to detangle your hair later on in the washing process.

This method is also great if you prefer to wash your hair while it’s plaited due to the fact that it ensures that the amount of tangles formed will be significantly less than usual. Some natural prefer this method when they have put off washday a tad too long and know some of those tangles need to be worked on prior to shampooing which can create tangles on its own.

The bad thing about this method is that you may need to detangle the hair again after you shampoo in order to get rid of the tangling from the friction of washing the hair. However, detangling before washing the hair can cut down on wash time and leave less fall out in the shower.

If you ask any number of naturals, most opt to detangle the hair after it has been shampooed and doused in the conditioner of their choice. Whether it’s with a wide toothed comb or your fingers, the best part about this method is the fact that the conditioner provides slip and makes the hair softer, making it easier to detangle the hair. Detangling post-shampoo will also guarantee that you won’t have to detangle twice, but it will leave a lot of shed hair in the drain.

The down side to detangling after is you may have created even more tangles with your shampooing. Many opt for pre-pooing to help eliminate this problem. I prefer this method because I do not suffer from a ton of tangles.

All in all, your decision will really be based on your particular regimen and situation. Whether you choose to detangle before or after you shampoo, (or both as many do) no way is the “right” way so try both ways and see which method works best for you!

Do you detangle before, after or both? Share below!

By Keshia White of

Oh, detangling! [sigh] I have such a love, hate relationship with this step of caring for my hair. It’s an essential part of maintaining healthy hair, but it can also be one of the toughest and most time-consuming parts, especially when you have kinky, afro-textured hair like I do. Here are four tips that have helped me to shave a huge amount of time off of my detangling process.

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Tip #1: Wear hairstyles that keep your hair stretched, such as braid-outs, twist-outs, roller sets, etc.

These types of hairstyles keep your hair from getting tangled, when compared to wash and go styles. This is because they help keep the hair strands separated, while preventing them from matting together because the hair is stretched out.

Tip #2: Wash your hair in sections and gently smooth the shampoo down the strands.

Washing all of your hair at once can definitely be a recipe for tangles. Sectioning the hair helps you to focus on distinct areas as you go. It’s best to only scrub your scalp with the pads of your fingers or carefully with a wide-tooth comb if you need a little extra cleansing. I usually do this with four sections and I use sectioning clips to hold each in place. When washing, apply your shampoo near the roots and put your fingers in right at the scalp and rub gently. This will create all the lather that you need. Then, to clean the strands, gently smooth the lather down the hair. Washing this way helps to prevent tangles and knots.

Tip #3: Deep condition WITHOUT detangling your hair.

This is something that I learned from going to the salon to get my hair done. I noticed how easy it was to comb through my hair after getting a deep conditioning treatment under a steamer. I also noticed that the beautician applied the deep conditioner with her hands thoroughly without coming it through before I sat under the steamer. This works to make detangling easier because shampoo (even if it’s sulfate-free) removes moisture from your hair. Moisturized hair is easier to manipulate and handle than hair that is not moisturized. I don’t own a steamer, so to create this same effect at home, I apply conditioner thoroughly in sections with my hands, after washing my hair. Then, I put on a shower cap and sit under a hooded dryer on warm for about 20 minutes. If you don’t have a hooded dryer, you can wrap a big, thick towel around the shower cap and let that settle in for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Tip #4: Detangle on damp hair with a wide tooth comb and a smoothing comb.

After rinsing my conditioner out, I apply leave-in conditioner section by section and gently detangle from the ends working my way up the the roots with a wide tooth comb. After using that comb, I do the same with a detangling comb, which has teeth that are more narrow than the teeth in the wide tooth comb (an example is the purple comb pictured above). This helps the strands to be smooth in preparation for hair styling and setting.

What are some things that you do to help make detangling easier? Please share in the comments section below!