How to Detangle Curly Hair: Your Go-To Guide
Detangling curly hair doesn’t have to be tricky. With the right tools, techniques and detangling products, you can gently work out even stubborn knots and enjoy the bounciest ringlets around. Here, we reveal why preparation is key to taming tangled hair, and how you can prevent knots around the clock. This is what you need to know…
1. Do Finger Detangling First
To avoid hair breakage while detangling, start by using your fingers to gently pull apart any matting or hair knots. Be careful not to tug or tear strands – simply work your fingertips through the biggest tangles.
2. Make Hair Soft and Supple
Hair should be soft, supple and moist before detangling. If you’re starting with clean, damp hair, mist the Elements Renewing Leave-In Spray from root to tip to nourish curls and release knots. If hair is dry, reach for NutriCurls Milky Waves to hydrate and define in one.
3. Use a Detangling Hair Brush or Wide-Tooth Comb for Curly Hair
Avoid using a paddle brush when detangling, as they should only be used when creating styles where tension is needed. Instead, opt for a sturdy wide-tooth detangling comb, a detangling brush, or a hair brush with flex bristles. You can use any size comb to detangle curly and coily hair.
4. Start From the Ends of Curly Hair
Start from the ends of the hair in the nape area, and work your way up to the scalp and then eventually to the front hairline. This way you’re not dragging your comb from root to tip, but instead delicately detangling curls section by section.
5. Take Your Time During a Detangling Session
It’s important to take your time when detangling curly hair. This is especially true when hair is wet, as this is when it’s at its most fragile. So don’t rush – embrace the process and enjoy those healthy, hydrated, beautiful curls when you’re done.