As people with 4C hair, we understand the struggle of trying to detangle it. Detangling can be time-consuming, frustrating, and not to mention, painful, if not done correctly. That’s why we want to share with you our easy-to-follow guide on how to properly detangle 4C hair.
The first step is to ensure your hair is moisturized. Dry hair will be more prone to tangles and knots, so it’s essential to apply a moisturizer to your hair before detangling.
You can use a leave-in conditioner, deep conditioner, hair mask, or even just spray some water! This will make your hair softer and easier to detangle. Make sure to apply your chosen product generously to your hair, especially at the tips.
Next, section your hair into manageable parts. 4C hair is dense and thick, and detangling the entire head at once can be overwhelming. Instead, section your hair into smaller parts, working your way from the ends up to the roots. Make sure to use non-tugging hair ties like satin scrunchies.
To detangle your hair, begin by using your fingers. Run your fingers through the hair, feeling for any knots or tangles. Use your fingers to gently separate any tangled hair and work through the knots.
Once you’ve used your fingers to detangle the hair, it’s time to bring in a detangling brush or wide-tooth comb. Be sure to choose a brush or comb with wide-spaced teeth that can gently glide through your hair.
Work through each section with the detangling tool, starting from the ends of your hair and working your way up to the roots. Remember to be gentle as you work through your hair. Pulling at your too hard will not only cause pain, but lots of breakage as well.
Hold each section that you detangle into a twist, to keep it separate and detangled while you work on other parts. Combing out the hair after even when it’s in twists will be easier since you’ve already detangled it. Continue to work through each section, being mindful of the areas that are particularly prone to tangles (the tips).
Detangling 4C hair is possible with the right approach. Remember to start with moisturized hair, section your hair into manageable parts, and use the right techniques and tools to work through knots and tangles.
Also remember to always be gentle and patient with your hair, because you are a gem.