One of the best tools for natural hair is the one God blessed us with, your fingers. Using your fingers to detangle your hair is one way to avoid combs or brushes ripping your hair out. And for a fine haired sista like myself finger detangling at certain times is a must. Using your fingers to detangle will allow you to be as gentle as you need to be when looking for single strand knots and getting rid of shed hair. As someone who doesn't want to loose any unnecessary hair, about 8 months ago I started finger detangle. But the results left hair matted with dreaded Bob Marley knots once I shampooed my hair. Anyone who is a loose haired natural knows that dreaded knots will leave you in a puddle of your own piss and tears, lol. So out of frustration I went back to my old boyfriend the wide tooth comb. But recently I have research successful ways to finger detangle and believe it or not using my fingers to detangle my hair is the best technique since sliced bread!!
OIL OF CHOICE
SPRAY BOTTLE FILL WITH WATER OR ALOE VERA JUICE
*Aloe vera juice is a great natural detangler
< 1 > Spray hair with water or aloe vera juice. Divide your hair into sections then clip in place. I usually make 6 sections.
< 2 > Take one of the divided sections, generously spray with more water or aloa vera juice then coat the hair with oil, I like to use olive or coconut oil.
< 3 > Start at the ends of your hair and use your fingers to gently pull your hair downward until you reach the roots and pull out any shed hair. If the shed hair intertwines with another hair and creates a tangle take your fingers and detangle the section. If a knot is formed take your scissors and cut at the bottom of the knot. PLEASE do not force the shred hair out, it will create a split end to the hair still intact.
< 4 > Continue to slowly detangle the section with your fingers until you are able to smoothly run your fingers through the entire section with no tangles.
<5 > Loosely twist section and clip.
< 6 > Repeat steps 1-5 on other sections of hair.
I have found this technique to detangle my hair has reduced the ouch factor (I am tender headed) and the amount of hair breakage and shedding. Also certain areas of my hair are tightly coiled and prone to breakage so I able to take my time and not force tangles and create breakage using a comb.
Have you finger detangled before and has the technique worked for you? What method do you use to detangle your hair? Weigh in!!
Preserve You, Peace & Blessings!!!!