I am the ultimate minimalist. If I could find one product that washed, conditioned and styled my hair all in one I would be a happy girl.
While you may never be able to have just one product in your bathroom cabinet for your entire regimen you could at least work on eliminating a few tools such as the comb and brush.
Finger detangling has been all the craze in recent years because of its proven track record of helping women retain more length and reduce breakage caused by using combs and brushes on fragile strands.
The point of detangling is obviously to remove knots and release shed hair so that you can avoid breaking and snapping caused by your hair strands mixing and mingling each other.
There are two options, dry detangling or wet detangling. Both are equally effective and even though Alma has done an experiment on her own hair to show that wet detangling works better for her, you will have to decide which is best for you.
If you have natural or relaxed hair and you want to transition to finger detangling, here is how:
Dry Detangling Natural Hair
Dry detangling natural hair is time consuming, lets just put that out there from the start, so if you have little time this might not be the best choice. Really the only way to get it done thoroughly and with as little breakage as possible would be to work in very small sections.
The next step is to literally go through the section with your fingers patiently and separate strands removing tangles and releasing the shed hair very slowly.
If you find yourself battling a huge knot or a tangle don’t hesitate to add some oil or conditioner to the section to help provide some slip. Once you have finished the section twist or braid it so that it remains detangled and move on to the next.
I find that doing this with a hot cup of cocoa while watching a good movie instead of in front of a mirror is best.
Wet Detangling Natural Hair
Wet finger detangling is easier because you are using conditioner and water to provide plenty of slip which helps immensely in the detangling process.
The procedure remains the same, section the hair into workable section and using a spray bottle wet the section and add your favorite conditioner for slip and proceed to detangle.
Work the section slowly running your fingers down the length of your hair removing knots and tangles as you go along.
Once you are finished, twist the section to keep it from tangling with the rest of the hair and move on to the next section.
Another way to wet detangle involves a little multitasking; hop in the shower and while you get clean use the shower stream to help you remove tangles and knots by running the water directly on each section of hair. It works like a charm.
Kimmaytube of Luv Naturals shows us in this video how easy it can be to finger detangle natural hair when wet.
Dry detangling relaxed hair
Dry detangling relaxed hair is notably easier because the hair is straight, but if you have some new growth you are not exempt from patience and attention to detail. Again separate the hair into small sections and remove all tangles and knots carefully using your ten digits. If for any reason you have a stubborn snag, use some conditioner or oil to add slip to help with removing it.
Wet detangling relaxed hair
Relaxed hair tends to be quite weak when wet so comb detangling it when it is soaking is not advisable anyway. Finger detangling straight after a deep condition while the hair is still damp has proved successful for many relaxed ladies. Your hair will have tons of slip from the leave in conditioner* which will make things much easier.
It’s worth noting that much like finger detangling wet natural hair, allowing the shower stream to do the majority of the detangling for you might be the more sensible option. You have to rinse your hair anyway so you may as well get the detangling done at the same time!
In this video we see Sdestra finger detangling her relaxed hair.
If you get the hang of finger detangling you might end up actually never using a comb or brush again and length retention will become a breeze. Not to mention that it leaves you more space in your accessories box for more important things!
Sacara Thomas says
I’m going to try this because me and combs don’t get along at all, they always break in my hair even the metal ones…
Kish Pascall Jerome says
Darling Dayanna Crisanto Funez says
This is me
Shawnetta Jones says
No, I use a paddle brush and twist out usually. The thought of uncombed strands bugs me.
Loyal Johnson says
I always comb …it makes It more manageable
Natasha Hector Richardson says
I have to comb my hair
Germainne Neosha Powell says
This is so me
LaShaye-Shante Lynniece says
I finger detangle and use a fine comb at the ends
Erica Kelly says
I have to comb. I just don’t trust finger detangling for my hair.
Rutendo D. Magwenzi says
My hair breaks a lot cz I overdo it. My curls just get so tight! This is why i’ve decided to keep braiding it.
Chavon Walton says
A wide tooth comb has always been my go to.
Shauna Stanley says
Yes I use my fingers and occasionally a Denman. Combs are for parting 🙂
Retta Williams-allen says
Lol! Sista girl I know the feeling!!!
Rohanna Seville says
Definitely. It’s probably the best way to detangling my thick natural hair. Separates my curls easier with less yanking. But I also use a big tooth comb also after sometimes
Vanessa Anthony says
type 4 hair and then some detanglers,denemen,brushes,wide tooth,fine tooth,picks,detangeling comb dont work no matter what i still have knots breakage ,comb out in shower,with shampoo,with conditioner,rinse out,leave in cheap products,expensive products help me please
Chavon Walton says
Never ever try to detangle wet hair. That makes it worse. If you have tons of breakage you have dead hair you need to say goodbye to. My hair doesn’t get very tangled but when I take braids out I use a mixture of one part acv and the parts water. Spray liberally and detangle in sections. I also just switched my shampoo to Elucence Moisture Benefits and it’s the holy grail for me. I also don’t use brushes, only a wide tooth comb. For reference a pic of my hair
Vanessa Anthony says
thanks your hair looks great. i think i’ll get a good professional trim
Jerae Farries says
I start by using my fingers to detangle. Once I apply the Wen Anti Breakage Serum I’m able to use a wide tooth comb. My fingers work best for my transitioning hair.
Deionna Luvin'Lyfe Young says
LoL. Finger combing will do nothing for me…I have to untangle with a wide tooth comb
Deionna Luvin'Lyfe Young says
Shari Powell says
I recently started finger detangling my relaxed hair in the shower and at first I was skeptical. I tried it and I think I will leave the combs for parting and styling. I love it. The article is right, the water stream works wonders. I lose so much less hair when I wash now. Mechanical damage from combs is real.
Raisa Kumaga says
I have alot of breakage but cant i solve it without saying goodbye to my hair like u Said Chavon
Ashley Shorter says
I have been finger detangling for the past 4 weeks…haven’t used a comb, brush, nothing. I have noticed a HUGE difference in the health of my hair…especially less shedding and more length retention…it takes a while to get used to but give it a try. I have 4a hair with tiny spiral curls all over my head which would cause the combs/brushes to to rip out my hair.
Ashley Shorter says
And i finger detangle in sections while my hair is wet to provide slip
K LovelyLady Mills says
There is nothing wrong with her hair ….
Antonia Williams says
Love this hurr!
Adrienne Bridges says
How you detangle your your hair Optional .i always
start for the nape of the head with small parts combing hair down .This way work well on all hair texture. Finger or comb
Chiffontae Ross says
Did anyone else scream at the sight of her brushing out these amazing curls???! Gorgeous.
Tessah Thompson says
I don’t use combs or brushes, just my fingers and my hair has grown faster than in the past. My hair doesn’t tangle too bad and I have very curly hair. Don’t know if I can avoid combs/brushes when my hair grows longer though,.
Mia Eubanks says
Yes, but I still use a wide tooth comb. Since I’ve been detangling, I don’t lose any hair, just shedded hair..
Crystal Francis says
omg that’s how I feel after washing my hair Tiersa NonReplaceable that’s how I broke the comb
Sharla Alton says
i always fingercomb the girls hair. I hate tears.
Laurie Crawford says
I would use a detangler and conditioner with a wide tooth comb. Start at end, not at scalp.
Laurie Crawford says
Be gentle most of all. It really hurts alot if you are rough.
Leandra Mauricio says
i always comb my 4c hair with no problem my hair #manageable
Tamika Murrell says
4abc here. I’ve recently started what I call an “intensive” finger detangling process. I used to do a light finger detangling followed up with a tangle teaser but over time I was starting to see more breakage than I cared for. The new process is going well so far.
Toni Edwards Lee says
I finger detangle my hair and my daughter’s hair. I’m still in the TWA stage but my daughter’s hair is down her back. I’ll most likely continue. It really helps my curls pop also.
Chelsea Crouch says
i must comb my hair. finger combing doesnt do it for me
Evette Howard says
Finger combing, wide toothed comb, then regular comb
Sirene Ra says
Use your fingers, along with black Jamaican castor oil and it will detangle and moisturize successfully.
Deneen Whitaker says
Finger comb..not an option, detangler juice & wide tooth comb.
Mieshel Jett says
I use my fingers…no combs!
Alyssa Ali Philip-Rose says
I finger detangle first before washing. Then after my deep conditioning with my hair still saturated in conditioner, I comb thru with a wide tooth shower comb and follow up with the Denman. (Hair sectioned of course)
Ronnie Harris says
You take your time combing her that’s how
Semendablessed Howard says
I use luster pink hair lotion! Take time comb hair in section my result is fluffy soft hair
Nikki TheBeautiful says
Finger Comb:) When I finger comb it’s easier to detangle(beautiful textures detangling leave in) there’s more growth & there’s shedding but it’s minimal.I use a comb(wide tooth) hair is everywhere and it sets me waayyy baaaack.Diff strokes for diff folks:)
Vénus Venus says
Put. Foot of natural hair more frizzy. Lol because mine more like carpet!!
Donette Belizaire says
I have 4c hair and have not used a comb in a year. It takes a little patience, but rly works.
Хенли Янукович says
comb your hair wet 🙂
Zishan Evans says
Getting it Right…..
Jovanne Lovesomeme Harper says
The only time I use a comb (wide only) is in the shower when my hair is conditioning and wet. Then after the first day of wash and go I finger comb a little each day to separate the curls.
Carmella McCoy says
NO combs for me. My hair HATES them. Even when i start from the ends. (4b)
Kelli B Manson says
I finger detangle first and then with a denman brush, with a lot of condtioner
Suzie Brooks-Calvaire says
Yes I do
Rae Erin says
The struggle .!
Andreia S. Gonçalves says
It happen always kkkk
Beverly Hull-Meadows says
Shanice Goodridge-Flemming says
OMG learn! Just learn! Y’all act like its the hardest degree out there. If tribal Africans can do it so can you! Sick of the moaning from the natural hair community. Just deal with it!
Daiquiri A. Holland says
Yeah I finger detangle or use a super wide toothed comb
HisDestiny Forevvr says
Yesssssss…a must..way less breakage
Shawnnita Larkins says
Yes… mainly in the shower which my hair loves, and then lightly when styling….. I am 2weeks post a brush and approximately 9months post a comb 🙂
Janice A Cooper-Windley says
Yes I do!!!!
Joyce Delifus says
Tori Kbd says
Thankz Catherine Taiwo I do think the little tips are good!
Devera Smith Robinson says
People, do what’s best for YOU…. All of these articles promoting one thing over another is annoying, not everything works for everyone. Learn your hair and decide based on your hair, not opinions. I finger detangle and use a comb, but who cares really?? That’s my point.
Muriel Oduro says
Hmm sounds like this article whns u to believe that your hair is extremely unmanageable. .. this is not true and mentally holds you bk…. Get it together, learn about your own hair type and wht it can do. Use natral hair products if possible. Look up youtube. ..
Valencia Williams says
I do try to finger detangle with my regular conditioner on wash days but sometimes I just do not have the time. Between washes, however, I love using the Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect 7 specifically because it allows me to easily detangle my hair with my fingers prior to styling.
Phoenix McGee says
Finger detangle before combing with long wide tooth comb.
Sheree RowellArmstead-Morgan says
Enough with the finger detangling! It didn’t work for me, I use a comb.
Deja Myers says
This is so me!