Use Light Creams and Oils(affiliate link)
Like I mentioned before, light creams and oils(affiliate link) can work wonders for detangling fine hair! The keyword here is “light”; heavier products will weigh down your hair or make it sticky, which ultimately makes the process more difficult by causing excess shedding.
My favorite products to use are Cantu Shea Butter(affiliate link) Coil Calm Detangler or Grapeseed Oil(affiliate link) on damp, sectioned off hair. Both products are great for moisturizing/sealing, but don’t weight down my hair. Any two products plus water will do–the only tricky part is finding the right balance for your hair’s personal needs.
Twist and Move Out The Way
Simply put: twist the section you just detangled and move it out of your way. Getting already done hair mixed up with the hair you still need to do is a mess EVERY time. Not only do you waste your time going through hair you’ve already detangled, but you’re unnecessarily touching your hair which can cause some shedding, frizz, or worse–damage the ends.
If you have short or medium length hair, loosely twist the finished sections and move to the next one. If your hair is longer, twist the section a little tighter and then roll into a loose bantu knot and tuck. If you feel like it’ll unravel, pin it down with a plastic bobby pin.
Go Into A Protective Style Immediately After
Fine hair is typically fragile, and fragile hair likes to be left alone. Detangling is probably the most manipulation your hair should see in one day. As soon as you’re done, move right into a protective style that you can rock for a few days.
The style should be be something like twists, loose buns, dutch braids, etc Something that is reasonably loose, but will also let your hair breathe.
Remember, the most important things when detangling fine hair is to be gentle, protect your ends, keep your hair moisturized, and that your fingers are the best tool to use.