One of the greatest hindrances to retaining length with natural hair is a lack of proper detangling. It is probably not always at the forefront of your mind but it most definitely should be. There are many ways to detangle and most naturals use a wide-tooth comb. This is the go-to because, hey, it’s pretty convenient and gets the job done in a decent amount of time. But if you want to give your hair even more tender love and care, consider using your fingers to detangle it.

It has become more and more popular to detangle natural hair this way and that’s because it is less stress on your tresses. When you pull and comb your hair, you always run the risk of causing some kind of breakage that can lead to damaged looking hair. Using your fingers to detangle takes time, but if you are willing to put in the effort, you will reap the benefits of your commitment. Countless women have had major results, longer and healthier hair, with this method of detangling.

So let’s look at how to finger detangle the right way.

Shampoo Your Hair

Before you get to running your fingers through your dry hair, know that this method is intended to be used on wet hair. It is also best to do it on clean hair. While you are in the shower, shampoo your hair to prepare it for the detangling process. It is never a good idea to try detangling your hair when it is dry. This will most certainly and without a doubt lead to breakage. You can also opt to wet it or dampen it with a spray bottle and detangle that way.

Condition Your Hair

After washing it, add conditioner. This is where the process really begins. Whatever you use to condition your hair is the product that will prepare it for detangling. A good conditioner is the best kind of product to use because it is slippery enough for your fingers to easily glide through your strands. You want to minimize stress to your hair as much as possible during this process and the conditioner will definitely do that.

Section Your Hair

Some people do a quick detangle in the shower and that is perfectly fine, but to really give your hair the attention it needs when you’re finger detailing, it’s best to do it outside of the shower in front of a mirror and in sections. If you don’t want to stand and watch yourself go through strand by strand, just know that in the moments when your fingers get stuck because of a knot, you do need to see what you are doing so that you don’t make the situation worse. Also, sectioning off your hair allows you to completely detangle every inch effectively. Finally, I suggest leaving the conditioner on your hair as you sit (or stand) and detangle. You cannot beat the leverage it gives you. Just do a rinse after you’re done and then you can easily and quickly run your fingers through your hair afterward and style per usual.

Points to Remember

This detangling method is meant to benefit your hair in a way that combing just cannot. If you find that it is too hard to use your fingers, or if your hair is very course, you may need to do it in smaller sections or go ahead and use a wide-tooth comb.

There are so many tips and trick to remember when handling natural hair. If you’ve never considered this method of detangling, it may be worth the time and effort to see how it works for you.