Detangling isn’t always an easy task no matter your hair type. Impatience and mishandling can lead to a variety of set back issues such as hair breakage, split ends, mid-shaft splits and/or fairy knots. The preferred method for detangling are the fingers especially in the natural hair community but not everyone likes doing that.
Based on research and my experiences, below are the 5 best detangling tools besides the fingers on the market:
Bone combs are not made out of actual bone but organic resins, which mimics the qualities of actual bone. They are created via a labour intensive process where the materials are hand carved, sawed and polished.
Best Qualities of Bone Combs
- They are anti-static and heat resistant.
- They can last for an entire lifetime. Seriously!
- The wide teeth make it one of the perfect tools for detangling.
- It doesn’t snag on ends or rip the hair, thanks to the extra smooth ends, which only gets more effective over time.
- They are seamless; helping to guard against split ends.
There are some manufactures who pass off brown plastic combs as bone combs but it’s easy to identify by the price as well as recognizable seams in the comb. Real bone combs aren’t cheap but if you care about the health of your hair in the long run, adding a bone comb to your stash is highly recommended.
They come in various sizes but I use two – the giant rake for detangling and the wide toothed medium rake during curlformers sets after detangling with the big one first. My bone combs come from Hair Sense. Bone combs work for all hair types. As far as detangling tools go, I give bone combs 5/5.
A hair stylist of the same name, from LA, designed the Felicia Leatherwood detangler. The brush is black and has smooth bristles with rows that separate and open up as you work the brush through your hair, reducing shed hair and breakage. It is also excellent for defining your waves or curls while styling. The brush works best on wet hair taken in small sections and is suitable for all hair types. I rate this brush 5/5.
If you’re not familiar with Ouidad, they produce products for curly girls. I have a few of their products in my stash. Their wide tooth comb is made of black plastic and has a nifty handle that you can hang on your shower rack. The ends of the teeth are rounded making it gentler on the hair. This comb however has very fine seams and should be used on hair dripping with conditioner in the shower. It works wonders under those circumstances. Ideally, it works best for type 1 – type 4a hair. If you hair type falls above this, a comb with wider teeth would probably work better.
The comb comes with a love your curls starter kit on Ouidad website or you can buy it separately HERE. I rate this comb 4/5.
Currently Ouidad has another comb named the Double Detangler, which claims to reach through the “most dense” curly hair and has the right width for detangling knots. However, I haven’t tried this yet so will not be reviewing it in this article.
Denman produces over 20 types of brushes but the one most commonly used for detangling is the D3 Classic Brush. It’s a medium sized styling brush with 7 rows of nylon pins. The rubber pad provides maximum grip while in use. The great thing about this brush is it can work out even the tightest knots and if you find the rows too much for you, you can modify them by removing 2 – 3 rows without reducing the effectiveness of the brush.
This brush should be used to detangle only while you have a lot of conditioner in your hair and should be used with patience. If you’re in a hurry, it can rip out your hair. Personally, I recommend it for type 1 – type 4a hair types only. Hair types above this might have issues with it. I rate the D3 Classic 4/5.
With an enticing name, the Tangle Teezer was designed to demolish knots and tangles. It comes in a compact size with bristles of various lengths. They also come in various funky colours. It doesn’t have a handle, which can make it difficult to hold onto while detangling hair. The bristles can also bend slightly over time rendering it ineffective and requiring a replacement. If you have hair in the type 3c – type 4 range, I strongly recommend trying another detangling tool. From personal experience with my 3c/4a hair, it can cause breakage and split ends. For type 1 – type 3b range, it should work wonders with minimal to no problems. I rate the tangle teezer 3/5.
Have you ever tried any of the above? Or some other type of detangling tool that you think is just as effective? Let us know in the comments section.
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