Despite all the information out there, there’s one thing that is key to length retention and achieving your hair growth goals every year.
When most women begin a healthy hair journey, they have several goals in mind mostly related to hair growth, moisture retention, and maintaining healthy hair.
Sometimes however it doesn’t seem like your hair is moving forward in the direction you want despite doing everything right, and being in healthy shape.
Perhaps this 1 element is just what’s missing in your hair care regimen. This element is very common and something we don’t really think about.
However, you’d be surprised at how much doing it the wrong way can hinder hair growth and especially retention.
Key to Length Retention & Achieving Hair Growth Goals
Have you figured out by now I’m talking about detangling? Detangling is a very important step in hair care.
I dedicated two chapters to it in The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide: Stop Hair Loss. Regrow Bald Spots. Fill in Thin Areas.
Benefits of Detangling Curly Hair
Removes Hair Growth Hindrances
Detangling helps to eliminate several hair growth hindrances – shed hairs, single strand knots, and matted hair.
When you detangle hair properly before using products and wetting it, you can prevent these issues from showing up.
Easier to Style Hair
When hair is properly detangled, it will make it easier to style which also means less tangling and you can try out more hairstyles with ease.
Detangling Challenges for Hair Growth
Sometimes, detangling can be a daunting task especially when you have a great amount of hair.
However, improper detangling of hair before washing and deep conditioning will lead to hair breakage and possibly split ends.
Imagine trying to do a braid out or twist out on hair that hasn’t been properly detangled?
Your fingers will keep getting caught in-between your hair. Over time, it starts to look like your hair isn’t growing.
You don’t have to detangle your hair every day. Once or twice a week should be enough. Less if you’re wearing a protective style.
Effective Detangling for Hair Growth
There are several ways to achieve a thorough and proper detangling session, which I discussed in this earlier article on the best detangling tools.
I recommended the Felicia Leatherwood brush as one of the tools but it’s on the pricey side.
I’ve since discovered a similar brush for a fraction of the price and it works wonders too.
I also prefer this brush over my bone comb after taking out a protective style – Flexible Detangler Brush.
The way the brush is designed allows the rows to give way as you work it through your hair.
It loosens knots, smoothens out curls, and doesn’t yank out my hair the way the Tangle Teezer does.
It also works on all hair types. Below are some important tips to get the best use out of the brush:
Detangle Hair in Sections
It works best with your hair in small sections. I work with my hair in 8 – 10 sections. Retwist each section after detangling it.
Detangle With Fingers First
Always thoroughly detangle with your fingers before using the brush.
Use on Wet/Damp Hair
My favorite conditioners for slip are:-
- Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
- Kinky Curly Knot Today
- Tresemme Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado Conditioner
Patience is Required
Be patient and gentle. Take your time to really work out the knots and tangles before you move on to styling.
I have two of these brushes and I expect them to last for years. Have you ever tried this brush?
Do you prefer another type of detangling brush or tool? Let’s know your feedback in the comments section :).