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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hair Tips | Detangle Fine Natural Hair

Detangling is a very, very important part of healthy hair care. This may seem scary for some, but it doesn't have to be so hard to do.

For those with fine natural hair, here is a simple and less stressful way to detangle your hair.

Always detangle your hair before your Wash Regimen. Whether you wash your hair once a week or once a month, it is important to get all the shed hair out of your head. You don't want to start washing your hair without detangling. If you do, your hair will be tangled, matted, and worse of all: still full of shed hair! You definitely don't want that.

So NO the wide-tooth comb!

And NO to the Denman brush!

Fine-haired ladies should ALWAYS use their fingers when detangling the hair (or at least try first, then use the hair tools if needed). Using hair tools for detangling can cause more damage to the hair instead of alleviating your hair from the shed hair. You will be able to feel where the tangles are and detangle your hair with ease.

 Also, detangle on DRY hair. Damp or wet hair causes your natural hair to curl which can cause your hair to tangle and wrap around itself even more.

And the product I use to detangle my fine hair is:


Coconut oil will melt the tangles away, moisturize your hair strands, and you can do a hot oil treatment after you detangle your hair. It's a WIN-WIN-WIN!!!

In a simple process, I usually take my style down and separate my hair into 6 sections for manageability.

Detangle Fine Natural Hair

I take a generous amount of coconut oil and run it along a section of my hair. I make sure to focus on my ends, since they are the oldest part of the hair.

Then I take my thumb and run it between the section to get the shed hair out.

I continue the process until I feel that all the shed hair is out of my hair and my hair feels very smooth.


I don't want my fine-hair to curl in kind of way.

Detangle Fine Natural Hair

I separate that section in two and loosely 2 stand twist it.


Detangle Fine Natural Hair

Since I use coconut oil as my hot oil treatment, I'm going to go ahead and massage my scalp with the pads of my fingers. Massaging the scalp can:
Alleviate stress and improve your mood
Help relax the muscles in the neck area.
Help strengthen the roots of the hair and nourish the hair-shafts
Spread the natural oils of the hair to increase hair luster
Promotes blood circulation in the scalp for healthy hair growth


Here is my overall shed hair...not too bad! Considering I was shedding excessively months before...


This process takes me about 15-20 minutes when taken out of a protective style and about 10 minutes when stretched. The coconut oil really helps with detangling and using my fingers makes sure I only take the shed hair out easily.

You can also use cheap conditioner and/or other oils to help detangle your hair. I find that coconut oil moisturizes and melts away my tangles.

I also detangle lightly before styling my hair with a bit of coconut oil, especially if I'm doing a twist out or a roller set.

Important rule of thumb:


How do you detangle your hair?

I really need to get better bobby pins! Look at all the peeled paint...sad day...if you have any suggestions for good bobby pins, please let me know!

Natural hair says: it is very important to detangle your hair whenever you take out your style, prepare for Wash Day, and/or before styling. If you don't detangle, your hair can get: matted when washing, create unnecessary tangles, and can be difficult to style.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

For more help with detangling, check out these helpful tutorials:

Naptural 85 YouTube Video: 25 Minute Co Wash + Detangle!
Kinky Curly Coily Me: Detangling Natural Hair in 10 Minutes or Less
Black Girl Long Hair:
True Life: I Don’t Fully Detangle…and My Hair is Waist Length 

1 comment:

  1. Nice! I need to learn to detangle more. Sometimes I run straight to the shower after exercising. But for bobby pins, try Sally Beauty. They have nice bobby pins that aren't cheap (no offense). Love the website. Keep doing great


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