Finger Detangling vs Combing
It would be easy for me to sit here and tell you that you should comb your hair a certain way, or you should not comb your hair a certain way, but when it comes down to it, i don't know your hair like you do. What i can do, is give you pointers on what works for me, and you can give it a go for yourself too.
Combing my hair when i was younger was a nightmare. Not only was it painful, embarrassing and scary, but it was a struggle to get started. Having the thickest hair out of me and my sister, it would tangle instantly. You could literally comb it and braid a section, come back to it 2 minutes later, and it would be full of knots again.
This led to me spending alot of time with my hair kept in two cornrows/braids, rather than having my curls out. It held me back on being able to appreciate my hair, because every time i wore it down i dreaded the next day.
As i got older, i would hold off the combing session as long as possible. My hair stayed up in a bun, hidden away under ponytails and i allowed my hair to become matted. I was unable to comb it myself, which meant that i had to rope my boyfriend into helping me to comb the birds nest on top of my head.
The breakage, the pain, the tearing and the crying that followed. It just wasn't worth having my hair down to have to do all of that work.
When i began my healthy hair journey at the end of 2016, i played around with different ways of combing my hair, until i found a method that worked best for me. I have realised that everyone has their own different methods, whether it being tangle teasers, finger combing, denman brushing, or using a comb/brush.
Tonight i am going to talk to you about finger detangling vs combing. I haven't found a way to use a tangle teaser that worked for me at all, but if that works for you, my motto is always "if it ain't broken don't try to fix it."
I hope this article can help you figure out the best way to keep your curls tangle free and happy
Finger Detangling:Finger detangling hair is what it says on the tin. It is the method in which you use your fingers to remove knots and tangles instead of a comb. This is my go to method that works best for me to keep my hair soft and knot free.
There are so many reasons why i prefer to do my hair this way.
- You can physically feel tangles better
- Avoid Breakage and Split ends
- Learn your hair better
- Less painful
Like with any part of life, there are of course cons to doing this way of detangling hair as well.
- Time consuming
- Does not work for all hair lengths
- "Theres only so many tangles you can get out with your fingers."
Of course there are times when a comb is brought into the routine such as deep conditioning, or when hair is particularly bad. So lets talk about the comb!
Combing:There are so many ways and tools to comb your hair with. Some prefer a tangle teaser, some like the denman and for some it is the wide tooth comb. Anything smaller than a wide tooth comb is a no for my hair as it is very thick. I can see why people like to brush and comb and here are some of the reasons.
- Prepare your hair for styling
- Effective for all hair lengths
As with finger detangling, there are of course negatives to using a brush/comb too.
- Creates static frizz
- Less gentle
- Can thin hair and cause split ends
So what methods i prefer?For me it is finger detanlging all the way. I didn't know about doing this before starting the healthy journey, and now that i do it makes life easier. Don't get me wrong i love a good wide tooth combing, and this is what i do every wash day, but i wont comb my hair any other time.
I just think that it is easier and less traumatic to do it this way. I do have some tips to share with you to help you get into how to do it if you haven't before. Finger detangling before using a wide tooth comb, will also make it easier but finding those big tangles before the comb does and gently removing them.
So how can you make your detangling easier?
1. Always finger detangle damp/wet hair
Do not try to finger detanlge dry hair. This is how you will end up with matted hair. You wouldn't try to comb your hair dry with a comb, so why do it with your fingers. By wet i don't mean that you have to soak your hair everyday to do this, it can be wet with product.
2. Always do it in sections
There is no point trying to grab huge sections of your hair and pull it apart, you are just going to hurt yourself. I like to get my hair into two sections (4 if it is very knotty) and take my time with the process.
3. Try adding oil
Righteous Roots is my best friend when it comes to detanlging my hair with my fingers. A detangling lotion will also help. Anything that is going to lubricate the strands of hair and stop friction and breakage.
4. Don't over do it
I don't detangle my hair every single day, just like i don't refresh or wet it everyday. Every other day or less works fine. I find that because of the fluffing and the sectioning of my hair, i have more volume and get that "fluffy" look to my hair which i am loving at the moment.
5. Make sure your nails are trimmed
Too many times i have had nails break when finger detangling, or i have had a hangnail and not known, and this has gotten caught in my hair. Make sure that the nails are smooth!
Check out my latest youtube video where you can see me use BOTH of these methods in my wash and go.
What is your method for detanlging your hair? Are you a finger detanlger like me? Or is it comb all the way for you? Comment in the box below or send me an email and let me know what you think.
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