1. Detangle when you have two or three free hours, e.g. when you're watching TV.
2. Do not detangle dry hair. Spray the hair with just water then add some detangling cream or a leave-in conditioner or even a rinse-out conditioner to soften the hair further, even if you're about to wash. You don't need much product, a little goes a long way.
3. Use a high quality wide tooth comb with smooth edges.
4. Don't detangle on an empty stomach, you're only going to rush and do it badly.
5. Move section by section. 4 to 12 sections should be enough depending on the thickness of your hair and how tangled your hair is. Even if I don't pin my hair up I don't attempt to work on all the hair in one go. I focus on one area at a time.
6. Ensure that your fingernails are well manicured and that you don't have any dry skin that hair will get caught on to.
7. Detangle with your fingers first. Fingers are better able to navigate knots.
8. Work your brush or comb from tips to roots. I have also discovered that finger-combing only is not for everyone. If you have very thick or course hair you need to use a comb and possibly a brush to some extent. Thin, fine and loosely curled hair fares much better on a finger-combing only routine.
9. Twist the detangled section so that it doesn't retangle or get mixed up with hair that has not yet be detangled.
10. Always detangle before you shampoo hair and then again after you have applied conditioner. Remember that damaged hair is more prone to breakage than healthy hair so handle weak and damaged hair with extra care :)
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