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NEED TO KNOW: Detangling Thick Coarse Tresses in 5 Easy Steps

Tangly frizzy hair

Tangled hair is no joke. Depending on your texture, breaking through naughty knots can be a real pain in the cake. If you have thick, coarse, curly locks, then you’ve lived through this hair hell before. For strands prone to stubborn tangles, a surefire solution is to steam, water, and a co-wash. But we have a way less complicated solution—one that doesn’t call for a “wash day.” Here, five steps to detangling your manic mane.


WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • A spray bottle filled with water
  • Detangling lotion, leave-in conditioner, or carrier oil (like olive, coconut, almond, etc.)
  • Claw clips or scrunchies
  • A wide tooth comb
  • A Denman brush

STEP 1: SECTION HAIR

The best way to detangle is to work section by section. Separate your mane into quarters, securing each section with a clip or a scrunchie.

STEP 2: HYDRATE AND FINGER-COMB 

Remove the clip from a section — this is the first section of hair you’ll be working on. Hydrate your strands with water. Using your fingers, gently comb through the section of hair, breaking through any knots and tangles.

STEP 3: APPLY A DETANGLING AGENT

Smooth a dime-size portion of an oil or leave-in conditioner down the length of the section — from root to tip.

STEP 4: COMB FROM ENDS TO ROOT 

Using a wide tooth comb or your fingers (but not a fine tooth comb—those cause breakage), grab your hair section just above the ends and begin combing your way up to the root. Yeah, you read that right—bottom to top. This is the most painless way to tame tangles in kinky hair without causing excess shedding.

STEP 5: BRUSH

If you want to go the extra mile, brush through any remaining knots with a Denman’s brush. This last step gets you maximum curl definition.


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