After speaking with mothers of children with naturally curly hair, they all seem to have a best way to detangle that curly hair. Well, we at Green Hair Revolution went through all the information we received and put together what we felt was a consensus of the best way to detangle curly hair from a mothers view.
To begin, always start with wet hair. The reason for this is because when hair is wet, you decrease the friction between the hair strands and the work of detangling is much, much easier. You can detangle hair while you are washing it, or in between washes.
Here are three important detangle tips for naturally curly hair in between washes:
- Let your fingers to do the combing, it can make it easier on the hair, the child, and the parent
- Have a bottle of moisturizing conditioner (we recommend a hair conditioner free of parabens, sulfates, and silicones which have been shown to make hair dry and brittle)
- Have a clean spray bottle (one that will not been used for anything else) filled with warm water and a small amount of natural oil (Olive, Grapeseed, Coconut, etc.) be sure to shake before use
To detangle hair in between washes work on the hair in sections:
For each section, gently mist the hair with the spray bottle until it is damp. Then apply some conditioner to the hair. Gently comb the hair using your fingers, beginning at the ends, and working your way down to the roots. Braid each section into large plaits. Put a plastic cap on for 15 – 30 minutes to allow moisture to seal into the hair. Once the time has expired, rinse the hair with warm water, removing most but not all of the conditioner from the hair. Then blot the hair dry to remove excess water, then style. Lastly let the hair air dry, or use a blow dryer to dry hair with hot air.
To detangle the hair while washing here’s what mothers say:
We of course suggest using a no-poo or low-poo (no suds) and silicone- free shampoo to wash hair. Next use a good leave-in or wash out conditioner free of parabens, sulfates, and silicones if at all possible. You can also use this conditioner to wash and to detangle the hair at the same time, if you are in between shampoos (this method of using conditioner is called co-washing).
While hair is wet divide it into sections, gently massage the conditioner through each section of hair, beginning at the ends, and working your way down to the roots this method works especially well when you are first starting out detangling. Next, gently comb conditioner through each section of hair using your fingers preferably, but a wide tooth comb will work. Let the conditioner sit in hair for a few minutes to soften hair and seal in moisture. If using wash out conditioner, rinse hair to remove excess, style and gently blot dry with a towel, or let air dry.
Our mothers stated that to maintain their child’s hair in a detangled state between washes; you should loosely braid it each night before sleeping (if it isn’t already braided or locked). Also wear some sort of sleep cap to protect your hair at night. Apply a small amount of light oil (grapeseed, olive, etc.) as needed to hair to help retain moisture in between washes.
Remember none of these are set in stone, and if you have a method that you are using on your own child’s hair and it works for you and your child, by all means keep it up. These are just suggestions for you to try, as you and your child take this hair journey together. We at Green Hair strive to help make you and your child’s curly hair experience a positive one.