Finger Detangling Your Hair: 7 Reasons Why & 7 Steps How To

Caring for your curls can seem daunting sometimes, especially when it comes to detangling. It’s easy to reach for a brush or wide-tooth comb to tame those tangles, but these tools can actually cause more harm than good. At IntrinsiCurly Me we firmly believe that finger-detangling your curls is the best (and ONLY) option. The best way to do this is to detangle with the One & Only Creamy Conditioner while you are in the shower. Always make sure you detangle your hair when it is sopping wet!

Before we get into the HOW, here are 7 reasons WHY you should throw out that sticky old brush or comb and choose finger-detangling instead:

  1. Reduces Breakage: When you use a brush or comb, you risk pulling and snagging your hair, causing breakage. Finger-detangling allows you to gently separate your curls without putting too much stress on them.

  2. Better Control: With finger-detangling, you have more control over how much pressure you apply and where you’re applying it. This means you can be more precise with your detangling and avoid pulling on your hair.

  3. More Comfortable: Using a brush or comb on curly hair can be painful, especially if you have tight curls or knots. Finger-detangling is a much gentler approach and can be more comfortable for those with sensitive scalps as heavy brushing can damage the skin on your scalp.

  4. Retains Curl Pattern: Brushes and combs can disrupt the natural curl pattern of your hair, causing frizz and uneven texture. Finger-detangling allows you to work with your curls instead of against them, helping to maintain their natural shape.

  5. Less Frizz: Brushes and combs can create static electricity and cause frizz. Finger-detangling avoids this issue altogether, leaving your curls looking smoother and more defined.

  6. Improves Product Distribution: When you finger-detangle your curls, you’re able to distribute your styling products more evenly throughout your hair as you can actually FEEL where your hair may need a bit more product. This helps to ensure that each curl is coated evenly but can also help to prevent product buildup in certain areas.

  7. Saves Time: Finger-detangling can actually save you time in the long run. Yes, we said it! You won’t have to spend as much time trying to detangle knots that were created by using a brush or comb, and you’ll be able to style your hair more quickly. The more you finger detangle in the shower, the more manageable your hair will become.

Here is a step-by-step guide on HOW to finger detangle your curls:

  1. After cleansing or co-washing your hair, make sure to thoroughly wet your hair using warm water to help open up the hair cuticles and make it easier to detangle.

  2. Apply a small amount of the One & Only Creamy Conditioner to your hair, focusing on the ends and any particularly knotted areas. Smooth down the cuticles of your hair using a downwards milking motion to make sure the conditioner is evenly distributed throughout your hair.

  3. Use your fingers to gently work through any tangles in your hair, starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. Take your time and be patient - don't yank or pull on your hair, as this can cause damage.

  4. If you encounter any particularly stubborn knots, try gently pulling them apart with your fingers to loosen them. If you feel you need more slip, always add a more water before you add more product - a little really does go a long way!

  5. Once you've detangled all of your hair it is time to “squish to condish”. Gather clumps of your hair in your hand and squish in an upwards motion, working around the head in sections. This will help the moisture penetrate deeper into the hair shaft and keep the hair detangled while prepping it for styling.

  6. Rinse out the conditioner thoroughly with cool water, making sure to rinse the scalp well. Using cool water will help to seal the hair cuticles and lock in moisture.

  7. Now you can move on to your styling routine. Remember to apply your Crème De La Curl Creme OR Coiling Me Softly Curl Custard on sopping wet hair. When you are done, gently squeeze out any excess water from your hair with a Scrunching Microfibre Towel. Avoid rubbing your hair with a regular towel, as this can cause frizz and future tangles.

Basically, finger-detangling is a gentle, effective, and efficient way to care for your curls. Why not give it a try and see the difference it can make for your hair and scalp health?

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