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My Favorite Detangling Method: Time Reduced From a Whole Day to A Couple of Hours

Detangling Natural Hair
Article by: Dr. Aziza Glass
I have a lot of hair. It’s thick. It’s long. It takes forever to detangle, wash, condition, and style. I used to plan a whole weekend around wash day. Fortunately, I received a tip from a fellow grad student at Cornell about how she detangled her hair. On the first try, it worked beautifully.

 Here’s what you’ll need:

 Step 1: Generously apply coconut oil from the tips to the roots of your hair. If your hair is thick, you should try making jumbo twists to section off your hair. It makes it easier to manipulate. I usually have 5-6.

Step 2: Tuck all hair inside the deep conditioning cap and sit under a hair dryer for 15-20 minutes on the high setting.

Step 3: Immediately apply the conditioner to the hair from tip to root. **Do not wash out the coconut oil**

Step 4: Repeat step 2.

Step 5: Wash out conditioner. Snip off split ends or knots with the hair shears.

Step 6: Now that your hair is detangled, proceed to shampoo, co-wash, or deep condition as desired.

With this method, I have cut my detangling time from a whole day to a couple of hours. Have you tried this method? How has it worked for you? Did you make any changes?

Dr Aziza Glass

— Dr. G

Aziza Glass

In 2008, Dr. Aziza Glass transitioned from relaxed to natural hair and began the journey of self-discovery. Literally. Since then, she has become a fierce naturalista and proud HBCU (PVAMU) and Ivy League (Cornell) alumna. Dr. G is currently a veterinarian, entrepreneur, and TV personality. www.azizaglass.com

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13 Comments

  1. Ok. I get the process. You didn’t mention this but do you spritz your hair with water before, during, or after the coconut oil application or conditioner application? Also, how do you style your hair afterwards and what do you use as your styling product(s)? Thanks

  2. Hello everyone! I’m happy there’s been discussion about the different techniques with detangling our natural hair. For those that are a little uncertain about my technique, I’ll answer your questions. The actual detangling part comes after I have conditioned my hair twice under the hair dryer (the first time with the coconut oil and the second with the conditioner). As I rinse out my hair (in sections), I gently finger comb my hair from the tip to the root. As I do this, shed hairs are finger combed out and rinsed away with the water. If I come across a genuine knot that I can’t untangle, I snip them off with a pair of hair shears. I rarely have to do this. If I come across any split ends or one strand knots, I snip them off with the hair shears as well.

    Overall, I do not use a comb to detangle my hair anymore. When I did, I would constantly see hair fragments in the tub and my hair didn’t seem to grow very well. It was thick and healthy but I did not have good length retention (I was stuck at armpit length). Now for the past year, I only finger comb my hair using the detangling method detailed above. Since then, my hair is still healthy and thick, I have less knots when I’m washing my hair, and now I’m approaching mid-back length. I hope this helps!

    — Dr. G

    1. Abosede says:

      Hi Dr. G….do I have to use cocnut oil for the first step? or can I use any other oil?

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