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

Share thisFacebookTwitterPinterest 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 […]


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

  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. 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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