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The detangling process pt2

MANAGING ALL HAIR TYPES
Published: 
Monday, March 12, 2012

 

In the last hair sense article I touched on some basic principles we should remember when detangling our hair. These included: when the hair should be detangled and how it should be detangled. Today, I will further address these issues for different hair types and lengths. All types of hair do not require the same kind of attention where detangling is concerned. The curlier your hair is, the more difficult it will be to detangle. Straight or curly hair may encounter problems with knots and tangles when it is washed in an open or out state. As you wash your hair under these conditions, the outer layer of the hair cuticle is lifted, causing it to get hooked onto other hairs. This encourages tangling. Hair that has been shed from the scalp but is still lurking around in the hair can also latch itself on to other hairs and contribute to tangling. Therefore it is important that the hair be detangled thoroughly to avoid this kind of tangling during shampooing.
 
Matted hair: Hair can become matted due to product build-up in the hair or because of hair that is no longer attached to the scalp becoming intertwined with the rest of hair. It can also be a combination of the two factors. Water can be used to soften the matted section of hair. This allows for you to easily take apart the hair with your fingers. You may tear some of your hair in the process but this may be inevitable because of the condition of the hair at the moment. Try your best to remove all hairs that are no longer attached to the scalp. After this is done, continue to separate your hair with your fingers. You can then go on to using a wide toothed comb to further separate the hair once the hair is not dry. Remember dry hair is brittle hair. You can now section the hair into about four or eight and braid it so that it does not become tangled again before you shampoo or style it. Thin, Fine or Oily Hair: Once again you can use water to loosen the tangles in this type of hair and then section the hair. Very Short Hair: If there are tangles in hair that is too short to section, it may be a good idea to wet them with water. Depending on the nature of the core tangle, you could also use conditioner or oil to moisten the hair to continue detangling it. If you follow these guidelines along with those given in the last ‘Hair Sense’ article, it should help you to preserve the majority of your hair for the longest time possible. However, other steps in the hair care process such as Cleansing, Conditioning and Moisturising are integral for retaining the length of your hair. 
 
For more hair care information, you can reference the book “Grow it!” by Chicoro or email me at [email protected] with your questions.

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