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Tangles with CG?

arsangaarsanga Posts: 13Registered Users
So, I already do most of the CG stuff (low-poo, though I'm thinking of transitioning to no-poo soon, if my uber dry-scalp can handle it -- I had dandruff issues the last time I tried).

But I've had SERIOUS tangle problems forever. Like, a few times when I was younger, my friend had to cut out the dreadlocks that had formed at the nape of my neck-level bad. :(

I've tried conditioning even more than I normally do, adding oil to the conditioner, everything, but I can't even get a wide-tooth comb through my hair, much less my fingers. I wind up having to cave in and brush it every time (and it still takes about half an hour to get through on an average day).

Has anyone else struggled with this?

My hair is medium-high porosity, medium-coarse texture, very very dense and probably a 2B curl-wise (used to be more in the 3s, which is what I'm trying to get back to, and I think the tangles may be what's holding me back!).

I'm not sure if it's the type of conditioner I'm using (Redkens Fresh Curls was my usual go-to, though I've tried Ouidad and a few others I forget now too), the oils I've tried (only tried coconut and macadamia oil so far), or what, but... Argh!

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  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    When you detangle, are starting at the ends and working your way UP to the roots? I used to just plow through my hair b4 I found this site. Oils don't give much "slip", but something like KCKT is designed for detangling. You might also look into a Denman brush- works much better for me than a comb.
    2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
    Cleanse: AIA cowash, TJ Tea Tree Condish
    Condish: JC Too Shea, Tresemme Botanique
    Stylers: flax/okra gel or KCCC + CJ PP or JC Spiralicious
    Experimenting with Got2B Ultra gel and loving it so far!
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    I don't understand how you can brush but not finger comb? Ripping a brush through is really damaging, which then encourages further tangling down the line. Try finger combing when you are in the shower with conditioner all over your head. Or use a detangling comb with two staggered rows of teeth or a 'Tangle Teezer. Be sure to section your hair off carefully to comb and work from the bottom up not the roots down.

    Definitely start conditioner only washing, I hate how even sulphate free shampoo makes my hair feel now, dry and tangly and I cannot run my fingers through. Also cut off any really dry and damaged ends/ lengths, these will snarl up with the healthy growth. If not CO-washing consider condition-wash-condition.

    Have you had your scalp issue diagnosed? A dry scalp (xerosis) would normally be improved by conditioner only washing, some forms of dermatitis may not if you get build up or use the wrong oils. It's really important to massage plenty and to rinse super thoroughly.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • naturalblondie88naturalblondie88 Posts: 105Registered Users
    arsanga wrote: »
    My hair is medium-high porosity, medium-coarse texture, very very dense and probably a 2B curl-wise (used to be more in the 3s, which is what I'm trying to get back to, and I think the tangles may be what's holding me back!).

    I'm not sure if it's the type of conditioner I'm using (Redkens Fresh Curls was my usual go-to, though I've tried Ouidad and a few others I forget now too), the oils I've tried (only tried coconut and macadamia oil so far), or what, but... Argh!

    We have similar hair traits and I understand your tangle woes! What are you using as a LI? I've found that the conditioner I use as a leave-in makes all the difference with my curls as far as the tangles and frizz!

    I also agree with Firefox7275 about combing the ends first and then the roots. I started this method and saw an improvement with tangles.
    Mostly 2c
    Medium Width, Low Porosity (unsure), and Med-High Density
    Frizz is a huge problem for me

    Routine currently undergoing maintenance.
    Low-Poo: PM Wild Ginger Awapuhi
    CO/RO: SN Coconut
    LI: GR Sleek & Shine
    Mousse: HETT
    Gel: HE Set Me Up
    Pomade: BedHead Manipulator
    DT: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

    Hair Likes: moisture, pineappling, scrunching
    Hair Dislikes: raking product in, glycerin
  • arsangaarsanga Posts: 13Registered Users
    We have similar hair traits and I understand your tangle woes! What are you using as a LI? I've found that the conditioner I use as a leave-in makes all the difference with my curls as far as the tangles and frizz!

    I wasn't using a LI -- just started using Devachan's One Condition as a LI too, and it's really helping the tangles! Yay :)
  • hambo02hambo02 Posts: 480Registered Users
    yes i've noticed my hair has been more tangled when I went cg. I just use alot of leave in and oil before i comb
  • SamanthascurlzSamanthascurlz Posts: 1,082Registered Users
    I was gonna say the DC- OC is amazing at tangles. If you need a slightly cheaper alternative I am an advocate for Yes to Carrots. I agree with Firefox and everyone else- the brushing really isn't the best option. I like the idea of moving the conditioner UP the hair as well. That is what i do, I move up as if I am climbing a rope. Once your fingers touch a knot, slowly and carefully work at it. It might take long, but at least you aren't breaking your hair. Keep slabbing on conditioner too so it gets the hair to become more slippery and naturally begin to separate.
    CG, High Porosity, Fine, Low Density, Medium Elasticity
    Suave, V05, GF Go clean gel, ACV rinses, CO, and Gelatine PT.
    [URL="[url=http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/members/samanthascurlz-albums-evolvement-my-hair.html]Curls[/url]"][/url]Curls
  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I agree. I found out that the more conditioner the easier it is to detangle. The sulfate free shampoo I use has a de-tangler in it. That helps as well.
  • SamanthascurlzSamanthascurlz Posts: 1,082Registered Users
    I have been having a bad issue with tangles and finger combing. Made a post. Have you tried water with your conditioner?
    CG, High Porosity, Fine, Low Density, Medium Elasticity
    Suave, V05, GF Go clean gel, ACV rinses, CO, and Gelatine PT.
    [URL="[url=http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/members/samanthascurlz-albums-evolvement-my-hair.html]Curls[/url]"][/url]Curls
  • CrazyCatLadyCrazyCatLady Posts: 63Registered Users
    i was noticing some awful tangling, even with a sopping well conditioner covered head - I'd get detangled and then the second i moved my head... tangles again. But, 5 days ago i did my first protein treatment and my i havent had any tangle problems at all this week...

    Is this a coincidence, or is damaged hair just more prone to tangle?
    CURLS
    2B/C

    HOLY GRAILS
    LO-POO Shea Moisture: Restorative Shampoo (2x/mnth)
    CW V05
    RO GVP Conditioning Balm
    LI Suave Naturals: Tropical Coconut
    PROD Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper and LA Looks: Anti-Frizz
    T's Shea Moisture: Deep Treatment Masque or Shea Moisture: Anti-Breakage Hair Masque, Coconut Oil (1x/wk)
  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    You maybe right that damaged hair tangled more easily.

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