I don't detangle AT ALL

christchick21christchick21 Posts: 10Registered Users Curl Neophyte
Hello, friends! I am a 3b-4a combination curl pattern. I confess! I don't detangle my hair *she whispers quietly*. Nope, I don't use a comb. I don't finger detangle (I used to do both during my transition). Ever since my big chop to end transitioning I've just conditioned daily and washed weekly. And I don't experience tangling. My curls are pretty definite and confident in who they are as a curl. Each curl acts as if it knows exactly what it's doing. My questions are as follows:

1. Are there any others out there!?
2. Is it bad that I don't detangle whatsoever?
3. Does my lack of tangling affect the answer to Q2?

Thanks for the feedback, natural friends!

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  • coracora Posts: 456Registered Users
    Hey, I say if it works for you don't worry about it. When my hair was shorter I did a little finger detangling in the shower. Now that it is at 8-6 inches I'm definitely working my fingers through my hair for about a minute in the shower as I apply my daily conditioner. Just in the last month I've been toying with the idea of busting out my shower comb and doing a proper detangling session. Maybe next month :) I've been enjoying avoiding the process as long as possible this time around.
  • pinkpostitheartpinkpostitheart Posts: 112Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My hair is never fully detangled and I do not care. It would take HOURS UPON HOURS to untangle ever single strand from lapping over another one.
    As long as I don't have multi-strand *knots*, I move on.

    If it works for you and it's not broken? Don't fix it! :thumright:

    I don't know how long your hair is, but if you can keep that up at any length, I'd say again--must be all right!

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  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I didn't have much of an issue with tangles until it got longer. I would think not removing shed hair could eventually create problems.
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  • christchick21christchick21 Posts: 10Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Thanks! I'm hearing that as long as my hair is healthy, nothing needs to change. My hair is not very long (six inches w/ shrinkage so about eight inches full length). I like that a couple of you pointed out that with time, I may need to change my methods. Overall, I just need to listen to my hair and work with it! Great feedback!
  • EverydayCurlsEverydayCurls Posts: 301Registered Users Curl Novice
    If you don't detangle, how do you know that there aren't any tangles? If I don't detangle, it looks normal, but there is a huge mass of knots in the middle of my hair. However, if it works for you, then that's what matters.

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  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    ^^^ I was going to say the same thing. If you're not detangling AT ALL, as you said, how can you be sure your hair isn't tangled? Do you rake product through (if so then that 'technically' could be your detangling step lol)?

    I'm just wondering how product gets distributed if you don't detangle . . . if my hair isn't detangled / if I don't rake through my conditioner / gel, I never feel like it's distributed well.

    Also, though I don't think it's damaging or anything silly like that, I would think it might be an issue in regards to shed hairs. In curly hair they don't tend to fall out, but instead get tangled up in the hair, causing knots. If you're not removing them during detangling . . . where are they? LOL.
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  • christchick21christchick21 Posts: 10Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    This is for both EverydayCurls and BottiscelliBrit:

    It isn't really necessary to detangle to know that you dont have tangles. All you need to do to know that is to touch your head. And I don't style my hair other than flat twists or fauxhawks and puffs, because I do not manipulate my curl pattern. The whole goal for going natural for me is to love my hair how it is. So the only products I really need are various conditioners (for co-wash and leave in) and oils (usually coconut oil or African's best). As posted before, I haven't experienced any real issues with it. And I'm not the only one. My curls/coils are WAY more defined without detangling.

    And to answer about the spread of the products themselves: applying product isn't complex. I just follow the various articles I have read on here; I rub it around in my hands and massage it into my hair and scalp. Extremely simple. Perhaps you massage your product in circles (which is a no-no that I have read about while I was transitioning). Doing so will definitely tangle the hair.

    UPDATE: It has been about two months since this post. My hair has grown about an inch since then. I'm still not having very many problems at all with my hair. I am continuing to do as I said before and listening to my own hair successfully!
  • DonnitaMaeDonnitaMae Posts: 22Registered Users
    Hello, friends! I am a 3b-4a combination curl pattern. I confess! I don't detangle my hair *she whispers quietly*.

    I've been thinking about making a post about this exact subject! I don't ever need to detangle and can get away without even running my fingers through my hair though when it was long I did. I wonder what it is about hair that requires some to need to and others not. Hummm...
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  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Curl pattern? Having healthy ends?
  • EverydayCurlsEverydayCurls Posts: 301Registered Users Curl Novice
    If what you are doing is working, then I would just continue.

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  • WhimsicurlWhimsicurl Posts: 77Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I say do what works for you, of course, but the vast majority of us out there arent on the same page. But I'm sure you knew that before posting...

    I'd say length is a huge factor. My hair isn't what I would call "long", its medium length. (When I pull it down, its about bra strap length at the longest layer. Needs to be longer, but we're working on that.) There's no way in hell I could not detangle my hair. Even when I get lazy and skip longer than I know I should or don't keep up my hair exactly right, my hair lets me know whats up. I dont have a huge problem with tangles, but they happen and long shed hairs will try to **** you over every time...Like actual full blown tangles arent the issue for me, its the little knots formed by shed hairs wrapping around others, esp. at the ends. However, if you have shorter hair, maybe the sheds come out easier and have less room to wrap and go insane. Also if you cowash more frequently, that may help some people I've heard.

    I think a variety of factors may make it easier to not detangle. Granted, I really haven't ever heard of anyone with longer 4a hair of any kind, or even in the 3s, not detangling at all, and I'm having a hard time imagining what that routine looks like, but exceptions abound in life. It's cool. Some factors: Hair pattern - if you say you're 3b then thats a huge difference from most of us here, strand width (I think finer or medium width strands tangle easier than coarse strands), moisture levels, hair length, daily routine, etc.

    Gotta work it the way it works for you. :)
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  • WhimsicurlWhimsicurl Posts: 77Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My experience echoes what other women here have said - my hair can look detangled, but that doesnt mean it is. That has happened several times. It looks fine, feels fine when I touch it, so I dont bother. Then when I get into it, there are surprises waiting for me. :laughing3:

    I finger detangle once every few days, mainly on wash days or once in between wash days when I might remoisturize or deep condition. I got lazy this week and skipped my wash day. I just deep conditioned, which always involves finger detangling, and sat under the dryer a bit, braid/twist out.

    I'm cool with detangling, which is good because it will always be necessary for my hair. It's only like 20-30 minutes once or twice a week. Not a huge deal to me and I'm coating it with good product/deep conditioner anyway. I'm usually enjoying a good show, film, podcast, or music at the same time, maybe even a snack. (Don't judge me.) Right now it's The West Wing.

    I just hate those damn shed hairs.
    24y/o - 4a - Medium texture - Medium to high Density - Medium to High porosity - Still figuring things out

    Low-Poo: SheaMoisture Moisture Retention
    No-poo: Terresentials Pure Earth Hair Wash
    Cowash: Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle, SheaMoisture Purification Masque
    Leave-in: SheaMoisture Restorative, Nature's Gate Hemp
    Styler: SheaMoisture Curling Gel Souffle
    Deep Condish: Trying out KBB Luscious Locks, SheaMoisture Purification Masque
    Oils: Coconut, Jojoba, SM Elixir
  • twirlygrannytwirlygranny Posts: 1,114Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    I don't believe it....my hair is long 3c/4a and even when it was short I HAD TO detangle. You must have some kind of magical hair. lol
  • vegas_curlsvegas_curls Posts: 860Registered Users Curl Novice
    Just saw this thread for the first time - if you don't have to detangle then I am insanely jealous of you!:wink:

    I *must* detangle regularly and I hate it bc I have an extremely tender scalp, ie, I'm "tenderheaded". The longer my hair is, the more necessary it is for me to detangle or else my hair will form huge dread-like tangles, especially at the nape of my neck.

    I pray I'm never stranded without a wide tooth comb or my tangle teaser, because after about a week's time I'll end up looking like a wild woman. :laughing7:
  • christchick21christchick21 Posts: 10Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Lol, I love your responses. I guess I just picked the right products after I chopped or something? I didn't use to have a tangly hair when it was relaxed or transitioning, so I guess it could be genes? I'm not sure. But it is nice to know that I'm not just flat out doing something wrong. Thanks for your input!
  • BeinDebBeinDeb Posts: 583Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    OK. I confess. I don't detangle, either. I don't have to. My mostly 3A hair is quite fine. Any sort of tangling or knotting is VERY, VERY rare. I can easily run my fingers through my hair (qualified by speed...as long as I do it very slowly if I've been out in the Wind). It's a huge mystery or maybe a wondrous Blessing, since my hair is also thin, although it possesses a TON of body. I suspect it's a genetic thing. No one thinks my hair is thin, but if I put it in a ponytail, it's barely a quarter of an inch.

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