When do you detangle your hair?

AfromuffinAfromuffin Registered Users Posts: 158
How how long does it take?
I notice when I finger detangle in the shower, the water tends to go cold lol.
How long does it take you?


  • MIA1487MIA1487 Registered Users Posts: 85 Curl Neophyte
    I detangle outside the shower because it takes so long. I have a lot of hair and it's thick.
    After I wash (or clarify my hair), I apply deep conditioner (outside of the shower) and detangle the hair using the conditioner, braid it up(big braids). (all of this outside the shower)< I leave on for over 1 hr, then wash it out(while braids attached still to keep the hair detangled.)
  • KinkyCoilyCurlsKinkyCoilyCurls Registered Users Posts: 95
    I actually don't remember the last time I finger detangled in the shower, but when I did, It was pretty fast, because I just raked my hands through (and left so many tangles at the roots). Before that I used to finger detangle outside of the shower. This took very very long, because I would separate my hair into 4 sections and then section by section I would take tiny sections and separate, literally every single strand. This took hours (maybe 2 or 3). As of now, I detangle outside of the shower with a wide tooth comb and conditioner and it usually takes me an hour. If my hair was twisted the whole week, blown out, or straightened, then I detangle in the shower which is pretty quick since my hair would barely have any tangles (just a lot of shed hair if it were in twists).
    Goosefootprint Analysis:
    Hair Strand Thickness
    Root: Fine - Medium Midshaft: Medium Ends: Slightly Coarse

    Hair Elasticity Dry: Normal

    Hair Elasticity Wet: Low

    Roots: Low Midshaft & Ends: Mixture of Normal & Porous
  • SandiSandi Registered Users Posts: 364 Curl Neophyte
    Just to add a change-up to the responses:

    I detangle on average once a week. The shortest time I go between "true" detanglings, with a wide-tooth comb, is about 4 days. Finger combing does not do it for me.
    Wide-tooth comb detangling usually takes me less than 15 minutes. Before I switched to a heavier reliance on my wide-tooth comb (I used to only use it once a month or so), it took me 40 min+ with my fingers. With my fingers, I had to drench my hair, add loads of slip product, add a little more water as I combed through, then after about 10 minutes, turn the water off, continue to detangle, then wash everything out and start over again with a rich conditioner for clumping. In other words, it was a pain in the a**.
    Note: I do have an insane amount of hair. Hands can drown it (as my hairdresser can attest to) level of dense and thick kind of hair. It's not fine either, and I don't have breakage problem.
    Hair Type: 3c/4a, Coarse, Med-High Density, Med-Low Porosity
    Curly since '09
  • AjidahkAjidahk Registered Users Posts: 1,212 Curl Neophyte
    I detangle once a week in the shower. I use a Denman brush and make sure my hair is saturated with water and conditioner when I detangle. I separate my hair into 6 sections and detangle section by section while standing right under the shower stream. It takes me about an hour to wash and detangle.
    Hair Type: 4a with 3c sections...frizzy,wavy,bushy,curly
  • So_JaneSo_Jane Registered Users Posts: 155
    Afromuffin wrote: »
    How how long does it take?
    I notice when I finger detangle in the shower, the water tends to go cold lol.
    How long does it take you?

    Because I am lazy, and it takes me forever to detangle (about 45-70) minutes, I find that it goes a lot easier if I make a point of detangling with a wide tooth comb and a spray-bottle, a day or two before any shampoo day, and then again, once my final dt/conditioning treatment rinse is complete.

    In winter, I find that on a no-rinse regimen it will grow a bit faster if I leave it alone for a while between 'poos, etc., so (I just leave it in protective non-extension twists for as long as I can--about 2 weeks or longer if I can push it, then detangle and section for cleansing within the next day or two--and don't get me started on how long it takes to pre-treat, cleanse, deep-treat, rinse etc.--). :P

    But, no matter what your preference is, it's going to be time consuming, although I totally think detangling a day in advance is way better than when I try to do it all same day.

    'Poo: Aubrey Organics or Suave Clarifying
    or Liquid African Black Soap (only 4-ingredients ; awesome!)
    Co-Wash: Aubrey Organics or Suave Condish
    Condish: Aubrey Organics or Onion Mask or Yogurt
    DT: Honey + Olive Oil + AO Condish or Yogurt mix
    Best Gel Combo, Ever!: Elasta Qp Feels Like Silk Liquid Gel +/under Eco Styler [Krystal, Brown] Gel (or under Wetline Extreme Styling Gel)- awesome!!
  • FimuFimu Registered Users Posts: 322 Curl Neophyte
  • fredricafekkaifredricafekkai Registered Users Posts: 4
    I only finger detangle now and I will do it when washing/co-washing my hair or when I'm getting ready to do some type of wet set on my hair (twist-out or flat twist).

    Combing was dreadful and I don't think I'll go back.
  • fredricafekkaifredricafekkai Registered Users Posts: 4
    But then again my hair is only collar-bone length so it doesn't take me as long to detangle my hair as others who may have bra length or longer hair.
  • ReynaCRReynaCR Registered Users Posts: 405
    Only when cowashing, with conditioner and a wide tooth comb.
    Takes all of 10 minutes .

    Finger detangling = too time consuming and pointless for me as the hair will quickly tangle right back up.
    :queen: Reyna

    "Don't look back and ask why, look forward and ask why not!?" - Unk.
  • hayyalleehayyallee Registered Users Posts: 13
    When I'm at school the shower in my dorm is so lovely, it doesn't go cold at all, so I can spend an hour in there and be fine. I don't, however, because being in hot water for so long makes me light headed, but I've done it before and it takes a pretty long time to detangle in the shower. I find it easiest for me to separate them into 6-8 sections and detangle each section outside of the shower and then do some light finger detangling in the shower while I wash. When I'm at home, however, the water is horrible and gets cold after like 15 minutes, so I try to be a quick as possible when I wash my hair at home and I usually skip the light finger detangling & just do a fast wash.
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Registered Users Posts: 2,075 Curl Neophyte
    Five, maybe ten minutes? I detangle in the shower (with my fingers) with conditioner in. It's not too much of a lengthy process.
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • PatiencePatience Registered Users Posts: 7
    Detangling takes me about 10 minutes max but my hair is short.
  • CuriousAquariusCuriousAquarius Registered Users Posts: 41
    My hair is shoulder length when wet and curly, I divide my hair is about 4-5 sections and and then divide those sections in 2 and detangle. Once a week. Takes me about 15-3 mins to get it good
    Products I use:
    Shampoo: SM JBCO shampoo/ ACV rinses
    Cowash: Taliah Waajad Creamy Cowash
    Conditioner: Giovanni 50:50/ Giovanni Tea Tree
    Leave-in: CJ Curl Assurance/ SM Strengthening Milk
    Deep conditioner: EVA Nye/ ORS Hair Mayo
    Oils: Apricot oil/ Avocado oil/ Coconut oil

    Current (working on) Regimen:
    ACV rinses once a month
    SLS shampoo and deep condition once a week
    Protein treatment: 2x a month
    Cowash midweek
    Leave-in + oil everyday

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