Detangling Hair 101: Earning Your Right to the Roots
Updated: Jan 27
Everyone knows how much of a chore detangling curly to highly textured hair can be. Many naturals say that it’s difficult to do, hurts way too bad, can be time consuming and a million other complaints as to why the detangling process is the most challenging part of maintaining their curls and coils.
That’s because they aren't doing it the True + Pure way! Our Founder, Celebrity hairstylist and texture expert, Pekela Riley shared her tips for easily detangling textured hair and we’re here to give you all the scoop. Grab a spray bottle, your favorite leave-in conditioner and detangling tool and get ready to simplify your life!
The best way to detangle textured hair, is by doing so while it is wet and working in sections. Making sure that the hair stays wet during the entire process makes it easier for those tangles and knots to disappear, by maintaining hydration and providing natural slip. While detangling your hair in the shower may be ideal, if you don't have that option at the moment or you're simply detangling your True + Pure extensions, keep a spray bottle nearby filled with water to saturate the hair in case it begins to dry out.
Another option for making sure the hair stays wet during the detangling process, is to use a plastic cap. After wetting a section of hair, cover it up to maintain moisture and hold the water. This is especially helpful if you’re working with a lot of hair.
In addition to keeping the hair wet, you want to also prime it with a moisturizing product such as a leave-in conditioner. A few faves and recommendations from Pekela are the Mizani Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner, Mizani Thermasmooth Shampoo & Conditioner and the Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Collection.
Tools are cool, but always start off by finger detangling. If you start with a comb or brush, you can potentially cause unnecessary tangles, discomfort and breakage to the hair, and that’s NOT what we want, sis. *aht aht*
Earning your right to the roots will eliminate discomfort and breakage! Begin detangling at the ends of your hair and work your way up by “earning your right to the roots.” Once your ends are tangle-free, move up to your mid-section and gently make your way to the top. At this point, you should be able to smoothly glide through your strands, and even pick up that comb or brush you've been itching to use. Pekela's recommendation is the Felicia Leatherwood "Brush With the Best" Detangler Brush.
Once the section is completely detangled, put it in a chunky twist to ensure that it stays that way! The chunky twist is important because it successfully sets the sections of hair up for proper product distribution and easier control over the hair once it’s time to style. You can also use hair clips if that is an easier alternative for you.
Now that your hair is properly detangled, it is ready to be styled. In case you need a visual tutorial of this process, be sure to watch the True + Pure detangling video linked above. For more texture education, styling tips and more, be sure to subscribe to the the True + Pure YouTube channel and follow us on all of our social networks.