Ahhh…My hair is washed, conditioned, now it’s time to detangle. But why do I feel like I’m losing so much hair? I’m using a moisturizing conditioner with lots of slip, my wide tooth comb and my Denman brush. Wait….My Denman brush seems to be the culprit. I have so much hair tangled within the bristles of this very popular detangling tool, but I’m just not sure if this is the tool for me.
Have you been through this scenario? Where you noticed that your Denman brush seems to have so much of your hair entangled within the bristles that should be on your head. Well, that’s why I stopped using my Denman brush. Although it’s a great tool for detangling and the natural hair community has embraced it, I think my 4c hair just doesn’t feel the same.
On average we lose 40-120 strands of hair everyday depending on our age, how much hair we have and our growth cycle. So, why would I use a tool that probably takes triple this amount of hair with every use. (The voice inside my head says…) “Because all the naturals use it…”
My hair type is categorized as 4c, which is very coily and prone to single strands knots, so when I’m using the Denman brush, I have to be particularly careful especially when my hair is damp because I will hear those little snaps which let me know that I just pulled my hair. This pulling can lead to breakage so it’s very important to start from the tips and work your way up the root.
Brushing the hair while wet can cause breakage since wet hair is more delicate and brushing causes the hair to stretch and weaken. I prefer to use a wide tooth comb or finger detangle. If a Denman brush is your “To-Go” tool, then think about getting the 5-7 row brush. If you have a Denman brush or plan to get one, to help reduce breakage and pulling remove every other row. This modification helps to reduce the amount of shedding.
So, after several weeks of not using my Denman brush on wash day…what have I noticed? I’ve noticed that I have less hair in the shower or in my comb than my usual ball of hair. I also noticed that my hair doesn’t need the Denman. My wide-tooth comb or fingers are working out perfectly fine and my styles are not suffering at all. I also noticed that my hair seems a lot healthier. Perhaps it’s because I’m not pulling, snagging or breaking my hair, but it does feel so much better.
What I have learned? Detangling doesn’t necessarily mean using the smallest tool on the market. It’s about keeping the hair moisturized and using the tool that best fits your hair type.
My tips for detangling 4c hair:
1. Use a moisturizing conditioner with lots of slip to help with the detangling process.
2. Use a wide-tooth comb or finger detangle to reduce breakage.
3. Detangle the hair in smaller sections. (I prefer sectioning my hair into 6 sections.)
4. If using a brush, brush slowly to avoid unnecessary pulling
5. When brushing, start from the tips and work your way up to the roots.
6. Remember that hair is more prone to breakage when wet because it more delicate and brushing can causes the hair to stretch and weaken. Be gentle.
Natural hair is beautiful and takes a little more care then we are probably use to if we were relaxing or pressing before. Be sure to care for your hair type with the proper tools and products, so your natural hair can flourish and grow.
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