Biracial Hair Care Tips: Detangling

Detangling can be one of the hardest things about doing biracial hair. Especially if your child is young and active. Here are a few tips to make your mission easier.

•Always detangle wet hair. Some people like to detangle in the bath tub while the hair is covered with conditioner. Others may use a spray bottle to wet it. You might want to apply products before detangling.
•Work in sections. It’s much easier to detangle if the hair is in 4 to 6 sections, depending on thickness. You can use clips or hair ties to hold the other sections out of the way. You can loosely twist or braid the sections after thoroughly detangling each one.
•Use the right tools. Make sure you are using the right tools for your child’s hair type. If your child has type 2 or 3 hair, you may be able to use a brush like the wet brush or tangle teezer. If they have type 4, it’s a good idea to use a wide tooth comb. Some people choose to solely finger detangle. This is best for fine hair.
•Start from the ends and work your way up. Never go from the roots down, even though it seems like the easiest way. If in doubt, Youtube has great tutorials.
•Use distractions. If your child is younger, you may want to play a movie or let them play on a tablet or something similar. A snack may help as well. You know your child best, so do what works for them. Sitting for long periods of time isn’t always easy.

Curly hair has a tendency to tangle very easily, especially if left down. I like to finger detangle while conditioner is in and then use a wide tooth comb after rinsing and putting my products in. Parting hair can be a task as well, so I usually part first and detangle from there. It wasn’t always easy for me. When my daughter was 2 (now almost 6), I was still trying to detangle without sectioning. I knew I had to figure out a better way to do it. This is when I started my research. I gradually got better and now we have a great regimen. I even make a lot of her hair care products.

There are a lot of styling tools out there to choose from. Some brushes are the wet brush, denman brush and tangle teezer. Knowing your child’s hair type can help in choosing the right one to use. Choosing the wrong tool may cause pain and/or breakage. Learning about these things early can prevent some of these problems that so many mothers face. “Hair day” doesn’t have to be a dreaded event if you take your time and do it gently. They may even look forward to it. A lot of compliments on how pretty or handsome they are afterwards can help a lot too. Next week I will be discussing shampoos and cowashes. This is important as well to keep your child’s hair happy and healthy. Please stay tuned!

-Sherry Ulvick (Admin)

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