(Last Updated On: June 18, 2018)

You’ve probably heard that you should always detangle your natural hair in the shower while it’s soaking wet with conditioner. But did you know that you can also detangle your hair after washing it, and in between hairstyles, even without a conditioner?

If you’re wondering how that might be possible, here are three best times to detangle your hair, while minimizing pain and breakage.

1. On dry hair with oil, prior to detangling

Before washing my hair, I would first finger detangle my hair to remove knots, shed hair and to separate any tangles in my hair. To reduce friction, I would apply a handful of oil blend or coconut oil in my hair.

CAUTION: ONLY use your fingers to detangle at this stage, REFRAIN from using a comb, as this would lead to unnecessary pain and breakage

2. On wet hair with conditioner, while washing your hair

This is probably the most common stage that most people are familiar with. It involves soaking your hair with a conditioner that has a great slip to it so that you can easily detangle your hair before or after shampooing. Since your hair has been softened at this point, you can either use your fingers or a detangling comb to detangle your hair. Always be sure to start detangling from the tips and gently work your way down the roots.

Popular Detangling Conditioner: Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, Aussie Moist, Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Conditioner

3. On damp hair with a leave-in conditioner after washing your hair and before styling

I have been detangling my hair at this stage lately because I always find knots and tangles in my hair while styling it. This isn’t news for the nature of my Type 4c hair since it has the tendency to coil up and to tangle up with each other easily. And so depending on the hair style that i’m going for, I will detangle my hair at this final stage using a comb, only after I’ve applied a hair softening leave-in conditioner in it.  

Products that I like to use to detangle my hair at this stage: Giovani Direct leave-in conditioner or kinky curly knot today