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How to Use a Detangling Brush the Right Way

How to Use a Detangling Brush the Right Way

Felicia Leatherwood @

Detangling your hair is pretty important if you want it to grow healthy and reduce breakage as much as possible.

Your hair could need detangling for a myriad of reasons. For example, it could have been matted if you slept on it without putting it into twists or some sort of protective styling. It could have tough knots if you just uninstalled braids you had for a while or weaves. It can also get intertwined if you don't do anything with it over time.

Some people dread detangling so much. This is because it can be a long, hard, and painful process. Without the right tools and techniques, it can be even worse. This is why we have outlined the best way to use a detangling hairbrush for tangle-free hair and minimal breakage.

How Does a Detangling Brush Work?

Many people use different tools to detangle their hair; wide-toothed combs, hands, or detangling brushes. However, a detangling brush works best when the hair is wet with a moisturizing conditioner. A brush that can flex, bend, and moves with your hair, is the kind of brush your hair needs. The Felicia Leatherwood detangling brush does just that. It moves and flexes with the hair as not to rip or stress any of your strands. The tides of the brush open up to receive the hair and help it glide through without breakage. The Felicia Leatherwood Brush spreads out to allow the brush to define your texture while detangling your hair, loosening any stubborn tangles. This is much different from other hairbrushes, which typically work on straight hair and aren’t sturdy enough to work with all textures of hair and detangle naturally textured hair.

The bristles of a detangling brush work through tough knots instead of ripping hair and tangles apart as many other brushes and combs do. Another benefit to using a detangling brush, is that you can style your hair better and easier for longer-lasting styles. As you start your detangling process at the bottom of your strands and work your way back toward the scalp, you will find that your hair texture is more manageable.

This ensures that your strands can find their own lane and allow their true definition to come ALIVE!

Four Tips on Using a Detangling Brush The Right Way

People have a lot of misconceptions when it comes to using a detangling brush. It is one thing to use a detangling brush for your hair. It is another to use a detangling brush the right way. The following tips will help you ensure that your detangling process is as easy and painless as possible.

  1. Detangle from the tips

When using your detangling hairbrush, you should start brushing from the bottom of your hair, rather than the scalp. If you start at the scalp, this will create more major breakage and the hair may become more tangled. It’s always better to start the bottom of strands and in small sections as not to take too much hair into the brush.

So, starting at the root is a no-no. Starting at the root is the worst thing you can do when brushing your hair. Always start at the bottom of the hair strand and work your way back.

  1. Moisturize your hair

Another great tip when using a detangling brush is the fact that hair works better when it’s moisturized or hydrated. So, it’s always better to detangle your hair in the shower or during your shampoo and conditioning treatment. That is, the day that you spend shampooing and conditioning your hair will be the same day that you detangle your hair.

This is not to say that you can’t detangle your hair when dry or any other time. But you should know that your hair responds so much better when you have a great conditioner on the hair that the brush can move easily with throughout the hair strands. When you moisturize your hair first, it's easier for the brush to take out stubborn knots or mats without shedding your hair(unless you are coming out of a Protective style that you have had for more than 3 weeks. If you are detangling a style that you have had for more than 3 weeks, please release some of the dirt and oil at the base of the scalp with your hands first before adding water and then use the brush on your hair dry to detangle thoroughly before adding shampoo and water).

  1. Part your hair into sections

Detangling all the hair on your head at once can be quite daunting. It could feel like a never-ending sea of hair, and quite frankly, you might want to ditch it when you realize you haven't even gone halfway. A quick remedy for that is to part your hair into four or more sections. Sectioning helps you calculate what amount of time you need to finish detangling your hair.

This is the best way to detangle your hair: Section it in fours; take a section, divide it in half, start at the bottom and work your way back towards the scalp/roots.

Detangling in sections also reduces the amount of breakage. If the moisture has dried off by the time you get to a particular section, you should get a spray bottle and spray some more water on it to make it more workable.

  1. Work through your hair with your fingers

Good old finger-combing does the trick. Before you use your detangling hair brush, you should work through each section with your fingers. This takes out the larger knots and makes it easier for your detangling brush to glide through your hair, taking out the smaller knots that your fingers couldn't work through, even in the case of tightly matted hair. Your fingers can work some magic, setting the stage for your detangling brush to finish the work.

Bonus tip: Put on a movie, listen to a podcast, or some music while using a detangling brush. Detangling your hair is serious work, but you can make it fun!

Final Thoughts

When using a detangling brush, you should ensure that you follow the steps listed above to detangle your hair. Get a good detangling hairbrush, moisturize your hair, work it into sections, finger comb, and don’t forget to comb from the tips down to the roots. Don’t rush through the process. Set out enough time to follow these steps to get the best out of detangling. We wish you long, full, healthy, and tangle-free hair!