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How To Detangle Curly Hair

Written By Juliet Lawrence

Materials Needed

  • Wide-tooth comb

  • Detangling brush designed for curly hair (optional)

  • Spray bottle with water (optional)

  • Hair clips or ties for sectioning



  • If your hair is dry, slightly dampen it with water using a spray bottle. Curly hair is easier to detangle and less likely to break when it's moist.

  • If your hair is in need of extra moisture, you should also add a leave in conditioner.

Section Your Hair:

  • Divide your hair into 4 - 8 manageable sections, depending on thickness and length.

  • Use hair clips, ties or braids to keep these sections separate.

  • Working in sections not only makes detangling more manageable but also ensures that you're thorough.

Start Detangling:

  • Begin with the bottom of one section.

  • Hold the section of hair firmly a few inches from the end to provide support and reduce pulling at the scalp.

  • Using your wide-tooth comb or detangling brush, gently start combing the ends of your hair.

Work Your Way Up:

  • Once the ends are detangled, gradually move up the section of hair, detangling a small portion at a time.

  • Continue to hold the section of hair above where you're combing to minimize discomfort and reduce stress on the scalp.

Use Your Fingers:

  • For particularly stubborn knots use your fingers to gently tease them apart. Fingers can be more gentle and precise than a comb.

Repeat with Each Section:

  • Move on to the next section and repeat the detangling process until all sections of your hair are detangled.

  • Use the spray bottle to keep new sections moistened.

Final Touches:

  • Consider applying a curl-defining cream or oil to moisturize and define your curls.

  • If you are wearing your hair straightened or elongated, continueto style as usual.


  • Be Gentle: Avoid pulling or tugging harshly to prevent breakage and damage to your hair.

  • Patience is Key: Take your time and don't rush the process to ensure minimal damage and thorough detangling.

  • Regular Maintenance: Regularly moisturizing your hair and getting trims can reduce tangles and make detangling easier in the future.


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