The Best Tool For Your Hair, and It's Free!
So what exactly is the best tool for your hair, and how could it be free? Well if you guessed your fingers, then you'd be correct. As to how it's free, well that's obvious.
For the past month, I've been solely using my fingers in my hair. I decided to try this after a particularly knotty situation and a long detangling session. I was frustrated with my products and the inadequacy of my detangling comb and pseudo-Denman, whose real brand name has long since rubbed off. I had never tried detangling solely with my fingers simply because I thought my hair was too kinky for it. Heck, even parting with my fingers used to be a hassle. Now, that I know what I'm doing, it's not a problem.
Here's my process: I detangle much the same way I would with any other tool. While my hair is wet and saturated with conditioner, I start at the ends and work my way up to the roots making sure to push my fingers through each section at different angles. Once I can smoothly go from the root to the end of the strands, I pull gently to remove any shed hairs. When I come across a knot, I section it off from the rest of my hair, apply water and more conditioner until each strand is able to glide out of the knot. The process seems tedious, but I'm able to do my entire head in a relatively short amount of time (10-15 minutes).
Benefits I've noticed so far:
- Less shedding: I think the tools get such a tight "grip" on the hair strands, that some get pulled out from the root. When using my fingers, there isn't as strong of a pull on the strands.
- Able to "feel" the knots: I'm able to feel the tangles sooner than I do when using a comb. I can pinpoint the knot and separate the strands without causing breakage, which is my next point.
- Less breakage: Some tangles are so small they can only be detangled with the aid of my fingers. Using a brush or comb, would merely rip the hair at that point , not detangle. Less breakage subsequently leads to length retention.
Now am I saying I'll never use tools again? No. I will, however, be utilizing my fingers a lot more. I hope this post is helpful. If you're a skeptic like I was, give it a try. The results might surprise you.
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