After two weeks of no form of detangling whatsoever and more than a month of solely finger detangling, I decided to try dry detangling and really put some of my products to the test. The results weren't exactly what I expected, but at last now I know some other uses for products.
Before starting the process, my hair was extremely dry and tangled from testing out a product that just did not agree with my hair in any combination. I had recently watched a Chary Jay video on Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee and how great it is as a product for dry detangling. I initially only used this, but then I decided to treat other products as week to awe if one of them gave me better results than the Ghee. I'm glad I did because I found 3 products that yielded better results.
The products are ranked 1-4 with 1 being the most liked/best results. Each product was applied then smoothed through section before using a wide tooth comb followed by a modified Denman brush.
4) Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee: I used a good amount of product to completely saturate each section. I found that I had to use more of this than I was of the other products to do the same size sections. It feels very greasy on application, but when dry, there isn't a greasy residue. It helped detangle but not as well as the others.
3) BASK Silk & HoneyLatte Detangling Hair Milk: This really feels silly when applied. When ding small sections I could finger detangle. It takes a bit of product to saturate each section, and as I only have one bottle, I reluctant to test its potential. However, it still outperformed the Ghee.
2) As I Am Naturally Coconut CoWash: very nice detangling with this. When applied, it gives the hair a wet feeling. It also somewhat foams up a bit, which helps with detangling.
1) Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil Daily Hair Conditioner: The slip was best overall. It also seemed to ”foam” a bit. Though it was only slightly better than the Coconut CoWash as a detangler, it didn't make my hair feel wet, which I preferred. That is the main reason I'd rank this higher than the Coconut CoWash. I simply prefer the feel, and the fact that there was less of mess when using Argan & Olive. I'd definitely choose to use this more frequently than the others, but it's nice to have options.
Products I won't attempt to use for dry detangling ever again:
BASK Condensed Custard: I used this because I thought the texture was reminiscent of QB CTDG, but once I compared them side by side, I realized I was wrong. I still tried to use it, but it didn't do anything to help with my detangling process. I ended up applying one of the 4 listed above to finish detangling the section.
Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion: This is great on damp hair and has wonderful slip, but on my dry hair, it did nothing but absorb. I wasn't able to detangle. I think this section I competed using only the Smoothing Lotion but it was hard to do.
Overall, I don't think I lost more hair than normal, but I'm not sure I'd wait so long to fully detangle again. It took 2 hours, and for me that's a long time especially when I'm used to being done in less than 30 minutes. My tangles weren't anything I couldn't handle with my fingers, comb, or brush. I probably only had to use the shears 4 times or less when a shed hair had tangled around the end of another strand.
I'll be following this detangling session with a cleansing conditioner, protein treatment, deep conditioner, and then styling. The gel I'm experimenting with this week is Donna Marie Miracurl Curling Gelly.
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