Detangling: Never Underestimate the Power of the Shower Stream


Tips and Tricks Number Eighteen

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a couple of months now to highlight, share and co-sign on a trick that I read on CurlyNikki long ago, but only started employing more recently. There are several viable and effective options for detangling naturally curly hair: dry with oil, slightly damp with oil and/or conditioner, wet and saturated with conditioner, fingers, wide-tooth comb, Denman, etc. I’m not going to go into the various techniques here, but if you want to learn more, check out this detailed post on CurlyNikki: Detangling Methods for Natural Hair.

So, back to the point of this post. Over the last year and a half, I have mostly finger detangled on dry hair during my pre-poo routine. However, for the majority of my twelve years natural, I only detangled when it was completely wet and saturated with conditioner. Every now and again, I revisit the wet method and this weekend was one such occasion. I didn’t pre-poo, because I was doing a henna/indigo treatment and wanted to apply it to dry hair. So, my detangling process didn’t start until the henna/indigo conditioner rinse.

Let me tell you, putting my head under the shower stream once my hair is wet and saturated with conditioner really helps dissolve the tangles! In the past, I would wet my hair, add tons of conditioner, maybe add a little more water and go at it with the wide tooth comb. I generally only went back under the water stream when it was time to rinse. But the last few times I’ve wet detangled, I repeatedly put my head under the shower stream when I hit snags, adding more conditioner as needed. The water running down the conditioner-covered strands really seems to help melt the tangles down and out of my hair with a little assistance from my “nimble” fingers ;).

So, if you’ve never tried this and find yourself conditioned up, but needing a little help with a nasty snarl, turn to your new friend, the shower stream. You may be pleasantly surprised by how helpful “she” is!!


Have you beheld the power of the shower stream?


8 responses »

  1. doesn’t work for me. no matter the shower stream or whatever, i still have to use tons of condish with my fingers followed by a large tooth comb.

    Oh and peep this. How about I pre-pooed before my henna gloss session and my color came out deeper than ever!


  2. Hey! I’ve found that the shower stream is my friend. My hair is easiest to detangle when it’s directly under running water with/without conditioner. The force of the water helps to separate the hair so it takes much less effort on my part. When I do detangle on dry hair, or wet hair lathered in conditioner, I find that I encounter a lot more snarls đŸ˜¦


  3. Since I style my hair with conditioner only, when its time to wash I just let the shower run all over my head and “rewet” the conditioner. It easily detangles my 3c (?) as I use a wide tooth comb. I just make sure to section two parts. Takes about 5 minutes! I dont think I could detangle very well without the shower power streaming through my hair.


  4. I love using the shower stream to detangle my hair! I can detangle with/without conditioner and I’ve noticed I lose a lot less hair doing it this way.


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