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Knots and tangles can make shampoo and bath time for curlies a dreaded chore. You hate to see your child in pain, but you know the longer you put off combing their hair, the worse their curls become.

"Curly hair typically loses about 100 strands a day," says hairstylist Adrienne Leak. "When curlies wear styles like braids the hair that falls get caught inside of the coiled hairs. If you go five days without combing or brushing through your hair you now have 500 hairs caught inside your curls. It is important to remove these already detached hairs prior to cleansing."

Simply put: water causes the curl pattern to tighten and ultimately wrap itself around other curls causing the hair to lock. But don't fret, here are top 5 detangling do's + don't's:


DO:

  • Detangle in four or more sections.
  • Start from ends to root. Hold hair at root to prevent painful tugging.
  • Detangle with a conditioner or leave in conditioner.
  • Take your time.

DON'T:

  • Only use a fine tooth comb to detangle.
  • Detangle tight curls while dry.
  • Prolong the timespan between each detangle session.
  • Speed through the detangling process.

Once you've detangled, try these curly products on your entire family:

Bread Beauty Supply hair oil everyday gloss

Bread Beauty Supply hair oil everyday gloss

Like a lip gloss, but for your hair, this silicone-free oil blend is meant for every-day, multi-way use on curls. We love that it's anti-greasy and great for in-between washes to help give shine and slip to your hair strands.

$24

Kinky Curly wide tooth shower comb

Kinky Curly wide tooth shower comb

Use this wide tooth comb to to remove tangles before styling. We especially love the handle that perfectly latches on bathtub knobs.

$4

T-Roots curl defining creme

T-Roots curl defining creme

This lightweight cream is great for frizz-free and shiny twist-outs, braids and wash-n-go styles for mama and baby.

$18

Eden Bodyworks detangling shampoo

Eden Bodyworks detangling shampoo

This gentle cleanser is made with essentials oils to moisturize and soften your little ones curls.

$7

4 c only too thicke deep conditioner

4 c only too thicke deep conditioner

Finally, the first ever hair care brand dedicated to the natural 4C hair type is here. If your curls are extra dry, slip on this deep conditioner for hydration that lasts for days.

$22.50

Just for Me Curl Peace tender head detangling treatment

Curl Peace Tender Head Detangling Treatment

This detangler is formulated with aloe vera, marshmallow root extract and raw honey for a smooth and gentle detangling session. We guarantee wash day for your little will be much easier.

$8.50

Shea Moisture 2-in-1 shampoo + conditioner

Shea Moisture 2-in-1 shampoo + conditioner

This 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is loaded with natural ingredients that smooth hair and detangle curls without the tugs and pulls that bring on the tears. It's also rich in vitamins and antioxidants that replenishing lost oils from the washing process.

$9.99

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