Two more options for detangling tightly-curled hair
Current curly law dictates that curls should always be detangled wet, while the powers that be in the cosmetic sector have decreed all hair should be combed only when dry. But what if neither method is successful on your tresses? It's a well-kept secret, but there are a couple of alternatives out there which work with your hair's preferences, without wreaking havoc on your hair's internal structure.
The main trouble with wet detangling is the strain of pulling at hair which is already weighed down and stretched out by water. It's a shame, because wet hair is usually a lot easier to comb, due to decreased volume and more compliant strands. To get the best of both worlds, try detangling your hair damp. Here's how:
Low-friction dry detangling
If your hair can't stand any water whatsoever come detangling time, then this version of dry detangling with a difference might be just what you need. The idea here is to lubricate the hair just as a conditioner would when wet, but without getting the hair wet at all. For this, we need a silicone-based serum, as silicones provide some of the best combability, particularly on dry hair. Using this product will eliminate most of the friction that is the biggest problem with detangling on dry hair.
Please note, for those who prefer to avoid silicones, that this method can be tried with oils, but of those tested (olive, rice bran, evening primrose) none produced the combined levels of adsorption to the hair shaft and lubricity that silicone-based products were able to provide. The tested oils did not adhere nicely to the surface of the hair shaft, without being absorbed in, and therefore do not provide the slip needed to aid detangling.
For this method to work, you need to use a serum that is (a) dimethicone-based (this should be the #1 ingredient) and (b) as concentrated as possible. A product with under 5 ingredients should be just up your street. One ingredient that should definitely not be on the list is water (INCI name: aqua) which would totally ruin the point of dry detangling. Also, many natural oils reduce the effectiveness of silicones so select an oil-free formula for this where possible. The product also needs to be fairly viscous but still have good flow. When you pour it onto your fingers it should be gloopy and weighty (about the same thickness as runny honey) but smoother and less sticky. The steps:
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