Reader Q&A: Blogger CurlyNikki on Detangling Natural Hair

Blogger extraordinaire CurlyNikki explains how to get the knots out without damaging your hair.

Calling all naturalistas: Do you have urgent tress questions? If so, you're in luck. Every Thursday, natural hair blogger extraordinaire CurlyNikki will be solving your curly hair conundrums!

Check out this week's installment in CurlyNikki's reader Q&A series:


I'm confused. I've read that Black hair is weakest when it's wet and therefore should only be detangled while it’s dry. Other articles mention the fragile nature of dry hair and suggest wet detangling. Which is the right method? -- Jenn


Unfortunately, there’s no right or wrong answer. It's a bit cliche, but no two heads are alike! I've had success with both methods. From what I can tell, within the CurlyNikki community, there seems to be three common detangling methods: sink/mirror, shower and damp detangling.

Sink/Mirror Detangling

Try each detangling method (modify to your needs and schedule) and see which works best. How will you know which one is for you? Trust me, it'll be obvious-- excessive amounts of hair in the comb, hair blocking the shower drain, or tiny broken pieces on the sink, are all red flags. In the words of Wanda Sykes, natural hair care ‘can be a damn science lab,’ and you won't know what works until you experiment a bit. I usually try routines for a month, assess, and proceed from there. Hopefully the list above will give you a starting point for your detangling routine!

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