I must admit the hardest part of doing hair is detangling it especially if there are a lot of fairy knots, if the ends of the hair are jagged and rough or if the person is “tender-headed.” I want to share my method of detangling with you. I hope you find this information helpful when styling yours or someone else’s hair.
Preparing Your Pre-Wash Detangler
Mix 4 Parts Water to 1 Part Conditioner in a spray bottle.
I personally prefer to use conditioners that contain behentrimonium methosulfate (BTMS).
What is BTMS?
BTMS (Behentrimonium Methosulfate) reduces the combing forces on wet hair, as this is when it’s at its most vulnerable. You can actually lift cuticle cells from the surface of your hair and tear them away if you’re working on a particularly difficult tangle. When hair is dry, you risk chipping, fragmenting, and eroding the cuticle cells by styling and using heat appliances. When we lubricate the hair fibre – generally with a cationic quaternary compound like BTMS – we reduce the combing forces. When the hair fibres align in a more parallel configuration, we see easier-to-comb hair as well as an increase in hair shine and gloss. It offers a hydrophobic (or water-hating) coating on our hair strand that reduces friction and combing forces. It reduces static charge makes our hair softer and easier to comb. This ingredient goes in the oil phase.
- Section the hair into 4-6 sections with your fingers.
- Secure all but one section of hair with a clip.
- Spritz each section of hair with the conditioning spray.
- Detangle the section of hair with your hand. Then use a wide tooth comb to continue detangling. Comb from the ends of the hair to the root. If you run into any tangles while combing be sure to stop combing and use your fingers to detangle and then use the comb.
- Once detangled secure the section of hair with a clip and move on to the next section of hair.
- Let the conditioning mix sit in the hair for about 5-10 minutes and then proceed with washing the hair.