Detangling Natural Hair in 10 Minutes or Less

At the beginning of my natural hair journey, my hair was less than one inch long. Detangling wasn’t an issue because like most naturlistas with TWAs, there’s not enough hair to detangle.

Somewhere around 5 or 6 months, my less than one inch hair was now 3 inches and would get knotted or as some would say nappy! I found that it was really hard to get through my fro with my fingers and this was disturbing my hand in hair syndrome. I had to do something and do it fast!

I started detangling my hair with conditioner and a Denman brush and this worked really well and I got all the tangles out but the time it took to detangle only a few inches of hair was daunting.  After meeting with celebrity stylist Diane Bailey during the summer of 2012, she detangled my hair in like 6 minutes and I was shocked at how she did it so quickly and so gently. I don’t even remember actually feeling her detangle my hair.

Weird, right?

I know!

She taught me how to create a detangling cocktail using water, oil, and conditioner.  The key factor with the cocktail, was that you put all the ingredients in a spray bottle and spray it on each section then detangled. 10 minutes later and you’re done.  Instead of spritzing with water, then rubbing on conditioner, then rubbing on oil and finally detangling the section. Then repeat 4-10 more times depending on how many sections you plan to work with. An hour later and I was done…

Something sooo simple shaved 50 minutes off of my detangling sessions because I would use water, conditioner and oil to detangle my hair but I was using them SEPARATELY!

In the video below I detangle every strand of my natural hair in less than 1o minutes! Using my special detangling cocktail of course!

In the video below I show you how to make your own detangling cocktail

In the video below I show you how I used to detangle my hair when my hair was shorter.

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.fields.568 Melissa Fields

    Your timing for posting this was so on point. I was laying in bed sick with the flu wondering how I was going to detangle my hair without jumping in the shower. Just finished and it worked like a charm. Thank you!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/auitauma Didi Itauma

    Takes me a lil longer than 10mins but this still works best for my 4C hair!

  • Naejanell

    Does the conditioner have to be a leave in conditioner and after applying the mix do I just let it dry and style as usual?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      The conditioner I’m using is a rinse out conditioner. Also I do this before I shampoo

  • Olivia

    What type of oil? Cooking oil? & can I use olivie oil gel for it.?

  • http://twitter.com/KeraSongz Miss Kera❤

    I just made my own super concoction using carol’s Daughter products. The Hair Milk Co-Wash, the Restoring Anti-Breakage Treatment conditioner from the transitioning kit, Monoi oil, and EVOO. Works PERFECTLY!!

  • Whitni Rai

    Detangling my hair is an absolute nightmare. So much so, that I can’t wear my beloved fro as often as I would like because this is when it happens. My hair is like spiderwebs. Even this method doesn’t work well for me :(

    • Tonia

      Thats a good way to describe it…spider webs. My hair does the same thing,

  • Ashley Si

    How do you incorporate this detangling cocktail process into your regimen? Is this a pre-poo or do you throw that out altogether? I thinking about trying this with my oil mix.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      yes this is a prepoo. I could sit under the steamer or put on a cap and sit under the dryer if I wanted. Then after I do this I begin my wash session.

  • Candy Greenidge

    My hair is getting longer now and I’m trying to redo my hair regimen. I have been doing wash and go’s. Now I’m starting to get into twist outs. My question is do I shampoo cond then detangle with my Dc or prepoo/ detangle then shampoo cond etc. and if I prepoo do I dc

  • Dot

    The only time I keep my 3c/3b/4a detangled or do detangle is when I’m in the shower its easy put oil on hair before showering , finger detangle, hop in the shower , co wash w lots of suave naturals ( I love it comes in large bottles and are really cheap $1 .30) comb gentle from ends to root let it sit in while I wash my body .. then I comb one last time and wash it out…. after the shower I L.O.C. ( use 1. Leave in conditioner 2. Oil 3. Cream) and pineapple my hair & Vwah LA you have perfect detangled curld

  • Crystal B.

    I’m a little over 6 months into my transition and I’m not doing a big chop. I came across this recently as I was desperately searching for a good detangling product. It’s so easy to try a thousand products trying to figure out what works best for you, so I decided to give your method a try today, which is very cost effective, and it worked like a charm! It was a little runny but I think with a little tweaking I will solve that problem. Just wanted to thank you for paying this information forward. I feel much more empowered to continue this journey! Blessing to you:)

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell Stewart

      You’re so very welcome!

  • Natalie

    Thank you so much for posting this! Do you wash out your cocktail with water or leave it on? How often do to detangle?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell Stewart

      if i do this before my wash, I wash it out. if after I leave it in. I detangle like this once a week.

  • Nikki

    This was great! I swear we have the exact hair type so this was very helpful!

  • Ryan

    My hair was embarrassingly tangled, and this made helped me get through it in a little over an hour (I have shoulder length hair, and yes, it was that bad). Thank you so much!