How to Stop African-American Hair From Tangling

Tie a beautiful silk scarf around your hair at night to keep it from tangling  -- and it looks pretty, too.

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Puzzled about what to do with those tangles and knots in your hair? Don’t let tangles terrorize you anymore. Knots can be a problem, especially if you have natural African-American hair. Whether you hair is natural or relaxed, prevent knots by protecting your hair at night to stop tangles from forming when your head rubs against the pillow while you sleep. If you’ve already got knots and tangled, matted hair, moisture is your friend. Moisturize and detangle your hair regularly to remove minor knots and prevent major tangles. Combing your hair doesn’t have to be a chore.

Protect Your Hair at Night


Wrap your hair, if it's relaxed, to keep the strands straight while you sleep.


Twist or braid your hair at night, if your hair is natural, to stop the tight curls from turning into knots and tangles.


Tie a silk or satin scarf around your head or wear a silk or satin bonnet to keep your hair in place.

Detangle Your Hair Once a Week


Wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and rinse until it’s clean. Moisturizing shampoo is a good choice for both relaxed and natural African-American hair. It restores oil that is removed when you wash your hair.


Apply a generous amount of moisturizing conditioner to your wet hair. Choose a conditioner with detangling properties, if possible. Moisturizing conditioner is essential when you’re detangling your hair because the moisture helps loosen the tangles.


Separate your hair into six sections so you can detangle small amounts of hair. If you attempt to work with larger sections, you may miss some knots and tangles. Work with one section at a time and pin the others out of the way if you need to.


Comb through each section of your hair using your fingers or a wide-toothed comb while the conditioner is still in your hair. Start at the ends of your hair and work your way up to the roots. Loosen any tangles gently, being careful not to pull or break your hair.


Rinse the conditioner out of your hair and style your hair as usual.

Things You'll Need


1.Silk or satin scarf or bonnet

3.Moisturizing conditioner

5.Wide-toothed comb (optional)

2.Moisturizing shampoo

4.Hair clips (optional)


Tips & Tricks


Apply additional protein conditioner to relaxed hair for added strength and resistance to tangles.

Never comb natural hair when it’s dry because combing can pull your hair out.


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