Ok, so I’m not sure if you guys know this, but I am completely in love and obsessed with my own hair. I know I know how self-centered am I? Only a little and mainly when it comes to my hair.
When I was 11 years old, my mom cut all of my damaged relaxed hair out and I was rocking a short cut in middle school. Cue the mild bullying about looking like a boy. In high school, I straightened my hair to the point of heat damage until I got to college. Now, I have some crazy big curly hair that sits on top of my head that for whatever reason I embraced in the last five years.
So technically, I have a pretty damn good reason for loving and being absolutely obsessed with my hair. All I want to do is grow it as long as I possibly can until I get sick of it, which I doubt will happen.
A week and a half ago, I noticed that my hair has been the same length for a while and I wasn’t retaining nor gaining much length. I had those pesky fairy knots and it seemed as if I was losing more and more hair every time I washed it.
Now I expect to lose at least a ping pong ball size of hair…sometimes more but nothing crazy like I was experiencing. I was brushing out at least three ping-pong balls twice a week. I wasn’t freaked out, but I knew something in my routine was causing this problem.
It didn’t take me very long to come to the conclusion that my detangling step in my routine was the culprit. In fact, it’s probably been setting me back for a long while now. Looking back on it now, I was pulling actual full strands out rather than shed/dead hair. At the time I was religiously using the Tangle Teezer, which apparently is not at all the best for my type of hair. Oops. My other detangler of choice was the Denman Brush…another fail on my part. The Denman Brush is just as bad if not worse than the Tangle Teaser.
This WHOLE time I was pulling my hair out without even realizing it. I mean, I realized it but I thought it was perfectly normal at the time. Silly me!
Last Thursday, when I refreshed my hair I opted for a comb rather than a brush and the comb wouldn’t go through my curls. The comb’s seams caught onto my hair and were causing that problem.
I searched for a comb that I used to use when I first started wearing my hair curly and was elated that it didn’t have any of those seams!
I began at the ends and worked my way up to my roots and saw that there was minimal hair in the comb. YAY! I deep conditioned my hair on Sunday and used the same comb and glided through my hair yet again. I will say my hair does have a little more frizz than when I detangle with my Tangle Teezer, but frizz doesn’t really bother me that much.
I recall the Tangle Teezer and Denman Brush working in the past, but maybe it caused the fairy knots and then began yanking my hair out. I’m glad I know this now and I hope to retain and gain some length now. So if you’re experiencing some excessive shedding or breakage while detangling, it could be your brush or even comb.
What do you guys detangle your hair with?
As always, thanks for reading!