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By Chin­we of Hair and Health

Tight coils, lit­tle to no curl pat­tern, and major shrink­age make type 4 nat­u­ral hair an envi­ron­ment con­ducive to knots and tan­gles.  Imag­ine toss­ing sev­er­al tight­ly coiled wires into a bag hap­haz­ard­ly.  Now imag­ine remov­ing the­se wires one by one from the bag. You will get knots and tan­gles galore, right? A sim­i­lar event can occur in our nat­u­ral hair when left loose, wild, and shrunk­en.

1. The basics to minimizing knots & tangles

Refrain from wear­ing wash-n-gos once your hair reach­es 6–8 inch­es in length.  Pro­tec­tive style fre­quent­ly. Detan­gle thor­ough­ly AND reg­u­lar­ly. Keep your hair mois­tur­ized.

2. Further prevention — Wash in braids

Wash­ing your hair while it is loose is high­ly dis­cour­aged. (Think back to the bag full of tight­ly coiled wires.)  Instead, wash your hair in braid­ed sec­tions to min­i­mize tan­gling. About wash­ing in twists: Twists, unless done small or medi­um, tend to unrav­el dur­ing a wash. Thus, braids may be a bet­ter option for some nat­u­rals.

3. Continuing on — Short-term stretched styles

If you want to wear your hair out, stretched styles (i.e., twist outs, braid outs) are by far the best method to min­i­mize knots and tan­gles.  How­ev­er, allow­ing such styles to age beyond their lim­it leaves room for shrink­age and defeats the pur­pose.  Keep the style dura­tion to a min­i­mum.  Note: The high­er the humid­i­ty, the short­er the wear. Also, the longer your hair, the short­er the wear.

4. Speaking of stretching — Use a thick, heavy detangler

Dur­ing your reg­u­lar detan­gling ses­sions, use a cho­les­terol-based or oth­er thick, heavy con­di­tion­er to ease the process.  The con­di­tion­er will add weight to the hair thus stretch­ing the coils tem­porar­i­ly. Alter­na­tive: Some nat­u­rals prefer detan­gling on dry, stretched, lubri­cat­ed hair since wet strands can lead to shrink­age.

5. Do not wet the knot

In the event that you do get a knot, the worst thing you can do is apply water. Why? Because the strands will shrink and the knot will become hard­er to unrav­el. Instead, apply an oil or but­ter and grad­u­al­ly pull out each strand from the knot one by one. Alter­na­tive: Some nat­u­rals have suc­cess apply­ing a con­di­tion­er to the knot while oth­ers do not. Do what works for you.  Depend­ing on how seri­ous the knot is, a thin tool — such as the end of a rat­tail comb — may be used to help with unrav­el­ing. Refrain from using sharp tools, like needles or safe­ty pins, which may dam­age the cuti­cle.

Do you get knots and tan­gles?  How do you com­bat them?

Chinwe

Empow­er­ing wom­en of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin. https://cherishthymelanin.com/
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43 Comments on "5 Tips to Combat Knots and Tangles in Type 4 Natural Hair"

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Andrea

Does any­one know how to reach this wom­an about an imme­di­ate poten­tial mod­el­ing project?

Keesha

This lady in the pic­ture looked like a Bar­bie when I saw the small­er ver­sion of the pic­ture. She’s real­ly pret­ty. I love her hair as well.

shbkyn

More white chil­dren get autusim than blacks.

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[…] Black Girl Long Hair Says: Refrain from wear­ing wash-n-gos once your hair reach­es 6–8 inch­es in length.  Pro­tec­tive style fre­quent­ly. Detan­gle thor­ough­ly AND reg­u­lar­ly. Keep your hair mois­tur­ized. […]

leandra

this mod­el hair look like my hair :)

Ellen Osei

Your method total­ly worked. I put heavy cho­les­terol leave con­di­tion­er and Ivwas able to comb my hair with a tooth comb and braid it .I didn’t know what to do with nat­u­ral hair because I just start­ed .Thanks so much for tips . :)

Ellen Osei

Your method total­ly worked. I put heavy cho­les­terol leave con­di­tion­er and I was able to comb my hair with a tooth comb and braid it .I didn’t know what to do with nat­u­ral hair because I just start­ed .Thanks so much for tips . :)

Jones

i wash, con­di­tion, detan­gle, comb my hair (using heat), mois­tur­ize, and plait in sec­tions, but by the time i get to the hair salon for braids it’s already a knot­ted mess.

Chinasa Okolo

The best thing about wash­ing in braids is that after you’re done and your hair is dry, it is already stretched out!

more

I’ll use the braid in 6 sec­tions instead of twists cause i’m see­ing tan­gles in twists. I’m try­ing to learn how to grow my hair with­out the need to pro­tec­tive style

Jones

does your hair actu­al­ly get clean if you wash it in a braid or twist?

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