Detangling has always been my least favorite activity. And although I am not a product junkie, I have always been on the lookout for tools, tips, techniques, and shear miracles to ease my detangling process. When it comes to hair tools, I’ve tried a handful. Of course, the trusty wide-tooth, shower comb has always been in my arsenal — until recently (cough, cough). The only other tool I use is a paddle brush to ensure that all shed hairs are removed. (Most times, I use my paddle brush when I am about to blow dry my hair.) But most of the other tools I tried, just didn’t cut it.
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Like many naturals, I tried the Denman Brush. I actually loved it — when my hair was shorter. It did a great job of removing shed hairs and leaving me with a smooth, finished texture for twistouts. But once my hair grew longer, it couldn’t keep up. So I threw it to the bottom of cabinet. And there it still resides. I also tied the Tangle Teezer, but it would slip out of my fingers and fly across the room whenever I tried to use it. I guess it was trying to protect me from the “shredded ends” everyone was complaining about. I never noticed them myself, but once I saw the teeth of the comb start to bend, I finally threw it in the trash.
I haven’t tried a new comb or brush in over two years. I refused to fall victim to another trend. But as my grew longer, I realized I needed to try something new. While speaking on a natural hair blogger panel, Rochelle Graham (of Alikay Naturals) and Monet (of Curls and Mo) both recommended the Hercules Sagemann Seamless Comb. Rochelle said that she detangled one side of her head with the her regular detangling comb and the other with the seamless comb. She noticed a significant difference in the number of shed and broken hairs in the comb. Think about it. At every point where the pieces of plastic meet is a place where it can snag your hair. Seamless combs are one piece of plastic. No seams. Less breakage. I was sold.
A few days later, I searched online and settled on the Hercules Sagemann Magic Star Jumbo Rake. (I purchased it myself, by the way.) To say I am pleased would be an understatement. It is one step below finger detangling, because the comb glides through my hair — with tons of conditioner, of course. I have seen a sharp drop in breakage, split ends, and excessive shed hairs. The comb cost $18.50 plus shipping and handling and I’d gladly pay it again. In fact, I will. I plan on purchasing its brothers and sisters.
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Do you have a favorite detangling tool?