Best Ways To Detangle Curls: Brush, Comb, Or Fingers?

Best Ways To Detangle Curls: Brush, Comb, Or Fingers?

 Whew! We all know detangling can be a daunting task but with the right tools and patience can bring some much-needed ease into your wash day.  So let's break down to see which is the best method for you and how to detangle hair properly. Let's jump into it!  

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Detangling Brush


Pain-free detangling: One of the biggest advantages of a detangling brush is that it makes the process of detangling pain-free. Unlike traditional combs and brushes, the bristles are designed to gently glide through your hair, separating each strand without pulling or tugging. This reduces the risk of breakage, hair loss, thinning, and scalp irritation.

Time saver: Detangling brushes are designed to work quickly and efficiently. You can run the brush through your hair a few times and quickly detangle your hair without spending hours combing through it.

Easy to use: Detangling brushes are super easy to use and you can use them on wet or dry hair. Run the brush through your hair, and the bristles will do the work for you!

Our fave pick: Brush With The Best


May cause frizz: Detangling brushes can cause frizz, especially if you have curly or wavy hair. The bristles can disrupt the curl pattern and cause the hair to frizz up. To avoid this, use a leave-in conditioner  to help smooth out your hair before using the brush. 

May not work on severe tangles: While detangling brushes can work wonders on mild to moderate tangles, they may not work on severe tangles.

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Wide Tooth Comb


Ideal for detangling hair: A wide tooth comb is great for detangling hair with minimal breakage. The teeth of the comb are spaced wide apart which helps them to glide through the hair strands easily without snagging or pulling.

Suitable for thick and curly hair: A wide tooth comb is ideal for people with thick, curly, or wavy hair. It can help to reduce frizz and enhance curl definition because it doesn't disrupt the hair's natural curl pattern.

Promotes hair growth: Combing your hair with a wide tooth comb stimulates the scalp, enhancing blood circulation that promotes hair growth. It also prevents hair from getting damaged so you can have strong, healthy, shiny hair.

Easy to use: Wide tooth combs are easy to use and come in different sizes, shapes, and materials so there are many options to choose from.

Our fave pick: Eternally in Amber


Not suitable for fine hair: Wide tooth combs are not recommended for people with fine hair because they can cause breakage and damage to the hair. The large teeth can tangle the hair or pull it out leading to split ends.

Not precise: If you need to create a specific hairstyle, a wide tooth comb may not be the most precise tool for the job. It doesn't give you the control or precision you need for intricate styles.

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Finger Detangling


Convenience: One of the best things about styling your hair with your fingers is the convenience factor, you don’t need any styling tools. 

Versatility: Styling your hair with your fingers can allow you to create a wide range of styles whether you want loose waves or tight curls.

Damage-free⎯: Unlike styling tools, your fingers won't damage your hair with excessive heat. This makes it a great option for people who are trying to cut down on things that can damage hair.


Messy: Without the styling tools you usually use, your hair can easily become tangled and lose its shape. You will probably have to keep messing with your hair to keep it in the style you want.

Limited styling: While some hair types can be styled with only your finger, other types require specific tools to style your hair.

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