When it comes to rocking curly textures, managing tangling can be a frustrating, but necessary, part of the process. When the hair strands get caught and tangled up in one another, breakage can occur, or as is the case with wigs and weaves - your hair can appear to be knotted and nothing like the curls you envisioned.
When it comes to minimizing tangling, natural oils are a critical part of the process! The oil actually allows the strands to gently and smoothly move past one another instead of intertwining, which prevents damage. This is true whether your hair is wet or dry.
It’s important to note that not all oils are created equal. There is a true chemistry component to identifying which oils are best to use. Since today’s topic is detangling, I wanted to focus on polyunsaturated oils, which essentially form a protective barrier over the hair strands. This barrier prevents tangling and makes detangling easier. For a really easy and engaging informational video on the chemistry of hair oils, check out this video by Tonya S. Lane of Curly Chemistry.
Whether you are looking to minimize tangling for natural hair or weave/wigs, here are some detangling oils to add to your collection!
Sunflower oil is great for hair as it has:
- High amounts of Vitamin E (which can reduce inflammation)
- Antibacterial properties
- Nutrients that protect against hair loss
Sunflower Oil also has a light texture and no smell, which means it can easily be mixed with other oils or hair products.
My second favorite oil to use to minimize tangling is grapeseed oil, which is known for the following:
- Lowering DHT (hormone linked to hair loss and alopecia)
- Being quickly absorbed into the hair
- Having strong anti-inflammatory properties
Hemp Seed Oil
Finally, Hemp Seed Oil (not to be confused with Hemp Oil) is another great option if you are looking to moisturize and minimize tangling! Hemp Seed Oil does not contain THC or CBD as it’s extracted from the plant seeds. Some key properties:
- High in antioxidants
- Known for being an anti-irritant
- Great for moisture retention
As a bonus, my go-to tool for minimizing tangling is the Bliss Detangler Brush! As you begin ordering your oils, you may want to snag one of these as well! As I mentioned above, these oils can (and should) be used for both natural hair and weaves. As always, pay attention to what appears to be working best for you!
Comment to let us know how these oils have worked for you!