How to detangle hair after braids

Detangling your hair after braiding is an essential part of a healthy hair care routine. But good news is- if you’ve gotten a quality hair braiding service- detangling afterward should be no big deal. Here are some general tips on detangling when you’re taking out your braids: use the right tools, start at the bottom and work your way up, and use a gentle touch. This may be a long process but it shouldn’t be difficult. If it is- frankly- find another braider who preps your hair better! Yup, I said it.

  1. Use a conditioner or detangling spray. Just make your life easier and start with this. You shouldn’t need much, but it will make starting the detangle process SO much easier.
  1. Start at the ends and work your way up. Undo the braid, starting at the ends and working your way up to the scalp. This will help to gently release any tangles you encounter along the way.
  1. Be careful not to tug too roughly (thats what she said- hey oh) on your hair as you’re detangling. This can cause damage and breakage, which obviously, we don’t want for your hair.
  1. Use a wide-tooth comb when needed. If you still have trouble detangling after following these tips, use a wide-tooth comb to gently pull through your hair and remove any remaining tangles.

Why detangling hair after braids is important:

This sounds crazy, but you lose up to 100 strands of hair a day. When you have braids in, all that hair is trapped in the braids. So when detangling and taking your braids out, you’re already going to be “losing” alot of hair and you want to make sure you’re only losing what has already fallen and avoid damaging the rest of your hair.

Benefits of Detangling: 

  • Prevents Damage: When you don’t take the time to remove tangles, you put yourself at risk of damaging your hair beyond repair. Potentially leading you to cutting out tangles that can’t be undone, or breakage and split ends. Don’t stress- with your character building patience activity you can avoid all of this.
  • Nourishes & Protects Hair: Working through your tresses will help distribute natural oils from root to tip so that each strand is nourished and protected.
  • Improves Patience: Sounds like a joke but it takes some serious patience to take out and detangle braids. Builds character.


After following these steps and using the right products, you should have smooth and detangled hair. It’s important to note that, If your hair is particularly matted or tangled, it may be best to seek the help of a professional stylist who can safely and effectively detangle your hair without causing damage. Remember to take your time so as not to cause unnecessary damage to your hair. Afterward, apply a leave-in conditioner or oil to seal your hair’s cuticles and keep it hydrated. With regular care, your hair will remain healthy, soft, and beautiful even after having braids.