Beauty vlogger Jackie Aina put it best when she wrote, “I’m actively choosing to have hair, so I can enjoy the process of grooming it, too.” She’s right, of course. When it comes to learning how to care for 4C hair, a lot of the work revolves around changing the relationship we have with it. Sometimes it’s so deep. And sometimes it’s not; We just want to figure out how to detangle our hair without the process taking hours (because who has time for that)?
When it comes to 4C hair, preparation is everything. This means you want to make sure your nails are filed smooth to avoid snagging. You want to remove as much hair as possible with your fingers; You want to apply a product that will add shine to your hair; You definitely want to use the right tool. We have compiled a list of brushes and combs that will make detangling 4C hair a breeze. Let’s dive into the best detangling brushes for 4C hair below!
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#1 Denman D38 power paddle
Denman brushes have been popular in the natural hair community for decades. While it’s common for some to modify their Denman D3 Original brush by removing every other row of bristles for better detangling, we recommend skipping the DIY project and purchasing the D38 Power Paddle instead. This brush combines the styling pens of the D3 with the cushion of Denman’s wider paddle brush. It makes for an easy and quick detangling session.
#2 Kazmaleje Kurlsplus paddle comb
The Kazmaleje (pronounced “cosmology”) paddle comb is one of the best detangling tools for 4C hair.
Not only does it detangle, it massages the scalp and can also be used for styling. The unique design features staggered teeth that are seamless and all one piece so naturalists don’t have to worry about snagging their hair. The handle can also be used to trim hair (which we recommend when detangling). You can also feel good about purchasing their tools as the company is certified plastic neutral through its partnership with rePurpose Global, an organization that helps local innovators provide ethical waste management services to underserved communities around the world.
#3 Tangle Teezer Wide Tooth Comb
When it comes to easy detangling, combs often don’t make the cut. Combs with wide teeth can’t seem to reach knots closer to the roots, and combs with fine teeth end up tearing through our hair. However, the Tangle Teezer Wide Tooth Comb is no ordinary comb. The tool has two sides of teeth: wide and narrow. The wide side has sturdy but gentle teeth that are ideal for general detangling (we recommend starting at the bottom and patiently working your way up). The narrow side has two tiers, which is great. The special thing about it is that the teeth are also flexible. You get the precision of a fine-toothed comb to work through tougher knots without worrying about breakage. This comb is pretty and affordable. go get one
#4 Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush
There was an unraveling before Felicia Leatherwood’s brush came on stage, and an unraveling after. The famous barber’s innovative brush design features widely spaced bristles that are flexible and able to work through tangles and knots without breaking. We recommend using the brush vertically first, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Then go horizontally across the section with the brush. Every beauty with natural hair needs this brush, because every beauty with natural hair deserves to have her washing routine shortened. Regain your time with this detangling brush for 4C hair!
#5 EZ Detangler Brush
While the EZ Detangler is technically a dupe, not only does it work just as well as the Felicia Leatherwood brush, but some 4C naturals prefer it. Not only are the bristles spaced (making it easier to work through tangles), the head of the brush is flexible. Combine that with a non-slip grip and you have a detangling brush for 4C hair that takes detangling from easy to effortless.