How to Detangle Dry Curly Hair

Curly hair can be both beautiful and hard work to manage. One of the most common problems people with curly hair face is tangled and dry hair. When curly hair is dry, it becomes more prone to tangling, and if not properly managed, it can lead to breakage and hair loss. In this article, we’ll discuss how to detangle dry curly hair, step-by-step.

How to Detangle Dry Curly Hair

Tools and Products You’ll Need

Before you start detangling your hair, it’s important to have the right tools and products on hand. For this detangling method you’ll need:

  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Detangling spray or leave-in conditioner

Read Also: Natural Hair Essentials

Washing Curly Hair

On wash day, start with a pre-poo treatment. A pre-poo treatment involves applying a natural oil or conditioner to your hair and leaving it on for at least 30 minutes before shampooing. This is one of the best ways to moisturize your hair and loosen up any tangles. Some good oils for a pre-poo treatment include coconut oil, olive oil, and argan oil.

When washing your curly hair, it’s important to use a moisturizing shampoo. Avoid shampoos that contain sulfates, as these can strip your hair of its natural oils and make it even drier. Look for shampoos that contain ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera, which will help to nourish and hydrate your hair.

After shampooing, it’s essential to condition your hair. A good conditioner will help to soften and detangle your hair, making it easier to manage. Look for conditioners that contain ingredients like jojoba oil, avocado oil, and honey, which will help to moisturize your hair and reduce tangles.

Preparing Your Hair (skip to the next section if you are starting with wet hair)

Before you start the detangling process, it’s important to prepare it properly. Start by filling a spray bottle with water and misting your hair until it’s slightly damp. This will help to loosen any tangles and make it easier to detangle your hair without causing damage. I never recommend dry detangling.

Next, transform your hair with top-rated products such as applying a small amount of hair oil or leave-in conditioner to your hair, focusing on the ends. This will help to add moisture and slip to your hair, making it easier to detangle.

How to Detangle Dry Curly Hair

Once your hair is prepped, it’s time to start detangling. Follow these steps to detangle your dry curly hair:

Step 1: Use a Wide Tooth Comb

Start by using a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your hair. Start at the ends and work your way up, being careful not to pull or tug on your hair. This will help to loosen any knots and tangles.

Step 2: Use Your Fingers

If you encounter any stubborn hair knots or tangles, use your fingers to gently separate them. Avoid pulling or tugging on your hair, as this can cause damage and breakage.

Step 3: Add in Leave in Conditioner

After detangling, it’s important to apply a generous amount of conditioner. This will help to keep your hair strands hydrated and reduce hair tangles throughout the day. Look for leave-in conditioners that contain ingredients like glycerin, which will help to lock in moisture and prevent frizz.

Step 4: Repeat as Needed

Continue detangling your hair using the wide-tooth comb and your fingers until all the knots and tangles are removed. Be patient and gentle, as detangling dry curly hair can take some time.

Step 5: Style Your Hair

Finally, it’s time to style your hair. If you have naturally curly hair, embrace your curls and let them air dry after using a microfiber towel to remove as much excess water as possible. If you prefer a sleeker look, you can blow-dry your hair using a dryer such as the VOLO Beauty Go Cordless Hair Dryer. Avoid using hot tools like straighteners and curling irons, as these can cause further damage and dryness.

If you’re just starting your natural hair journey you may want to consider one of these protective hairstyles

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks to help you detangle dry curly hair:

  • Use a silk pillowcase or silk bonnet at night to prevent tangles, split ends, and hair breakage.
  • Avoid using brushes (except for a detangling brush) or fine-tooth combs on dry curly hair, as they can cause damage and breakage. 
  • It’s a good idea to detangle your hair in small sections to make the process easier and more manageable.
  • Be sure to use a hair oil or leave-in conditioner to add moisture and slip to your hair before detangling.


In conclusion, detangling dry curly hair can be a time-consuming process, but it’s essential to maintaining healthy and beautiful hair. By following these steps and top tips, you can detangle your hair safely and effectively, while also keeping it hydrated and nourished. Remember, the key to healthy curly hair is moisture, so always use the right products that are designed to hydrate and nourish your hair.

How to Detangle Dry Curly Hair


  1. Thanks for sharing hair care tips for protective hairstyles.

  2. Zala Hair Extensions says:

    The tips for detangling dry, curly hair are so helpful! Starting at the bottom, working in sections, seems like a great method for gently smoothing curls without disrupting their natural texture and bounce.

  3. Great share!!! These detangling tips for dry and curly hair are amazing. Following these steps should help curls become smooth and defined. Thanks for the helpful post!!

  4. Brianna says:

    I’m saving this, thank you! My daughter has curly hair and I never know how to manage it.

  5. These seem like great steps for detangling dry, curly hair!

  6. My hair is only wavy, but I need to find a good leave in conditioner.

  7. Great tips! I had my hair permed once and yes, it can be quite a challenge to detangle curls.

  8. My sister has super curly hair and has to follow these tips. I’ll share this with her so that she can try your product recommendation.

  9. As someone with curly hair, I often struggle with knots and tangles, so I appreciate the detailed steps and recommended products you provided.

  10. Catalina says:

    I know that curly hair need special treatment. My daughter has curly hair. Your tips will help her for sure!

  11. LisaLisa says:

    This is important info and tips to help all those with curly hair! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Monica says:

    Great tips for curly haired people! I have stick straight hair. I always wanted natural curls!

  13. I have this problem with my hair. On the days that I don’t have time to wash my hair, I wear it back in a pony tail.

  14. You make detangling hair sound so easy! I will have to follow the steps you have listed the next time I am working on the kids’ hair (thanks for the link to Olaplex – looks like a great product).

  15. This is something my daughter has always struggled with. It is good to have some strategies for detangling!

  16. Amber Myers says:

    I just have thick hair and it can be a pain to detangle. I will have to try out these tips!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.