One of the most useful things I have learned about caring for naturally curly hair is detangling. I always cringed at getting my hair detangled because it hurt like hell. Grant it, my mother used a wide-tooth comb but she combed my hair dry and pulled it out from root to tip! One day when taking out my box braids I took the red wide-tooth comb and started doing it myself. Unconsciously, I started detangling from the bottom and worked my way up and realized it worked better. Grant it, I was still dry combing but I felt like I discovered something amazing and refused to let my mother comb my hair after that.
Knowing what I do now, detangling is much more of an intricate process for me than just using a comb. Here is what I do, usually in the shower:
1. My hair is usually separated into four braided sections. I saturate my hair with water and then unbraid the section I want to work on.
2. Once the section is unbraided, I use my fingers to detangle my hair under the shower stream.
3. After finger detangling, I load up on conditioner that I deem to have a lot slip to the section. I take my wide tooth comb and start combing from the tip to the roots. If the conditioner is really good, my comb usually glides right through my hair. Using my fingers first also helps the use of the comb.