Many of us have had the unpleasant experience of a gel, DIY recipe or a random product flaking in our hair so I have come up with five methods that have worked for me so far.

1. Finger detangle with a product with good slip. A runny or watery conditioner will provide a good layer to bind with the flakes while using your fingers to separate tangles. This will result in the flakes being washed out while rinsing the hair.

2. Detangle hair in the shower– Allowing water run through your hair while detangling, adds pressure to push or wash out any flakes that have attached themselves to your hair.

3. Dry detangle- If your hair is stretched enough, you could dry detangle either with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. This method will enable you see the flakes fall out from your hair.

4. Shake your head. Yes, I mean literally shake your head. The one time I used Curly Wurly from Lush, (it’s a shampoo with real coconut bits), most of the flakes came off by shaking my head. Not too vigorously of course, or you may end up with a headache. Also, this option may only work with flakes that are dry and bigger than average.

5. If options 1-4 fail, you have to ask for help. Either your hair stylist, family member or friend can help you gently pick out any sticky, stubborn flakes that have found home in your hair.

I hope these methods help you all as they have for me and if you have any more suggestions please leave them in the comment section below.