One of the most frustrating things about having long hair (other than it taking forever to dry) is have to constant deal with knots and tangles. Not only is it time-consume but can also be quite painful and damaging.
If you can relate, then this blog post is for you. Read on for our best tips on how to detangle your hair and minimize knots.
Why does my hair tangle anyway?
There could be a few reasons why your hair is constant tangle. Hair texture, frequency of brushing, exposure to wind, as well as the healthiness of the hair can all contribute to matting.
Your hair is more likely to tangle if:
- It is super thick and curly
- It is long and fine
- It is dry and damaged
- You do not brush your hair throughout the day
- You sleep with your hair down
1. Lack Of Hydration
When your hair lacks moisture, it leads to friction and tension in your hair, which then cause tangles. The outer layers of your hair shaft break, which results in a rough and damaged look. Lack of hydration can also deteriorate the condition of your hair growth.
2. Sleeping With Your Hair Down
Sleeping without braiding or tying your hair up can lead to some serious tangles. Another major no-no is go to bed with wet hair. Hair is most fragile when it is wet. It can get frizzy quick and break easy. The tangles caused by lying down with damp hair are a nightmare as they are rigid and tough to remove.
3. Use a wide Tooth Comb
Although it may be tempt to use a brush because it is faster, using a wide tooth comb (or a special brush) is a much better idea, especially when taking your hair growth into consideration. Not only will it remove the tangles more efficiently, but you will also protect your hair from tearing and damage. Start at the bottom of the knot, and patient work your way up until it is combed out complete.
4. Untrimmed Dry Ends
Going long periods without trimming your hair results in split ends and frizzy hair growth. Dry ends also tend to break easily. And once your hair splits, it cannot be repaired. It remains dry and causes tons of frizz in your hair growth. Dry, frizzy strands and split ends can tangle your hair easily.
5. Damaged Cuticles
Constantly heat styling or blow drying can make your hair shafts break and cause friction, resulting in knots. When your hair growth is damaged, its external layers get scraped off, leaving the inner layer (the cortex) exposed and unprotected. This accelerates the damage on your cuticles.
Tangles sound scary, don’t they? Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do that can prevent your pretty tresses from getting tangled. Keep reading to find out what you need to do.
How To Get Rid Of Tangles
Merely shampooing your hair is not good enough. Always finish with a moisture-locking conditioner. This helps your brush slip through your hair growth without any obstacles. Conditioner smoothens your hair and softens dry strands effectively. It is best to let the product sit in your tresses for a couple of minutes before washing it off.
2. Use A Wide-Toothed Comb
It is best not to use a rat-tailed comb or a round brush on tangled hair. They can tear open the shafts and cause further damage. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb as it removes knots without pulling on your hair growth too much. Always start at the ends and work your way up to the roots.
3. Use Detangling Products
Products like detangling sprays, serums, and conditioners can undo knots effectively. They soften dry strands and eliminate interweaves. If a gigantic knot is troubling you, apply some detangling product on it and the area surrounding it. Massage your tresses and gently brush downwards through the knot. You may also use your fingers to separate the tangles.
4. Use hot tools less
This might be quite a difficult challenge to overcome, but think about it. If you consistently blow-dry, straighten or curl your hair, just imagine how much heat your hair strands are exposed to! This inevitably leads to dry, dull hair that is prone to breakage, and as we already know, dry hair growth is more prone to tangling. If you can not live without your hot tools, we recommend to at least use your hot tools on a low to medium temperature setting, and to always use a heat protectant before styling.
5. Apply Hair Masks
Applying a hair mask once a week can improve your hair texture drastically. It hydrates and smoothens your dry cuticles, leaving your locks silky and soft. Some of the most effective ingredients that can transform your hair are yogurt, honey, and almond oil. Mix these ingredients, apply the paste on dry hair, and leave it on for 20 minutes. You will see a lot of difference in your hair growth texture within a few weeks. If masks are too time-consuming for you, you can add lemon juice to two cups of water and massage the solution onto your scalp. This will transform your hair growth within days.
6. Oil Your Hair Regularly
To give your hair a healthy dose of moisture, you need to oil it on a regular basis. Organic coconut oil is an excellent way to show some love to your locks. Massage some warm coconut oil over your parched tresses and watch the wonder unveil. This trick works great on all hair growth types. To get long-lasting results, you can mix coconut oil with jojoba and olive oils. This mixture can get rid of tangles effectively.
7. Rinse with cold water
We know, this one sounds a bit daunting, especially during those cold winter months. But after a hot shower, your hair cuticles are open, which leads to frizz and tangling while drying. Rinsing your hair growth with cold water before you hop out of the shower will help to seal the cuticles, close them up, ensure they dry smoothly, which prevents tangling. Try it next time…if you dare!
8. Choose the right products
Although there is a whole list of ingredients we recommend to avoid when choosing your hair products, alcohol is really the one that you want to avoid as it dries out your hair, making it more prone to tangling. Instead, go for natural, sulfate and alcohol-free products, or those specifically designed for tangled hair growth.
10. Avoid Using Heat Styling Tools
Heat styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can take a toll on your delicate locks. It can dry out your hair, which then leads to tangling. To avoid this, use the tools on low to medium heat settings. You can further avoid damage by applying a heat protectant before heat styling your hair.
11. Go Easy With The Towel
Twisting and rubbing your hair with a terrycloth towel vigorously immediately after a shower can cause a great deal of hair fall and breakage. It also disturbs the structure of the cuticles, resulting in split ends and frizzy hair growth. Instead, gently squeeze your hair with a towel and let it air dry. Microfiber towels are the best options to get quality results.
12. Protect Your Hair While Sleeping
Just like your body needs rest, so do your sensitive tresses. Invest in a silk pillowcase as it does not cause friction and prevents your hair growth from getting tangled. Avoid cotton pillowcases as they are rough in texture and tend to dry out and break your hair growth.