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Whether your hair is long or short, we all know wrestling very well! Dealing with tangled hair can be a great pain. It is no secret that maintaining your hair requires constant care, especially if it is curly or extra long. When you disappoint them, they can end up turning into an uncontrollable mess of knots at the end of the day, which is very frustrating. While it’s common to come across an occasional knot while running your fingers through your hair, excessive tangling can be a sign of a deeper hair problem, such as dryness.
There are usually a few reasons for constant tangling, such as hair texture, brushing frequency, wind exposure, and hair health. All of these factors can contribute to entanglement. Unfortunately, no matter the reason, not only does trying to detangle your hair take a long time, but it can also be a painful task. Not to mention, even if you’re very careful, brushing your hair can lead to breakage, split ends, and frizz. But fear not, this is where a little more TLC can make a big difference. So instead of fighting a losing battle with your hairbrush, read on to see how you can keep those pesky knots at bay.
Scroll below for our top tips on how to detangle your hair and minimize knots:
1. Always condition your hair.
No matter your hair type, conditioner should be an important aspect of your hair care routine. Especially if you have coarse, coarse, or dry hair because they tend to lose moisture quickly. Using the right type of conditioner in the shower will restore moisture to your hair. Give the conditioner more time to penetrate your hair longer after shampooing and doing its job. In fact, the secret to detangling curly hair is using more conditioner than shampoo! Alternatively, you can also try the co-wash method, which basically consists of conditioning your hair before washing it. However, always remember to brush your hair to get rid of knots before shampooing. You don’t want to create a more tangled mess, right?
2. Use a hair mask once a week
If you still don’t follow this step, it’s time to reconsider. Hair masks are quite impressive, and you can even find great options at your local pharmacy. Wear a mask at least once a week for about 30 minutes and you will notice a huge difference in the condition of your hair. A good hair mask treatment can restore moisture to the hair and lost nutrients, leaving it shiny, healthy and smooth. Which ends up making it less prone to tangling. You can even make homemade hair care masks using nourishing ingredients from your kitchen like coconut oil and more. Try experimenting with different hair masks until you find the perfect one for your hair.
3. Use a wide tooth wooden comb
Usually we all tend to brush our hair by default because it is faster and easier. But in fact, you are only damaging your locks. A better idea is to use a wide tooth comb or a special brush to detangle. The right brush or comb is much gentler on hair, but it also prevents frizz and breakage. In addition to this, it helps to distribute the natural oils in your hair, which helps to nourish your locks and make them look vibrant and shiny. All better for the health of your hair!
4. Rinse with cold water.
We all love a hot shower, especially during the winter season, but it leaves the hair cuticles open, causing frizz and tangles during blow-drying. One way to combat this is to rinse your hair with cold water to seal the cuticles, close them, and make sure they dry smoothly.
5. Use less heat
We use a lot of heat to style our hair, whether it’s to get the perfect hairstyle or glamorous curls on a daily basis. It may seem difficult to avoid hot tools altogether, but you can’t deny the amount of damage they do to your poor strands. Constant use only leads to dry hair, dull, prone to breakage, and of course more prone to tangling. Do your best to find an alternative. Or at least use your hot tools on a low to medium heat setting, and always use a heat shield before styling.
6. Choose the right products
This is crucial when it comes to hair care! There is a comprehensive list of ingredients that you should avoid in your hair routine, namely harsh or harsh chemicals. Stay away from alcoholic products! That’s a big no-no! Instead, opt for natural, sulfate-free, and alcohol-free products that are specifically designed for your hair type. This includes serums, oils, shampoos, conditioners, and more!
7. Your hairstyle matters
Sometimes you are fed up and want to put your hair in a bun, but if you have done some research you will know that even a simple hair elastic can be harmful. Essentially, constantly tying your hair tightly can pull and stress the strands and lead to hair breakage and split ends. Ideally, you want to try styling your hair differently each time. Why not try some cute braids or more protective hairstyles if you have a curly or oily texture? Alternatively, you can also try soft satin or silk rubber bands for your ponytails and / or cordless hair ties for your buns. The best part? At the end of the day, simply unroll your hair and brush gently and be amazed by your tangle-free hair.
What do you do to gently detangle your hair? Let me know in the comments below.
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