How often do you have to detangle your hair? If you have hair that tangles easily I am sure that sometimes it can prove to be be rather a difficult task.
By lacking patience in getting those tangles out you may find that you end up with hair breakage and even some hair loss. In my years of hairdressing I have seen many heads of hair that taper off from the mid length down due to breakage. Knowing why your hair tangles and the best ways to detangle can help to keep your hair in great condition.
Long hair towards the lower half of its length can be very susceptible to knotting. Especially if your hair texture happens to be curly or dry.
Which believe it or not was the problem I used to have when my hair was long.
Even bob length or shorter locks if chemically treated can cause you to utter under your breath. Whilst trying to comb and de tangle your hair.
Understanding the reason your hair tangles and the best way to untangle those knots will help to save your time as well as your frustrations.
Why You Have To Detangle Your Hair.
Why you must constantly spend time de tangling your hair has a lot to do with your hair cuticle. The hair cuticle being the outer most layer of each of your individual hair strands.
When your hair is in great condition the cuticle of your hair lays flat. Allowing your hairs to rub against each other without catching.
Hair that is naturally dry or curly has a raised cuticle commonly due to a lack of moisture in the hair. The same can be said for hair that has been highly chemically treated. Such as high lifting of your natural hair color with a bleach.
With the cuticle on all your hairs raised the action of them rubbing together causes each hair to lock into each other. Not just glide over as they would if your cuticles were tightly shut.
The hairs that become locked into each other result in tangled or knotted hair.
9 Tips That Help You Detangle Your Hair Like A Pro.
Tip 1. Brush First to Detangle Your Hair.
Always brush your hair through with a boar bristle brush before you get it wet.
If you have thick hair or a lot of hair try sectioning your hair off into four or six sections first. So ensuring that the brushes bristles penetrate all areas of your hair.
Start by brushing the ends of your hair section before slowly making your way up to the root area.
Tip 2. Keep The Knots Away Add Conditioner Before You Shampoo.
If your hair happens to be very dry or tangles very easily try this method I use on clients in the salon.
A big help to detangling your hair easily can be to apply the best conditioner for your hair before you shampoo.
In the shower dampen your hair down. Then apply conditioner onto the mid length and ends of your hair.
Comb this through with a wide toothed comb and then apply your shampoo.
Tip 3. Shampoo Your Scalp Rather Than Your Hair.
Shampoo your scalp rather than your hair.
Apply your favorite shampoo and massage your scalp using your fingertips. Work the shampoo from your scalp down to the tips of your hair.
Not the other way around. Shampooing your hair and then working the shampoo onto your scalp.
As this is one easy way to end up with very tight tangled hair.
Tip 4. Detangle Your Hair Using Your Fingers.
After shampooing apply a good hair conditioning treatment once a week and at other times always put a good conditioner on your hair. Start from the ends of your hair and use your fingers to loosen up any knots or major tangles in your hair.
Finally comb through your hair using a wide toothed comb.
Why a wide toothed comb?
When your hair is wet it is in fact at its weakest and is easily broken.
Most combs have teeth that are very close together which will pull and tag on any small knot. Tending to break hairs or pull them from your scalp.
The teeth are thicker and wider apart on a wide toothed comb. Making the combing action lighter and gentler when de tangling your hair.
Tip 5. Use A Detangling Spray Or Lotion.
A conditioner of sorts.
Applying a de tangle spray or lotion has its advantages when it comes to detangling your hair.
It will help to smoothen your hair cuticle by coating it with an oil or polymer. Making it easier to comb.
But be aware that using too much hair de tangle spray or lotion. Will often leave you with a greasy finish when your hair is dried.
Tip 6. Detangle Your Hair Comb From Ends To Root.
Always be patient and gentle when combing out tangles in your hair.
Start from the ends of your hair and slowly work up.
Should you come across a very tangled area of your hair. Hold that portion of hair in one hand just above the tangle before combing out.
This will ensure that you are not putting pressure on your hair root. As you are pulling the comb through.
Tip 7. How To Detangle The Tough Knots .
Taking out any tightly knotted areas can be a daunting task. Turn to your tail comb for help and if you don’t own one try a safety pin.
Use the tail of the comb or the safety pin to gently push into the tight knotted area. Gently wiggling to loosen and open the knot.
Tip 8. Towel Dry Your Hair The Right Way.
Don’t ruin your hard work under the shower at keeping the tangles away by knotting your hair up when you towel dry.
We all want to do thing quickly which means putting your hair in the towel and rubbing away to get rid of the excess moisture.
Wrong. This is a sure-fire way to end up with hair tangles.
Save yourself from having to detangle your hair by being gentle. Always blot and squeeze your hair dry by using a microfiber towel if you have one.
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