It’s no secret that having long and beautiful hair necessitates proper maintenance. But, as we can all agree, one of the most aggravating aspects of having long hair apart from the fact that it takes forever to dry is continuously dealing with knots and tangles.
It is not only time-consuming, but it may also be painful and dangerous. There could be a few reasons why your hair is tangling all the time.
Matting can be caused by a variety of factors, including hair texture, frequency of brushing, wind exposure, and hair health. If you have the following conditions, your hair is more likely to tangle:
- It is really thick and curly.
- It is both long and fine.
- It is quite dry and ruined.
- You don’t brush your hair throughout the day, and you sleep with it down.\
How to Reduce Tangling?
Our hair and hair extensions will twist, and if we want them to or not, especially if you fall into one of the following categories above.
While there is no secret method for permanently removing tangles, there are several things you can do to reduce tangling and the damage caused by detangling your hair.
8 Best Ways To Prevent Your Hair From Tangling
- Condition your hair and hair extensions
Never skip the conditioner. Conditioning your hair after shampooing will replenish moisture, leaving it smoother and less prone to tangling.
Apply conditioner first thing after washing your hair, then wash your body, shave, and sing in the shower before rinsing it out. This allows the conditioner to sink into the hair for a longer period of time, enhancing its effectiveness.
- Use a hair mask at least once a week
If you’re not the type of girl who enjoys making hair masks, it’s time to reconsider. Even if you only use a hair mask once a week for 30 minutes, it will dramatically enhance the quality of your hair.
Hair masks are rapid, very effective treatments that replenish moisture and lost nutrients in the hair, leaving it silky, lustrous, healthy, and less prone to tangling in general.
Pure Coconut Oil is one of our all-time favourite natural hair treatments. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes before showering or overnight, then rinse with shampoo to reveal delightfully smooth and silky, nourished hair.
- Use a wide-tooth wooden comb
Although it may be tempting to use a brush because it is ‘quick,’ using a wide-tooth wooden comb (or a specific detangling brush) is a far superior idea, especially when considering the quality of your hair.
It will not only eliminate tangles more effectively but will also preserve your hair from tearing and damage. Begin at the bottom of the knot and work your way up until it is entirely combed out.
If you’re concerned about keeping your hair extensions looking fresh and detangled, we recommend picking up the Loop Hair Extension Brush; it glides through your hair flawlessly and detangles without causing any damage.
- Use hot tools less frequently
This could be a difficult hurdle to conquer but consider it. Imagine how much heat your hair strands are subjected to if you frequently blow-dry, straighten, or curl your hair!
As you know dry hair is highly susceptible to tangling, so avoid using heat tools as much as possible. If you can’t live without your hot tools, use them on a low to medium heat setting and always use a heat protector prior to actually styling.
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- Keep your hair safe while you sleep
In terms of sleeping, did you know that your hair can become tangled as you sleep? This is caused by the friction of your hair against the pillow when you toss and turn at night.
To avoid this, we recommend lightly braiding your hair and tying it with a scrunchie before going to bed or tying your hair up in a loose bun.
- Rinse with cold water
We understand that this one appears to be a bit overwhelming, especially during the frigid winter months. However, after a hot shower, your hair cuticles open, resulting in frizz and tangling while drying.
Just before getting out of the shower, rinse your hair thoroughly with cold water to help seal the cuticles of the hair and will smoothly dry up preventing tangling.
- Choose the right products
Although there is a long list of components to avoid when selecting hair treatments, alcohol is the one to avoid because it dries out your hair, making it more prone to tangling.
Instead, opt for natural, sulfate-free, and alcohol-free products, or ones made expressly for knotted hair.
- The importance of hairstyle variation cannot be overstated
When dealing with tangled hair, it’s tempting to simply throw it up in a ponytail and forget about it. However, if you’ve done any study, you’ll realize how detrimental even a basic hair elastic can be to your hair.
Tying your hair up in a ponytail all the time causes hair breakage and split ends, therefore it’s always a good idea to try to style your hair differently or tie your hair in different places on your head on a regular basis.
For ponytails and buns, use cordless coil hair ties like the Invisibobble or mild fabric scrunchies. On the other hand, braiding your hair is also a good option for long hair.
Tips for Detangling
- Split your hair into manageable parts at all times. We recommend dividing it into four sections—two top and two bottom—and working on one at a time.
- Always begin by gently detangling as much as you can from bottom to top with your fingertips. This is the most gentle way to significantly lessen the size of the knot.
- Then, from the bottom up, use a wide-tooth comb. You can also use a detangling brush, but only ones with flexible and soft bristles are recommended.
- That’s it—once you’ve untangled all the knots, you’re ready to go!
Other Insightful Suggestions
- Showering with knots is not a good idea. Not only may this be uncomfortable and aggravate the tangles, but detangling damp hair makes it more prone to breakage.
- To avoid tangles, wear your hair in a braid or a ponytail on windy days or while you’re active.
- If your hair is still dry after the shower, use a leave-in conditioner to add hydration and smoothness.
This was our take on detangling hair in the most logical way possible. We hope you no longer lose your mind over tangled hair and that you will follow our simple suggestions for using conditioners, oils, and wide-toothed combs correctly.
Above all, be gentle with your hair.