Have you ever wondered why your hair tangles, and what you could do to fix it?
It's no secret that maintaining long and beautiful hair requires good care. But, I think we can all agree, one of the most frustrating things about having long hair, is probably having to constantly deal with knots and tangles! Not only is it time consuming, but could also be quite painful and damaging.
In this blog post, we'll share the best tips on how to detangle your hair and minimize knots.
How To Minimize Tangling
Whether we like it or not (and we don't), our hair, as well as hair extensions, will tangle. While some hair types are more prone to matting than others, it is something that we can't avoid completely. There are, however, some things you can do to minimize tangling and the damage that comes from it. Here are our favourite tips on how you can do that:
1. Condition your hair and hair extensions
Conditioning the hair will restore moisture back into it, leaving it smoother and less likely to tangle. We recommend to always condition your hair after washing, as well as using a deep conditioning mask every one or two weeks. Tip: condition the ends only, to avoid greasy roots.
2. Use a wide tooth comb
Although it may be tempting to use a brush because it's 'faster', using a wide tooth comb (or a special detangling brush) is a much better idea, trust me! Not only will it remove the tangles more efficiently, but you will also protect your hair from being torn and damaged. Start at the bottom of the knot, and *keyword: patiently* work your way up until it is combed out completely.
3. Brush your hair consistently
If your hair is prone to tangling, it's probably not a good idea to let it down all day (especially in the wind) without brushing it. Brush your hair 2-3 times a day using a soft bristle brush, especially before a shower and before sleeping. Be gentle while brushing, ladies!
4. Protect your hair while you sleep
Speaking of sleeping, did you know that hair can also get tangled while you sleep? In case you haven't already, check out our blog post on how to protect your hair while you sleep by clicking here. These tips will help you wake up with tangle-free hair!
5. Choose the right products
Avoid any products that contain alcohol. Although there is a whole list of ingredients we recommend to avoid when choosing your hair products (which we wrote about in this blog post about Organic products), alcohol is really the one that you want to avoid. It really dries out your hair and makes it more prone to tangling. Instead, go for natural, sulfate and alcohol free products, or those specifically designed for tangled hair.
6. Braids. Braids. Braids.
If you've done any research at all, you know how damaging even a simple hair elastic can be to your hair. Tying your hair up in a ponytail all the time causes hair breakage and sometimes split ends, so it's always a good idea to try to style your hair differently than a regular ponytail in the exact same spot every time.
You can either try those cordless coil hair ties, or scrunchies to do your ponytails and buns - but if you're not a fan of how they look, we recommend braiding your hair, especially if your hair is long and tangles, and you're not willing to cut it. We have tons of braided hair tutorials here on our blog if you're looking for some unique ideas.
The awesome thing about braids - you make a tight one in the morning (say, a french or a fishtail braid) and go on with your day. Jump, dance, run, do whatever you want - the braid will normally stay, but even if it doesn't and if it comes undone - you now have yourself a pretty loose messy braid, as if you were going for that look all along. BEST PART though....
No knots. No untangling and silently crying as the hair brush pulls on your scalp once again. Because doing this every day can get old. Really old. Really fast. I know you feel me.
Why does my hair tangle?
There could be a few reasons why your hair is tangling a lot. Hair texture, frequency of brushing, exposure to wind, as well as the healthiness of the hair, can all contribute to matting.
For example, your hair is more likely to tangle if:
- It is super thick and curly
- It is long and fine
- It is very dry and damaged
- You don't brush your hair throughout the day, etc.
Helpful Detangling Tips
- Step #1: take a deep breath, grab a glass of red (if you're over 19) or a tea, put your favourite tunes on - and gather all the patience you can, haha! Brushing out your hair when you're angry or impatient will definitely lead to pulling out more hair than necessary.
- Split your hair in manageable sections: tackling a knot can definitely be frustrating! We recommend to work on detangling your hair one section at a time.
- Never brush wet hair: wet hair is much more likely to break than dry hair.
- Use your fingers: to gently detangle your hair periodically throughout the day
- Tie your hair: in a braid or a ponytail on windy days or when being active
Does your hair tangle easily? What are some things you do to prevent it, and how do you deal with knots? Please share with us by commenting below - we love reading your comments!