Your hair is more likely to tangle if it’s thick and curly or long and fine (sorry, ladies… we don’t make the rules). Texture, not brushing your hair enough throughout the day, wind, sleeping with your hair down and overall healthiness of the hair can contribute to tangling and matting. While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to never ever having tangles again, there are some steps you can take and some things you can add to your daily beauty routine to minimize the tangling and prevent the damage that comes from trying to rid those hair knots.
Constant use of your hot tools exposes your hair strands to a LOT of heat, leaving them dull, dry and coarse. With this, your hair is more susceptible to split-ends, breakage and thus… tangling! The more heat you use, and the more frequently you use it, the worse the damage and breakage will be. We know it’s hard to stay away from using them, so if you need to, use a heat protectant before you style and maintain a low to medium temperature setting.
Tossing and turning can do more than keep you up at night. Just sleeping on your pillow can rub your hair into a matted mess overnight. When your hair rubs against a cotton pillowcase, moisture is drawn out of it, leaving it easier to tangle. Before going to bed, we recommend a loose braid to protect and minimize friction. And if you can’t braid (we get it), tie your hair up in a loose bun. Investing in a silk pillowcase can also help maintain the natural oils in your hair and allow for less friction between your hair and the surface it sleeps on; keeping that bed head under control.
The best thing you can do for tangled hair is find a detangling brush that in its’ simplest form, was built to work through knots (even without needing a ‘detangler’). Ordinary bristle brushes work against the hair, taking the painful route to pull out knotted hair instead of gently separating it. Unique, cone-shaped bristles of various lengths work to separate the hair sideways instead of down… gently unraveling even the toughest of tangles. With soft, plastic bristles, a good detangling brush massages the scalp, increasing circulation and helping to lend a hand in healthy (and shiny!) hair growth. We recommend brushing your hair two to three times a day using a soft bristled brush - especially before hopping in the shower or getting ready for bed.
A hot shower opens up your hair cuticles, leading to frizz and tangling while you wait for it to dry (air dry, yeah?). Over time, too much hot water can cause the hair to lose strength. If you rinse your hair with cold water before you’re ready to hop out, the cooler temperature will help to close up your hair cuticles and help you retain its natural moisture and strength.
If these sound like too simple of solutions to be effective, that’s because they probably are. However, changing up a routine is never an easy task. The key to preventing tangled hair without causing further damage is patience and a routine with the right product that will make detangling your hair an enjoyable, no-tears-shed experience.
Let us know if you try any of our tips and if they work for you! Now, get to detangling, mama.