Monday, 28 January 2013

Tips On How To Avoid Tangled Hair

Since I started growing out my hair, I’ve been going crazy trying to figure out how to avoid tangled hair. My hair is incredibly, ridiculously thick and, at this particular moment, it’s just past my shoulder blades. I brush it and it’s tangled five minutes later. I wake up, the entire underside is a snarled, tangled mess. I brush it before washing it and have a rat’s nest by the time I rinse out the conditioner. Combing out the snarls is so painful that I’m beginning to feel like a masochist just for taking care of my hair. So I’m on a mission, and if you suffer thick, painful snarls, then come on and learn how to avoid tangled hair with me!


When you’re figuring out how to avoid tangled hair, you’ll quickly discover how important it is to condition. I mean, you really have to condition your hair. There are several ways to do so, and you can try them all if your hair reacts well. Conditioning in the shower is always good, because that leaves your hair smoother when you’re ready to start styling. However, that’s not always enough. If you need something more powerful than a rinse-out conditioner, try a leave-in treatment each day or do a deep conditioning treatment every one or two weeks. If you have oily hair and worry about making it worse, just remember to only condition the ends of your hair, not the scalp!


Rinsing your hair in cool or even cold water is so much better than using hot water to rinse. You don’t have to make it freezing, although it’s very refreshing in the summer. Cool or lukewarm works just as well. That’s because cool water closes your hair’s cuticles, so it stays softer and shinier. It’s easier to comb and it’s not as likely to get tangled throughout the day.


Detangling products are amazing,  especially when you just can’t get through all those snarls. There are sprays and spritzes, creams and gels, and many other products available. Lots of them help strengthen your hair as well, so you get lots of help! If, however, you don’t want to spend money on detangling products, just take some of your old conditioner, put a tablespoon of it into a water bottle, and fill up the rest with water. Shake it up, mix it well, and voila! Your own detangler!

While it’s technically okay to use a brush after your hair is dry, combing it is a much better option. This is a hard one for me to follow because, I admit, I always brush my hair … yes, even when it’s wet, even though I know better. When your hair is wet and tangled, start with a wider toothed comb, because then it won’t tug through the knots as painfully. Once you’ve mostly worked them out, you can switch to a fine toothed comb. That way, you get all the tangles and snarls, which doesn’t always happen with a brush. Also, work from the bottom up, so you can smooth the worst knots first.


Using the right techniques to wash and dry your hair will also help you avoid tangles. Although you only have to suds the roots of your hair when you shampoo, I know many of us go ahead and work the shampoo into the ends as well. If you still prefer that technique, just remember not to screw or bunch up your hair, because that leads to more tangles. Similarly, don’t bunch up your hair when you towel dry. Squeeze out the excess water and pat it so it stays smooth.


No, I’m not suggesting that if you enjoy beer or wine or daiquiris, your hair gets more tangled. What I mean is, avoid any hair care products that contain alcohol. It’s damaging to your hair anyway, but if you’re prone to tangles, then alcohol based products are even worse. Stick with gentle, natural products that promise smoothness.


If you know what it’s like to wake up with tangled, snarled hair, you have my sympathy. The good news is that there are several things you can do to avoid a rat’s nest of bed head in the morning. If it’s not too uncomfortable, put your hair up in a bun, braid, or ponytail before you go to sleep. If that won’t work for you, wrap your hair in a silk scarf. Sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase works too. Above all else, however, don’t go to sleep with soaking wet, uncombed hair!
Avoiding tangled hair requires diligence, patience, and a lot of care, but it can be done. Remember, your hair doesn’t have to be long to get tangles. Some are easier to banish than others, but with the right tips, techniques, and hair care regimens, you’ll never have to waste twenty minutes trying to coax your snarls loose so you don’t end up losing all your hair. Do you have any hair care tips for keeping your tresses silky smooth?

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