Many women find themselves caught up in a complicated hair situation, they have to deal with knots, tangles and snarls that are simply no fun. Before you literally tear out your hair in frustration, here are a few experts tips guaranteed to leave your rat’s nest looking and feeling silky smooth in no time.
Hydrate hair to avoid tangles: Dry, brittle strands and hair that isn’t conditioned correctly are the number one reasons for tangles. Additionally, extremely curly hair will tend to knot and tangle more easily.
Hair is strongest when dry: The least damage done to hair when detangling is when it is dry. Hair is weakest when it is wet so you do not want to stretch it too hard—or it will snap. The hydrogen bonds are broken when the hair is wet, making it a more delicate state. However, these bonds reform hence stronger follicles.
Become a sleeping beauty: You should always sleep in a satin scarf, or on a satin pillow, it is better for your hair. Also, make sure your hair is pinned up, twisted etc. while sleeping, leaving delicate strands free from friction.
Search for the right ingredients: There are many key ingredients to help detangle and prevent knotting, such as oil-based products, silicones and lower PH-acidifiers are all designed help to tighten and smooth the cuticle.
Un-Tease effectively: Make sure to use a good brush to brush light, soft strokes until your hair loosens. If the tease is packed too tight, spray some leave-in conditioner in to loosen it up. Use a detangling brush with nylon bristles if the hair is extremely tangled. Nylon is stronger than boar hairs so it will help detangle easier. Since it is wide, it won’t stretch the hairs causing breakage.
Start from the beginning: While hair is dry use oil to help detangling, pour a nice amount in your hands and rub it throughout your hair strands paying close attention to the ends. Then, section the hair into four sections or more for better control and detailing while detangling. Next, start the dry detangling process at the nape of the head at the ends of the hair removing tangles using a wide tooth comb.
Always start from the ends: It is very important to detangle from ends to the root to prevent from causing damage to an already rough and disturbed cuticle—which could furthermore result in breakage. After washing, saturate hair with a moisturizing conditioner, then re-section hair, gently combing hair starting at the ends through shaft to root using a wide tooth comb.
Trim hair frequently: Do not wait longer than three months to get your ends trimmed or they will begin to knot up and split. Fine hair tangles more easily, especially since it is more fragile and delicate, while naturally curly tendrils often tangle because they typically lack moisture.
Select the right product mix: Your hair type will determine what conditioner to use, and determining whether your hair needs protein, moisture, or both is key. Hair should always be conditioned at any state. Always use as much as is needed—don’t skimp. At the end of the treatment, always moisturize, patience is key when detangling—always use a leave-in conditioner and be gentle.