Are your stands unwilling to part ways? Here’s a look at what causes hair tangling, how to deal with it and ultimately how to prevent it.
The Causes of Tangles
1. Lack Of Hydration
When your hair lacks moisture, the outer layers of your hair shaft break, resulting in rough and damaged stands that catch each other more easily.
2. Sleeping With Your Hair Down
Sleeping without braiding or tying your hair up can lead to some serious tangles. Another major no-no is going to bed with wet hair. Hair is most fragile when it is wet and as the tangles dry they shrink and tighten, making them a nightmare to remove.
3. Untrimmed Dry Ends
Going long periods without trimming your hair results in dry and split ends. Dry ends also tend to break easily. And once your hair splits, it cannot be repaired. Dry, frizzy strands and split ends tangle much more easily than healthy hair.
5. Damaged Cuticles
Regular heat styling without heat protection can damage your hair’s outer cuticle, leaving the inner hair shaft exposed, unprotected and vulnerable to tangles.
How To Untangle Hair
- Apply a moisturising product like Eleven’s Miracle Hair Cream to smoothen the hair cuticle. This stuff really is a game changer when dealing with dry, knotty hair!
- Allow the detangling product to soak into the hair for a few minutes before you start detangling.
- Divide your hair into manageable sections.
- Use your fingers to detach the knots before using a wide-toothed comb. This can reduce the size of the knots substantially and make detangling less painful.
- Use your comb to detangle the ends first, working your way up to the roots.
How To Prevent Tangles
Always use a moisture-locking conditioner after washing your hair. Conditioner smooths the hair shaft and softens dry strands. For dry or damaged hair let the product sit in your tresses for a couple of minutes before rinsing.
2. Use A Wide-Toothed Comb on Wet Hair
Wet hair is much more fragile. Brushes and fine combs can tear open the shafts of wet hair. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb to gently remove knots.
3. Apply Hair Masks
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Applying a hair mask once a week can improve your hair texture drastically. Treatments like Eleven’s Three Minute Repair, hydrate and smooth your dry cuticles, leaving your locks silky and soft.
4. Rinse With Cold Water
This is a simple yet effective step. Rinse your locks with cold water at the end of your shower to close your cuticles and prevent any breakage. Doing so also keeps rough and dry strands at bay.
5. Always Use a Heat Protectant
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Heat styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can take a toll on your delicate locks. To avoid damage always apply a heat protectant like KEVIN MURPHY’s new Heated.Defense before styling and use the tools on low to medium heat settings.
6. Go Easy With The Towel
Twisting and rubbing your hair with a towel immediately after a shower can cause damage. Instead, gently squeeze your hair with a towel and let it air dry. Microfibre towels are a great way to dry hair quickly and gently.
7. Invest in a Silk Pillowcase
If you wake up ever morning with knots, try investing in a silk pillowcase. Silk doesn’t cause friction and can prevent tangles. If tangles are a problem avoid cotton pillowcases – their rough texture can dry out and break your hair.
8. Avoid Products Containing Sulphates and Alcohol
Although there is a wide range of products that claim to be natural, it is vital to look for the ones that are true to their claim. Look for products that are free of sulphates and alcohols that dry out and damage the hair cuticle, leading to tangling and breakage.