Brushing your hair before bedtime is a great way to start avoiding tangles. Avoid abrasive brushes and use a wide-tooth comb instead to detangle your hair. Also, consider styling your hair differently throughout the week, so you’re not repeatedly stressing the same area of your hair and potentially damaging it.
Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase causes your hair to rub against the material, so before going to bed, make a braid to protect it and minimize friction. When your hair rubs against a cotton pillowcase, moisture is drawn out of it, making it dry and causing it to easily get tangled.
Don’t shower with your tangles, as it can be even more painful to detangle wet hair and make it more prone to breakage. Instead, use a detangler product pre-shower to help eliminate extreme tangles. Rinse with cool water before jumping out of the shower, which will seal the cuticle and works wonders for a tangle-free life.
If your hair still feels dry after a shower, leave in your conditioner to get extra moist and smooth hair. Or consider applying a hair mask to your damaged hair. In fact, doing a hair mask once a week for 30 minutes will turn your damaged hair into healthy hair. Masks can help restore moisture and other nutrients to your hair. You should also let your hair air dry as often as possible. Skip the blow dryer whenever you can to prevent damage.
If you get tangles from too much product in your hair, put a couple drops of light hair oil or a similar detangling product and brush through the damaged area in order to break down the product and soften up the hair.