Dealing with tangled hair can not only be painful and difficult to comb out, it also looks messy. The causes of tangled hair are many, including particular hairstyles and heat products. Curly hair is even more likely to get tangled and long hair is also hard to keep tangle-free. So how do you prevent tangled hair? Nutrafol gives you 11 easy tricks to stop knots before they form. So start your morning by taking these preventative measures for a tangle-free hair and life.
Prevent Tangled Hair 101
Before taking that morning shower, brush the hair. Use a wide-tooth comb or a brush with plastic tipped bristles. This will help your hair from getting tangled when you wash it. And live by the rule not to brush your hair when it is wet – wet hair is more prone to damage and breakage.
While in the shower and shampooing your hair, focus rather on the scalp than the hair and never pile your hair on top of your scalp. Using a natural shampoo without sulfates will keep your hair healthier and not dry it out. Remember that it is not necessary to wash your hair every day. When you wash it, you strip it of its natural oils, leaving it dry and more prone to breakage.
After you are done shampooing, apply condition into your hair, using this as an opportunity to remove your tangles. When you have removed all the knots, gently comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb. You should not usually comb your hair while it is wet, but as long as you remove all the tangles first, use conditioner and use the right comb, you can do this. If you have thick and curled hair, stay tangle-free by condition your hair twice per day. Condition once in the morning or after you shampoo your hair. Then again before bed with a moisturizer or leave-in conditioner to prevent tangled hair in the morning.
When drying your hair, do not wrap, twist or rub it. Gently squeeze it with a towel. If possible, let it dry by its own – giving your heat tools a rest is always a good idea. Blow dryers and flat irons can dry out your hair and leave it prone to damage and tangling.
Moisturize your hair as often as you can and as often as it needs it. Healthy and moisturized hair is less likely to get tangled. Why not try a weekly hair mask, deep conditioning, or make a conditioner of your own to keep the ingredients as natural as possible?
When jumping out of your morning shower, make sure to seal the tips of your hair, using some oil. The oil will seal in the moisturizing conditioner and help smooth and relax the ends of the hair, and with that prevent tangled hair from forming.
Is hitting the gym and being active one of the first things you do in the morning? Then make sure to tie your hair up. If you are playing sports, swimming or just exercising, prevent tangled hair by wearing it in a braid, ponytail or bun. The less your hair moves around and the less it gets matted with sweat and dirt, the more likely you are to be able to brush through it when you are done. Remember to position your buns and ponytails in different spots on your head to prevent damage to your hair.
Cotton pillowcases can cause friction as your hair rubs against the material during the night; this can draw out moisture and leave hair dry and tangled. To prevent painful knots and drying, try braiding your hair or using a silk pillowcase or bonnet to avoid friction.
When trying to untangle already tangled hair and prevent tangled hair from forming again, try to finger comb your hair first. Start near the tips and run your fingers through your hair. Using a comb on an already tangled hair can make the knots tighter, so untangle what you can with your fingers first.
Instead of running a comb or a brush through your hair first thing in the morning, try to apply water and conditioner. No matter how much you prepare the hair the night before, sometimes it’s inevitable to wake up with tangled hair.
Start the day by tying up the majority of your hair. Work in small sections when trying to untangle the tangles from last night. Once you untangled one section, make a bun or a ponytail. This is to keep the untangled hair separated from the tangled one and prevent it from tangling again.
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