Have you ever wondered why your hair tangles, and what you could do to fix it?
It’s no secret that maintaining long and beautiful hair requires good care. But, I think we can all agree, one of the most frustrating things about having long hair – other than it taking forever to dry – is probably having to constantly deal with knots and tangles. Not only is it time consuming, but can also be quite painful and damaging.
If you can relate, then this blog post is for you, because today we’ll share the best tips on how to detangle your hair and minimize knots.
Why does my hair tangle, anyway?
There could be a few reasons why your hair is tangling a lot. Hair texture, frequency of brushing, exposure to wind, as well as the healthiness of the hair can all contribute to matting.
Your hair is more likely to tangle if:
- It is super thick and curly
- It is long and fine
- It is very dry and damaged
- You don’t brush your hair throughout the day
- You sleep with your hair down
How To Minimize Tangling
Whether we like it or not (and we clearly don’t), our hair, as well as
1. Condition your hair and hair extensions
Never, ever skip on conditioner. Conditioning the hair after shampooing will restore help moisture back into it, leaving it smoother and less likely to tangle. Tip: apply conditioner first thing after washing the hair, and then proceed with washing the body, shaving, etc before washing it out. That way, the conditioner will stay in the hair longer and will have a better chance to soak right in.
2. Do a hair mask at least once a week
If you’re not the kind of gal who likes to spend time doing hair masks, it’s time to reconsider. Doing a hair mask once a week, even if it’s just for 30 minutes, will significantly improve the condition of your hair. It will be restored with moisture, nutrients, and will feel more silky, shiny, and healthy.
One of our all time favorite natural hair treatments is
3. Use a wide tooth comb
Although it may be tempting to use a brush because it’s ‘faster’, using a wide tooth comb (or a special detangling brush) is a much better idea, trust me! Not only will it remove the tangles more efficiently, but you will also protect your hair from being torn and damaged. Start at the bottom of the knot, and *keyword: patiently* work your way up until it is combed out completely.
4. Use hot tools less
This might be quite a difficult challenge to overcome, but think about it. If you consistently blow-dry, straighten, or curl your hair – just imagine how much heat your hair strands are exposed to. This inevitably leads to dry, duller hair that is prone to breakage. And as we already know, dry hair is more prone to tangling. So, our recommendation is to try using hot tools less, using hot tools on low-to-medium temperature settings, and always using heat protectant before styling.
4. Protect your hair while you sleep
Speaking of sleeping, did you know that hair can also get tangled while you sleep? The friction against the pillow when you toss and turn is what causes it. So, we recommend to loosely braid your hair and tie with scrunchies before sleep, or tie your hair up in a loose bun.
In case you haven’t already, check out our blog post on how to protect your hair while you sleep by clicking
6. Brush your hair consistently
If your hair is prone to tangling, it’s probably not a good idea to let it down all day (especially in the wind) without brushing it. Brush your hair 2-3 times a day using a soft bristle brush, especially before a shower and before sleeping. Be gentle while brushing, ladies!
7. Rinse with cold water
Rinsing your hair with cold water before you hop out of the shower will help to seal the cuticles and therefore make hair less prone to tangling. Try it next time!
8. Choose the right products
Avoid any products that contain alcohol. Although there is a whole list of ingredients we recommend to avoid when choosing your hair products (which we wrote about in
6. Hairstyle variety is key
If you’ve done any research at all, you know how damaging even a simple hair elastic can be to your hair. Tying your hair up in a ponytail all the time causes hair breakage and sometimes split ends, so it’s always a good idea to try to style your hair differently than a regular ponytail in the exact same spot every time.
You can either try those cordless coil hair ties, or scrunchies to do your ponytails and buns – but if you’re not a fan of how they look, we recommend braiding your hair, especially if your hair is long and tangles, and you’re not willing to cut it. We have tons of braided hair tutorials
The awesome thing about braids – you make a tight one in the morning (say, a french or a fishtail braid) and go on with your day. Jump, dance, run, do whatever you want – the braid will normally stay, but even if it doesn’t and if it comes undone – you now have yourself a pretty loose messy braid, as if you were going for that look all along. Best part though?
No knots. No untangling and silently crying as the hair brush pulls on your scalp once again. Because doing this every day can get old. Really old. Really fast. I know you feel me.
Helpful Detangling Tips
If you’re anything like me, detangling hair is a whole routine. So I’ve learned to make it something to look forward to instead of dreading it. Some tips:
- Take a deep breath
- Put your fave tunes on or a movie in the background
- Grab a glass your fave beverage
- Prop up an e-book and read while you detangle
This sounds silly, but if you distract yourself with some of your fave activities, you will be a lot more patient and therefore gentle when detangling your hair.
- Always split your hair into manageable sections. I usually split it in four parts – top two prats, and bottom two parts, and work with one section at a time.
- Always use your fingers first to gently detangle as much as you can. This is the most gentle method to reduce the size of the knot considerably.
- Then, follow by a wide tooth comb from bottom up. You can also use a special detangling brush, but I recommend to only use ones where the bristles are flexible and soft.
- That’s it – once all the knots are detangled, you’re good to go!
Other Helpful Tips
- Don’t ever shower with tangles – detangling wet hair is more prone to breakage
- Tie your hair in a braid or a ponytail on windy days or when being active
- Use leave in conditioner if you feel your hair is still dry after the shower
Does your hair tangle easily? What are some things you do to prevent it, and how do you deal with knots?