If there's one thing you come to realize the longer your hair gets, it's that more length also means more hair that can get knotted up and tangled. That's why it's so important to regularly detangle your hair so you can remove all the knots that can lead to matting and eventually breakage. But just because it's an important part of hair care doesn’t mean any old method can do the job well. If you're not careful, you may end up causing more harm than good while detangling. So here are some tips to help make the process easier and to make sure your hair is getting the best treatment possible.
Condition, condition, condition!
Before starting the detangling process, apply generous amounts of a conditioning product to your hair to help soften the strands and make them more "slippery." Just like gears in a machine need oil to glide easily around each other, your hair needs oil or conditioner so that the knots can easily glide out without breaking or splitting. Plus adding in that extra moisture to your hair helps to keep it from drying out which leads to split ends which.
Divide and conquer.
You can cause more tangling and feel more overwhelming if you try to tackle your entire head of hair all at once. Instead split it up into smaller sections to detangle one at a time. How many sections you split your hair into depends on how thick and how tangled it is but a good starting range is 4-8 sections and then adjust how you see fit.
Twist or braid.
You don't want the hair you just detangled to start getting tangled up again so twist or braid it after you finish each section to keep it smooth and out of the way. It doesn't need to be tight or super well done because the idea is just to keep your hair tame while you work your way through the rest. Not only will it keep the knots at bay but it will also help keep frizz away.
Use your fingers.
You can use combs and brushes to detangle your hair but before you do, one of the best tools you can use is actually your fingers. Finger detangling works well as the first step to getting out knots because you're able to actually feel out the tangles and gently pull them apart. Your fingers are also large enough that they won't catch the hair and risk breaking of strands.
Use the right tools.
Of course, using finger detangling alone isn't usually thorough enough so afterwards, you can step in with a wide-tooth comb or a brush with hard, wide bristles to finish the job. You want to avoid combs with narrow teeth or boar bristle brushes because they're just not as effective at getting out knots and will lead to more breakage. It's also best to skip out on brushes that have balls on the tips of the bristles because you hair is more likely to catch on them and break.
Work your way up.
The best way to work tangles out and avoid creating new ones is by starting from the ends of your hair and working up to the roots. If you try starting from the top and working down, you'll only be pushing the knots down the strands and making them tighter and harder to remove. Start with a small section at your ends and make sure you've gotten all the knots out before moving an inch or two up. Keep doing this until you've made it all the way to your roots.
Have patience and be gentle.
It might take a long time to work through your entire head but remember to take your time and be gentle. You hair is delicate when it's knotted and trying to work through it too quickly will only lead to breakage and frizziness. Remember, love is patient and love is kind. And so is the process of detangling your hair. But it's worth it when the end result is beautiful, healthy, knot-free hair!
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