Here’s How to Detangle Your Hair The EASY Way!
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The term “crowning glory” may not be appropriate for someone who has a rat’s nest for hair. Long, fine hair is usually a victim of severe tangling.
Here are some tips on detangling your hair, either wet or dry.
What You’ll Need
- Wide-toothed comb
- Grip clips
- Blow dryer
- Wash and rinse conditioner, baby oil or leave-on conditioner
- Detangler hair products
- Cocoa butter with conditioner
Detangling Your Hair
Follow these steps to put back some order in your hair’s chaos. You’ll be handling your hair quite a lot, so keep away from things that can cause static electricity, like wearing rubber shoes or standing on a carpet.
The best way to do this is in the comfort of your own bathroom-you’ll be using it anyway!
You can detangle your hair wet or dry, but it’s generally recommended that you do it after taking a bath. Wet hair is more manageable and there’s a lower probability that you’ll generate static electricity.
Use your fingers to comb through your hair. Just start from your forehead, following the natural flow and fall of your hair.
Locate the bigger tangles and use your fingers to gently pry them apart.
Try to detangle as much of the knots as you can with your hands.
Section off your hair into six parts using your comb. Grasp one section of your hair very firmly in its midsection, so that combing out the knots will be less painful by not tugging at your head.
Apply cocoa butter with conditioner from the top of your head, working downwards.
Apply generously, making sure that the butter is worked in all throughout the layers of your hair.
This is done to make sure that your hair becomes more slippery and easier to comb through.
Start combing your hair from the tips of the section upwards, to the direction of the roots.
If you encounter a particularly tricky knot, apply conditioner or a Detangler hair product directly on the knot. Try to untangle it with more combing.
Once you’re satisfied with your detangling, don’t be afraid to blow dry your hair.
Maintaining the sections you’ve established earlier, pin up each section with a grip clip and blow dry your hair still using the wide-toothed comb.
If a rubber band or scrunchie has been tangled in your hair, use a pair of scissors to try and cut the band out.
If you’re dealing with a tangle caused by gum, try to freeze up the gum first using an ice pack.
Apply coconut, canola or olive oil to the hair and the gum itself. Try to work out the gum. Repeat the process until you have removed the gum completely. Your last option is to cut out the gum from your hair completely.
Apply a deep conditioner at the tips of your hair, the part where you are most likely to get tangles.
Preventing Hair Tangles
Tangles in your dry hair are usually caused by static, stress, or poor hair maintenance. It can also be caused by a windy day or swimming. Here’s what you should do to fix the problem.
Don’t get hair treatments like getting highlights, dyeing, curling or straightening your hair. These treatments cause stress, dryness and damage to your hair. If you can, avoid them for about a week or a month.
Strictly use a wide-toothed comb when your hair is wet, and a brush when your hair is dry.
Use shampoo only every other day, as everyday use can cause further dryness and brittleness in your hair.
Use conditioner daily. Put leave-on conditioner before going outdoors or going to work, especially if your hair is prone to tangles.
Using a detangler is also something you can use every day.
Tie back your hair in a ponytail when exercising, sleeping or going out in windy or stormy weather.
Using satin pillow covers also help in preventing hair tangles.
Detangling hair is an exercise in patience, so don’t be frustrated when you’re not successful right away.
The end product of smooth, neat hair will be worth it in the end.