The biggest problem of all long-haired gals. If you’re one of them, you must know the scenario: strands easily get tangled and you often struggle to take control of them. Can you do that without victims taking the form of broken or pulled out hairs? See the tips that are likely to help you out.
Theoretically, combing the hair sounds like the easiest thing in our hair-care routines: you just glide a comb or brush through the strands, right? This isn’t always all that easy. Sometimes hair tends to tangle so detangling is like fighting for survival. The choice of weapon and strategy is what’s going to make us win or lose the fight against the knots!
How to detangle hair without pain?
The right technique and gentleness are the key to success. The products and accessories you use matter as well. The devil is in the detail, particularly when we want to brush the hair without pain and losing the strands.
1. Brushing hair before shampooing is essential.
First things first: hair usually gets tangled during the washing routine. Lathering, massaging the scalp, washing the shampoo out – hair may go out of control while you perform these simple activities if you don’t brush it beforehand. Combing before shampooing is so simple and takes less than sixty seconds and you can then enjoy brushing that causes no suffering.
2. A conditioner after shampooing is a must!
Using a conditioner after shampooing is the easiest and also the most effective thing you can do. Conditioners are designed to smooth the hair, leave a protective coating and facilitate brushing. They nourish and condition the hair as well as strengthen it so it’s less prone to breakage and falling out. A brush or comb glides through strands more smoothly if hair’s conditioned.
3. Hair oils may fix your tangled strands.
Whenever a conditioner fails, reach for a hair oil. Use it either on wet or dry hair. It’s best if you match oil to your hair type, e.g. argan oil for medium porosity hair, coconut oil for low porosity hair, avocado oil for damaged highly-porous hair. Oils seal the hair structure, making it less coarse, easier to detangle and less prone to breakage.
4. Comb or brush? That is the question!
To brush hair pain-free, you need the right tools as well. You can use the fingers but it’s way easier to reach out for a brush or comb. Still, the choice matters a lot: a brush works for smooth, straight, long hairdos while a wooden-tooth comb is ideal for brushing thick, curly strands. The Tangle Teezer brushes are said to work on all hair types because they are gentle enough to detangle the hair without pain and pulling strands out.
5. Take small steps that lead you to the goal.
Finally, the way of brushing the hair is crucial. Tugging and pulling the strands at a push, trying to drag out a brush that got stuck in the hairs – this is a very bad idea. To detangle the hair painlessly, you need to brush it gradually section by section. You can’t do this with a single brushstroke (unless you’ve got very thin, short hair).