Great, tangled hair, a bedhead or wild puffy hair after you wake up. Combing endlessly, trying to get it smooth or just desperate to get it in a state just so you can deal with it. Yep, a problem we all, unfortunately, deal with on the regular. So, is there a solution or alternative? Just a way in where we can eliminate the problem without cutting our hair our off. The answer is yes, there is a solution for tangled hair, actually there are different solutions. In this blog we’ll review and compare some ways on how to deal with tangled hair in a non-damaging way.
Types of hair are the most important factor when deciding on how to deal with this problem. This is necessary because not every method is suitable for every hair type. This is circumstantial but overall, there are 4 different hair types. Straight, wavy, curly and coily.
1. Straight Hair
Straight hair might be the easiest to define considering the other hair types. Straight hair gets greasier easier and a bit too much of hair product can be very fast ‘very too much’. Straight hair is in general flat compared to the other types and reflects light easier. This causes for the hair to appear shinier than for example with curly hair. Straight hair holds less volume and therefore doesn’t form tangles that fast than coily hair for instance. This doesn’t take away that struggles are not present.
2. Wavy Hair
Wavy hair is something different… You might know this situation all too well, you just brushed your hair through and when you look into the mirror afterwards, all you can see is a very fluffy comb-out. In the winters your hair is straight and some days it makes an exception and appears very curly. Wavy hair is indeed something different. Bedheads appear often, greasy hair is not always the case, but almost always after brushing your hair through, your fluffy hair is there with you, through the bad and good days.
3. Curly Hair
Curly hair is frizzier than wavy hair. Since each strand is more formed, natural oils spread hardly and you will find yourself putting products in your hair more often than the two mentioned above. You can pull off multiple hairstyles, either combing it all flat to put it into a sleek bun or just your natural curls loose.
4. Coily Hair
Coily hair is delicate, there are subtypes regarding this hair type. By that, we mean that not everyone with coily hair has the same coils. Some people can have less defined, more dense coils while someone else has more defined coils. Coily hair as mentioned before is really delicate. It is drier than all the other hair types and therefor the most fragile hairtype.
Tips and tricks for tangled hair
Now, that we’ve analyzed what hair type you have, let’s look at the tools we can use for detangling your hair. There are various tools, it ranges from fingers to combs to brushes and so forth.
Since in general people with straight hair have a less tangle forming than the other hair types there are not a lot of tools which you can’t use. A brush or comb with sturdy bristles most of the time does the trick. If you want to create more volume use the backcombing technique with a teasing hairbrush. If you have thin straight hair try detangling with a detangling brush and go gently over the hair. Straight thin hair brakes easily and backcombing might not be ideal since it can damage your hair. Try to get in more volume by blowing your hair out with a hair dryer and a primer which includes as much natural ingredients.
For wavy hair, use a detangling brush with firm sturdy bristles. Wavy hair can become fluffy and/or frizzy very quickly so when using a teasing brush use it not too much at one spot. Don’t pull on your hair when it gets though. Start brushing from the ends and go up slowly. If you want, you can use some anti-detangling spray. Try to get a detangling spray which includes as much natural ingredients in order to prevent from damaging your hair long term.
With curls, depending on how dense your curls naturally are, you can comb them out. If you want to define your curls, it is advised to brush your hair in the shower (wash the roots with cold water) and after you are done washing it, putting products in and blow drying it after. This way you can define your curls more and don’t brush them out. Brush your hair with a wide tooth comb to detangle. What we do not advise is brushing your hair out with a regular detangling brush since you can brush out the curls this way.
When wanting to separate the coils from themselves, use a tooth comb with strong teeth that are not as wide as you’d usually use. It is not advised to use a detangling brush since the coils can brake very fast because of this. Be very gentle with them. This takes more time, but if you want, grab a hair lock and brush this with a narrow tooth comb. Go over this very slowly and do this lock by lock until your hair is fully combed out.
The most common way in general is detangling your hair in the shower, we do not advise this only if your hair is washed correctly. We advise, if your hair type needs this to keep brushing your hair in the shower but don’t use hot water for the roots then. If you use hot water your hair, strands will become easier to pull out. Your pores open up and so even without really hurting yourself, you can easily pull out a couple of hair strands at a time. Use cold water and a natural shampoo. Use natural conditioner as much on your ends and less on your roots.
Most products available on the market are made with silicone and parabens. They make your hair feel soft and smooth. It fills in the tine, micro gaps in your hair which is why it makes your hair feel silky smooth. Unfortunately, it does not last very long. Both silicone as paraben end up damaging your scalp and after a while your hair too. Be aware of these chemicals.
Using a hair mask, shampoo or conditioner?
It depends on 2 very important factors:
Hair type (yes… again)
Chemically treated hair
If your hair is chemically treated, MUDMASKY has the perfect solution: the first ever Hair Mask, Scalp Treatment & Miracle Shampoo – made with natural ingredients.
Since hair masks stay in your hair contrary to shampoo, your scalp and hair will take in more minerals and vitamins. Natural hair masks are more beneficial since they can stay longer in your hair without damaging it and having tons of vitamins in them. It makes sure that your hair becomes more flexible, stronger and also prevents hair loss. Just a quick tip, when using a hair mask, try to massage your scalp along with the hair mask. This stimulates hair growth.
We hope these tips will help you get along with tangled hair easier, no matter what, every hair type is beautiful and cool in their own way. Cherish it, care for it and have patience.