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 the right state to deal with it. Yep, a problem we all, unfortunately, deal with on the regular. So, is there an alternative? Or is there a way we can eliminate the problem without cutting our hair to the minimum? The answer is YES, there is a remedy for tangled hair, actually, there are more remedies. In this blog, we will review and compare some ways on how to deal with tangled hair in a non-damaging way.
Types of hair The most important factor when deciding on how to deal with this problem is to determine what type of hair you have. 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.
Let’s start with determining what kind of hair you have.
1) Straight hair
Straight hair might be the easiest to define considering the other hair types. Since straight hair is flat it reflects light easier and appears shinier than for example curly hair. Straight hair doesn’t really hold volume and therefore doesn’t form tangles that fast compared to curly or coily hair but, this doesn’t take away the fact that struggles aren’t present. Also, you do need not a lot of products when using it on your hair, it spreads easy and this can lead to greasy hair.
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 in the mirror afterward, 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 almost curly. Wavy is indeed something different. Bed heads appear often, greasy hair is not always the case, but 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 barely. You will find yourself putting products in your hair more often compared to people with straight or wavy hair. You can pull off multiple hairstyles, either combing it all flat to put in a sleek bun or just let your curls loose for a natural 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. Furthermore, coily hair as mentioned before is delicate, it is drier than all the other hair types and therefore also the most fragile hair type.
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 do not have that many tangles there are not a lot of tools that 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 hairbrush and go gentle over the hair. Straight thin hair brakes easily and backcombing might not be ideal for your hair since it can damage hair easily.
For wavy hair, this applies as well, 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 in one place.
For curly hair, it is optional to use a detangling brush. A wide-tooth comb is ideal since this doesn’t separate the curls from themselves. This applies as well for coils. 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.
Products There are uncountable products for detangling your hair and also for different hair types and days times. There are so many options. You can use just one product, a 12- step routine, or even more!
The most common way for detangling the hair is while showering, either while shampooing or while conditioning. Most of the time your hair will feel very soft while doing this, smooth silky soft hair but, the amount of hair that you pull out is more than when brushing your hair while dry. This is because your pores are open when the skin is moist. To prevent pulling out so much hair, brush your hair when dry, before or after your shower and if you still brush your hair in the shower try to use lukewarm/cold water. This makes the pores close a little.
Most products available on the market are made with silicone and parabens. They make your hair feel soft and smooth. It fills in the tiny, minuscule gaps in your hair which is why your hair feels silky smooth. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last long. Eventually, they both end up damaging your scalp and after a while your hair. Be aware of these chemicals!
Shall I use a Hair Mask, Shampoo, or conditioner?
It depends on 2 very important factors:
1. Hair type (yes… again)
2. Is your hair chemically treated (read bleached etc)
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Since hair masks stay in your hair contrary to shampoo your scalp and hair will take in more. Natural hair masks are more beneficial since they can stay longer in your hair without damaging it and have tons of vitamins in them. It makes sure that your hair becomes more flexible, stronger and it 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!
I hope these tips help you get along with tangled hair better, no matter what. Every hair type is beautiful, cherish it, care for it.