Brushing out tangled and knotted hair is not only painful but can damage your hair and scalp.
Why does hair tangle? According to experts, there are many reasons for this, including the texture and health of your hair and how often you brush it. Hair that is dry and damaged, or very thick, and hair that isn’t brushed regularly, are more likely to end up in knots.
So how do you prevent your hair from tangling in the first place?
The bad news is there’s no magic formula for banishing knots and tangles forever. But the good news is that there are ways to minimise tangling and prevent damage to your hair.
Top tips to prevent tangling and keep your hair healthy
- Always, always apply conditioner after shampoo
Conditioning your hair works to restore moisture. It is preferable to leave the conditioner to soak in for as long as possible before rinsing it out. Hair will be smoother and easier to brush.
- Avoid brushing out any knots when your hair is wet.
This is important as you can stretch and weaken your hair if you brush it while wet. Try air-drying your hair before you touch it with a brush or comb.
- Treat yourself to a weekly hair mask
It may add to your weekly grooming time, but the results will be worth it. Your hair will love the nutrients boost and will be left looking glossy and hydrated.
- Ditch the hairbrush and opt for a wide-tooth comb
A wide-tooth comb will do the least amount of damage to your hair and will prevent hair from knotting. Work in sections; start combing from the bottom and work your way up towards the roots.
- Avoid sleeping with your hair loose
Ideally, braid your hair or tie it up in a loose bun before you go to bed. This will protect your hair from the friction created between your head and the pillow when you toss and turn. Silk pillowcases can also prevent hair from tangling.