Tangled hair is one of life’s more annoying mysteries. Shouldn’t the strands just glide past each other, like cars in a well-oiled traffic jam? But no: they cross paths (and what looks like pavement) and then get stuck with each other, forcing you to either endure a painful combing or go all Edward Scissorhands on your own head. If you’re sick of coming to premature ends with your hair, it’s time to examine some of the reasons why it tangles so easily—and what you can do about it.
Rough Towel Drying
Remember that your hair is made up of dead cells, and rough towel drying can break these down faster.
Use a soft towel—you can also use an old t-shirt or microfiber cloth if you don’t have a soft towel. The smoother the surface of the cloth, the lesso frictin there will be on your hair as it dries. If you need to speed things up and get out of the shower quickly, try using a blow dryer instead of rubbing towels all over yourself for 10 minutes (like I used to do). You may still want to use a brush later on in the process; just don’t use one on wet or damp hair! Brushing wet hair breaks down those same dead cells we talked about earlier, which leads us right into our next point…
When they’re damaged, however, they can no longer serve this purpose—which leads to tangles and breakage.
To repair damaged cuticles:
Use a deep conditioner at least once per week. This will help moisturize them so that they lay flat against your strands instead of curling up around themselves in response to damage or dehydration. If you have fine hair that breaks easily due to tangles, consider using a protein treatment once every month or two for extra strength—just make sure not to overdo it!
Be careful when wetting down your tresses with water before applying shampoo or conditioner during shower time; wetting down too much causes friction between each strand as well as physical damage that could lead to breakage later on down the line (especially in areas where there’s already been some).
Washing Hair With Hard Water
There are a few factors that can contribute to tangled hair. Cold weather, for instance, makes your hair more brittle and prone to breakage. But there’s another culprit you may not have considered: hard water. If this buildup happens too much (or if you’re washing with very hot water) you might notice your hair tangling more easily than usual or feeling drier after washing it—which means it could be time for some deep conditioning!
Hard water also tends to be more alkaline than soft water does; since most shampoos are designed for use with soft tapwater (which has an acidic pH), using them on dry hair will likely cause build-up of detergents on the surface of your strands. This detergent build-up increases friction between each strand as they move against each other during styling or combing, causing breakage at these points where friction occurs most frequently.”
If you’re struggling with tangles, it could be a result of using the wrong brush. A wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush is best for most people. Another option is to use an oil like jojoba or castor oil on wet hair before brushing.
Instead, gently work them out by gently massaging from underneath towards the top of each strand and then pulling apart with your fingers instead of tugging at each individual tangle by hand.”
Over-bleaching and harsh chemicals
The first step to making your hair healthier and less prone to tangling is to stop using harsh chemicals. Chemicals like bleach, dye and heat styling tools can damage the cuticle—the outer layer of the hair shaft that protects it from moisture loss and UV radiation.
These splits create rough edges on your strands that catch on each other when you brush or style your hair. Plus, these split ends are more susceptible to frizz as they dry out due to exposure to air during styling processes such as blow-drying or flat ironing (or even just by walking outside).
These things make your hair more likely to tangle.
Rough towel drying. This is the number one cause of knots and tangles. When you towel dry your hair, make sure to gently pat it with a towel instead of rubbing or scrubbing.
Damaged cuticles. If you have frizzy or dry hair, damaged cuticles may be contributing to the problem. Try using a deep conditioner once a week to help prevent damage from happening in the first place (or use this DIY coconut milk deep conditioning mask).
Hard water. It’s hard for everyone—but especially for people who live in areas with hard water! While most people know that softening their water can help out with dry skin and other issues, did you know that it can also make your tresses more manageable? Switching from well water back over to city water could be all you need! (Here are some tips on how.)
Using the wrong brush/comb/brush set-up altogether: If your grooming tools aren’t doing their job properly, there’s no way they’ll work miracles on tangled messes either!
We hope you’ve been able to figure out the culprits behind your tangly hair. With a little care and some changes in your routine, you can get back to having the silky smooth locks of your dreams! They may be able to suggest even more effective tips and tricks for your specific situation—or maybe even help you figure out an underlying cause for those pesky knots. Either way, good luck with getting all knotty—we know you can do it!