Maintaining silky and healthy hair can be a challenge, especially if you use many styling products and frequently color your hair. With all the built up gunk left in your strands, running your fingers through your mangy mane becomes painfully difficult. Instead of opting for the classic messy bun to avoid brushing out your tangles check out these seven easy ways you can maintain tangle-free hair.
1. Trim your hair regularly
Naturally your hair is constantly growing, whether it is on your head or body. And while it is fun to experiment with different hairstyles and hair products they can lead to dead or damaged hair and can cause dry hair and split ends. Trimming your hair regularly, every six to seven weeks, will prevent split ends and keep your hair shiny and healthy.
2. Brush before you shampoo
Hair tends to become more tangled after shampooing. Before washing your hair, brush the strands from root to end, so you are not left with a mess of tangles afterward.
When it comes to brushing your hair, be gentle and do not pull the tangles out. Brush below the tangle, and you will notice that your hair will become tangle-free more easily.
3. Wash your hair
It is important to wash your hair, but you do not have to wash it every day.
Washing your hair every day will eventually dry out your follicles and rinse away the natural oils your scalp creates to protect your hair and keep it healthy.
Instead of washing your hair daily you can try cleansing your hair every other day and save your scalp from drying out because of the harsh detergents and chemicals in shampoos.
4. Use conditioner
Conditioners contain silicone, which helps your hair resist humidity and frizz.
Use a deep conditioner after you shampoo to smooth any tangles. A good conditioner for well kept smooth hair is L’Oreal Paris’ Smooth Intense Smoothing Conditioner.
If you prefer leave-in conditioners or hair serums, then you should try John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Hair Serum or Livon Hair Serum for optimally shiny, smooth and tangle-free results. Remember to use these products after you shampoo, but before combing out your hair after your shower.
5. Use warm oils on damp roots of hair
Another form of deep conditioning is warm oils. After shampooing your hair apply warm oil to the roots of your follicles, and then wrap your head in a hot towel. Argan oil is the usual go-to for deep oil conditioning treatments, however, you can also use macadamia oil or even coconut oil for a natural shine.
Warm oils help to repair hair cuticles without affecting the moisture of the strands. This also helps with preventing damage and tangles to your hair.
6. Use a wide-toothed comb
If you do want to run a brush through your hair, then opt for a wide-toothed comb, preferably one made out of wood.
A comb made from this material will decrease the build-up of static energy and cause less breakage than using a brush.
7. Braid Your Hair Before
Another way to avoid tangled hair is by washing you hair in braided sections. Also, sleeping with braids can prevent tangles created while your resting.
With all of these tips to untangle your locks, you will be on your way to silky smooth hair in no time!