Help Me Brush Out My Tangles

how to untangle my hair

Can't brush out your tangled tresses? If you've ever touched your head only to find a big knot that feels like a mess of yarn or experienced a scalp that's sensitive from pulling, put down your brush and repeat after me:

"I am not my hair. This hot mess isn't my fault."

Trust me, I work with many clients on a day-to-day basis and there are always a few who, like kittens in a yarn store, are just going to take a while to untangle.

However, I do have a few tips on changes you can make that will leave your hair easier to brush and manage! Interested? Read on.

Dry Hair Tangles More

In case you hadn't noticed, dry and damaged hair is more susceptible to tangles. If you weren't born with hair that's prone to tangling and find yourself dealing a bunch of knots, consider taking additional steps to improve your hair's overall health.

Until then, dealing with it correctly from wash to finish is very important.

Shampoo It Right

Wash your hair the correct way! Do not wash your hair in circular motion, but try massaging your scalp back and forth. Don't' pick up all your hair and put it into a bun, instead let it hang back and wash it that way, keeping in mind to not tangle it.
Also, if your hair is dry and damaged, then use a moisturizing shampoo or at the very least a Color Safe Shampoo that is sulfate free.

Want more tips? Check out my article (How to Shampoo). 

Condition It With Purpose

You want to make sure your hair absorbs the conditioner, which is difficult if it's soaked with water like a sponge. Squeeze out all the water from your hair and then apply your conditioner, working it from the bottom up. If most of your tangles are in the back? Apply extra conditioner there.
You can also take a wide tooth comb and brush it through wet hair before you rinse it out. Try leaving your conditioner in for five minutes or more each and every time.

Careful On the Towel Rubbing

Stop the hair abuse! NO ONE should rub their hair between their towel. But if you're prone to tangles, it's important to be extra gently with your wet hair. After showering, squeeze out as much water as possible by hand and then use your towel to "squeeze" out the rest of the water. As long as you resist the urge to rub, you can tie the towel around your hair for it to absorb the rest of the water.

Product Is Key

Using the correct hair products is essential to achieving amazing-looking and manageable hair. On your damp hair, apply a leave-in conditioner or shine serum (or even both if you like). If your hair is very dry and tangles all the time, try "It's a 10 Miracle Potion." If not, then try Loma Organics Fortifying Repairative Tonic.

I use a quarter size and always start with the ends. Then I comb through with a wide-tooth comb, allow my hair to air dry a little while I do my makeup, and then I blow dry and style.

If you skip one step the system kind of breaks down and you are back to brushing out those tangles, so don't get lazy so close to the finish line.

Even better, try using the popular WET BRUSH on your wet hair for better results. And at least once a month I recommend everyone do a Deep Conditioning Mask.

Hope this helps you dealing with your hair a little better every day!

Is there something you found to work wonders on getting out those knots? Comment bellow and pass on your wisdom. Thank you for reading and please share.

Photo credit: Cherilyn Farris

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