Todays post is one I've wanted to write up for a while now but didn't as many of the points are obvious but I realise not everyone with matted, tangled hair may be aware of them. As I've mentioned before, my hair is thick, wavy/curly/frizzy, colour treated, long, damaged from heat styling etc. It's a complete beast, the devil in hair form. Not only have I struggled to get a brush through my own hair for many years but many of my clients had the same problem. I would spend more time trying to untangle their hair than cutting or colouring it. Once you find a detangling routine that works for you it really does make a huge difference. So here's what I do:
Brush Before Washing: Before you get in the shower, brush your hair! This alone make's a big difference and unlike detangling treatments, it's completely free.
Don't Go OTT With Shampoo: When washing your hair you only want to concentrate on the scalp/root area. There is absolutely no need to pile shampoo onto the midlengths and ends of your hair scrubbing like you would do with your scalp unless you're doing a weekly build-up removal. Washing your hair this way is just asking for trouble.
Conditioning: Atleast once a week use a conditioning mask. Towel dry your hair first though as this stops the mask dripping straight down the plug hole. If you don't own any hair masks just apply your regular conditioner in the same way, clipping it up out of the way for around 5 minutes while you get washed, shave your legs or whatever. Before rinsing give your hair a quick comb through.
Towel Dry Your Hair: Pat the excess moisture from your hair, never rub! Rubbing your hair with a towel not only creates masses of tangles but can also break the hair.
Invest: I was always told to use a wide tooth comb on wet hair but honestly, they're rubbish. You NEED to invest in a Tangle Teezer or something similar. There's a few different brands on the market now at different price points. You also need to get your hands on a good detangling spray. You can pick them up anywhere but the trouble is, most of them weigh the hair down. You just need to find one that works for you. My favourite is Beever Daily Revive, I could pour the whole bottle on my head and it still wouldn't weigh down my hair. I've also recently started using Macadamia No Tangle which is more of a cream so better suited to thick, course hair.
Section & Work Your Way Up: I know sectioning is a bit of a pain in the arse and most people including myself try to avoid it but sectioning your hair will get the job done quicker. Section, section, section and brush/comb your hair starting from the ends and work your way up. Brushing from root to tip is just going to gather tangles in the midlengths.
Doing pre-shampoo treatments doesn't hurt either. They help the condition of your hair and more often than not, the worse your hair is, the more tangles you end up with. There's no need to buy overly expensive products though, organic coconut oil works brilliantly and make's you smell like a bounty! :)
Do you have a fight with your hair everytime you wash it?
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