Long hair is considered beautiful and the epitome of femininity by many people, but it tangles easily. Straight hair is more prone to knotting than curly hair. With curly hair, the cuticles tend to come into direct contact with each other. Knotting occurs when the hair strands twist around each other. Disentangling knots is frustrating and time-consuming. If you attempt to brush, rip or tear out the knots, you will inevitably damage your hair and eventually have to cut it. Fortunately, you can prevent your hair from getting tangled every five seconds by following a few steps on care, styling, hair products and managing tangles.
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Part your hair into small sections, approximately an inch wide, with the comb. Clip the rest of your hair out of the way to prevent tangling and let you concentrate on a small section at a time.
Smooth your fingers through the section of hair, from root to tip, feeling for snags, knots or tangles. Use your fingers to try to disentangle any tangles or knots. Do not rip or tear the hair while disentangling the knots.
Apply a few drops of silicone-based hair smoother to any stubborn knots and attempt to disentangle them with your fingers.
Shampoo your hair with a shampoo suited to your hair type. If you have fine hair, use a volumizing shampoo. This will deposit chemicals on your hair shaft that will make it less prone to tangling during daily wear.
Apply a detangling conditioner to your shampooed hair, ensuring sufficient coverage of the strands from roots to tips.
Comb your hair while the deep conditioner is still in it, using a wide-toothed comb. You should be able to easily remove any remaining tangles by combing the hair in small sections, working from the ends to the roots.
Rinse the conditioner from your hair with warm water and follow with a cool rinse to seal the cuticles, then gently pat your hair dry with a towel. Do not pile the hair up on top of your head or rub the hair with the towel, as both these activities will promote tangling.
Apply the leave-in detangling treatment to your hair and comb through with a wide-toothed comb. Apply a silicone-based hair smoother to your damp hair and dry or style as required. This will detangle your hair and prevent new tangles from forming.
Wear your hair in a braid or in an updo hairstyle when going outdoors in windy conditions. You might also choose to cover your hair with a scarf to protect it from the wind and prevent tangling.
Comb all tangles from your hair at night before going to bed and braid or wrap your hair and pin it out of the way. Cover your hair with a silk scarf and use a satin pillowcase. This will prevent your hair from becoming tangled or snarled while you sleep.
References and ResourcesLongLocks.com: The Ultimate Guide to Removing Knots and Tangles from Hair; Susan Maxwell Schmidt;2000-2011
I Love Your Hair: Breakthrough Tangled Hair!;2010
DailyGlow.com: How to keep long hair healthy and tangle-free;2010