We sometimes wonder how Rapunzel kept her long hair untangled – because none of us are safe from those gnarly, knotted strands. Whether you’re trying a new haircut or simply sleeping with your hair open, you need to know how to get rid of those tangles in your hair. And trust us – going haywire with your brush is not the key. Not only will you cause split ends, you will also end up with lesser hair than you started with. Here’s all you need to know:
Forget diamonds – a wide-tooth comb is your best friend:
It is important to choose your tools carefully, especially if you have fine or damaged hair that’s prone to breakage as well as tangles. Rather than tackling knots with a brush, choose a sturdy wide-tooth comb – they are your best defense the tangles.
Make sure you use plenty of conditioner:
A good conditioner goes a long way. Even though it seems a little out of place – it is totally okay to brush your hair in the shower while it is wet but you have to remember to do it right. Coat the hair in conditioner and let it sit for a few minutes, then use your wide-tooth comb to run the conditioner through your hair from root to tip. This will not only get rid of the knots, but will also ensure even distribution of the conditioner.
Start brushing from the bottom:
It’s almost second nature to brush our hair from the top. However, that is the worst mistake you can make. In fact, it is a sure shot way to cause breakage, split ends, and even hair loss. Instead, start first by combing the bottom few inches of your hair, then work upward, combing down as you go.
You can even use your fingers:
You thought your fingers only helped apply makeup? Think again. Your fingers can untangle knots in ways that a brush or comb just can’t. Gently pulling apart the tangled strands may take time but it causes the least amount of breakage. Once you’ve got it mostly undone, go in with your comb to smooth things out.