How to detangle dry hair without causing damage
Brushing your hair without causing breakage can oftentimes be easier said than done—especially for those of us who are a more bit heavy-handed with the hairbrush. That being said, in the name of detangling hair—and preventing breakage—there are numerous ways to combat tangled hair without damaging our delicate strands. Say goodbye to breakage, because we’re sharing a few tips and tricks to make your detangling woes a thing of the past. Keep reading to find out how you can detangle your dry hair without causing damage.
DETANGLE IN SECTIONS
The cardinal rule when detangling dry hair is to brush or comb in small sections, starting at the ends and slowly and very gently working your way up. This way you can gently remove the tangles instead of aggressively trying to break through them by brushing from root to tip. You may want to use a paddle brush, round brush, or nylon and boar bristle brush depending on your hair type.
USE A SPRAY
Is your hair really knotted? You’ll want to reach for reinforcements. Detangling sprays can help to give your strands the slip you need to more easily work through those knots and tangles without causing breakage. Try Garnier Whole Blends 5-in-1 Lightweight Spray with Green Apple and Green Tea Extracts. Not only does it help to detangle strands, it also helps to prime, soften, protect, and condition your locks—plus, it smells amazing!
TRY A HAIR MASK
If your dry ends are frequently becoming tangled chances are they are dehydrated. Once a week reach for a hair-masks-what-are-they-all-about—look for ingredients like how-shea-butter-improves-your-skin-and-hair—and apply to your parched strands. Hair masks are a great way to deep condition dry hair and hydrated strands are much less likely to become tangled.
GO FOR A TRIM
Another leading cause of tangles? Hair that is in desperate need of a trim. Ever notice how split ends tend to become tangled overnight and look like a mess come morning? It’s because they need to be snipped off! By maintaining regular trim appointments—every 4-6 weeks—you can keep your ends in better condition and avoid tangles and knots caused by split ends.
The best way to avoid breakage? Be gentle with your hair. Pat and never rub your hair dry after a shower—if possible, switch to a microfiber towel which is less abrasive than traditional bath towels. Use a brush specifically designed to be used on wet hair to detangle your strands to avoid snags and breakage. Detangle your strands pre-shampoo using the ends to roots method above to help avoid more tangles in the shower. When brushing your dry hair use a wide-tooth comb to get rid of tangles and knots instead of your paddle brush which can be harsher on tangled hair. By treating your hair with a gentle touch you’re less likely to experience tangles in the first place.
GIVE NOURISHING HAIR CARE PRODUCTS A TRY
In addition to using a hair mask to help nourish dry strands and soften knots, you might want to consider taking things a step further and applying a warm hair care oil—such as coconut oil or avocado oil—to your strands, wrapping your hair in plastic wrap, and covering with a hot towel. Let the oil work its magic for a couple of hours before rinsing out with a mild shampoo. This hair care trick can leave your hair looking—and feeling—in tip top, healthier condition than before.