Before you collect a groan, listen to us: unraveling the hair does not have to be a laborious or painful undertaking. Yes, even those of us with slightly tangled and curly hair can facilitate the process with the right products and tools in place.
So, the next time you want to rid your hair of tangles and knots, remember the following. It might just save you headaches and a few strands:
1. Use a body protector and unravel.
Perhaps this sounds like an obvious trick, but to unravel your hair-use a detangle. (Detangles can range from light liquid sprays to creamier detangles; no, they don’t need to be marketed as “detangles” to accomplish this task.) These coat the hair with a light, moisturizing layer that not only provides nutrients and emollients, but also provides a loose slip and protective film, so they are less likely to alter the cuticle or cause damage when brushing.
2. Find the right detangling brush for your hair type.
Not all hairbrushes are created in the same way or for the same purpose! You should not treat them like a monolith. Unraveling is a great example of this, because there are very specific brushes that you need to achieve to get the job done. Here are some of our most popular types of hairbrushes:
Comb with wide teeth. A classic option for any type of hair, Wide tooth combs are best for processing knots, as they do not hold tight and do not pull the hair too much.
Wet brush. These brushes are specially designed to detangle in the shower. They are also a favorite of hairdressers.
Brush with palette. For straight hair, a simple pallet brush will probably do the job.
3. Use your fingers for knotty knots.
An unraveling brush is probably your most effective bet for a complete unraveling. However, if a knot gets out of control, put down the tool and be handy: you can use your fingers to be dexterous and slowly unravel the clutter. Your fingers have the ability to work through the knot and get into nooks and crannies instead of hacking it directly with a tool.
As hairdresser Faith, director of education at Prose, says: “Instead of aggressively treating tangles with a comb or brush, spray a spray directly into the knot without rinsing or untangling, gently massaging it with your fingers to loosen it.”
You may need to untangle it with an extra spritz (or more globes of conditioner if you untangle in the shower), but massage it with your fingers until the knot becomes smooth.
4. Start at the ends and rise again.
A piece of advice you may have heard once or twice, but it’s worth repeating for those who are on the back: never brush the root at the top-or at least never untangle the root at the top. Start slowly and evenly at the bottom, climb up the tree and eliminate the hooks as you go. Start at the root and move down in one shot is a recipe to pull and break.
5.Use silk accessories to avoid details in the first place.
The best way to unravel is to avoid it in the first place-and for this we recommend accessories made of silk and satin. This is most important when you sleep: “sleep with a silk or satin pillowcase, a scarf or a cap that allows the hair to slide while you throw and twist while you sleep. Silk and satin prevent friction (which leads to pulling, pulling, stretching, breaking and tangling of the hair), and these smooth fabrics help preserve the natural oils of the hair,” says hairdresser Miko Branch, co-founder of hair care brand Miss Jessie’s Original.
But you can also use hair ties and silk scarves during the day to style your hair, which will ideally leave you with less knots and clutter than traditional ties or accessories.