The Tale of Tangles & How to Avoid Them

Yes, this is all my hair! I had a “slight” haircut this weekend. It resulted from a buildup of tangles, split ends and shedding. Honestly, this is just a portion of the hair. Don’t freak out!! My hair can take it. It is VERY thick by nature. I will have this back in a few months.

Another trait of my hair centers around it being VERY coily. Thus, its fragile and prone to breaking off quickly. Although I do enjoy how much it shrinks when I do a quick wash-and-go ( the more it shrinks the more manageable it is, to me at least),  I struggle a lot with tangles. I usually detangle weekly.

If you are tangled chic like myself, here are some tips on how to avoid tangles.

  • Moisturize:  It’s highly important that your tresses receive adequate lubrication on a daily basis. Not only is well-moisturized hair less prone to breakage, but less prone to tangling, since it decreases friction between the strands. To ensure your hair is properly moisturized, remember the L.O.C. method: Liquid, Oil and Cream. 
  • Carefully Shampoo/Co-Poo: Shampoo your hair in sections, gently massaging the product into your scalp and then slide the product gently down the strands of your hair.
  • Finger-Detangling: Using the pads of your fingers to gently detangle your hair before using a comb —your fingers can feel tangles that the comb cannot. Be sure that your hair is soaking wet and drenched in your favorite detangling conditioner before beginning this process. Also, keeping your fingernails neat and trimmed helps avoid snagging.
  • Protective Styles: Since the ends of your hair tend to tangle first, keeping the ends tucked in and secure is a great way to decrease knotting and tangles. Effective and pretty protective styles are French rolls, buns, chignons and pompadours. You may also get creative and achieve these styles with two-strand twists or braids.
  • Stretched Styles: Keeping your curls “stretched” may also cut down on tangles since the curlier your hair is, the more prone the stands are to wrapping around each other and creating knots.Braid-outs, twist-outs, and Bantu knot-outs are great styles to achieve a good stretch while limiting tangles. If you choose to wear these styles, it’s important to keep your ends moisturized and your hands out of your hair! Hand-in-hair syndrome has been known to encourage excessive tangling of the strands. 

What to Do When you Find Tangles

In the event that you discover these pesky knots in your hair despite your best efforts, be sure to lubricate your fingers with oil and work the knot out with the pads of your fingers, starting at the end of your strands and gently working your way up. Sometimes, snipping the knot with hair sheers is necessary for removing stubborn tangles.

For more details on each step, check out the entire article on The Coil Review.