5 Tips to detangle your hair
Often time-consuming and unpleasant, the detangling step is nevertheless essential. L'Artisan Brossier has brought together best practices for effective detangling without damaging your hair.
How does the hair tangle?
At night against the pillow, during the day with the wind or even during drying, the friction between the hair is responsible for the creation of knots. Namely that water and heat amplify the phenomenon. Our hair is covered with tiny scales that expand on contact with water or heat. Once these scales are open, the hair gets tangled very easily and remains attached to each other like the scratch.
5 best practices for detangling hair without damaging it
#1: “Brushing is the key!!” 🔑
To prevent or get rid of knots, brushing is the best method, so brush or comb? Two tools, two schools:
The brush is used rather on dry hair: prefer boar bristle brushes. These hairs are made of 100% keratin and act as a care for the hair fibers. Boar bristles close hair cuticles and leave hair soft and shiny, the ideal weapon to prevent the creation of knots. There is also a vegan and eco-responsible alternative: bio-based fiber brushes . The flexible bristles of these brushes specially designed for detangling follow the curve of the hair.
Thewide-tooth comb is more often used to undo knots on wet hair just after shampooing but also for curly or frizzy hair. The comb is however widely recommended even on dry hair! It detangles while respecting the hair fibers and is considered the “gentle method”. Again, choose natural materials such as wood which, unlike plastic, has antistatic properties .
#2: To detangle more easily, don't skimp on hydration 💦
Hydration is THE point not to be overlooked for good hair health . Dry hair tangles a lot more easily, so it's very important to moisturize your hair . There are many natural components for perfect hydration to be applied in dry oil or as a mask, Aloe Vera gel has extraordinary moisturizing properties, rice water or vegetable glycerin are also very effective. Detangling will be considerably facilitated by the application of one or two natural masks per week.
#3: Limit friction 🍃
Here are some simple tips to avoid friction:
- A pretty braid for the night, sleeping with your hair tied up limits friction and therefore the creation of knots, and you will have a hell of a wavy look when you wake up.
- Sleeping on a pillowcase or with a silk scarf also reduces friction.
- Putting your cotton towel on your wet hair and rubbing vigorously is a drying method to banish ❌. Prefer the microfiber towel and gently dab your hair to extract as much water as possible.
- Friction is created by wind, rain or pollution. The small bag brush will therefore be your best ally to discipline your mane throughout the day.
#4: Wet hair is fragile hair 🚿
You should know that when wet the hair is more elastic and more fragile. The hair fibers are less resistant to the tension of the comb or the brush and the risk of breakage increases. Ideally, untangle your hair with your fingers when you get out of the shower, let it dry naturally and then brush.
#5: The detangling method 💆🏼♀️
Last but not least, the method for detangling your hair is very important: from the tips to the roots . It is essential to effectively detangle your beautiful hair. Contrary to popular belief, starting from the roots to detangle your hair only gathers the knots towards the ends and makes your hair more difficult to brush. Arm yourself with patience and be gentle , beating on her hair will not be faster, you will come out of it with less hair and more knots.
No more pulling your hair out, literally and figuratively, you now have all the keys to detangling your hair without damaging it.
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