How to avoid tangles in your hair?
Very often, long hair forms knots on itself which are painful to remove. In some people, the knots come undone as soon as they form. For others, detangling is much more difficult.
Knots appear at the lengths, but can also form at the roots, especially for frizzy hair.
To better understand this phenomenon, we must first analyze its causes.
Why does hair get tangled?
The appearance of knots in the hair can have several origins, including:
The primary cause of knot formation is friction. Several external elements such as wind, movements (during a night's sleep or a sports session) as well as clothing promote friction of the hair. This friction thus promotes the appearance of bags of knots in the hair.
Using shampoo can also cause knots to form. Indeed, a shampoo has the effect of removing oils naturally present on the hair, notably sebum . It is a lipid film produced by the sebaceous glands, which serves to protect the hair from daily external aggressions and drying out. Sebum also helps lubricate the hair .
The more the hair is lubricated, the less it intertwines because it slides easily against each other; whereas dry hair tends to bond together more easily.
The water used to wash your hair has the effect of dilating the cuticles . These look like scales which serve to protect the hair fiber. When they are dilated, these cuticles come into contact with each other, and remain attached together like a scratch.
Dry and damaged hair
Hair that is too dry with damaged or split ends has open scales. They therefore cling easily to each other and encourage the creation of knots.
Healthy, sufficiently nourished and hydrated hair is less likely to tangle.
A lack of hair maintenance
Finally, the appearance of knots can be the cause of a lack of hair maintenance. It is important to brush your hair regularly and carefully to remove impurities (dead skin cells, chemicals, pollution particles, etc.) and prevent the formation of knots.
Tips for Preventing Hair Tangle
Here are some simple and effective tips to integrate into your daily routine to prevent tangles from forming in your hair:
- Brush your hair daily: to untangle large knots, the best solution is to brush them with a clean, quality brush adapted to your hair type .
The brush should preferably be equipped with natural bristles, or specially designed for detangling with flexible bristles that follow the curve of the hair.
For very tangled curly or frizzy hair , a wide-tooth comb is more suitable. It can also be very useful for detangling and removing a knot in the hair in the shower while shampooing.
Good brushing makes the hair more disciplined, and therefore less tangled. The best way to brush your hair is to start at the ends, gradually working your way up to the roots.
Another important point, brushing must be carried out with care and delicacy so as not to weaken and damage the hair fiber.
- Detangle your hair with your fingers: instead of using a brush or comb which tend to encourage hair breakage, you can simply detangle your hair gently with your fingers.
- Trim the ends regularly: if knots are mainly created at the ends of the hair, this means that they are damaged and need to be cut. Cutting the ends regularly, every three to four months, allows the hair to grow healthier and prevents the appearance of split ends.
- Take care of the lengths: the lengths are the oldest part of the hair, they tend to dry out, get damaged and get tangled easily. It is therefore necessary to nourish and moisturize them regularly with natural (non-chemical) products/care adapted to your hair type. For example, vegetable oils (castor oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, etc.) are the best allies for healthy hair. Applied in the form of an oil bath, they form a thin protective layer which seals the hair's hydration, fills gaps and limits breakage. The hair thus becomes softer and smoother.
- Avoid heat sources: heat expands the “scales” of the hair and weakens it. You must therefore limit the use of heating appliances such as hair dryers, by letting your hair dry in the open air. In addition, when rinsing the shampoo, it is better to prefer cold or lukewarm water to avoid dilation of the cuticles.
- Sleeping with your hair tied up: When you sleep at night, your hair rubs against the pillowcase and knots can easily form. So it is better to sleep with a hairstyle that is not too tight like a loose bun or a loose braid. Or alternatively, if you don't want to tie your hair up, there are silk or satin pillowcases, which reduce friction.
- Protect your hair from external attacks: wind, rain, but also sun and air conditioning dry out and tangle hair. To protect them effectively, tying them gently with a silk or satin scarf is the best solution.
- Take targeted food supplements for hair: beauty food supplements rich in nutrients are a valuable aid in strengthening and hydrating hair from the inside. In fact, they protect them from breakage, drought and falling. Nourished deeply, the hair becomes more supple, more robust and is less likely to get tangled and form knots.
Délicure offers hair gummies , rich in vitamins (B6, B8, B9, B12 and E) which stimulate the production ofkeratin , in trace elements (zinc and selenium) and in blueberry extract which promotes hair growth in stimulating blood microcirculation of the scalp.