Use the right brush
First of all, your hairbrush is the best weapon you can deploy against tangles. Opt for the wrong one however, and you risk making the problem worse.
A wide, paddle brush or a wide-toothed comb are suitable for all hair lengths. You can work these through your hair from the bottom to the top and this will help to get rid of any tangles whilst also avoiding breakage.
Once you’ve got a suitable brush, your hair will need regular brushing to keep those tangles at bay. Also, I’d recommend brushing your hair before washing as this will discourage tangles from forming as you shower or bathe.
Keep your hair styles varied
Whether it’s a simple pony tail or more a more elaborate do, we all have our favourite hair styles. However, sticking to the same style all the time can cause hair breakage and this, in turn, can encourage tangles.
I’d stick to up dos when the weather is windy, using a rubber hair-friendly bobble to keep things in place, and leave your hair down on calmer days. If you are more adventurous with your hair styles though, braids are an excellent way to keep you hair in place throughout the day.
Don’t use too much heat
Nowadays many of us are used to turning to straighteners, curlers and hairdryers without question but unsurprisingly these can damage the hair and, as a result, hair can become tangled more easily. So, why not experiment with more natural hairstyles and see if you notice a difference?
Avoid chemicals in your hair care products
Here at Jan de Vries we always advocate a natural approach to hair care so it really goes without saying that you should avoid chemicals in your hair care products. However, what you put in your hair also determines how easily your hair will tangle so what should you be using instead?
One of our favourite hair care brands here at Jan de Vries is John Masters, as Ayesha from the JDV HQ discusses in her blog ‘Why we love John Masters!’. All of these products include lots of natural, organic and cruelty-free ingredients, plus they are great for tackling tangles.
Their Organic Lavender Shampoo for example, works to gently remove impurities whilst also strengthening your hair against the stresses of everyday wear and tear.However, we can’t deal with tangles properly if we don’t use a good quality conditioner to help soften the hair.For a suitable product we can once again turn to John Masters who have created a lovely Organic Lavender Conditioner.
After shampooing gently massage some of this conditioner into your hair, taking care to cover the scalp and the tips of your hair. Also, if possible try to leave the conditioner in for a few minutes before washing it out as this will give it time to soak into your hair. Plus, you’ll be much more likely to reap all the benefits of this conditioner – it’s soothing, thickening and it even hydrates the hair too!
Use a leave-in conditioner
If all of the steps above still fail to tame your tangles then a leave-in conditioner such as Giovanni’s Ultra-Sleek Leave-In Conditioner and Styling Elixir may prove useful. This will protect your hair from the elements as you go about your daily routine but, importantly, it also encourages soft, smooth and frizz-free hair –wow!
This particular product also contains Moroccan Argan Oil which, as my colleagues have discussed in previous blogs, is superb for the hair. It can defend against the heat of straighteners and hair dryers, plus it contains omega 6 and vitamin E which moisturise the hair.
Try a detangler
If you find that your hair gets tangled easily, you may find it beneficial to invest in a good quality detangler. John Masters lead the way here with their Organic Citrus Detangler and their Organic Unscented Detangler. These contain a mix of natural ingredients which help to hydrate, nourish and strengthen hair.
Get regular haircuts
It is recommended that you leave it no longer than three months between haircuts to keep your hair healthy. However, by getting rid of those dead ends you can also keep the tangles away and encourage fuller-looking hair.
Limit hair colouring
Colouring dries out the hair and, as a result, it can become more prone to tangling so this is best kept to a minimum. That being said, we all enjoy a little change from time to time so if you do wish to make the swap from blonde to brown (or any shade for that matter), make sure you opt for a hair colouring product that contains plenty of natural ingredients.
Protect your hair as you sleep
Finally, let’s address that bed head!
As we toss and turn at night our hair rubs against the pillow and this can cause it to tangle. If your hair is loose the tangles can get worse and it’ll probably be a trauma to get the brush through it in the morning!
So, to avoid this you could try putting your hair up at night. A bun or a pony tail probably won’t be very comfortable to sleep in but you could try plaits instead. This has the added bonus that your hair will sport a naturally wavy style in the morning!