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September, 24 2018

Why does fine hair tangle so easily?


Ayesha @JdeV HQ

Fine hair can be both a positive and a negative. On the one hand it doesn’t take too long to dry but on the other hand it is often prone to tangling, especially when the hair is long. In this blog I explain just why fine hair tangles so easily, plus I’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to care for fine hair.

What is fine hair?

From thick and wavy to straight and thin, there are so many different hair types. What distinguishes fine hair from all the others however, is the texture. Contrary to popular belief, fine hair doesn’t actually mean you have less hair on your head and instead it just so happens that each strand of hair is very fine. In fact, those with fine hair actually have more hair on their head because there’s more space for it!

What causes tangles?

One of the reasons fine hair tangles so easily is because there’s more of it - this is especially the case when the hair is long as my colleague Yvonne has discussed in her blog ‘How do you keep your hair from getting tangled?’. However, there are a few other things that directly contribute to tangled hair as well.

  • The bed head - whilst we are asleep our head rubs against the pillow (obviously!) and as a result, the hair tangles pretty easily
  • Drying hair with towel – this may seem like a short cut but rubbing your hair with a towel after showering will only make it harder to get the brush through later on
  • Wind – yes, the elements have a lot to answer for when it comes to the state of our hair!
  • Heat – the heat from straighteners and hairdryers can damage the hair thus making it more prone to breakage and, you’ve guessed it, tangles!
  • Your hair care regime isn’t right – opting for shampoo that isn’t right for your hair type or not using conditioner can also contribute to tangled hair.

Caring for tangle-prone hair

How you care for your hair can go a long way to tackling tangles so here I outline my four step plan for those with fine hair!

Step 1 – Shampoo

Ok, so this is probably already a key feature in your hair care regime however, have you thought about what’s in the product you are using? Many popular shampoos contain harsh and unnatural ingredients like parabens and alcohol that lack the nutrients that would benefit the overall health of your hair. If you take a look at the ingredients on your usual supermarket-bought shampoo I can bet you don’t recognise half the things listed!

For a more natural approach to hair care however, I always recommend John Masters. Their Lavender Shampoo is made solely from natural ingredients such as aloe vera, lavender, rosemary and chamomile. That makes it vegan friendly and also ensures it’s free from those nasty parabens and any petrochemicals.

This particular shampoo is also suitable for all hair types so for those with fine hair, this is a great place to start in your new hair care regime!

Step 2 - Condition

If you don’t already condition your hair regularly then it’s vital you start in order to keep those tangles at bay. Again John Masters have a suitable product for those with fine hair in the form of their wonderful Lavender Conditioner. This contains organic ingredients such as avocado oil and soy protein which help to strengthen and thicken the hair thus keeping the tangles away.

Another option however, would be a leave-in conditioner as this encourages smooth, soft and shiny hair that’s completely tangle-free. Here at Jan de Vries a favourite of ours is Giovanni’s Ultra-Sleek Leave-In Conditioner and Styling Elixir which not only encourages more manageable hair, but it also protects from the heat of straighteners and hairdryers too!

Step 3 – Use a detangler

If you want to get rid of tangles then there really is no better product than a detangler! As we are such big fans of John Masters, we’re happy to recommend their Citrus Detangler for those with fine hair. This not only works to detangle your hair, but it also leaves your hair feeling soft and shiny too!

Step 4 – Apply a heat protector spray

To protect your hair whilst you style it I’d always recommend applying some kind of heat protector. There are lots of products out there for this purpose but let me tell you about a little secret – Argan Oil. Made from kernels that fall from the argan tree, argan oil can protect your hair from the heat of straighteners and curlers. That’s not all though, it is also rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that improve the health of the hair.