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How to keep long hair from getting knotty?

How do I keep my long hair from getting so knotty? I can`t leave it down, it gets tangled in several minutes after combing! What are the reasons for this issue? Please help, I don`t want to wear my hair up for the rest of my life!

Most often, women with curly hair suffer from this problem. Dry curls are prone to tangling because of their structure. However, ladies with straight hair can also face this problem, especially if the hair is long or medium. The hair is dry and thin, split and weakened at the ends.

Main Reasons

There are quite a few reasons that can lead to the problem of knotty hair:

  • wrong combing;

  • improper hair washing;

  • vitamin deficiency;

  • unhealthy diet;

  • frequent heat treatments of the strands with blow dryers, curling tongs, irons;

  • frequent coloring, highlighting, bleaching;

  • perm;

  • excessive static electricity;

  • the harmful effects of the external environment (scorching sun, strong wind, cold);

  • heredity and propensity to hair tangling (the inborn arrangement of the hair follicles in a chaotic manner).

In order for the strands to be smooth and obedient, it’s necessary to strengthen their core part and at the same time maintain a sufficient level of moisture in the scales. The latter consist of a keratin substance that is sensitive to changes in humidity. In other words, the scales dry up very quickly, open up and cause roughness – that’s why hair gets tangled.

Tangled Hair: What to Do?

To deal with this problem, you must eliminate all the factors that lead to hair tangling:

  • Start eating right. Try to include more fruit, vegetables and seafood into your diet. Also, it’ll be a useful step to start taking good multivitamins.

  • Visit a hairstylist and cut the split ends regularly.

  • If circumstances allow, air dry your hair at room temperature.

  • Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet. This leads to the hair breakage, loss and tangling. Brush out your strands before shampooing – this will help to minimize the possibility of tangles and knots after hair washing.

  • Always moisturize and nourish your hair with high-quality products on a natural basis: conditioners, balms, masks, sprays, oils etc.

  • Use a natural wide tooth comb for detangling and reaching an antistatic effect. But don’t start brushing your hair from the roots – make small strokes, starting at the tips, gradually moving up and detangling the knots. With this method, you won’t damage or tear out the hair.

  • Brush your hair 2 times a day for at least 10-15 minutes. This improves blood circulation in the head, which contributes to the nourishment of the follicles.

  • Braid your hair before going to bed to prevent it from tangling at night.

  • Get enough sleep and eliminate your bad habits. After all, skin and hair are the litmus paper of our health and mental balance.

  • Use hair lamination, keratin or gloss treatment to nourish the hair and make it smooth and straight.

Follow these rules regularly, and you’ll quickly get the desired result: shiny, smooth, and soft hair, without knots and tangles.

by Donna Sullivan