Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

Get Rid of Tangled Hair (2)

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      If you can let your hair "air dry", do so. Otherwise, if you must use a blow-dryer, use the dryer on the lowest heat setting, regardless of the fan speed you choose to use. The heat will only cause the damp hair's cuticle to swell which is what allows the dryer to force the moisture out of the hair. In addition, always direct the flow of hair in the direction your hair grows; in other words, away from your head. This prevents the cuticle from being roughed up by the warm airflow, and has the benefit of keeping the hair shiny and smooth.
      As you begin drying, start out by using your fingers to comb through the hair, then switch to a wide toothed comb, and then a vented brush as the hair gets progressively drier. As the hair gets drier, you also want to lower the airflow speed on the dryer (or better still use your diffuser attachment) to prevent the ends of the hair from being buffeted against one another. The key in all these drying tips is to encourage you to be gentle with your hair. Without realizing it, many women are really hard on their hair when there is no reason to be.
Hair towel wrapped in a turban fashion       Unless you need to use other heat methods to style your hair, you should stop blow-drying the hair while it is still slightly damp. At the very least, leave the areas of the hair that don't need further styling steps to remain a little damp and let them finish drying naturally.
Styling Products:
      Nearly all of us use some type of styling product on our hair in getting the look we want. The important thing to remember is to use products that aren't going to cause as many problems as they "fix". Check the ingredient lists of your styling gels, mousses and sprays to be sure they don't contain alcohol. Alcohol is used in making these products to help them dry faster, but what it does for the product it will also do to your hair. This will only worsen the tangling problem.
      Instead of using a styling product after your hair is mostly dry, try applying it before you begin towel-drying the hair. Make sure it is alcohol-free still, but apply it while your hair is wet and work it through the hair. You can then gently towel-dry your hair and turban it as described above. You'll find you get more even coverage, and a smoother-looking and shinier finished style.
      While on the subject of styling products and preventing tangles, I have to mention anti-frizz serums. For those of you with curly hair or frequent problems with tangling, these products are wonderful. They must be applied to wet hair to work their best and get the most even coverage and should be worked through the hair from the scalp to the ends. Anti-frizz serums are designed to coat the hair shaft, smooth the cuticle and seal it. They are great for preventing the roughing of the cuticle that happens during blow-drying, and will help your hair look its very best.
Detangling Your Environment:
      We all know about the situations that can cause tangles, but sometimes solutions don't come readily to mind. For instance, when my own hair was long, my biggest problem was getting tangles and knots while driving in my car with the sunroof or windows open. My solution to this was simple: I kept a snag-safe elastic band in my car (on the gear shift) and before I started the car I would pull my hair back into a ponytail at the nape of my neck and tuck the tail down the back of my shirt or jacket. Then, when I arrived at my destination, I removed the ponytail elastic, ran a brush through my hair and I was ready to go. For some of you, this solution will also work, but if your long hair is curled as a part of styling it, pulling it into a ponytail would defeat the purpose. For these problems, I recommend a quick visit to the beauty supply store and pick up a few hair nets. The hair nets will hold the style in place while you're in transit, and at the worst-case scenario, when you arrive you simply remove the net and fluff the style back up with your fingers.
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