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Tangled hair? How to set it easily and painlessly

by Lotte Lindgren on Jun 23, 2023

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on January 30, 2024.

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Brittle hair can be a painful and frustrating experience. But there's no need to let it ruin your mood or your day. With the right knowledge and techniques, you can easily remove tangled hair without pain. In this article, we will guide you through how to best handle tangled hair - both at home and in the salon, and when it is time to seek professional help. So read on for our expert tips!

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What is tangled hair?

Entangled hair is a condition where the hair becomes tangled and difficult to untangle. This can happen due to several factors such as dry or frizzy hair, lack of brushing or combing, and use of inappropriate hair products. But with the right hair care, you can avoid tangles and keep your hair beautiful and healthy.

A good cure for tangled hair is to use a conditioner after shampooing, as this will soften the hair's structure and make it easier to detangle. Using a wide-toothed comb or a special brush for filtered hair, you can gently rescue the hair from the ends towards the roots without pulling it. This way you can easily style your braided hair painlessly every day without any problems.

What causes tangled hair?

Lack of brushing is one of the most common causes of tangled hair. If you don't brush your hair regularly, it can quickly become tangled and difficult to detangle. Use a good brush or comb to avoid this problem.

Regular brushing and use of care products can reduce the risk of tangled hair.

Too much heat and use of styling products such as curling irons or straighteners can also cause tangled hair. These products dry out the hair and make it more susceptible to filtration. Use a hair mask in your hair regularly with good care and moisturizing products and reduce the use of styling products in your daily routine to avoid filter hair.

Weather conditions such as wind, humidity or dry weather can also result in tangled hair, especially if you have long hair that is easily blown around in the wind or exposed to humidity/dry air in general. Putting your hair up in braids, buns or hats/other accessories can help reduce the chances of tangled locks in these circumstances. Are you missing some great hairstyles? Then see our guide to hair styling here.

However, the most important thing is still good hair washing, care and maintenance routines every day!

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How to avoid tangled hair?

Brush your hair regularly with a wide-toothed comb or brush to avoid tangles. Use less heat and styling products on your hair, as this can make your hair more vulnerable and dry, increasing the risk of tangles. Pull your hair back in a loose knot or braid when the weather is windy.

Here are some more tips to avoid tangled hair:

  • Use a conditioner or conditioner after each hair wash
  • Avoid touching your hair all the time
  • Smooth out your curls gently with your fingers
  • Sleep with your hair down

Always remember to focus on good and healthy hair care. It will help you maintain a healthy, shiny and well-coiffed look with no tangles!

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How to remove tangled hair without pain

Sometimes tangled hair can feel like an impossible task to solve. But it doesn't have to be painful. A wide-toothed comb is the best way to loosen a filter, as it separates the hairs without pulling and irritating the scalp. Using a conditioner or hair mask can also help soften the hair and make the process easier and less painful. It is important to avoid brushing dry hair, as this can increase the risk of knots and tangles in the hair.

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Use a wide-toothed comb

When you are faced with tangled hair, it is important to use a wide-toothed comb. Start at the base of the hair and work your way up to avoid damaging the hair. It is also best to take small sections at a time and be patient in the process. Avoid pulling the hair too hard as this can result in broken strands or even split ends. With these simple steps, you can easily style your tangled hair painlessly and get a shiny result using a wide-toothed comb. We can definitely recommend our wide-toothed comb, which saves the hair gently. Find it right here.

Use a conditioner

Apply the conditioner from the middle of the hair down to the tips. Avoid applying too much conditioner as it can make your hair heavy and greasy. Leave the conditioner on for a few minutes before rinsing it out - then your hair will feel soft and delicious without getting tangled again. Use a good quality conditioner specially formulated for tangled hair for best results. Our Repair and Care Balm is the ultimate choice for you with filtered hair. It has a lot of moisture and care for the hair and makes your hair silky!

Use a hair mask

Use a hair mask (hair treatment) with caring ingredients such as argan oil, mango butter or shea butter if you want healthy and shiny hair. Apply the mask to clean, damp hair and leave it on for at least five minutes before rinsing it out. Repeat the treatment every two weeks to maintain the healthy appearance of your hair.

A good hair mask can be an effective way to give your tangled hair extra care. It is important to choose a mask with natural ingredients such as argan oil, mango butter or shea butter, as they have been proven to have beneficial properties for hair health. Always remember to use the mask after shampooing and before using conditioner, for the best effect. If you are looking for a good hair mask, I would consider looking at our Repair and Care Hair Mask, which is full of delicious ingredients that both care for and strengthen your hair.

Avoid brushing dry hair

Spray some water or leave-in conditioner on your drier area before you start combing it through. This will make the hair more supple and less likely to break or be damaged during cleansing.

Consider alternatives to traditional plastic brushes - e.g. paddle brushes with boar hair. These brushes are gentler on the hair and can reduce the number of split ends. With such a brush, your hair can be combed out gently without too much wear. We can really recommend our Curved Paddle Brush for you with filtered hair. It is gentle and possibly the best brush we have tried for filtered hair here in the office.

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Braid or twist if necessary. your tangled area until the next day when there is an opportunity for easier investigation. In this way, you avoid further damage to the hair by repeated attempts to comb it through.

When should you seek professional help?

When your hair gets tangled, getting it out can be a painful and time-consuming task. It is important to know when to seek professional help to avoid damage to the hair or scalp. If you experience large knots and tangles in your hair that you cannot remove even with care, or if your tangles are caused by an underlying condition such as psoriasis or eczema on the scalp, you should consider contacting a professional hairdresser or dermatologist for advice and treatment.

Where can you get help?

To get your braided hair treated in the best way, you should visit a professional hairdresser. They have the experience and training to solve the problem without further damaging the hair. If you want to try it yourself, it might be a good idea to start with natural oils and conditioners to make the hair more manageable before you start detangling.

There are also many online resources and videos showing different techniques for detangling tangled hair. It's a good idea to research these before you start yourself, so you avoid frustration or potential damage to the hair during the process. Always remember caution when it comes to your hair!

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